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LIFE

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.

Do You Have a Young Reader

Do You Have a Young Reader

This morning my husband and I mentioned to our daughters how much less we see them reading these days. When it comes to our 12-year-old, the reason is clear. She’s addicted to screens. The girl who used to tear through a dozen giant novels per week has tapered off...

The Sweet Life Retreats

The Sweet Life Retreats

Advertising has never been my strong suit. I can create (books, presentations, retreats, you name it), but dear lord don’t ask me to sell it! In the coming months I’m going to have to change that – interact with people I don’t know (gasp!), and communicate the value of what we’ve created: an off-the-beaten-path, unique, luxury experience of a lifetime. This may not be my comfort zone, but I’ve also never been one to shy away from a challenge.

Little Changes

Little Changes

“It’s kind of weird how I spend most of my childhood at school.” Ivy made note of this one morning while checking the clock to be sure she wouldn’t be late for choir practice. It’s true. Kids spend a huge amount of time at school. When we embark on our family travels,...

The Falsehood of Definitions

The Falsehood of Definitions

Instead of being invested in what job a kid will work toward, how about focusing on what really matters? How about letting kids know that when they grow up, what we really want them to BE is happy, healthy, and kind?

Adult(ish)

Adult(ish)

When I was a kid, I used to think that being an adult involved having lots of plans. Because adults always seemed to know what was going to happen next. Adults fill kids on the plans as it’s time to put them into action. Plans just seemed very adultish. So when I...

Family Camp

Family Camp

We have many friends who would love to attend Couples Camp (and whom we’d love to have join us), but they have young children whom they aren’t comfortable leaving with other caretakers. So we began researching US-based locations for Family Camp. And of course, we want to go big. We’re talking pool, hot tub, water slide, ping-pong, video games, pool table, horseshoes, electronic dart board, a tennis court, all adjacent to a river for kayaking, inner tubes, and paddleboards.

LEGACY

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.

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....

Living a Better Story is Easier than Most Realize

Living a Better Story is Easier than Most Realize

When you are not living a good story, you spend a lot of time wondering and hoping you find your purpose, your passion, something meaningful beyond your job, your circumstances. It’s like you feel deep inside you were destined for something more or something bigger, but you just can’t figure out which door to open and which door to shut.

Exit the Road of Regret

Exit the Road of Regret

After the last real estate crash, I had to rebuild financially. But slowly, I built my real estate business up to a level where it was thriving. I could see the next 10 years. I was in a good spot. I could have stayed on that road, hit cruise control, and had a pretty...

Veterans Day, 2019

Veterans Day, 2019

On the 4th of July, he was in his final days. My sister and I later learned that we’d both been hoping he would pass then, because he probably would’ve wanted it that way.

Who Are the Heroes in the Room?

Who Are the Heroes in the Room?

Recently we held our quarterly ImpactClub event. We have 230 members (who need not be present to participate). Each donates $100. We hear from 3 charities for 5 minutes each. Then the members at the event vote and the winning charity takes home the pot. 230 members x...

What Stands in a Storm

What Stands in a Storm

Why was I so impacted by this book? I’m aware of the fact that things like death and terror and tragedy are always present in the world, but those facts don’t put me in tears. And then I realized that that’s the power of Story.

LIVELIHOOD

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.

Fear and Perseverance

Fear and Perseverance

The ripple effects happening across the globe now are unprecedented. Today many parents are figuring out what to do with their kids; business owners are wondering how to navigate this severe and sudden change, jobs that once seemed secure are questionable. This virus...

On Work

On Work

Before I switched to writing full-time in 2012, one of my favorite jobs was cleaning houses. That’s not a job that most people would want, scrubbing other people’s toilets, but I loved it.

A Gift and A Curse

A Gift and A Curse

An entrepreneur, by nature, see’s opportunity wherever they go. This is me. When I travel, one of my favorite things to do as I enjoy time outside of the daily grind is to simply open my eyes to opportunity. Sure enough, every town, every restaurant, every beach my...

The Falsehood of Definitions

The Falsehood of Definitions

Instead of being invested in what job a kid will work toward, how about focusing on what really matters? How about letting kids know that when they grow up, what we really want them to BE is happy, healthy, and kind?

Doubt

Doubt

When you don't have predictable income as an entrepreneur, doubt will f*ck with your mind. Doubt clouds our better judgment. Doubt is often the cause of many entrepreneurs who continue to chase after new and different shiny objects. Some entrepreneurs get bored...

All Figured Out

All Figured Out

When you first come into adulthood, I there’s a tendency to think, “Yes, things change along the way. But NOW I have it all figured out.” Or, “I may not have it figured out now, but I will by the time I’m 25… or 30… or 40. Yes, 40 for sure.” There’s a certain freedom that comes along with realizing you’ll never have it all figured out. And that’s okay. You’re not supposed to.

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