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Wondering together…

thinkingWhat do you wonder about?  Wonder is the desire to be curious or know something, it is this beautiful thing that God has allowed us to do.  Our minds are fascinated with exploration and discovery.  Thankfully we are not programmed robots that have no interest in the environments around us.  Take a look around you right now.  What’s going on around you?

I’m sitting in a cafe surrounded by a few old people, a young couple, a little boy celebrating his 1st birthday, and a woman that is clearly dying her hair.  She can’t be wondering ‘am I fooling anyone’.  Because let me pop that bubble real quick–You’re NOT!  Every person that you see has a different make up, and a different personality.  We like different things, not one of us is exactly like the other. Continue reading

Hurry Up and Slow Down


When was the last time that you didn’t feel like life was busy?  Elementary school, maybe?  Remember the summers when you would have to figure out what day it was by how long ago you went to church?  Not anymore… Welcome to adulthood- the era of busyness.  We live in an extraordinarily busy world.  Our culture values motion and movement.  There is not a lot of time allotted for stillness and quiet conversations.  Our calendars are pushed and filled to the max with the craftsmanship of a master carpenter.

There is not much that we can do to avoid the busyness of life.  Busyness is not a plague that you should avoid.  Busyness doesn’t always equal productivity, but it certainly can lead in that direction.  I’ve seen a lot of people who look busy, but really all they are doing is shuffling papers, or sending meaningless emails.  I call this making white noise.  However, there are those people who are busy changing the world with their motion and commotion.  I know many people like that.  In fact I work with lots of them.  They are some of the most incredibly talented people that I’ve had the pleasure of coming across.  They are working hard at what they do and that keeps them busy. Continue reading

Dreaming for a Difference

Do you remember when you were a kid, what you thought was ‘old’?  What was the magical age that you officially turned ‘old’?  For me, I thought you were old when you hit 40.  That was over the hill in my book.  What age was it for you?  Funny thing is, the closer I get to 40, the younger it seems!

As a kid, what did you think that your life was going to look like when you were 25, 30, 35, 40, etc…  Probably you had visions of playing in the major league, or already having been on the cover of Vogue, or some other magazine.  Maybe you envisioned owning several beach houses, and a yacht.  Who knows.  But chances are your childhood version of you was somehow way cooler than the version of you right now. Continue reading

The Radar

ListsHere are some of the things that have been on my radar…   There is no rhyme, or reason.  This is just a list of things that I’ve been digging and checking out.

Penultimate

This is an incredible note taking application for the iPad.  It allows me to keep a digital notebook that is searchable and is linked up to evernote!  They sell a bluetooth pen that you can use to connect up to allow for better writing…  I’d love to check that out, but so far I’m using the JUST Moblie stylus and it is working well.  The beauty of this is it allows for note taking the way you would with a pen and paper, but it can be organized even better, and you aren’t lugging around a heavy notebook.  Peace out 3 ring binder… Hello Penultimate.Bahia Honda State Park Flordia

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2 Keys to Success: Clarity and Discipline

disciplineIt is almost half way through 2014!  Can you believe that?  It feels like just the other day we were ushering in the New Year.  But here we are and time keeps on ticking!  So, here’s a little middle of the year check up. How are you doing with your goals and resolutions?  I’ll be honest with you, and tell you that mine have not been going that well!  I can make excuses, and tell you all kinds of tales of woe, as to why they aren’t going well.  The reality is that they aren’t.  And if you are in the same boat as me, you need to know:
THAT’S OKAY!  
They are just goals.  They are something to shoot for.  But now that we are midway through the year, it is probably time to readjust the goals, or reset them!  I have a friend who uses the phrase, ‘monitor and adjust.’  Everything is about doing the best we have with the time and resources we’ve got, and now it is time to monitor and adjust.

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