Simple Pleasures

I saw this video last night and watched it about 40 times. It’s adorable. It also made me nostalgic for my Twins’ childhood. This video pretty much summed it up, simple pleasures.

Raising twins on my own wasn’t easy. I was thankful for a good car, a great job, and a strong support system. Even with that, there were times I had to completely humble myself and say, “I need help.” I hated that part, not being able to do it all on my own. It took a long time to understand that actually, we’re not supposed to do it all on our own. I realized that to accept the kindness of others opens you up to pass it on. Good lesson.

But when things were good, my Z’s enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. The security of knowing their loved ones would pick them up when they needed and let them run through the puddles if that’s what made them happy.  They’re both filled with a lot of stress right now, normal for college aged/working young adults, but I wish they were back where puddle jumping with your bff made your day. I wish I won the lotto so I could at least take away some of their stress even knowing that they’ll be better and stronger for their lessons and struggles of today.

But for now I’ll enjoy the memories, and wish for them to find some simple pleasures today.

In the struggle between yourself and the world, second the world.

Franz Kafka

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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