Moving: “Hope in Transition”

One of our favorite musicians is Brendan James (check him out here). He’s a soulful piano man playing modest venues across the country. We’ve seen him in concert twice and both were phenomenal. We’re seeing him in concert again next month. We’re fairly excited as it’s been a few years. His 2012 album is titled…

Hope is Dangerous

We missed out on another house today. The market is tough for buyers on a budget. It’s discouraging…even more discouraging when we get our hopes up. Each house we look at and like leads us to picturing ourselves building a home and settling down. But, it’s a seller’s market and each time we find out…

Moving Time

It’s moving time! Over the next few weeks we’re in the process of packing up our belongings and heading west. We’re excited, nervous, stressed, hopeful and full of all the mix of emotions that come with a substantial life transition. I have moved a lot. To the point of having described my family as being…

“Those Things That Hurt Instruct”

So, the man whose likeness graces the hundred dollar bill is quoted saying, “Those things that hurt instruct”. A big sarcastic “thank you” to Ben Franklin for pointing out that the very thing I’ve worked so hard to avoid (pain) is the very thing that will keep me growing.That pain isn’t masochistic, nor it is…

Comfort Zone – Dive Off of It

“Your entire life has been about coordinating your comfort zone and your safety zone. Learning when to push and when to back off, understanding how it feels when you’re about to hit a danger zone…we’ve been trained to stay inside the fence, because inside the fence is where it’s safe—until it’s too late. We don’t…

Motivation to Get Back in the Driver’s Seat

It was a few years ago when realized I wasn’t driving my own life in the direction I wanted. It felt like it was happening to me, sometimes for me and sometimes against, but I didn’t feel like I was in the driver’s seat. Looking back, I realize I made decisions, but didn’t own my…

just quit it: quitting toward extraordinary

it can be the greatest risk you ever take. quitting can go against everything you know, everything you’re told, everything you fear. your friends tell you how secure your job is, how right your relationship is, how great your house is. your parents told you never to quit a job before you’ve given it 2…

climbing slides: scrambling out of mediocrity

“settling is no fun. it’s a malignant habit, a slippery slope that takes you to mediocrity.” – seth godin in tribes settling is not any fun, but it is definitely easy. easy is good, right? doesn’t take much out of me. doesn’t cost much in the short term. college was easy for me. i didn’t…

getting uncomfortable

try something new. something that’s a stretch. this week i’m at my parents’ house. my dad got in a bike wreck and is nursing a pelvis injury. so, i’ve traded the office and spreadsheets to be an assistant care taker this week. nothing major, just helping him up and down steps, into the car, up…

mediocrity fatigue

“life’s too short to fight the forces of change. life’s too short to hate what you do all day. life’s way too short to make mediocre stuff. and almost everything that’s standard is now viewed as mediocre. is there a difference between average and mediocre? not so much. average stuff is taken for granted, not…