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Heading into the new year

Looking into the new year I’m determined to go full steam ahead and make positivity the goal. If we all took a step back from the negatives in our lives and worked on just being positive things would change. Say thank you to people you don’t know. It’s easy, it doesn’t hurt, and it really goes a long way. You just might make someone’s day. The tweet below is my jam for the next 363 days. When you feel it, you feel it. Be your own drummer. Go with the new flow friends!

The Moment part 1

Walking back to the office today, after picking up lunch, a squirrel hopped out of some shrubs and started running towards me. As we came closer together the squirrel hung a right turn back into the plants and startled a huge grasshopper that flew up and turned towards me! It swerved away before crashing into me and landed near the curb. As I walked past it I thought of taking a photo, but then the grasshopper took flight and skidded across the top of a xxx newspaper machine. With a gust of energy the grasshopper flew hard into the path of a van that was speeding by about 35 mph. Fade to black.

(previously posted on a social media site on October 23, 2018)

Moth Power

This big moth stopped by the backyard for a visit. My iPhone X captured it’s face in spectacular clarity.

Changes

Changes in life sometimes happen with frightening quickness, or glacier like slowness. Texting with friends today and good things are on the horizon.

Sleep with one eye open

Bella the dog. She is about 11 years old and slowing down. She snores and it’s awesome.

Eats

This is by far one of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard on food and the science behind eating. Download this now and wake up!
Rich Roll Podcast – Ray Cronise & Julieanna Hever

#plantbased

An epic science stunt

The best tweet ever!


#falconheavy

Motivation

What stops people from achieving goals they set for themselves? I have learned that this is the very person that stares back at you when you’re looking in a mirror. Yes, it’s you. I write this knowing now that successes and failures in my life have been ultimately caused by my actions but I didn’t realize for many years that the failures and missed opportunities are my doing. It took me decades to figure out this bit of knowledge thanks to listening to the Rich Roll podcast when he interviewed David Goggins. I’ll make it easy for you. Click here to get the episode. If it doesn’t open your mind and get you fired up something is wrong. Ultimately we’re responsible for our own life. It’s very simple. As of today I am determined that nothing will stop me from my goals. I’m getting out of the way of myself so I can get things done that matter to me.

People

In all my years of dealing with people in my personal life and in business I’ve come across genuinely good people and some real tools. One glaring difference is the tools don’t seem to know that they’re over the top jerkoffs with nothing to say except words that demean and dehumanize. Good people take the time to listen, take a moment to think before responding, and generally have an outlook on life that resonates with values that align with not being a dick. It’s really pretty simple to treat people with respect, but when that respect isn’t paid back things quickly turn sour. So, don’t be a dick.

Habits

As another year ticks over and the calendar is flipped to a new year many people are hopeful and fired up to get resolutions going. I’ve always been a naysayer to the idea of resolutions since the calendar shouldn’t dictate how we live our lives, rather we should live according to the seasons. That’s just my $0.02. So for 2018 I’m going to go ahead and set a resolution and make it real. The resolution to update my blog with a new post at least once a day. That’s it. Seem’s easy enough. We’ll see how this goes!

Last night we enjoyed good food and hilarious conversations with friends. Waking up without a hangover was a pleasure but getting to bed at 1:30am pushed us to lounge in bed way to long.  I don’t think I need to recap NY Eve shenanigans of years past that caused all-time spin inducing hangovers to any of you since you’ve probably only tallied up a few legendary year ending self-imposed illnesses.

A nice leisurely hike with my wife at lunch time today was very nice. Clear skies and 64F weather made it pleasurable and relaxing. I felt a little verklempt thinking of my friends and colleagues freezing in the snow so I took off my shirt for the warm hike back to the car. Here’s to 2018, resolutions and all.

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