This is America.

We have flags for Ukraine, and Blue Lives Matter, and A Hero lives Here. Little kids still get killed at school. We put out signs signs that say Hate has No Home Here and Let’s go Brandon. Little kids still get killed at school. We have gun-lovers who put stickers on their trucks to tell…

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But Me, I’m Tired.

When I write, I often defer to writing about my own baggage through a lens of positivity. Things are hard, but I am lucky. Life is tough, but I have so many advantages. Challenges are real, but others have it worse. This is not that. Rather than letting my optimism get the best of me,…

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Annual Review Part 2- Or the Dangers of Too Much “Self-Care”

As I outlined in part 1, while on-the-surface 2021 was successful, it had a tinge of malaise woven throughout. Naturally that leads me to focus my energy on breaking through that feeling of languishing as Adam Grant defines it.  Looking back with some perspective, external factors lead me to be more lax about my own…

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Annual Review Part 1: 2021

Each year, I try to take a moment to reflect on the year before and set forth with intention about the year to come. This year, I have to be honest that after 10+ years in a row, I never actually published the second part outlining what I was hoping for in 2021. That in…

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Annual Review Part 1: The Terrorist That Was 2020. Also, Luck.

Part 1: The Terrorist That Was 2020. Also, Luck. On January 1st 2020 at 7am or so 2 year old daughter, Lida had a very serious seizure. She has has had a few every year, but this was the worst we’d dealt with. As in – emergency meds not working, fire trucks and ambulances all…

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Unverifiable Annual Review: Looking to 2020

As I noted in part 1: 2019 was a real doozy. As I sat down to think about what I wanted to be different about 2020, I was drawn to a post by a favorite on a depth year. His post which is now a couple of years advocates for deeper focus, rather than wider. Re-read…

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Unverifiable Annual Review: Looking Back at 2019

Each year for the past 9 years, I’ve taken a couple of days to review my year gone by and plan out my goals for the year to come. The exercise is incredibly focusing. It causes me to channel my energy more intentionally. It makes me take action. 2019 was bananas. Simultaneously amazing and overwhelming….

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Unverifiable Annual Review Part 2: Looking to 2019

As I outlined in part 1, 2018 wasn’t the smoothest of years. Looking forward to 2019, I’m excited to have a fresh start. There is a lot of change on the horizon, and I’m itching to take things on head first. Life: Conduct 6 Micro Resolutions: These are 30 day challenges designed to shake things…

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Unverifiable Annual Review: Looking Back at 2018

2018 was a year. I can’t really say it was a “great” year. Just a year. 365 days. In reality, 2018 was a bit of a dick. In August, my hometown was hit with a  epic flash flood that inflicted $75k of damage to our just-completed lake house (nope, not covered by insurance). We faired much…

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