…to one of my FAVORITE former Blackhawks boys.  Happy Birthday, Adam Burish 🙂

One of my favorite men on the planet. 🙂

Say What You Want…

Posted: January 5, 2012 in Blackhawks

…but I still love the guy.  Okay?  Okay.  Oh Daniel Carcillo,  I hope I see you play again…someday.

Tattoo Peek-A-Boo


Me & Mr. Danny Pants.


Click on this one for the FULL "Happy" 🙂

I realize that I haven’t had very much to talk about lately.  Well, I have, but not a lot of time or desire to write.  I’ve been SO BUSY it’s ridiculous.  Oh my goodness.  So today, I’m just going to leave this page open, and blab about what’s on my mind.  Ready?  Launch.

Topic 1: Dan Carcillo.  Okay look, it’s no secret that I ADORE Dan Carcillo.  Why?  I really don’t know.  But he’s awesome.  And I don’t mean “just on the ice,” because quite frankly, he’s not always awesome on the ice.  I’m talking like, in person, he’s a really nice guy.  I like his spirit, even if it does get a little out of control sometimes.  I love his passion and excitement.  I don’t know, I just love the guy.  But that “hit” the other night (or, as some may call it, shove, push, slam, dumbass move…etc.) was just dirty, Daniel.  I saw it happen, thought to myself “Oh god, really, another suspension?  What is wrong with you?!” It was a really stupid move on his part, that is true.  And he’s going to get his hearing today, and he will deserve whatever punishment he receives.  That much is true.  But I’m sorry, just because he made one bad decision (okay, more than one…but it happens!) doesn’t mean the city of Chicago should shun him, call him a f*cking idiot or wish that he would die.  Seriously, I’ve heard all of these things in the same sentence from a so-called Chicago fan.  You can be mad at the guy, yes, I am too.  But the fact is, he’s a part of our team, and when he’s NOT being a bonehead, he’s fairly productive, playing his role, and making other people happy.  People make mistakes.  And yes, some mistakes are worse than others.  But the fact is, things like this happen.  It’s unfortunate, but they do.  He should be punished for his actions, yes, but goddamit stop wishing death on him!  That’s just plain uncalled for!  Think about the last time you made a big mistake at your job.  A mistake where you deserved major punishment.  A mistake you didn’t sit there and think, “Gee, I’m going to royally fuck up today because that’s who I am!”  Chances are, every mistake you’ve made has been accidental.  You didn’t sit there and think through the whole thing…because if you did, the mistake wouldn’t have been made.  Now think again about that HUGE MISTAKE you made.  Maybe it lost an account for your company.  Maybe it caused someone else to get fired.  Whatever the end result, you probably felt pretty guilty, right?  And you accepted any punishment given to you, am I correct?  Your coworkers were probably pissed at you, your boss was probably pissed at you, and your Regional Manager probably gave you a stern talking to, possibly even suspended you from your duties or forced you to “take time off.”  Think about how you felt.  All you did was wish you could go back in time and change what you did, because you realize it was the wrong move, am I right?  Now think again about when you came back, whether it was the next day or the next month.  You still probably had that sense of guilt, but you probably also worked extra hard to prove to everyone that was still mad at you that you weren’t out to make things bad for everyone…that it was just a mistake.  And let’s be honest here, that one HUGE mistake…it probably wasn’t your first slip up, and it probably won’t be your last.  Maybe it will be your last BIG slip up, but you will continue to make mistakes, because you are human.  You will continue to slip up on things here and there, whether at work or at home, and you will continue to accept the consequences for your actions like an adult, and use each mistake as a learning experience.  There, now please apply this entire concept to Danny Boy.  Big mistake and/or dumb decision…yeah, but it’s not the first and surely not the last.  And he’s not the only person who’s done it before.  So stop acting like he’s some sort of “danger to humanity” and allow him to serve his suspension AND injury time off and learn from his incredibly dumb mistake, okay?  For the love of Pete, he’s HUMAN!  These things happen.  Everyone fucks up at their job here and there, and some times are worse than others.  But we all get back up, try our hardest not to make those mistakes again, and no matter how hard we try…mistakes still come.  So get off his back, let him serve his time and go back to supporting the rest of the team instead of wasting all of your energy cutting him down.  For fucks sake, go be a fan and cheer on the team that’s playing tomorrow in Philly. 

Topic 2: My vacation. Ok deep breath.  Now I’m done ranting about moronic “fans.”  Sigh.  Here we go.  So…a month from Friday, I leave on vacation.  If you don’t know, Brian & I are doing a big Blackhawks roadtrip.  We’re hitting up their games in Denver, San Jose and Phoenix…plus a day in Vegas, just for a break.  Oddly enough, the night that we’re flying into Phoenix is the night my cousin is getting married, so various parts of my family will be down there.  We aren’t going to the wedding itself, but we’ll probably get together with my dad and a few random pieces of the Goodrich crew.  But seriously, I am so excited for this.  I haven’t taken a real “vacation” in a while.  A weekend here, a mini roadtrip there, but nothing like this in a few years.  And I’ve NEVER hit up this many cities in one trip in my life.  We have everything booked except for a couple of flights, and with prices going up and down and up and down day by day, I’m just waiting a little while longer to see if we can snag a deal.  I’m hoping that’s the case.  If not, well, at least the flights (even at their most expensive) are pretty doable and Southwest doesn’t charge for checked bags.  So yay.  Vacation, almost ready.  And at all three games, we never sit higher than 9 rows off the ice.  Sweet deal. 

Topic 3: Why I am a Beachbody Coach.  This is something that’s been bothering me for a while.  While Beachbody Coaching is a “job,” yes, and it does earn me a side income (which is why I encourage everyone to consider it if fitness is something they are passionate about…) the money is NOT why I do this.  The reason I am a Beachbody Coach is because I truly believe in the products, the company, and…most importantly…the results.  I am a 100% Beachbody Success Story, and I love this company.  I joined because I wanted to help other people achieve the same results (or better ones) than I have personally achieved!  Everyone needs some sort of motivation, and that is why I do what I do!  I don’t do it “for the paycheck” or “to get a discount.”  While these are all really great perks, I do this because I want to help people.  I want to “End the Trend” of obesity.  I want to help everyone I know reach their full potential.  I want to show people that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get your body to where you want it to be.  I want to prove that a DVD program WORKS just as well (if not better) than their expensive gym membership.  I want to show everyone that fitness and nutrition can be fun.  I want to prove that not everything you see in an infomercial is a gimmick (although most infomercials are…) and I want to show people that there is no “miracle pill” or “magical machine” that is going to get them into the best shape of their life.  You have to put in the effort both in the kitchen and in the workout, but if you have the right tools, the right support and the right company backing you 100%, YOU CAN DO IT.  So that is why I am a Beachbody Coach.  I do it because I want to see you succeed.  Would I love to reach the level where I can quit my full time job and have Coaching as my primary income, well yeah!  Who wouldn’t?!  But if I were to stay exactly where I am right now, financially with Coaching, if I were helping enough people see their true potential, the thank yous that they give me is worth more than any paycheck.  And I will be happy. 

Topic 4: Camera. So in regards to my vacation, I need a new camera.  Mine is starting to do funny things.  Like…lock up for no reason.  It’s still functional, but I’ve wanted to upgrade for a while now, and I figure now it’s necessary.  So hopefully this week I’ll be able to buy one.  I sure hope so, I really do.  I want the Canon Rebel t3i, and Best Buy has a pretty decent sale on one with a super zoom lens package thingy.  (Like my pro lingo there?)  So hopefully I can get my hands on that baby…soon!  So yeah, buy some artwork so I can afford a better one, would ya? 😉

Topic 5: John Madden.  NO DALE TALLON, YOU CAN’T BE AS COOL AS WE WERE IN 2010.  I don’t care that these are primarily “your guys,” stop signing all of the players we had to get rid of because of your mistakes in Chicago (which, by the way, you are already bound to repeat in Florida…) John Madden, love him to death, is now a Panther, along with Versteeg, Kopecky, and Campbell.  Well, and Skille, but we’re not really counting him in this blurb.  Dale Tallon is like that annoying kid who keeps trying to sit with you at the lunch table in elementary school.  He’s really annoying and dorky, and kind of a buzzkill (because, you know, you use that word all the time in elementary school…) but he just keeps trying to be as cool as you.  Each day he does something new to try and impress you or to try to be you.  He shows up with new clothes, he brings your favorite treats to try to convince you he’s cool.  He wears the same shirt you wore last week.  He brings in cookies.  But still, no matter how awesome he tries to be, he’s still annoying as hell and you do not want to let him sit next to you at lunch.  And by the way, he kinda smells.  So yeah, take that Tallon!  You smell!  Stop trying to be Chicago in 2010.  You just can’t ever recreate that magic.  It was magic.  It was chemistry.  You just can’t buy it back.  It has to show up. 

And that’s about all that’s on my mind right now.  So….yeah, go Hawks.  Beat the Flyers.  The last time we were there…this happened:

So let’s talk for a few minutes here.  This one is a ramble entry.  Each year, I tend to go back and reflect on things I’ve learned, things I want to accomplish and whatnot for the new year.  So let’s reflect.  2011 was a year of ups and downs.  A LOT of ups, but still it had its share of downs.  Just like any year, you have to learn to balance the good with the bad and keep your perspective positive.  Every day is a new learning experience.  You will learn from your mistakes, from your fights, from your happiness and from your sadness.  You will learn something every day of your life, and if you keep your mind, ears and eyes open, you will draw something positive from each one.  In 2011, I learned a lot.

I learned that no matter how much you close off your heart, love can still get in.  Love from friends, family…or love of another human who you’re destined to spend your life with.  It may show up when you’re least expecting it, and it may show up at an awkward time…causing you to shift priorities and disconnect some friendships, but if the love is worth it, the choice is easy.  Love is the most amazing feeling you will ever experience, if you’re lucky enough to allow it to find you.

I’ve learned that trust is earned, not given.  Putting your trust in someone is a great way of being positive and looking for the best in everyone, but some people just don’t deserve it.  I’ve learned to be more careful with what information I give to which people, and I’ve learned to withhold certain things from people who don’t deserve to know it.  No one needs to know everything about me, especially those who aren’t close to me.  If I trust you enough to tell you certain things, you know you are loved, you are respected, and you have been accepted as a vital part of my life.

I’ve learned that no friendship is forever in the capacity it is today.  They will come and go; disconnect, reconnect and disconnect again.  It’s not worth being bitter over or fighting about, because that is how things happen.  The person you spend the most time with right now may not be the person you see even once a year in the next two months.  But that doesn’t mean that their friendship is not as valuable as it once was.  It just means that your bond now is strong enough to stand up to distance or time…or just the opposite.  It was never strong enough in the first place, and therefore needed to be severed.  Friendships change…they get stronger, they become weaker, but appreciate them for what they are, and the changes will be easier to accept.

Expanding further on that, I’ve learned that you can know someone for your entire life, and you could be best friends since the 3rd grade, but at the end of the day, if they’re not going to show you respect, love and support, they aren’t worth your time.  You will have your disagreements, but when disagreements cross the line into blatant disrespect and slander, a friendship should end.  Friendship is important to me. Each year, it’s sad that some people have to show me who they truly are and, in turn, be completely dismissed from my life. But the good side of that is that their disappearance makes room for some of the most amazing friendships I’ve ever had to take their place.

I have learned that when I put my mind to it, I can do ANYTHING.  All it takes is a little bit of support, a little bit of encouragement and a whole lot of drive.  I am smart, I am capable, and I have the ability to truly take over the world if I really put forth the effort.

I have learned that every person has courage inside of them.  My courage to face each day is something that my great friends have given back to me in the past few years.  I have tried new things, talked to new people, had new experiences that a few years ago…I would have never dreamed possible.  I have not only let in new things, but I have pushed away old, toxic things on all levels of life.  And though I fail at some things, I succeed at so many more.  You have to take chances, or else the most glorious moments in life will pass you by and you will have no idea.

I’ve learned that reconnecting with people you haven’t seen in years can either be a blessing or a curse. Sometimes it’s the greatest feeling on earth because you have reconnected a long-lost friendship, but sometimes it makes you realize why that person was pushed out of your life in the first place.

I’ve learned that being happy is more than just money or possessions.  Sure, it helps, and having enough money to survive is important, but there are more important things to life than going to every Hawks home game, buying the coolest clothes or having a Range Rover.  If you surround yourself with enough love, the happiness will come.

I have discovered that my resolution for 2012 is not only to lose that last stubborn 20-25 lbs that I’ve been trying to shed for years, but also to be more positive, driven, and motivated to reach every goal that I can possibly set forth.  I have discovered that all it will take for me to truly succeed is will power, support, and my own positive thinking…realizing that I CAN do it, and I should let NO ONE stop me.  If one person says no, I have to move on to the next.  I can’t let one person’s negativity or bad words crush my spirit or determination.  After all, there are two ways to have the tallest building in the land…you can build a new, sturdy, beautiful building…or you can use tools to viciously tear down all the ones around you with more height.  Which path would you rather choose?

I have discovered that no matter how I feel about myself, I am beautiful, inside and out.  It doesn’t matter what people think or say if they are not a piece of my daily life.  The people around me think highly of me, and I think highly of myself.  I love me, I love who I have turned out to be, and I love who I am becoming every day.  I love the path that my life has led me to follow, and I love the people who it has brought into my life.  I love the people who have been eliminated, whether they believe it or not.  Okay, maybe love is the wrong word, but I respect them.  Even if you have hurt me in the past, I forgive you and respect you.  Always forgive, but I never forget.  I am a good person who deserves nothing short of the best. I’ve learned that I should only surround myself with positive influences and good times. I’ve learned that I have to take the bad times and look for that silver lining. It’s always there somewhere. I’ve learned that I have to LEARN. Each mistake I make and every heartbreak that comes my way is a learning experience. Every heart I break or every friendship I may ruin, though a big mistake, will teach me a lesson. I’ve learned that I cannot live with regret. Regret only eats away at you, day by day. It’s senseless to dwell on the past. I’ve learned to look for love in the least obvious of places when you’re down. Look for love in all of life’s disappointments. Never go a day without love. Love for yourself, love for others, love for your life, love for everything around you.

Love with all of your heart. Take chances. Make mistakes. Make friends. Say what you feel. Don’t hold back. Appreciate yourself. Appreciate your true friends. Don’t underestimate the power of the love of your friends and family. Don’t underestimate the power of a good song lyric. (You may end up getting it tattooed on your body.) Give your all to everything you do. Live like there is no tomorrow. Love your life, and always remember to stay positive!


Welcome to 27 Corey, it’s a lot of fun, I swear!

Second…this is what I did tonight.  Happy New Year, Friends.

Marcus Kruger Sketch. Again, this is my original artwork. Steal it and I’ll slap you with a fish until you bruise. 🙂

First off, whoa, sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  The holidays got CRAZY busy and I didn’t even get to finish the Christmas series I started.  Sorry about that.  But with the holidays now coming to a close and the year ending…THIS WEEK (whoa!), it’s time for everyone to start thinking about New Years Resolutions.  Did you know that about 65% of resolutions have to do with weight loss?  That’s staggering!  Is yours health/fitness related?  I know mine is! 

If your resolution is fitness related, I want you to keep reading.  If you want to get into the best shape of your life and improve your health and fitness in ways you never would have thought possible, I want to invite you to join me in my Beachbody Challenge group.  It is a 60-Day Challenge, and it’s the easiest way to achieve your goals.

As part of my group, you will be one of only five likeminded people, all set on achieving the same goals.  We will be tracking our progress along the way via Facebook, Twitter, email, whatever method keeps our accountability going strong.  We will hold each other accountable each day, and we will motivate, inspire and encourage each other to achieve amazing results.  Put your faith in this challenge, because it works!

As added incentive, you’ll be eligible to participate in a contest called “The Beachbody Challenge.”  All you have to do is log your workouts online for a chance to win $500 every day – and if you submit your “Before” and “After” photos as well, you have a chance to win the $100,000 grand prize.  I’ve won daily prizes twice already, so there’s no doubt that people do win these things!  Now, keep in mind, there are only five people in this group, and spots will fill up quickly.  I’m putting this out there so you can get involved NOW!  If you want to hear more details or if this interests you, please contact me at melissagoodrich.fitness@gmail.com before January 2!  I’ll give you all of the information and walk you through the process.  It’s going to be an amazing challenge and I hope you want to join us. 

As always, if you’re ever in need of information on fitness products, coaching, or community support, please visit www.melissagoodrichfitness.com and sign up for Team Beachbody!  I’ve lost all of my weight with Beachbody; the products work!  And by joining the club, you can save up to 25% on all of your products.  It’s a great company, out of this world workouts, and they’re the best way to get in shape for the new year!

Until next time, friends….take care 🙂

Happy Birthday, Steve Montador!! (Right) Don’t worry, Ray will hug you later.

A very happy birthday goes out to #5, Steve Montador!  You’re a pleasure to have on our team, and I hope you have a wonderful day!  Win tonight!  I promise I’ll bring you presents next time I see you.