Today is April 1, 2018. It's Easter Sunday, and I hope everyone had a great day spending time with family. Besides the cold weather here in Eastern Iowa, it was a pretty awesome day.

For me this day is extra special. Three years ago, on April 1st, I did something I never thought I could do. It was something I tried to do over 50 times, but I just couldn't do it. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.

I quit smoking.

When I said it wasn't easy, I mean, IT WASN'T EASY! But I can tell you, it was the best life decision I've ever made. No more leaving work to smoke a cigarette. I always hated leaving security at the airport to suck down a quick one before my connection takes off. No more feeling like garbage all the time and smelling like an ashtray. I was a slave to this terrible addiction. But not anymore.

We all know that smoking isn't good for you. Then why do so many of us fall victim to such a terrible habit? For me, it was early on my life. I thought it was cool. My friends were doing it, so, why not? I smoked for over twenty years. It was stupid. And I wasn't cool, I was an idiot.

But even though it's been three years, I still worry about relapsing. You would think the cravings would go away after this long, but every now and then I still think about it. I know I'll never have another one, but I have to be careful. I would hate to break a streak that's lasted 1,095 days.....but who's counting.

I wrote this blog for a reason. The reason was to help others kick this terrible habit. Most smokers think they can NEVER quit. But you can, trust me. If I can do it, anybody can. I LOVED CIGARETTES! I was smoking over a pack a day. You can do it, but it won't be easy.

I hate to sound cliché, but you really have to take it one day at a time. For me, it was all about the streak. Why smoke when I've made it a week?...then a month...then a year! It was almost as addicting as the actual addiction to the cigarettes. I was winning...and it felt pretty damn good!

But it's easier said then done. It's a sacrifice. When I told you I loved smoking, I meant that. But smoking isn't worth it...I was slowly killing myself. I'm really happy I finally did it. And if you smoke, I hope you can too.

Three years later, I'm very happy and I don't miss smoking at all. That part of my life is over, for good.

Thanks for letting me get this off my chest. And I hope you all had a great Easter Sunday....Have a great week!