Turning 28…

It seems like only yesterday that I was turning 27, now I am 28! Another year has gone by and lessons have been learned. It seems as I am getting older I always think back to even 5 years ago and those unforgettable experiences, meeting new friends, traveling etc. Missing those experiences really makes you realize you have to enjoy everything that life throws at you, because you only live once.

Thinking over this past year to me I think the thing I did the most was really concentrate on my business and myself. I had always had a girlfriend or significant other and that took up a lot of time and I would always be dealing with someone else’s problems rather than my own. Because of this I would fall behind on business, and feel overwhelmed. Well for the past year I have been pretty much single and honestly it is a great feeling. I don’t have to worry about someone else, my life is not a soap opera and at the end of the day I can smile. I don’t expect to be single forever but being single for this long has really taught me a lot and has made me realize that I should not settle for something that I do not deserve.

Enough about the personal life though, what about business? Business is going great! ThinkComputers is still my main business and we have really done a lot to take it to the next level and we are not stopping anytime soon. With new staff, new features, and great support from our sponsors I am very excited to see what the end of 2012 and the start of 2013 has to bring! I’ve also learned to be a lot less lazy with work and really step it up!

Lately I have surrounded myself with positive people and they are great to be around. Everyone is always in a good mood and there is never drama. I am a big believer in the idea of surrounding yourself with good people and over the past year I really have and I couldn’t be happier. These people have also turned out to be great friends and people who have been there when I needed them. As I look into the 28th year of my life I feel happy and I hope to take all that life throws at me over the next year!

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix 2012

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is something that I have always wanted to check out. I am not all that into cars, but being able to see all of the older cars and the race was something I was not going to miss this year, especially since I live so close to Schenley Park where the event is held. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is a weekend of races through the winding roads of Schenley Park. If you can guess by the name of the event it is all vintage cars racing, which is something you do not see everyday! You can check out the video below to see some of the action!

The races are teamed with a very large car show where you can see some of the newest cars to some of the oldest in the country! It really was a great event and if you live in Pittsburgh you definitely need to check out this event, even if you are not into cars! I took quite a few photos, it was actually a great chance to shoot with my D-SLR as I haven’t shot with it that much lately. You can check out all of the photos below! (use the navigation below to scroll through all 113 photos!)

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50 Finest Casino for a Cure Event

A couple of weeks ago I attended the 50 Finest Casino for a Cure Event. This event was held by Steve Persing, Andrea Bosco and Sarah Demarco. The event was a charity / fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis. The 3 people mentioned above are part of this years 50 Finest. Each year the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation selects 50 of the most eligible men and women for their activity in the community and success in their careers. 50 Finest events are held throughout the year to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Steve is a good friend of mine so naturally I would come out and support him at this event. The event was held at the ‘Smart House’ in Mt. Washington, which has to be one of the coolest houses anywhere in Pittsburgh. It is extremely modern and has a unique design, something you don’t find in Pittsburgh. The best part of the house is the view, you can see all of Pittsburgh from the backyard or any of the balconies.

The entire back-side of the house is glass, which makes for a pretty cool atmosphere. If you want to see more photos of the event make sure you check out WPXI’s photo gallery of the event.

The event was setup like a casino so you were able to gamble. I played mostly blackjack, our dealer was actually pretty funny, which made for a good time. You could not win real money, but the money you did win went towards tickets for the grab bags that they had downstairs. The party was also sponsored by Clique Vodka and I.C. Light so there were plenty of drinks to go around.

Check out the video below to see what the event was all about. Remember you can always donate directly to Steve, by checking out this link!

First Sunset at Schenley Park

It seems I’ve been at Schenely Park a lot already this summer. I go running there at least twice a week and I have been spending a lot of time at The Porch. I mean I guess it makes sense since I do live within walking distance of Schenley Park. Since I have moved here last August I have yet to go up and watch a sunset at the Schenley Park Oval.

The Oval is a section of the park that looks over the entire city of Pittsburgh. Many people go up there each night to watch the sun set. Normally I go running in the afternoon so I don’t really make it back out for the sunset’s, but the other day I decided to go running right before it got dark so I could see the sunset.

As you can see I may not have picked the best night to go up there. It was a bit cloudy, but it was still pretty cool to see. I plan on going up there again before the end of summer and I will be taking a real camera too, not my iPhone!

Is there a cool place to watch the sun set in your city? Let me know in the comments!

Add Features and Start New Projects for Motivation

When you do the same thing over and over again it can get old and you can become very bored and unmotivated. This has happened to me multiple times with ThinkComputers. I spend my days either making unboxing videos, taking product photos or writing reviews. This is not bad at all, but doing it day after day can get to anyone. That is why I try and start a new project or add features to ThinkComputers to stay motivated and upbeat.

Starting a New Project
Nothing gets me more excited than starting a new project. It is taking that idea you had and turning it in to something real. If it is a website I get excited about the name, the design, the content and how I am going to market it. It sort of gives your mind a break from the normal and gets you thinking about other things. New projects that I have started include this blog and I Hate My Roommate. You want to keep in mind that new projects don’t replace your current workload, they motivate you to get it done so you can work on the new project.

Adding Features
Some people may not have the freedom to start a new company or website. Why not make your current company or website better? This not only is going to get you motivated, but I’m sure your users will appreciate it. There are so many things you can add to a website to make it better. For ThinkComputers some of the new features that we have added lately are our Weekly E-mail Newsletter and our Forums. Getting these things setup kept my mind off my daily tasks and I was really excited to get them launched.

If you are feeling unmotivated or just one day is dragging into the other why not try this. Let me know if it has helped you out!