My 2015 Goals: 6 Month Update

It’s hard to believe that we’re already into June of 2015, but it’s here… staring us in the face whenever we look at our calendars.

2015 goals update

Back in January, I was inspired by Tabby to make my own Goals of 2015 list to complete this year.  Yes, it’s pretty much a ‘new year resolution’ list, but I like the idea of having goals and a deadline to complete them (within reason, of course).

So, as you can see I have a separate page here on my blog for my goals, but let’s take a look and see how I’m progressing with them so far…

Sly’s 2015 Goals (Update 6/14/15):

– Post at least once a week on my blog… in progress.

Since this is an ongoing goal, I can’t say it’s completed.  And there are always circumstances that come along where I am not able to post, but I don’t think I’ve been doing too bad so far.

– Travel to a new country… not complete.

I still have yet to leave the USA as of 2015.  I just have not been able to in the last six months, but now that it’s summer, I should be able to get on that.

– Learn 24 new recipes… in progress.

Twenty-four recipes is a lot, for me anyway.  So far I’m up to eleven and all can be found on my Goals page, complete with links to the recipes.

– Try something new… not complete.

I have yet to try something that I really consider new.  No, the new recipes do not count.

– Get a part-time job after my 16th birthday… completed April 8th, 2015.

I actually got a part-time job/internship before my birthday, so that was a huge accomplishment for me this year!

– Get my girlfriend a super amazing present for our 1 year anniversary in March… completed March 1st, 2015.

Yes, I did spoil my lady this year for our first anniversary…. and you can read all about that adventure here.

– Increase my running stamina to 3 miles… in progress.

To be completely accurate, I’m currently at 2.25 miles without wearing myself out.  I don’t have too much more to go!

– Get my driving permit in May and my license by December 31st… in progress.

I’m currently halfway there.  I got my permit on my birthday, so after some lessons and practicing for about 5-6 months I’ll be able to take my test before the last day of the year.


So it looks like I’m doing pretty well, even if only two of the tasks are fully complete.  I think I will actually be able to complete my list by the end of the year.  Of course, this is assuming I don’t fail my driving test at the end of the year.  We’ll see how that works out.


Jump To Adulthood

jump to adulthood

There’s no manual when it comes to being an adult.  You have to figure out everything for yourself.  The only thing you know for sure is that you need a job so you can pay your bills.  But everything else?  Well, you have to figure that out on your own.  That’s one thing they don’t teach you in high school… or college for that matter.

Back in November 2013, at the tender age of 17, I was thrown headfirst into adulthood with the loss of my parents, as were my siblings.  Of course, my older siblings were already out on their own managing their own lives.  How?  I’m still not sure.

But as for my twin, my younger brothers and myself… we had absolutely no idea what we’d be facing in the next year and a half.  Sure, my younger brothers are still in high school, so they don’t have to worry about the actual ‘adulthood’ part of it all yet, however my twin and I had just graduated high school and adulthood was something we had to come to terms with, fast.

At first, I didn’t think I’d end up surviving on my own in a different state from my older siblings.  I figured I’d be living with one of them within a month after the accident, maybe two.  I know the only reason I was even able to push on and take my first step into the adult world was with the help of my cousin and her husband, and of course, my girlfriend and her best friend.  They didn’t necessarily “take me in” as much as they took me “under their wing” to help me out when it came to knowing how to finance a car, take out a lease on an apartment and all that other fun adult stuff.

Really, without them, I’d be living in my oldest sister’s basement… or in a cardboard box.

There’s a fine line between still being a kid and an adult for me, as I am only 18 (soon to be 19).  I’m in college and I still go out to skateboard and play soccer, but at the same time I’m living with my girlfriend and a few friends and we’re supporting ourselves.  I have a job so I can pay such bills and I’m learning to cook my own food.  I think the only thing I still don’t do is my laundry (my girlfriend is kind enough to take care of that before I can even get to it).  On the outside it seems like I have it all together, but on the inside I’m still as scared as I was when I first heard about my parents’ accident.

Life comes at you fast; you never know what’s going to happen or when you’re going to be ripped out of your childhood and thrown into the adult world.  Enjoy every moment and don’t have any regrets.

And thanks to Sly for letting me guest post this week.  Love ya bro.

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17 Before 17

17 before 17

Last Friday I turned 16 along with my brothers Seth and Scotty, and I also passed my test for my driver’s permit.

I’ve seen videos on YouTube and other blog posts that are titled “18 Before 18” or “25 before 25” which is basically a list of what that person wants do do before they turn a particular age.  So I’ve decided to compile a list of seventeen things I want to do before my 17th birthday next year.

Because I have just under a year now to finish this list, the tasks are pretty simple things to do and are certainly things that I should be able to complete in a year.

In order for me to keep the list updated, I created a separate page for it.  So you can check out my 17 Before 17 list there and let me know what you think!


1 Year Vegan

Deciding to go vegan, I will admit, was for more selfish reasons than just trying to live a life that wasn’t harming animals in any way.  I wasn’t always the healthiest kid on the planet, and I wanted to change that.  Was going vegan a little drastic? Probably.

But it’s one year later and I’m feeling better than ever.

For one thing, my stomach isn’t having the problems it used to and I feel like I have more energy each day.  Of course, I’ve also started to exercise regularly with my brother, so that also has to be taken into account for my overall feeling of health.

Of course, one of the best things that has come out of my change to the vegan lifestyle is that I have learned to prepare and cook my own meals and desserts.  Since I am the only vegan living in my house, I really had no choice but to learn how to make my own meals if I was going to continue being vegan.  And I suppose I’m lucky that everyone in the house enjoy the vegan meals and treats I make, because I sometimes tend to make more than I can eat on my own.

So, here’s to my 1 year vegan-versary and to anyone else who is also celebrating a milestone in their vegan journey!


Losing You

In life, people drift apart – friends, ex-lovers, even family.

It’s almost inevitable.

Physical distance doesn’t seen like much these days, with video chatting and texting, but it still pulls you away from the ones you love.  Soon enough, they might be known as ‘the ones you loved.’

I don’t want that to happen to us.  We already have the physical distance of living in different states, even when school’s out for the summer.  I don’t want us to become the ones that lost touch because we got busy living our own separated lives.

You mean too much to me.

I would not be where I am without you.  Without you, I’d probably still be sitting in a dark room staring at the walls hating how my life got to that point.  I’d still be depressed.  And if you ever left me, I’d be depressed all over again.  I honestly don’t think I can live my life without you.

I don’t know what the future holds for us, whether we’re meant to be forever or not.  I just want you to always be there.

Because the thing that scares me the most, is losing you.


To Sarah.
  Love, Sly.

Vegan Zucchini Pasta [recipe]

Pasta is one of my favorite dishes to eat for dinner. It was something my mom always made for our family because it was pretty easy to make in big quantities and because we all loved it so much. I think one of my personal favorites was when she made just plain old spaghetti and meatballs. Of course, being a vegan now I can’t have it exactly the way she made it, but I can still come close.

Anyway, I still eat pasta quite a bit. My sister’s friend actually gave me this recipe she found for some really good zucchini pasta and with the help of Lindsey, we were able to make it last night… and it was good!

vegan zucchini pasta & creamy avacado-cucumber sauce

zucchini pasta & creamy avocado-cucumber sauce

What you need:

1 large zucchini grape, cherry or mini heirloom tomatoes, halved jalapeno, thinly sliced and seeds removed, arugula pea shoots, zest of one lemon

Avocado-Cucumber Puree:

1 medium avocado 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thick a few large leaves of basil, juice of 1 lemon, 2 garlic clove,s 1/4 teaspoon white pepper or black pepper to taste, salt to taste


Prepare your zucchini noodles julienne style or spiraled. Or alternately, cook your pasta of choice- 1.5 cups For the puree, place all ingredients into a food processor/blender and process until creamy. Taste for flavor adding anything extra you might like. Toss zucchini pasta with avocado-cucumber puree and a handful of arugula. Serve with tomatoes, peas shoots, jalapenos, lemon zest, lemon wedges and fresh cracked pepper.


Let me tell you, for someone who has never had zucchini flavored anything before, I loved this! I was wary of it, of course, since I had never tried something like this before (and really, green pasta?). But I even went back for another plate and a half of this because it was just so good. I can’t wait until we make this again!

But I might have to add in a few extra workouts when I do.


Good Things Are Happening

I’m just going to get straight to the point and tell you what’s been going on.

First of all, for those of you who don’t know, I am home-schooled enrolled in an online high school.  This high school happens to be an academy that sprouted off of a large Christian University in our country.  So I am able to work at my own pace, as fast or as slow as I want depending on the amount of classes I want to take each semester.

Anyway, the news pertaining to my schooling is that I have been accepted into the academy’s EDGE Dual Enrollment program – which is a program for the high school juniors and seniors to start earning college credit while finishing their high school diploma.  At the end of the program, so long as I complete all the required courses, I will have an Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies the same time I finish my high school diploma.

The second thing that has happened is that I got a job.  I know I’ve been doing freelance photography and graphic/web design for the last 6 months or so, but one of the clients I had assisted creating a web page with knew someone with a design company and gave them my name.  I got a call about two weeks ago to come in and talk to the guy about possibly working with him.  When I went in to meet him, he offered me a paid part-time intern position – and of course I took it!  So now I get to go in the office twice a week and get paid for something I love to do as well as learn even more about it from the professionals who work there!

Needless to say, I am really loving how everything is working out right now.  Sure, the internship isn’t paid much and is very short hours, but I’m getting to learn at the same time so I really can’t complain.

I hope things are going great for the rest of you as well.