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Avatar Mark Michniak graduated from Illinois State University in May of 1996 with a degree in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology. Having grown-up in the suburbs of Chicago, Mark moved back to his home town after graduation where he pursued a career in Sales in the Chicago area. His background includes time in Logistics, Pest Control, and the Water Industry. Although his Sales responsibilities have slightly changed over time, Mark has remained true to the core values of Honesty, Hard-work, and Being a Good Listener to help provide the best products and services to his customers.

In November of 1998, Mark started dating his good friend Lisa Spevacek who is an Eye Doctor in Naperville and they were married in September 2001. Lisa has been at the same practice all of that time and enjoys being able to help people with the health of their eyes. In January of 2005, their first daughter Grace was born and in September of 2010, their second daughter Eva was born. Together, the four make an interesting team as they balance work and family life which includes school, Religious Education, time with family and friends, and the girls favorite activity: CYT (or Christian Youth Theater), to which both are actively involved in classes and performances.

Once a year, as a family, the Michniaks take the time to go on at least one family vacation. Over the years, they have traveled to many places including Disneyland, Disney World, a Caribbean cruise, San Diego, CA, and Galveston, TX, to name a few. They believe that the world is a big place with lots of history and cultures to learn. In the future, they hope to travel internationally to enjoy all that this world has to offer.

Planning Ahead (Vacation 2019)

My family and I are getting ready to go on a vacation. It is something that has been in the works for over a year. We are going to be making the journey with my wife's mom, brother, sister-in-law, and their two kids. A combined total of 9 of us! I am blessed in that I...

Attitude of Gratitude

As we wrap-up the Fourth of July holiday weekend, I have a confession to make: I have an attitude. Unlike most attitudes, my attitude is an attitude of gratitude! What is an attitude of gratitude? It is a feeling I have when I know my life is good and that I am very...

Stay Hydrated

Stay Hydrated by Mark Michniak It seems like common sense: DRINK WATER, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS HOT OR IF YOU ARE SWEATING! Here in the Chicago area, we get the extreme ends of weather. This past winter, we had one of the coldest days in Chicago history as the wind...

Exercising the Mind and Body

Exercising the Mind and Body by Mark Michniak Growing-up, I was always involved with some form of physical activity. I played Little League Baseball, Basketball in grammar school, ran Track and Cross Country as well as swam in high school, and in college lifted...

A Little Hard Work

I have a friend named Jim who has his own business in which he inspects restaurants to help improve their sanitation. He does this part time, primarily on weekends. Then he has his regular job in which he is in charge of the food service for over 200 assisted-living...

Everyday Driving Observations

I have a unique part of my job that differs from a lot of people's work lives: I get to spend a LOT of time in my car everyday! Being in Sales, I drive a lot of different places all the time and put a minimum of over 20,000 miles a year on my car. Sadly, I see just...

Making Lists to Stay Organized

I am a parent, a husband, an employee, and a homeowner...just a few of my titles. With each of these comes a lot of responsibilities and things or events to keep track of on a daily basis. See the picture above? That is a list of things to do today. I am old-fashion...
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Love One Another

Love One Another by Mark Michniak This is not going to be a religious, preachy page as the title may lead you to believe. As a matter of fact, it may one of the shortest I ever write! This weekend I was at church (I am a Roman Catholic) and the sermon was on "Love One...
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Writer’s Block

I am experiencing writers block. In a world in which I meet so many people, experience so many experiences, and go through a lot in any given day, you'd think I would have been ready to write my blog today. I'm not ready. Even worse, I don't know why and I am not sure...

The Pun Club

pun [pən] NOUN puns (plural noun) a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings. "the pigs were a squeal (if you'll forgive the pun)" synonyms: play on...
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Hard Labor is Good for the Soul

Here in the Chicago area, we had a cold winter. Not a lot of snow, maybe an average amount, but the temperatures were significantly colder than average this year. This cold spell definitely had an effect on our yard. We also have a 7 year-old Border Collie named Lucy....

Begging for Money

On Thursday, I had to run a couple of errands. One of them was to stop-by an OfficeMax facility to get a new mouse for my laptop and a plug for my cell phone. The OfficeMax was located on the outer-circle of a giant shopping mall near our house. After purchasing my...
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