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A Book for My Daughters

A Book for My Daughters

I write and exercise every morning. I haven’t missed a day in over 6 months, even when I feel sick, tired, or injured.

It’s a daily practice for my mind and body that I committed to, and I have no intention of stopping this routine anytime soon.

I don’t always write a lot, but when I do, it’s often about lessons I’ve learned, or I’m in the process of learning.

Frequently when I’m writing, I think to myself, “I hope my girls read this someday.”

Some things I know they could read today and understand the meaning, but I also know, at least right now, they wouldn’t want to read it, and I fear it would be more like a choir to them.

I’d rather have my recorded stories and thoughts in a book ready for them when they feel it might help them.

Consequently, I’ve been thinking a lot about collecting many of daily writings and putting them a book. The writings I share often apply to anyone, but when I write them, I am most often thinking about my daughters. As in, things I’ve figured out about life so far that I want to share and pass on to them, to guide them on their own journey.

In the past, when I’ve had a friend or family member graduate from high school, my favorite gift to give them was a book that greatly impacted my life. I grab it right from my shelf of books I’ve loved with hopes they will get as much from the book as I did.

I know most high school graduates are not that excited about getting a used book, so I often throw in some cash in there too. I don’t know if they will ever read it, and that is ok, it was just my attempt at gifting them some knowledge that I believe could help in some way on their journey.

But wouldn’t it be awesome to hand to your own child at that transitional period in their life, a book of your best wisdom wrapped in stories for them to read when they go off on their own. Maybe that book is held on to and gets passed on to their kids. How cool would that be?

Amanda has already done something similar; she purchased a new journal when each of our girls were born, and she has written letters to them inside their journal since they were babies. These thick journals are nearly full. She doesn’t know when she will give it to them, but what amazing gift that will be.

So I’ve decided to no longer “think” about creating a book for my daughters. I will do it, and I will hand it to them when I believe the timing is right.

As I write this statement, I am sitting in my chair, looking at photos of my kids hanging on the wall spanning the last decade. It reminds me of how incredibly grateful I have been to have them in my life. To watch them grow and become strong young ladies. It’s a gift, a gift I don’t intend to waste.

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Getting Started

Getting Started

Mark Twain said, “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

What is that thing you’ve been putting off waiting for better timing?
Are you thinking that you will get started when you have more time?

We get ahead by getting started.
We take the first step and then another.

Whether it is writing a book or starting a new business venture, there is always going to be plenty of rational reasons why you should old off starting. Which is how we get stuck.

We get unstuck by getting started.

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook GroupJoin the quest for “The Sweet Life.”  Request access to our Facebook Group.  Let’s learn from each other!  GO HERE

Free Audio Book Download

Full Unabridged Audio Book “Vagabonding With Kids” by AK Turner!  GO HERE

Take The SWEET LIFE Assessment

See how you score? Identify your strengths. Discover areas in your life you want to improve. GO HERE.

Giving Back

Amanda and Mike launched an Impact Club in their hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2017, and have had a blast gathering like-minded individuals, families, and organizations to make significant impact in our community, raising over $200,000 locally and over $1.5 million nationally.  

Join Our Next Monthly CHALLENGE

Every month Amanda and Mike pick a month-long challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone so we can grow, learn, and become better versions of ourselves.  Sometimes we design our own unique challenge and other times we join pre-established challenges. Email us to find out about our next upcoming challenge. [email protected]

About Us

Our Story | Mike and Amanda TurnerWe are Mike and Amanda Turner, founders of “The Business of Us.” We are fierce advocates of helping entrepreneurial couples and families improve their lives, livelihoods, and legacies… READ MORE

Inspiring Characters

Inspiring Characters

We all have the ability to inspire others. It’s a superpower we all possess if we choose to use it.

The late Kobe Bryant once said, “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.

To try and inspire others.
Sounds like a good plan to me.

It doesn’t matter your starting point, your age, or even how unexciting you think your life is. You have the ability to be an inspiring character.

It’s your story. You get to write the script.

Do hard things. Be inspiring.

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook GroupJoin the quest for “The Sweet Life.”  Request access to our Facebook Group.  Let’s learn from each other!  GO HERE

Free Audio Book Download

Full Unabridged Audio Book “Vagabonding With Kids” by AK Turner!  GO HERE

Take The SWEET LIFE Assessment

See how you score? Identify your strengths. Discover areas in your life you want to improve. GO HERE.

Giving Back

Amanda and Mike launched an Impact Club in their hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2017, and have had a blast gathering like-minded individuals, families, and organizations to make significant impact in our community, raising over $200,000 locally and over $1.5 million nationally.  

Join Our Next Monthly CHALLENGE

Every month Amanda and Mike pick a month-long challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone so we can grow, learn, and become better versions of ourselves.  Sometimes we design our own unique challenge and other times we join pre-established challenges. Email us to find out about our next upcoming challenge. [email protected]

About Us

Our Story | Mike and Amanda TurnerWe are Mike and Amanda Turner, founders of “The Business of Us.” We are fierce advocates of helping entrepreneurial couples and families improve their lives, livelihoods, and legacies… READ MORE

Work/Life Integration

Work/Life Integration

This is a concept my wife and I have been working for many years, although we didn’t really know what to call it.

Work/Life Balance is something we tried and often failed at because we are both so driven and hardworking that as a married couple with kids, it can easily turn into a fight for time.

We’ve seen many marriages disintegrate after they had kids because the fight for time can eventually turn into resentment, which is a very toxic ingredient for any marriage.

Work/Life integration or harmony is about finding ways to include your important life stuff with your important work stuff.

For instance, we leveraged Amanda’s writing career to include books about traveling the world with our kids, which gave us an excuse and purpose to travel overseas with our family every year. We also launched a charitable giving organization, and from the start, we wanted my kids to help us run the events for them, so they could be a part of it.

On a smaller scale, finding time to exercise and spend time with the family can tricky when you have a lot to work to do, so we’ve tried many ways of exercising with our kids. Yesterday we all (tried) to play tennis at a park around the corner, and the day before, we walked to the ballfield and practiced softball together.

We are far from figuring out all the riddles to Work/Life Integration, but now that kids are out of school and Amanda and I are both working from home, we are getting a lot of practice.

Talking with your kids about you’re work and why it’s important helps them understand your need to have focused time on your work.

Same goes with your spouse, if you are both communicating about what is stressing you out and discuss ways to help each other, then there is going to be a lot less frustration and flare-ups at home.

If you are finding yourself struggling to find balance, you might find some success if you look for more ways you can integrate versus trying to balance it all.

Happy Integrating!

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook GroupJoin the quest for “The Sweet Life.”  Request access to our Facebook Group.  Let’s learn from each other!  GO HERE

Free Audio Book Download

Full Unabridged Audio Book “Vagabonding With Kids” by AK Turner!  GO HERE

Take The SWEET LIFE Assessment

See how you score? Identify your strengths. Discover areas in your life you want to improve. GO HERE.

Giving Back

Amanda and Mike launched an Impact Club in their hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2017, and have had a blast gathering like-minded individuals, families, and organizations to make significant impact in our community, raising over $200,000 locally and over $1.5 million nationally.  

Join Our Next Monthly CHALLENGE

Every month Amanda and Mike pick a month-long challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone so we can grow, learn, and become better versions of ourselves.  Sometimes we design our own unique challenge and other times we join pre-established challenges. Email us to find out about our next upcoming challenge. [email protected]

About Us

Our Story | Mike and Amanda TurnerWe are Mike and Amanda Turner, founders of “The Business of Us.” We are fierce advocates of helping entrepreneurial couples and families improve their lives, livelihoods, and legacies… READ MORE

Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying

Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying

With our daughters not having school or sports, we find ourselves having a lot more family movie nights.

Sometimes we watch something funny, so we can all laugh. My oldest daughter typically campaigns to watch something with Dwayne Johnson, so we’ve seen a lot of his movies.

But every now and then, I try to put a movie on that will challenge them or broaden their perspectives.

Last night, we watched Shawshank Redemption (it’s free on Netflix). And boy did that movie deliver. It’s every bit as good as I remember, and my daughters loved the movie too.

I think the ending is one of the best in movie history. The build-up for it just awesomely done, and the story itself is an epic tale of hardship and perseverance.

There is a great quote expressed near the end of the movie when the main character Andy says, “Get busy living or get busy dying.” And the message is clear, we can either spend our lives going through the motions waiting for something to happen, or we can make something happen for ourselves.

We can make something happen.

I hope that powerful message wasn’t lost on my kids. It certainly resonated with me.

Hope is a beautiful thing, but hope alone isn’t enough. We must make something happen and create our own luck even when we feel like the most unlucky person there is.

That is what Andy Dufrense did throughout this story, and it’s a fantastic lesson we should all remember.

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook GroupJoin the quest for “The Sweet Life.”  Request access to our Facebook Group.  Let’s learn from each other!  GO HERE

Free Audio Book Download

Full Unabridged Audio Book “Vagabonding With Kids” by AK Turner!  GO HERE

Take The SWEET LIFE Assessment

See how you score? Identify your strengths. Discover areas in your life you want to improve. GO HERE.

Giving Back

Amanda and Mike launched an Impact Club in their hometown of Boise, Idaho in 2017, and have had a blast gathering like-minded individuals, families, and organizations to make significant impact in our community, raising over $200,000 locally and over $1.5 million nationally.  

Join Our Next Monthly CHALLENGE

Every month Amanda and Mike pick a month-long challenge that pushes us out of our comfort zone so we can grow, learn, and become better versions of ourselves.  Sometimes we design our own unique challenge and other times we join pre-established challenges. Email us to find out about our next upcoming challenge. [email protected]

About Us

Our Story | Mike and Amanda TurnerWe are Mike and Amanda Turner, founders of “The Business of Us.” We are fierce advocates of helping entrepreneurial couples and families improve their lives, livelihoods, and legacies… READ MORE

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