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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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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.

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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. Us@BusinessofUs.com

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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.

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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. Us@BusinessofUs.com

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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 agent who aligns with the right client that sets up to make quarter million dollars soon after they get their license.

It’s not that these people don’t deserve their success; it’s just that we have to remember they are the exception, not the rule.

We should not expect those types of results even when we do all the right things and work our butts off.

Our journey will take longer, sometimes many decades, but here’s the thing, our journey is better. It’s hard to believe when you are stressing over money, but it’s true.

Our journey shapes our character, when we earn the results we’ve been working hard for, they are more meaningful to us.

If success comes too easily, it’s the reverse, and you end up unhappy, unfulfilled, and scared shitless that you will lose your spot on the mountain.

But if we take the longcut, not the shortcut to the top of the mountain, there is no way anyone will push us off the mountain, because we are the mountain.

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. Us@BusinessofUs.com

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

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 script is that he cares for a house plant.

He dotes on his plant, misting it with a water bottle, cleaning its leaves, lovingly placing it in the sun during the day and bringing it inside at night. This might seem insignificant, but it’s meant to humanize him and show his capacity for empathy. (He’s a hitman, after all, so this is kind of important).

Every life needs another life to care for, even if it’s just the life of a plant. Without life to care for, humans break down (depression, anger, violence).

Dedicating my life to a just cause, for me, means being vulnerable and empathetic. Caring for life around me, whether that’s my family or strangers I encounter. Showing kindness and love, withholding judgement, and working to bring a bit of joy to those who need it.

All of this got me thinking about how other people construe purpose and how we tend to judge them if we don’t understand them.

Examples…

If you’re not into pets, it’s easy to think “dog people” or “cat people” are ridiculous.

If you’re not into gardening, you might think some people are crazy for how much time they spend in their garden.

If you don’t have kids, you might think other families are obnoxious.

You might think people who don’t eat meat because they don’t want to harm animals are fanatics.

But before we judge, we need to stop and think, because in all of these instances we’re seeing expressions of humans caring for and honoring other life. I think even when we can’t relate, we need to respect that.

The exception, of course, is when a person’s behavior negatively impacts those around them. The parents who are oblivious to their screaming toddler; the irresponsible pet owner.

In most cases, however, the act of a human caring for and honoring other life brings more joy than harm.

If we really pay attention, we can probably see a thousand instances of it in the course of any single day.

Personally, I think that’s a beautiful thing.

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. Us@BusinessofUs.com

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

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.

Then there was the time Emilia came home from school looking very sad. I asked her what was wrong.

“I’m sad because George Washington died before I had a chance to meet him.”

Sometimes I’ll bring forth stories that no one else in the family remembers. At first, they question if it really happened, but then concede that I must be right.

Why am I right?

It’s not that I have a better memory. Or that I think I’m always right. (I know how to be tremendously wrong).

I’m right because I’m the one who wrote it down. I’ve recorded these memories after they happened. I not only have written records, but the act of writing about things cements the memories into my brain.

Some of these stories are recorded in books that I’ve published and some in private journals. We can’t hold onto everything and we shouldn’t want to – it’s not about living in the past. But keeping some of the gems from being forgotten makes a difference.

Humans have a really arrogant knack for being sure that we’ll remember something. But later comes… and it’s gone. It could be a memory or task or where the car keys are or why we walked into the other room. The mind isn’t as dependable as we’d like it to be.

When it comes to memories, the really good stuff, like a child squatting on the front lawn, or her sister lamenting a death that occurred 208 years before she was born, it’s worth taking a moment to write it down.

It doesn’t matter how we record the memories, in books or journals, on video or audio, but if we take the time to preserve them, they’re not lost forever. And one day, our children just might thank us.

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. Us@BusinessofUs.com

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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