Other Parts of My Story

A while back, some folks hinted that I made it seem like I had never struggled through hard times and that things were always easy for me.  I laughed and brushed it off.  After doing some soul searching recently, I realized I should tell some other parts of my story.  I hope that the words below encourage you in the midst of whatever you are struggling with!

Here it is in a nutshell:

“About the Author:
In 1990, Marty Reep was homeless and living out of his truck. He came back from that by making money in real estate.

Then, the boom / bust in the 2000s caused him to go from being a millionaire in real estate to being $500,000 in debt.

Despite the odds, Marty continually overcomes life’s negative challenges and turns them into successes.

He has written more than 20 books and lives with his family in California.”

I’ve updated my Amazon Author Bio page to read the same.

Find out more about Marty and get his books here


To Appreciate (poetry)

Gone are the days
That stand as fence posts
In the graveyard
Of a barren white north.

In their place
Have come days which represent
Some of the most splendid bits of appetite
Known to mankind.

It would be wretched
To see this beauty and not recognize it as such,
Complimenting on it, in turn.

To not acknowledge its grace
I should deserve the lesser days
And to return to them this instant.

To dwell there would be my punishment
But it is not
For this morning I awoke
To surrounding beauty
And said so with my heart.

Find out more about Marty and get his books here

Dark Tastes (poetry)

Tales told,
The darker, the better
Like coffee
Without water.

Only pungent
And to the point.

No wasted experience,
Only straight joe to the brain,
And so likeably so.

Finding someone to mix the brew
Is the trick –
All beans, no wet –
And with half the grace to know how.

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Powerhouses At Play (poetry)

Twice a week we gather
To watch powerhouses in action
Ripping homers,
Knocking doubles,
Line drives,
And lots of singles.
Yeah, there are a few.

Rounding third,
Number fourteen
Made a wide arc to finish out
The last inning.
The teams played tough;
They played well;
They even shook hands
After the game.

What?!  Only two innings?
Oh yeah, this is Little League.

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BelieveDo (ch 28) – Savor Life, One Moment at a Time

…adapted from Believe. Do. And Follow Through!

Chapter 28

Some people try to find happiness and fulfillment in jobs, experiences, or other people, instead of by simply living their lives, everyday.  Happiness and fulfillment are real and can be enjoyed, if people will let things happen that were meant to happen.

When they try to force things to happen, they cause roadblocks in their minds and obstacles in their lives.  They have to realize that all of life doesn’t happen at once – it’s a process – a lifetime.

We forget that sometimes and get all bent out of shape, because things aren’t happening as fast as we think they should.

When you sit down to eat dinner, do you open your mouth and shove all your food in at the same time?  Of course not!  You would never do that.

You can’t fit the entire plate of food in there at once, let alone enjoy it.

Life is the same way – why would you expect to be able to do everything, let alone enjoy it, all at the same time?

Just as you savor a meal
one bite at a time,
savor life
one moment at a time.

Find out more about Marty and get his books here