Just in time for summer

Summer is almost here, time to get my writing back on track.

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. I’ve been really focused on my marketing and fitness journeys and I got a little sick so it’s been a whirlwind of things.

To start off, I got certified to teach both Insanity and P90X live in gyms. I was doing my Beachbody workouts and I wanted to take it to the next step. My coach told me about the Insanity live certification and I was almost done with Insanity Max :30 when I decided to look up the class. It turns out it was 3 weeks from that weekend right near my job. So I took the plunge and I went.

I was really nervous as I was one of the only people who had never taught a fitness class nor had any certifications. I was with other personal trainers, group ex fitness instructors and even some gym owners. Our master trainer asked who was nervous and I raised my hand and made my confession.

At the end of the class, she made a few of us get up and teach a few blocks. Of course, I was the last one she called on to get up and teach. I was insanityso nervous and scared and was sweating and it was getting hard to breathe. But then, I put the microphone on and just took a deep breathe. I then just started teaching and I ended up killing it.

That next week, they were having the P90X certification. I was told by the master trainer that she would be mad if I didn’t come back, so I did. And just like that, in two weeks, I was certified in both P90X and Insanity.

Flash forward to today and I am now teaching 3 classes every week. 2 Insanity classes and I am also teaching cardio kickboxing. I love how things are going! This has been the greatest challenge I’ve taken on and I’m excited to be following another passion of mine, besides marketing.

Speaking of marketing, I was nominated and honored as one of New Jersey Ad Club’s Top Marketing and Communication Professionals 40 Under 40. This is a great award to be given and I was very accepted to have been nominated, yet along actually winning. My mom couldn’t have been prouder and clearly I had her as my date to the award show.

To get off the job thing for a bit, I moved in with my best friend in Belleville. It was time to get out of my house and start a new beginning. Since all of these other great things were happening, this was clearly the next step. We’ve been together now for about 3 months and it has been awesome. We are turning this place into the ultimate apartment experience and we also decided to go on a cruise for her birthday in July. From July 1-10, we are headed on my first cruise all over the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, etc. I’m so pumped!

I’ve also been really sick this last week. I wasn’t feeling good last week and I ended up going to the doctors on Mother’s day. I shouldn’t have gone to the minute clinic but I did because it was Sunday. They misdiagnosed me and that Tuesday, I ended up in the hospital. I ended up having strep throat and they found an abscess that had to removed immediately. I ended up getting the surgery done by the ENT doctor and he told me that I need to have a tonsillectomy as soon I heal from this one. The good thing about this is that as soon as it’s done, I will never have to have this pain again. I’m excited about that.

Last thing before I run, I bought this cool new t-shirt from this artist on Etsy. I’m going to do a review of it as soon as I get it. So stay tuned!


Doing whatever it takes… A man’s confession.

230 lbs<– That’s me. Chris Kerney (Chris was college name, C.T. is the new personality created since then. Keep reading to find out more.), Penn State Graduate of 2008 on Graduation Day. My weigh in, was 230 lbs. I’m 5’8, that’s not a good look for me. I look like I ate an entire Kindergarten class. I was fat. I can admit that. I look back and wonder “WTF was wrong with me?” How did I not see that I was that unhealthy? Between my last semester as an undergrad, the stresses of finding a job, figuring out what I’m going to do with my life and how am I ever gonna make it in the world, I was hungry. I ate pizza all the time, drank a lot and did what every other college kid would do … embraced it.

I moved home after graduation and started playing softball. During one of our games, I hit the ball over the center fielder’s head and had to run … all the bases. And I did, two-run home run for the fat kid. When I scored, I could barely breathe. I ran like 250 feet total and I could barely breathe. You would have thought I just ran a marathon entirely being that out of breath. It was embarrassing and that night I went home and started reevaluating my life. You could call it my “Fatass break point.” I knew I had to do something and it was now or never.

I knew nothing about working out. I knew that calories burned over calories took in meant weight loss. So I started doing any type of cardio I could. Jogging, running, playing more softball, tennis, whatever I could. Did I ever think to lift weights? NO!!! I can’t lift weights, they will only make me gain weight, I thought.

But it worked. The weight started coming off. -5 here and -6 there and after a few months I had lost 30 lbs. Alright! I was down to 200. “One-der-land” was next. I was running faster and longer distances, working harder and I felt great. 60-120 minutes of cardio a day! Everyday.

As for my eating habits, I made small changes. Instead of a fried chicken sandwich with fries, ranch dressing and a coke, I would replace the coke with water. Then honey mustard instead of ranch. A wrap instead of bread, grilled chicken over fried and a sweet baked potato over french fries. Slow and steady wins the race. And it was paying off. I was in the 190’s, then 80’s, then 70’s and that’s where it stopped.

540339_10103140181038914_1809315903_nI couldn’t get over the hump of 175. My body had hit a plateau. I didn’t know what to do so I kept saying calories out over calories in equals weight loss. Still makes sense right?

I started skipping meals. I would get up in the morning and run miles at a time and not eat afterwards. Why? Because I just worked so hard, why put it all back with food? Just skip a meal here and there and you will lose weight. And I did. 170 lbs. I had lost 60 lbs and I felt amazing.

You would think I was done? I wasn’t. It became an obsession because I still didn’t have abs and I knew that if I wanted to be skinny, I needed abs. So I was skipping meals and now I was up to running 5 miles a day. Running 5 miles in under an hour when the only you thing you have in your system is tequila and other booze is not okay. I had hit another wall and I was unsure of what to do again. So I told myself “You’ve come this far, don’t stop now.” So I didn’t.

160 lbsI started skipping more meals a day and if I went out, I was only drinking clear liquids, no beer because that made you fat. If I felt hungry, I would chug water or just take a nap. The less I ate, the more weight I lost. It got to a point where I didn’t eat for 2.5 days. I went an entire weekend without eating. I figured, what the hell, you can eat again on Monday. I lost 7 lbs though!! 7 lbs. I was down to 160 lbs and I felt great.

How could you go 2.5 days without eating? I know you’re thinking that. The answer is, I’m not sure. I look back and want to smack myself for being such an idiot. I was so worried about looking good that I would do anything to be skinny. ANYTHING. Even if it meant only eating a few meals a week, it was worth the price.

I hate when people say this but I feel that there is some truth to this: If you’ve never been overweight, it’s hard to imagine what people go through. The world looks at you differently. People are disgusted by you and they call you fat, obese or say things like “You’d be a lot more handsome if you lost some weight.” Or my personal favorite “You have a great personality.” Thanks asshole, that helps. When you hear that all the time, it’s completely throws your world around when people start looking at you because they find you attractive, not because you repulse them with your weight. I wasn’t getting made fun and instead people wanted to talk to me. I felt like a totally new person and I loved that people wanted to know me as more than just a friend. I was dating more, hooking up more and having the time of my life.

Skipping a few meals doesn’t sound so bad now huh? Of course, I couldn’t keep this charade up forever, it would have to catch up with me, right? RIGHT

The breaking point… I had run 5 miles in 45 minutes (personal best), I was skinny, I was dating and I was happy. My now ex and I were at a night club and I was getting tons of attention from others and my life couldn’t get any better. Well from not eating all day and working out, we went to go walk down to the main floor. At the top of the stairs, my knee gave out from a combination of probably dehydration, malnutrition and overall exhaustion. I fell right down the stairs, hitting every last one of them. I thought this was it, this is how I go out. What a terrible way to go. Lucky for me, I wasn’t seriously injured. It was enough though to let me know that I needed to make a change. And a change I made.

So I weigh about 185 now. Am I as skinny as I was at 160? Nope. Am I healthier, oh hell yeah. I am building more muscle and I am working out the right way. Once a day, eating probably 5 small meals a day and keep tracking of the types of food I put in my body. Do I still splurge? Of course, I’m not gonna give my life up to be skinny. I almost did once and look where that got me. A good balance is all you need.

I’m in the best shape of my life now and I am thankful for the lessons learned from this whole adventure. Fitness is a journey, not a destination. Being a Beachbody coach has also helped me stay in line. I have a great support team in my coaches and even other coaches who I’ve met along my journey. I have workouts to follow and I would never thought I would love fitness as much as I do. I’ve completed 21 Day Fix & Extreme, Cize, P90X3 and now I’m onto Insanity Max :30. I have gone from fat college grad, to seriously skinny dude to a warrior and I have to admit, I love being a warrior.

Don’t get me wrong though, everyday I still struggle because I can go eat the double cheeseburger with fries or I can get a wrap and call it a day. Some days the double burger wins, but it’s very few and far between. But that’s okay when it happens because I’ve earned it. Will I ever be 230 lbs again? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Will I ever be 160 lbs again? Most likely not. If I am, it’s because I did it the healthy way but the number isn’t what matters to me, it’s how I look and how I feel.

I encourage everyone to be smart about their weight loss because you don’t want to end up like me. It could have been a lot worse, I could have died. Luckily I didn’t but it could have happened. And I would hate to hear of something like that happening to someone else.

So go do an awesome workout, kick some ass and take some names. Don’t forget to fuel your body with the right foods and I hope most of all, this inspires you to be better than you were yesterday.

All the best.


The New Era of Sweatshirts

Are you the life of the party? The fun one who has a personality as big as the world? Then HaHa Hoodies™ are for you! What’s a HaHa Hoodie you ask? HaHa Hoodies™ are the next generation of sweatshirts for all to wear and enjoy. During the holidays if your family is having a Christmas party, there is both a Santa hoodie (comes with a beard) and a Reindeer hoodie (comes with antlers). Now everyone will know how much fun you are with your sweatshirt. (Various holiday hoodies)

The best part about them is that they are so comfortable you will never want to take it off. Like a good hoodie should, they are a little big so you have room to breathe and wear clothes under them if necessary. Because we all know that everyone loves a big warm hoodie when the temperature drops.

Another added benefit to the HaHa Hoodies™ is that they come with pockets so you never have to worry about where to place your keys or your smartphone. Once you put on one of these hoodies, you will never think about wearing a boring hoodie again.

HaHa Hoodies™ come in various sizes and all of them are made with 60% cotton and 40% polyester. This means that they won’t shrink much if machine washed!

With your new hoodies, you can dress them up or dress them down. If your company is hosting a Christmas party, play Santa in your hoodie and ho ho ho your way through the night. Wanna stand out at your college’s football game? Then throw on your hoodie and your guaranteed to get on TV! What about the parents that need to dress up with your kids for Halloween, throw on a HaHa Hoodie and you already have your costume ready to go. No matter what the occasion is, there is a HaHa Hoodie right for you.

Get one for you, get a matching one for you significant other and get them for the kids! With all the different designs to choose from, you can mix and match HaHa Hoodies™ and the whole family can join!

Check me out in this hot Santa suit hoodie. It’s so warm and comfortable; I’m going to be the life of the party this year.

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Finding equality in a world of unbalance

I haven’t blogged in a few months now because my life has been so hectic, it’s been hard to find time. I’m making time now to tell my story.

Four months ago, I started a new workout regimen. I wasn’t happy with the progress I was seeing at my gym and it was too expensive. There were too many people since they started offering new programs and it was a waste of time to go. Plus, there were too many people I knew and I could never get things done. Counterproductive.

The program I’m doing now is my own. I’m able to hybrid a few workouts together and work on different areas of my body that I think need work. It’s a never ending battle. I have my great days where I do two great workouts in a day, eat on point and dial in my nutrition to a “T.” There are some days where I fall off the wagon though but that’s okay. We’re human. This is a lifestyle choice, not a diet. Diet’s don’t work; trust me I’ve tried. I’ve tried every yo-yo diet and all I did was yo-yo. Once I went off of it, I gained all the weight back, plus more in some situations.

This time is different. It’s about making smarter choices and not beating yourself up when you make a bad choice. If you want a slice of pizza, eat the slice of pizza. Make sure you run an extra 20 minutes or do 100 more sit-ups to work it off. And don’t eat the entire pizza. Moderation is key. I find that when I am craving something, I eat it. I feel better. If it’s something really bad, I look for a healthy alternative that will still give me the satisfaction I’m craving. It works.

Work has changed as well. My supervisor left to have a baby and I am now in charge of my department. It’s a lot more strategizing and less doing it all myself. It’s something I have to get used to but I can say that I love it. I like that when I wake up in the morning, 5am to workout, I don’t hate my life. I like where my life has gone and I like the direction it’s heading in. I have set some pretty tough goals but I am working my tail off to make sure I achieve them. 31 year old me is going to look back at 30 year old me and thank me, unlike how 30 year old felt about my 20’s. I’m not afraid of the future because I am doing the hard work now so I can enjoy the rest of my life.

My side hustle is also working out for the best. I’ve been working with the furry 4-legged creatures and in the past few months have made enough money that I’ve literally just been paying bills off with it. I already have a full calendar for August and have to start turning people away because there’s only one of me. I would say that’s a pretty good job for only being in the business for 4 months.

With all this work and working out, I have still found time for fun. I went on vacation to EDC Las Vegas and it changed my life. It showed me that the people I need in my life are here, everyone else, can be phased out, as they aren’t important to my story. Remember those who don’t clap for you when you win. It’s pretty enlightening to see that some people I thought would be great friends, I don’t even think about now. Not once. If I see them, I give them a smile and maybe a hello but they don’t get any more time than that. My time is precious and they aren’t in my grand design. Bye Felicia.

I’m doing a focus test group come August 1st. It’s going to be 1 month of dialing in my nutrition hardcore, working out and recording everything I do. I’m nervous because it’s going to be a big step but I can do anything. I want people to see my results post test group and be inspired to do the same. I just want people to realize that making a better decision about your fitness just takes the will to do. I want to inspire and be someone that people can talk about how they can begin their fitness journey the right way. The way I did over 50 pounds ago. Let’s do this together. Life is better with friends. Let’s take our struggles and fight them together.

Living Life…

I haven’t written in this in so long. That’s all on me. I’ve been out living my life and just haven’t found the time to sit down and put a few minutes aside. Life has been really good to me lately and frankly, I don’t want it to stop.

I got promoted at my job to Digital Media Manager. I now run my entire department and as scared as I was to do it, I was ready for the challenge. Of course it means longer hours and more responsibility but right now I’m a point where that’s fine with me. I’m single and I’m able to save money and just make sure I’m getting everything I need to get paid down so I can live better for the future.

I’ve been doing the Beachbody challenge. I became a coach because of my college friend Melissa who thought I would be great at it. I was doing the 21 Day Fix. I went through it twice and now I’m starting to hybrid it with some other workouts to help keep my body guessing what’s next. I love Beachbody because besides for a being a way to stay in shape, it’s also a way to keep your mind in a good place because there is so much support and other people doing their own journeys but it’s closely related to yours. I can also do it out of my home so I’ve been getting up at like 5am to do it. I see my body getting stronger which is good because I don’t want another hernia; two were bad enough.

Softball has started again and we have a team at Kraus Marketing, which is a lot of fun. We have these awesome jerseys, thanks Megan, and we are having a good time as a company playing. Plus, we aren’t too bad which makes it even better. I’m also playing in a league with Taylor and T, like I played a few games last year with them. Tats & Bats is a ton of fun plus we are mostly a bunch of sarcastic asshats. My favorite kind of team. I’m also playing with one of my clients on a men’s league close to where I work.

Ray and Jess had their baby so #UncleCT is now a hashtag. I just need to get that trending on social media. She is the cutest, little Lorelei. Everyone wants to know when I’m having kids and I keep telling them I need to find someone dumb enough to put up with me first. Sorry Mom.

I’ve just been really busy lately and it doesn’t look like I’m slowing down anytime soon. It helps you to realize who your real friends are though. I’ve lost a few friends over the past few months but it’s because I realized all they were doing was holding me back. The only thing I want in life is for my friends and family to be successful and happy. I also want that for myself, clearly. Anyone who isn’t taking part of that can go. I rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies anyway. So either get on the train to success or get the hell out of the way.

Enough for now, I have to meet Jen for a 20 mile walk to burn off the booze from last night. Sorry for Partying…


Sweatpants & Saturdays

Turning 30 has really done a number on me, in a good way. I have been cleared by my doctor to get back to working out and I became a Beachbody coach. I am 7 days into my 21 day fix and I have to say that things are going awesome. I am really enjoying the workouts and I feel good after them. The hernia scar still irritates me once in a while but I am doing a lot better than I thought I would be.

At this point, I’m not necessarily looking to lose more weight as I am trying to tone up and lean out. It’s working and I feel so much better already. I am really focusing on myself for once and I’m okay with it.

I have been laying low on the going out around my hometown and it’s working in my favor. I’m not wasting money on alcohol, when I have tons of it at home and I am able to get more done on weekends because I’m not wildly hungover.

My freelance work is going well too. My boss said I’m the best content producer on staff and is really happy with my performance. My main job is going well too so I have nothing to complain about. Yes, I stay late and do work on weekends but I need to do what it takes because I don’t want to be poor forever. I rather bust my ass now and reap the rewards later on in life.

I’m looking to make a few big changes in my life in the next few years so I am really trying to get on track now with what needs to be done to ensure I can do that.

I’m excited for Spring to get here and Summer to come. I’m so excited and can’t wait for Vegas in June for EDC. I need a vacation and need to relax for a few days with great friends.

Just lounging around on this lazy rainy Saturday. Sounds good to me…sweatpants & Saturday.

Sweatpants on a rainy Saturday.

Sweatpants on a rainy Saturday.

Frugal February

Today was my first day back in the gym since I had my surgery. I haven’t been able to workout since the end of November and it’s been killing me. I was afraid of gaining all this weight especially with the winter approaching and I didn’t want to get fat. Luckily for me, I only gained 2 pounds. That was a relief.

Now that I’m back to normal and can resume every day activities, I’ve decided to do what I’m calling as “Frugal February.” During the month of February, I am going on a drinking hiatus. I feel that I’ve been drinking way too much and I care more about getting in shape than I do about partying every weekend. I am also going to allow myself only one lunch and one dinner at restaurants per week. This means making my own homemade food, saving myself money and calories. I also will be working out 4-5x per week in an effort to get healthy and in shape for summer.

I’m going to EDC Vegas in June and I’ve decided that if I can lose a pound of fat per week until Vegas, I will be in perfect shape for Vegas. I want to be healthy and look good especially for those pool parties going on.It’s going to be a fun week and I don’t want to look back and regret not being in better shape for it. It’s my goal for 2015.

I can do this. I’ve been eating better including more vegetables and fruits into my diet and I feel like it’s already paying off. I also have been making protein shakes in the morning including low fat milk and yogurt with fruits and some protein mix.

As for working out, I think I need to do more cardio to help lean myself out.For the weight lifting side, I’m gonna do lower weights with more reps to build some muscle but not get bulky. I think that will help me look good especially because I’m not a huge dude, so getting too big wouldn’t look good on me.

Today’s Super Bowl Sunday, if I can resist temptation today and get through the day without drinking, I think I’ll be okay throughout the month. I don’t really drink during the week because I work so much so that helps a lot. A DJ I like is spinning at the end of the month so if I can get through this month, maybe I’ll reward myself by going to the concert.

Let’s kick today’s ass.

Dirty Thirty Revelations

I turned 30 on Friday. It was a big revelation to me. To begin, I decided to welcome thirty with a bottle of moscato and it was amazing. I went out all weekend and all week with different groups of friends. I appreciate all the birthday love and it made start to realize something. I give people too many chances and I need to close my circle of close friends. I also need to start worrying about me and stop putting myself second.

I have a tendency to care about everyone and give everyone all these chances when they really don’t deserve them. I was able to tell from the surgery and my birthday who I could really count on. Those are the only people I’m going to invest time in. Sure, I have tons of people I associate with and that’s all I need to do; associate with them. Say hi when I see them, maybe talk to them on Facebook when a conversation comes up but it’s not someone I need to be concerned with everyday.

With thirty, I’ve also come to realize that I don’t need the drama anymore. People in West Milford make up and start useless drama because there is nothing else to do. Let’s go to the bar and drink every night isn’t something I want to have any part in anymore. I don’t want to live my life fighting with people and fighting to make a friendship work. If the friendship is worth it, it shouldn’t take as much work to make it flourish as it does with some people. Now, they go back to people I associate with.

I want people who will help lift me up and I can lift them up. I will continue to keep building relationships with people who are never satisfied. I want the career-minded, driven people to keep pushing me and me to push them to be the best we can be. I don’t want to be a manager forever. I want to be CMO or CCO one day. Maybe even have my own agency down the line at some point. I want to be in better shape than I am now. I want to live a healthier life, mentally and physically. I want a nicer place to live with nicer furniture. I want to drink better quality alcohol. I have the desire for better things and I vow not to stop until I get them. And for my friends that have the same mentality, I will push for you to do the same. I will help lift you when you need it.

This is a new year, a new decade for me and a new life. I’m not starting over, I’m just letting go. I’m letting go of the drama, the people who aren’t shaping me into a better man, who aren’t providing value to my life and overall letting go of what I don’t need. I need productivity in my life and the desire from people to be the best at what we do. Everything else is stagnate and I don’t want it. Bye Felicia.


Don’t Get Engaged On A Holiday

I am not the poster child for holidays. Let’s start with that. Yesterday was Christmas though and I saw at least 100 people got engaged. Now, I’m not the total anti-Christ, I am happy for you but why would you get engaged on a holiday? The holidays are supposed to be celebration enough, where you forget that you really dislike most people and you pretend to be a kind and gentle person for a few weeks. Everyone does it, except me, because I think holidays are a load of crap and I treat people the way they deserve to be treated, everyday of the year. I’m not religious by any means either so I guess that takes away a deep rooted part of “what the holidays are all about.” I digress. Seriously though, let’s talk about why you shouldn’t get engaged on a holiday.

To begin, it’s the holiday. You would never get engaged or married on your birthday right? Right. Because if something devastating were to happen, the person should die, you break up, you get divorced, etc. it would ruin your future birthdays. So the same rule applies. If you are to get engaged on a holiday like Valentine’s Day or Christmas and it doesn’t work out, you will always have that damper memory on the holiday. You don’t want that. No one likes a scrooge. Unless you’re me, because I’m hysterically funny and the most sarcastic person you’ll ever meet.

For most holidays, people travel to Aunt so and so’s or Grandma’s house or what not. The holidays are big travel times. After you get engaged, do you really want your first night of an engaged couple to be on the couch of Aunt Gertrude’s? Talk about romantic. After my engagement, should that day ever come, I wanna go home after a great dinner, some drinks and have lots of sex and cuddle and most of all, be left alone for us to do what we want. I don’t want to get engaged and know that we can’t fool around or enjoy our moment together because your mom and dad are sleeping upstairs or what not.

Holidays are a time of gathering. I’m gonna go out there and say it, crucify me if you must, but most people have best friends that they consider family. That means, they like them just as much, if not, more than some of their “blood” family. If not, your best friends would be your family. But, when you are hanging out at Aunt Gerdy’s house, surrounded by all of your future fiancé’s family, do you really want to ask in that large group setting? What if they aren’t ready for marriage? Just because you propose, doesn’t mean that they are going to say yes. How embarassing would it be if your partner said no? Maybe they want to move in together first or want to be more financially stable or just aren’t ready yet. You should take their feelings into consideration because you won’t want them to “have to” say yes because you just proposed in front of a hundred family members and Grandma Beatrice would be mighty upset if it didn’t happen.

Getting engaged is supposed to be your “special day.” It’s the day that your loved one proposed to you or that you proposed and now you two are sharing infinite bliss on this momentous day and yadda yadda yadda. How does it feel to know that a million other people are sharing the same moment? Kind of takes the spark out. If you were to go to a holiday party and you announce that you got engaged and there’s another couple or possibly two that have made the same announcement, yours really isn’t that special to everyone else. You should pick a day that means something to your relationship and not a day that means something to everyone. No offense, when it comes to your marriage versus the birth of the big J-man (Jesus), your announcement doesn’t really mean much. Like I said, not religious here, just stating facts.

Finally, getting engaged on the eve or the day of a holiday means that the ring is a gift. If you were to break up with your significant other for any reason, they do not have to give the ring back. Lets say the relationship ends badly, under no circumstances are they required to give back the ring. The ring can set you back a few grand. Not saying a ring isn’t a good investment but if it doesn’t work, now you’re out a ring and a fiancé. Two strikes for you, Glen Coco. Sucks to be you Glen Coco.

So when considering getting engaged, just remember these facts. You don’t want to potentially put a damper on future holidays that we know come along every year. Besides, there are so many other ways to do it that would mean much more. Plus, if you get engaged on another day, then you now have another date to celebrate with your fiancé. Who doesn’t love another reason to buy the person you love something?

If you did get engaged this holiday season, good luck.

Voting: Are Millenials Too Busy?

I go to work, leave the gym and get to the polls by 8:50pm. Phew, I made it by ten minutes. I can still vote and get my voice heard, I thought. “Sorry Mr. Kerney, you’re not registered to vote here.” Says the woman behind the table. “So, I have to go back to my old address and vote is what you’re saying?” I reply. “Yes sir. Sorry about that.” So now I can’t vote because I’ll never get back to my old place in under ten minutes. Well there goes my right to vote this year. Annoyed, I go home and it makes me wonder this: “Why can’t we vote through our cell phones or social media accounts? Sounds crazy right? But is it really? Is it really that crazy to think that I could cast my vote over the internet or cell?

In a recent study from our last vote, only 12% of voters under 30 voted. Under 12%? Seriously? Okay, I’m dumb and forgot to change my registration but let that sink in for a second. I’m pretty sure there were more votes for the person who American Idol 14 or whatever number they are on at this point. I seriously can’t wrap my head around the idea that only 12% of the people in this country under 30 are interested in what’s going on with Congress.

Maybe it’s the way we vote. You have to take time out of your day to go to your district and sign next to your name. Then you go in that claustrophobic booth and pick your candidates. Oh, and you only have a certain amount of time during the day to do it. After waiting in line and all that other mess, who has time for that? I barely did and then I couldn’t do it anyway. I work a full-time job, go to the gym and make dinner. Now, you want me to go stand in line and vote on issues? That’s clearly what I need, another time consuming task of the day.

My grandparents, who are retired, may have time to go and do that. Or maybe the stay at home parents have that kind of time. I live alone and work for a marketing agency as their social strategist and copywriter. Yes, I am on my phone all the time. That’s the nature of the beast though. My job relies on me always being available. My job hours are 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday but in reality, I never “turn off.”

I don’t see what’s so crazy about the thought of voting from your cell phone or an app. It’s not our nation hasn’t had problems with polls in general (Remember Florida and George Bush?). I know that not everyone would vote that way but why not make it an option? I was reading an article today, on the internet, notice I said where I read it, that Twitter is battling journalists as to where people get their news from. Twitter and the internet were two things that either didn’t exist or barely existed fifteen years ago. My job didn’t exist fifteen years ago. The world is changing and if you want to keep millenials interest, you need to work with them.

The world is evolving. Anti-gay marriage laws are being struck down. Marijuana is being legalized. We have our first black President. The world is changing. It’s crazy to think that these polls should stay the same way. First of all, no one would have to wait in line unless they chose too. Second, everyone who votes online/app, would all be digital and not have to sit there and have someone count the votes. It’s not the craziest thing in the world to think about. Plus, think about how much time it would save. People are always saying they don’t have enough time in the day to do this or do that. Well here is a time saver option for you.

I know people are going to tell me that I’m crazy or it’s a stupid idea but if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. The older generation is dying out and a new generation is taking over. We have made drastic changes in the past because of technology, why should this be any different? If you want millenials and us younger generation to vote, there should be an easier way for us to do it. We are the ones that are still assistants and juniors in companies, that work long hours to get ahead. Why should it matter where we vote? As long as we vote, who cares where it’s from? At least we’re doing it.