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There is Always a Choice

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This weekend Andrew played in his first traveling baseball tournament. The tournament was held in River Falls, WI and Andrew's 10U AA team won the championship. Overall they were 4-0-1 in the tournament. It was an exciting weekend watching the boys play. A few of the games were very close and a few were blow-outs. The championship game was a rematch against River Falls, the team the boys tied in their first game 3-3. This time the score was 6-6 after 6 innings. Northfield won after scoring in the top of the 7th inning and then shutting down River Falls 1, 2, 3.

I have been looking to this weekend for years. Yeah that's right...YEARS! Almost everything went exactly as I envisioned it would with one notable exception. Right now I'm a parent and not a coach. Well, at least not officially a coach. I can't help myself watching the game and pointing things out to the poor parents sitting around me.

It was always my dream to be in the dugout with this group of boys. I've…

50 Things Every Guy Should Own

List taken from: Lew Rockwell 1. Land – I don’t care if it’s a quarter acre lot in some remote place. Get some. Nothing says ‘Merica like owning a chunk of earth. 2. A truck – Haul stuff. It’s what guys do. Diesels are the best but get what you can afford. Jalopys are ok too. Nothing like learning the fundamentals of mechanics. Don’t forget the saying “a good friend will help you move, a really good friend will tell you NO.” 3. Grill – Unless you build your own, just get a classic charcoal Weber. Nothing is better than this, trust me. Don’t be the dope that spends $700 on the egg. You could be spending that money on meat. Or, if you’re a vegetarian you could spend that money on sweet corn (grills nice) and tampons. Either way, just get the Weber. 4. Flashlight – What!!!!! I just saw a flashlight for $488! Are you kidding me? Look guys, think about how often you’re gonna use this thing….if you’re a night owl, I could see stepping it up some, but for my money I would just get the three bat…

Cedarbrook Church Ignite Winter Retreat Round-Up

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This weekend I had the opportunity to speak for the Cedarbrook Church student winter retreat. The topic of the weekend was "Weird Like Jesus." We looked in the Bible at how following Jesus with all our hearts may make us look weird in the eyes of the world, but how important it is to value God's opinion of us over people's. Specifically we looked at the areas of sex, material possessions and the purpose of life.

One highlight of the trip was spending the weekend with my friend Kyle. He and I have been friends for over twenty years. Kyle has been a pastor at Cedarbrook Church for six years and it is awesome to watch him interact with the leaders and students on this trip. Ignite, the youth ministry here, is strong and growing thanks to God's grace and the leadership Kyle has shown. Everyone says that it is obvious why Kyle and I get along so well, we're a lot alike. I am grateful to have a friend like him, and to have a chance to use my gifts serving Jesus an…

Q & A with Myself: "Why do you like Tom Brady (and the Patriots) so much?"

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Yesterday I was wearing my new Alabama Crimson Tide baseball hat and my thirteen year old called me a "front-runner." I wasn't offended. I'm actually used to being harassed for the teams/colleges I cheer for. As a fan of Notre Dame, Boston Red Sox, Patriots, and the Cleveland Cavs I am accustomed to people calling me bandwagon and all other sorts of harassments. It is pretty easy to take in stride.

It is a fair question though. I am Minnesotan, born and raised, and yet many of my most passionate cheering interests extend outside state lines. Of course I want my local teams to do well. All my life I have been a Minnesota Gopher hockey fan (although to be honest I have cheered for Boston College, Colorado College, and even Wisconsin..eeek....a time or two). I want to see the MN Wild win the Stanley Cup as much as the next Minnesota hockey fan. In the end though, my heart doesn't find it's happiness here in "Loserville USA."

That still doesn't ans…

Q & A with Myself: "Why do you post so many meal and workout pictures?"

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If you follow me on social media you have likely been inundated with pictures of the meals I am eating and the workouts I am doing.

I'm guessing you may even be wondering what's with all the pictures. Well, here goes with my first Q & A with myself.

"Brenton, why do post pictures of your meals and workouts? And why do you have Balvin Get Fit accounts on Facebook (Balvin Get Fit page) and Instagram (@BalvinGetFit)?"

Thanks for asking!

There are a few reasons why I do this.

1. It keeps me accountable.

I have found that the more public I am with my fitness journey the more likely I am to stay on track. I am in a routine of posting meals now, and so when I am tempted to eat junk I ask myself, "Would you post this?" If the answer is no it is easier for me to say no to the temptation. Of course I eat some things I wouldn't post, I'm not trying to hide anything, but being in the routine of posting good meals helps me to keep in the routine of eating go…

A Review of Zenni Optical and My New Glasses

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I'm stoked. Yesterday I got new glasses. It's my first new pair in about eight years.
I hate buying new glasses. I hate going through the exam. I hate trying on all the frames. I hate the outrageous costs associated with it all.
So, I've stretched every pair of glasses I've ever owned as far as I possibly could.
But the time had come. My wife couldn't stand looking at my old frames anymore. I needed an upgrade, but I wasn't sure where to go.
Then a friend of mine told me about Zenni Optical. Zenni is a web based company that offers a full range of prescription glasses at ridiculously low prices. It was started by a couple scientists in San Francisco. You may have seen their Facebook ads and not even realized what an awesome company this is.
The website looked good, but I was a little skeptical at first. Could you really get glasses as inexpensive as advertised. And if you could, I figured they would probably be pretty junky. Bad lenses, cheap frames, incorrect…

If You Aim at Nothing, You'll Hit It Every Time

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"If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time." - Zig Ziglar

The main idea behind this quote is obvious. If you want to achieve something you have to set a goal, direct you energy at it, and go after it. If you don't have any goals or any direction you are aiming, you won't do anything. It's like hoping in a car and driving around in a circle. You never really go anywhere.

I've had times in my life where I have experienced the thrill of working hard and achieving a goal. One of the primary examples of this was in high school grade 10 when I set the goal of being the best hockey player in my grade. Whether or not I actually was the best could be debated, but in my mind I know I succeeded because of the growth and development I experienced as a young man and a player. I set the goal, I took aim, and then I directed all my energy at that target.

As I've gotten older I have had to set new targets.

Graduate college.
Help launch a new church.
Improve my…