Northeast Wisconsin
April 2011

April 2011

Do you feel passionate about something?

Whether it’s your kids, your relationship, your career or a hobby on which you like to spend all your spare time, feeling passionate about something is a strong motivator for realizing success.

The man featured on our cover, Troy Reissmann, is passionate about healthy lawn care. The Valley Organics owner’s mission is to "save the planet, one lawn at a time." It sounds like a lofty goal, but he believes it’s possible. With equal parts perseverance and perspiration, along with a lot of help from his wife and three children, Reissmann truly believes that someday everyone will realize that customized, organic lawn treatments are a better alternative to traditional chemical-based services.

I’m passionate about a few things right now, not the least of which is spring and warmer weather. We’ve endured a lot this winter and a change is welcome.

I’m also pretty passionate about trying to live healthier. For the past couple months, I’ve been trying to eat more consciously. That is, pay more attention to the nutritional value of the food I eat, and watch my portion sizes. That ties in with my other health goal, which is running a half marathon in May. I have found that having an event on the calendar (and a paid registration) are two big motivators in helping me to keep my eyes on the prize, as it were.

But do I expect an actual prize for running 13.1 miles? No. My goal is to simply finish and enjoy the experience with friends who will also be running. If I accomplish that, I’ll be happy.

With that, I’d like to encourage you to find your passion. Then cultivate it, nurture it and watch it grow. You’ll be amazed by all that you can accomplish.

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