The Good Life

May 4, 2012

As our evening is coming to a close in the Good household, we realized that we have been blogging for 176 days straight. Just 5 days short of 6 months of blog posts!

You have heard about our adventures, read about our struggles, and have watched our son grow up right along with us.

You have probably laughed with us (or at us, which is fine too) and perhaps cried with us (as I did while writing some of my posts).

Looking back, I can remember the day we nervously published our first post. We sat stiffly on our living room couch and shot a video. I had Jude draped over my shoulder like a limp dishtowel. He was about 8 weeks old.

I remember feeling vulnerable and nervous, nervous you would think we were a little nutty. I’m OK with that now if you still do. I am a crunchy mamaย after all! (Thanks to Jody Berkey for alerting me to the fact!)

I feel thankful, thankful for the opportunity to do what we are doing. I feel thankful to be meeting all of you. I feel thankful to be working through fears and insecurities and thankful to have this “journal” of our lives which we wouldn’t normally have. That alone is enough to keep me blogging till I am 106!

Thanks to you, we have grown stronger and wiser. I feel like a different person than I was 6 months ago! We have challenged one another and pushed each other to new limits.

So, here’s to all of you! 176 days of a beautiful story, written together. Cheers! Here’s to many more!

Question: How did you first find us here at rise365?

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  • Reply Joe Lalonde May 4, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Congrats on coming up on 6 months of blog posts! It’s an amazing feeling. isn’t it?

    As for how I found you guys, I believe it was through Kevin Miller and Free Agent Academy. Kevin mentioned the blog or something and I decided to check it out.

    Thanks for the great stuff you’re putting out and sharing your life with us. It’s been a short time I’ve been reading you but it’s been fun. Keep up the great work.

    • Reply Claudia Good May 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

      It is an amazing feeling! You just got there too didn’t you? (forgive me if I am thinking of someone else)

      Ah yes… FAA and Kevin Miller. Love that group! Wouldn’t be here had Michael not joined FAA ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for your support Joe! You’ve been a huge encouragement for us!

      • Reply Joe Lalonde May 4, 2012 at 8:32 am


        You are correct. My first full month of blogging started in October and I had a few days in September.

        That’s awesome that Kevin and FAA has been such a blessing to you guys. It’s always great to have a kick in the butt.

    • Reply Michael Good May 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks, Joe! Yeah, great feeling. Didn’t know you found us through FAA.

      We’re blessed to have connected with you!

  • Reply Michael Wright May 4, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Way to go! And the fact you’re doing it together as a couple, even better. I can’t talk the Queen into going “public”..hehe. And think, one day – lil’ Jude, he’ll be posting some good stuff on wholeheartedhuman.com as well! It’s only by exercising those writing and communication skills that you get better and you’re both doing it.

    I think I saw your site mentioned on a Coach Radio post or a Kevin Gainey post….or they were actually linked together to your post….not sure, but I’m here now! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply Claudia Good May 4, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Maybe she’ll come into the “public” one of these days. I was very hesitant to blog about my life for a long tim ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Hahaha that is a funny picture to think of Jude blogging… but I love it!

      Yes, we are huge fans of Justin Lukasavige and have gotten to know Kevin Gainey through FAA. I think he was Michael’s roomate at the meetup he went to in Colorado back in Sept of last year.

    • Reply Michael Good May 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Boy, that’ll be something, Michael! Jude, old enough to write!

      Actually, I was looking at getting him a Twitter account the other day. Kind of just for fun, kind of to reserve him a decent ID if Twitter is still around later. Chances are though, there will be something else besides Twitter by then.

      • Reply Michael Wright May 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        Now that is thinking ahead! I’ve never used twitter at all. The irony of it all is that I work in the telecom industry, yet refuse to get a “smart” phone. We decided to simplify several years back and all I have is a prepaid phone that costs me about $100 a year or less (for emergencies)…most of the time I can’t find the thing anyways.

        • Reply Michael Good May 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

          Well, as long as you know what works for you. No need to get one just because.

          We had iphones but have since downgraded because it wasn’t a necessity and we were looking to lower our expenses.

  • Reply Chris Peek May 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Congrats. You all are troopers blogging for 176 days straight. I’m pretty sure Michael connected with me on Twitter, and shortly thereafter, he joined our Monday group. I’m grateful to have met you all and honored to be on this journey with you. Keep pressin’ on!

    • Reply Michael Good May 4, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks, Chris! Yeah, I think I had seen you around on Twitter and FAA. And now, it’s great to get to spend time with you and the other guys each week.

  • Reply Ann J Musico May 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Yes, Claudia – many, many more. What a pleasure it has been for me to get to know you this far and to be able to share in your adventures! I look forward to the next 176!

    • Reply Claudia Good May 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Pleasure has truly been ours! It has been an adventure… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Ryan Ash May 4, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Great post, Claudia! I can’t wait until our trip! I’m so excited about getting to hang out with you guys and talk about what’s next! You all are building a wonderful community here, and there’s a lot of potential to do some incredible things!

    • Reply Michael Good May 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks, Ryan! We’re really looking forward to the meetup as well. It’ll be great to meet you and Ashley in person!

    • Reply Claudia Good May 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Ditto to what Michael said below Ryan!
      So excited to see you guys as well! Can’t wait to talk through and share some of what’s next with you guys, and hear what is on your heart’s for the future!

      • Reply Ryan Ash May 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

        I feel exactly the same way! Very excited!

  • Reply Skip Prichard May 5, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I just found your blog, and am enjoying it. It’s amazing how you can get lost in a good blog!

    • Reply Michael Good May 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Skip, and for your kind words!

      I checked out your interview with Tony Hsieh. Great interview, by the way! I’m reading Delivering Happiness now so it was really great to hear the perspective of your interview.

    • Reply Ryan Ash May 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Lol! You’re going to be “lost” for a while on this one, Skip! Michael and Claudia are pretty amazing people!

  • Reply Kent Julian May 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    It’s been a privilege joining you on your journey. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

    • Reply Claudia Good May 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      My pleasure Kent! Never knew what we were missing out on. Thanks for being a constant source of inspiration and encouragement… wouldn’t be where we are without you!

  • Reply J Cleveland Payne May 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Congratulations on your 6 month run of posting. I can never remember how I stumble across a blog, but I know I came across Rise 365 somewhere in the first month. Way to keep motivated, consistent, and informative. It is easy to tell you are both learning and having fun, and I am glad to get the chance to learn and have fun along side.

    • Reply Claudia Good May 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Hey thanks J Cleveland!
      Was it through the 48 days website? We have a lot of connections there ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome place to connect!

      • Reply J Cleveland Payne May 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

        I’m sure it was somewhere through the 48 Days website. I am not an very active at posting there, since my comments seem to get lost in the shuffle. but I do a lot of reading and monitoring threads and discussions.

        • Reply Claudia Good May 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

          J Cleveland,
          It is a HUGE group of people that is for sure…
          Do you put your blog posts up on 48 days?

  • Reply crystalmgood May 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    how cool! I have LOVED following your blog. You guys are blazing trails!

    • Reply Claudia Good May 10, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Thanks Crystal! Your support means so much to us you sweet lady ๐Ÿ˜‰
      p.s. I like your pic up in the corner… love that one of you… beautiful you are, beautiful.

  • Reply Rob Clinton May 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    That is so awesome! Way to keep making it happen you two… Love what you have to share, your unfolding story, and I’m always inspired. Keep it up, Thanks for being there!

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