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LIFE

Anger

Anger

I think most people agree that harboring anger is like a poison for your mind. It clouds our better judgment; it blinds our broader eyesight to the point where we have sustained tunnel vision. Yet our minds love to get angry. Anger is a delicious dessert for our...

Do You Have a Young Reader

Do You Have a Young Reader

There are a million wonderful foods out there, but you’ll never know if you won’t even give them a try. “It’s the same with books, Ivy,” he said. “You’ll never know if you’ll like a book because you won’t even try it.” She is almost always willing to try new foods, so I’m hoping this comparison gets through to her.

Dominos Falling

Dominos Falling

That is what the last few days have seemed like. One thing after another with this Coronavirus. With each domino, our new reality becomes clearer. I watched Amanda unravel 6 months of hard work she had put in designing and organizing the Idaho Writers Conference set...

Little Changes

Little Changes

A week or so back from our most recent trip, I began to notice that while my daughters got ready for school, I’d have half-hearted conversations with them, but with my focus largely on my laptop. It didn’t sit well with me, so I don’t do that anymore. That laptop stays closed.

Response to Change

Response to Change

We all have people in our life that are notorious for being victims, blaming others for their hardships. “I didn’t get this; therefore, this why I’m…” “They didn’t do this, therefore, this why I’m…” They may be the extreme, but anyone can quickly become a victim when...

Adult(ish)

Adult(ish)

What we don’t realize as kids, however, is that the adults around us are constantly having to adapt the plans. Or sometimes the plans aren’t even really plans, they’re just events that come up. To a kid, it all seems so orchestrated.

The Price of Kindness

The Price of Kindness

We all know someone who is kindness through and through. I’m sure you can think of a handful of people in your life who exude kindness 24/7. Half a dozen names come to my mind, both men and women, who are shining examples of what it is to be kind. It’s like kindness...

We’re Going to Camp

We’re Going to Camp

We signed two contracts for two retreats. The first contract we signed the day before we left and the second one on the DAY we left, right before heading to the airport. Some of our friends were surprised to learn that we booked two different venues. Why not simplify things and have everything at one place? But we have two different groups in mind. The first retreat will be for writers and the second for couples.

LEGACY

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...

Record Keeping

Record Keeping

My daughters periodically ask me to tell them stories about themselves when they were younger. I have a few favorites, like when we came home from a camping trip and Ivy, having grown accustomed to peeing in the wild, dropped her pants to urinate on our front lawn.

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...

Exit the Road of Regret

Exit the Road of Regret

Instead of staying on cruise control, I saw a dirt road that looked exciting, that wound back and forth up the side of a mountain. Hairpin turns? Yeah, those look treacherous. A pitch so steep that a goat can barely traverse it? Well, who doesn’t love a challenge?

My Mountain

My Mountain

​It's frustrating to see someone experience massive results in a short period of time when the rest of us seem to take tiny steps up a decade long mountain. It's the first time authors who find themselves on the Bestseller list for months or years, and the real estate...

Who Are the Heroes in the Room?

Who Are the Heroes in the Room?

Those heroes are going back to their work feeding the hungry, healing the abused, and caring for the most vulnerable people in our society. THAT is the truly amazing work. It’s the work of compassion and determination and a commitment to do the right thing when it would be so much easier to look the other way.

On Purpose

On Purpose

What is purpose? What does it mean to dedicate one’s life to a just cause? I immediately think of a detail from the movie The Professional. In the movie, before Jean Reno’s character gets entangled with Natalie Portman’s character, one really important part of the...

What Is ImpactClub?

What Is ImpactClub?

By each giving $100, we pool our donations to $23,000. That amount of money can be a game changer for some of the amazing organizations doing good work in our community.

LIVELIHOOD

Persistence

Persistence

I’m re-reading the book “The Obstacle Is The Way” by Ryan Holiday. It seemed fitting, given all the craziness and uncertainty in the world right now. There is a chapter about persistence, and I wanted to share a few lines that spoke to me: “Genius often really is just...

Fear and Perseverance

Fear and Perseverance

This virus is attacking more than just our health, as many don’t know when their next paycheck will come in and are watching their reserves get depleted.

Working from Home

Working from Home

My wife and I work about 10 feet away from each other. Amanda’s office/workspace tends to be the kitchen counter. She doesn’t need much space, just a laptop, phone, and a notebook. I work at a desk with not far away, and we spend the majority of our day in these two...

A Gift and A Curse

A Gift and A Curse

One of my biggest challenges as an entrepreneur is deciding which opportunity to pursue. The gift of seeing opportunities is a curse and a blessing.

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...

Adult(ish)

Adult(ish)

What we don’t realize as kids, however, is that the adults around us are constantly having to adapt the plans. Or sometimes the plans aren’t even really plans, they’re just events that come up. To a kid, it all seems so orchestrated.

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...

Two Birds, One Stone

Two Birds, One Stone

The rewards from certain tasks and activities are often naturally twofold. But I cringe when I see the “two birds, one stone” concept abused, when people shortchange the relationships in their lives because they’re too focused on that other bird that they’re also aiming for.

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