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39 Days Until We’re Homeless in Chattanooga

In 39 days my family might be homeless in Chattanooga TN.

For the whole story you can start the series HERE.

Since the first e-mail yesterday, I’ve been getting some questions. I’ll answer them here, because I’m sure many of you are wondering the same things.

“What about your business?”

It’s a fair question. It’s a polite way of asking if I’ve just been sitting on my ass all day or if I should try a different job. But that’s okay. I don’t mind telling you what’s going on.

Business is going well. I’m actually leaving tomorrow for an assignment out of town that’s one of my highest paying yet. Successes like that give me hope. I need it, because I’m almost out.

It’s the mountain of debt and other circumstances that are killing us.

  • I lost a $35K a year client, and I’m still feeling that impact. That forced us to put almost 2 years of apartment rent on credit cards.
  • My 2mo baby has kidney problems, specifically hydronephritis.
  • I just got two letters from different agencies telling me that property taxes were screwed up in 2015 and 2016. Together those two letters are asking for over $10K, payable within 30 days.

Then there’s still the whole getting kicked out of our apartment because I have too many kids thing.

There’s a lot of other stuff going on too. I’ll elaborate more as this series goes on.

Here’s one way you can help. Support me with your shopping!  Here’s a link to resources where most of my business is conducted.

One of my income sources I want to tell you about is a horror book written by my mom and published through Amazon. You can find it right HERE. Buy a copy. Buy a thousand. It’d make me and my mom really happy.

I’ll be sending out quite a few e-mails in the coming days that will give more info and show different ways you can help. I’m going to be hustling like I’ve never hustled before.

The best way you can help me is by spreading the word. Please forward this e-mail on to everyone you know. I need as many people as possible to know about this in case they can help us or know someone else who can.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Please connect with me if you have any questions.

A GoFundMe page has been set up HERE.

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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40 Days Until We’re Homeless in Chattanooga

In 40 days my family might be homeless in Chattanooga TN.

Me, my wife, and our five kids make a family of seven, with kids ranging from 12yo down to 2  months. We’re getting kicked out of our 3 bedroom apartment because we go over the 2-person-per-bedroom rule, even though one of the kids is just an infant. That also means we can’t rent another 3 bedroom place and local 4 bedroom houses are out of our budget.

I don’t know what we’re going to do.

Basically, I need to make a year’s worth of income in the next 40 days to pay down debt and afford a place.

I need your help.

I’m not asking for a handout. I’m just asking you to support my business, buy any of the stuff I’m selling to downsize, and tell everyone you know who might be able to help in some way.

I’ll be making a lot of posts in the coming days that will give more info and show different ways you can help. I’m going to be hustling like I’ve never hustled before.

The best way you can help me is by spreading the word. Please forward this e-mail on to everyone you know. I need as many people as possible to know about this in case they can help us or know someone else who can.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Please connect with me if you have any questions.

Here’s a link to resources where most of my business is conducted.

A GoFundMe page has been set up HERE.

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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Resources for My 40 Days to Homeless Thread

If you’re following my 40 Days to Homeless e-mail thread, below are the resources I mentioned.

If you didn’t get here from that thread, please check out my GoFundMe page to get an idea of what’s going on.

Thanks!

Ebay is where me and the kids will be selling a lot of our toys, comic collections, and other stuff.

Most of my book collections will be sold on Amazon.

I sell a lot of digital products on Gumroad and Fiverr.

My written works in print and for Kindle are sold on Amazon.

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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I Look Like a Big Hairy Chicken in the Bod Pod Egg

Check me out in the Bod Pod! I look like a big bearded chicken.

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I first read about the Bod Pod device in Tim Ferriss’ book 4 Hour Body. He praised it as one of the most accurate body fat measurement devices around. I’d done the caliper thing before, but always wanted to try the pod. When I found out that Coastal Carolina University, a local school, had one I immediately made an appointment. After doing so, you’ll never see me playing with the calipers again. The test was crazy cheap considering what the device cost. It was only $35 and less than an hour, and I was done.

For the skinny (pun intended) on what a Bod Pod does, here’s the verbiage from the COSMED website

“The BOD POD Gold Standard Body Composition Tracking System is an air displacement plethysmograph which uses whole-body densitometry to determine body composition (fat and fat-free mass) in adults and children, and can accommodate a wide range of populations. A full test requires only about 5 minutes, and provides highly accurate, safe, comfortable, and fast test results.”

Basically, it tests your mass and density using air instead of water or calipers.

Before I show you my results, let’s first look at some photos.

First, this happened. I think Stacey, lab coordinator extraordinaire accidentally hit the Matrix button. Oops!

Matrix-pod-Bod PodOnce we left that ‘verse and came back she made another wrong turn.

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Finally, we made it back to reality.

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Before I show you my results, I’m going to admit that they’re not at all flattering. I’m okay with that. Not happy, but okay. I’m big on transparency and group accountability in fitness and nutrition. I know so many obese people that stay that way because they hide everything they do.

I’ve been on a big tear lately to lose some weight. I hit my highpoint of piggishness at 252 pounds last year. I carried it well, but I felt like crap. Just kind of heavy and clunky all the time. Now I’m thirty pounds lighter. I feel much better, but I’ve not hit my happy point yet, as you’ll see from the results.

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That’s right. 28.9% body fat. It’s high, and it’s all my fault. I own that. Most of it is pasta and burgers and Mountain Dew.

In case you’re wondering why it’s worth it to know stats like this, I’ll tell you what it means to me. The last time I measured my fat, it was with calipers, and I came in at 24%. With the error variability potential with calipers I’m going to just say that I’m still at the same level, even though I’m 30 pounds lighter. Knowing these stats now means that I need to radically change my workout and weight loss profile. Essentially, I’ve burned off nearly 30 pounds of muscle with my calorie restriction diet. I knew I was doing that some but not this bad. My original plan was to burn down to 200 pounds and then beef back up to a muscular but way less obese 220 pounds. I’m going to alter my plan now to focus exclusively on fat-burning and lean muscle building in my workouts and eat foods that support the same. Calorie restriction with moderate exercise gave me a jumpstart, but now it’s time to change.

Here’s an interesting fact about the Bod Pod. Hair holds air and can therefore alter the results slightly. The mere fierceness of my beard likely swayed the results somewhat. Not enough to make me a lot less porky, but it’s still pretty cool to know that my beard has its own presence.

Thanks to Dr. Darden for the use of the lab. Thanks again for coaching my son’s baseball team last year as well. Folks, keep your eyes peeled for the name Darden in a few years. The Dr’s son is an amazing baseball player and will likely be making headlines at some point.

Thanks to Mrs. Stacey Beam for administering the test and scoring me an awesome parking spot on campus. Thanks also for not making fun of me too much for being fat.

As an added bonus I also got the chance to see the always wonderful and supermodel beautiful Sara Wise, who works at the school. Guys, I won’t post a pic of her because she is already taken.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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Baby Number 5 is Here!

I know you’ve gotten accustomed to a new blog post each week, and I wanted to apologize for not having a new one this week. In lieu of a new post, I’ll show you a picture of my excuse for being so busy today.

Sherlock Watson Powers was born last week. Even though he’s our fifth child, each one takes a little getting used to. What I’m finding more difficult than I expected is staying up all night as a 42-year-old.

Next week…the first week of each month I profile a new resource or addition to the required reading list.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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How Much Money Did Your Business Make in the First Month of the Year? Mine Made…

How wide open are you with your business and your numbers? How wide open do you need to be?

I just finished up an awesomely productive three days with Ryan McRae of ADHD Nerd. I profiled him recently in one of my Success Stories. We worked on a lot of things. I kept him on track a little and helped him escape to the Hot Chocolatier at the right moment. He helped me open up a new revenue stream.

We also shared lots of numbers and stats openly about how we do business. I’m talking income pluses and minuses, checkbook accounts, everything. It helped us both make better decisions about our respective futures.

That’s something I’ve always respected about my friend Dan Miller as well. On his podcast and his conferences, he’s always wide open about income from various streams he’s trying. He’s quick to say what works and why or why not.

I’m not saying you need to blab your financial secrets and stats all over the world on Twitter. What I am saying though, is that it might be good to find someone you can share these things with. Give it a try. A good friend or mentor might have some new insight that will help you level up.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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What the heck is Hot Chocolatier, you ask? I’ll answer it with a pic of the Squirrel I got. ‘Nuff said.

 

The image at the top of the blog was grabbed from Think Tank, one of my favorite comics, by Matt Hawkins, one of my favorite writers. The comic is one of those stories that’s so realistic it’s really scary.


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Shhh! It’s My Quiet Time.

In this post I’m assuming you have a regular quiet time. If you don’t, go check out my friend Kent Julian’s post on Leading Your Life from Quiet.

So, how do you do your quiet time? I’d love to know, so please tell me in the comments below.

Here’s how I do it…

In our current state of family, all six of us are crammed into a small apartment. We’re trying out a minimalist arrangement until we decide to build our dream house, so it’s hard to find quiet time here. I also homeschool, so it’s not like I’m shipping them off on a school bus and then enjoying a quiet morning.

I have to carve out my quiet time first thing in the morning before anyone else wakes up, which is around 7am. If the kids happen to wake up early, I take my quiet time outside to the courtyard in between apartments. No one is out there in the mornings.

I make my 30-in-30 breakfast and sit down with the newspaper. I know it’s old school, but I like the feel of a newspaper in my hands and connecting with the goings-on in my community through that.

Then I do my daily Bible reading. I also read a chapter in a Bible-related book. I just finished reading Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson. As I do both of these I keep my journal handy to take notes on things God is showing me. I end this with a prayer time.

After all this I take some time to stretch. If the kids are up by now, they often join me. If not, the quiet time lasts longer, and this time of stretching also becomes a time of meditation.

Then I’m ready to tackle the day.

So, how do you do it?

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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My breakfast regimen came from 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss

Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson

 

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Announcing Our Newest Sponsor…Peak Energy Performance Therapy

I wanted to announce the newest sponsor who is assisting the Powers family on our adventures. Carrie Lane and Peak Energy Performance Therapy will be helping us with a program we need to turn our bodies into finely tuned human performance machines.

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Carrie Lane with Meghan Briggs, a track and field star at the University of Virginia. *Do not stand in front of her if she’s holding a javelin!

If you’ve known me long, you know that me and all the kids are always into something sporty and adventurous. Up until now our fitness protocols have kind of been hit or miss. Don’t get me wrong, we haven’t been lazy. It’s just that there was never a master plan to what we were doing to stay fit and improve on that. Carrie and her crew will be assisting with that. She’ll be whipping us into shape with specialized workout plans that deal directly with our goals.

Here’s a rundown of what we’re getting into these days…

Me- 41yo, prepping for a Goruck Tough Challenge that promises 10-12 miles of fun with a 30# pack

Abishai- 12yo, prepping for a spring baseball season as a third baseman

Benaiah- 9yo, prepping for his first half-marathon in the spring

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I’ve known Carrie Lane for a while. I’ve even been rock climbing with her once or twice.  She’s amazing and quite famous in athletic circles for her coaching ability. She’s had a successful career coaching college and professional track and field athletes.  Now she designs online training and lifting plans for outdoor-minded athletes, namely mountaineers, trekkers, alpine climbers, and distance runners. This fits perfectly into what our family busy with.

I’m really looking forward to what she’s gonna do for us. Stay tuned here and on my social media outlets as I’ll be posting frequently about our progress.

Be sure to check her out at Peak Energy Performance Therapy. Here’s an awesome interview my son did with her about coaching- My Interview with Running Coach Carrie Lane. She’s one of his role models, and he wants to be a running coach when he grows up.

If your company is interested in sponsoring us as well, please get in touch.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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Got Ruck?

How many of you out there enjoy rucking for exercise? I’m hoping it’s not just the former military guys that do it. Check out this article about me that just came out recently. I hope it will stoke your fires!

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.CallSignRedbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

PS…This article makes my baby girl’s first appearance in the media!


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Are You Living Life Forward?

My good friend Kent Julian has a business that revolves around living life forward. As a matter of fact, it’s called Live It Forward. In case you’re not familiar with the concept, he expresses it as “empowering you to move from dream to do”. I’ve known him for a number of years, and he not only teaches others to do it but lives it in his own life.

Well, guess what? This year will be the inaugural launch of his new Live It Forward Advance conference!

It’s going to be a blast, and I’ve already bought my ticket to go. But here’s why I’m telling you right now. Kent is big on giving out BONUS stuff, so I’d like to offer you a bonus for attending Kent’s event with me…

  1. Sign up now and you get early bird pricing.
  2. Use my coupon code “drdavid” and save a few bucks even off the early bird.
  3. Let me know you used my code, and I’ll give you a copy of one of my ‘super duper awesome’ books when we meet at the conference.

If you’re someone I already know, that’s wonderful! If you’re someone I don’t know, and you’re using my code, what an awesome way to make new friends at a Live It Forward conference.

I hope to see you there!

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Live It Forward Advance Conference (don’t forget to use the coupon code!)

PS…Check it out! Kent and I even go to the same barber. He’s the shiny one on the left.

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