Take a Step Back

As we climb the ladder of our careers, and the ladder of our lives for that matter, we often forget to step back and look at how far we’ve come.  We’re only looking at our immediate surroundings, and the relatively small improvements or advancements we’ve most recently made. I recently did a handful of TV and other media interviews for …

Practice Makes Permanent

I played basketball as a kid, and during the summer would always go to basketball camp. Sander Scott was a really good high school and collegiate basketball player from Michigan, and he put on a camp for several summers. I attended his camp, and we worked on dribbling, passing, shooting, and all the other fundamental skills of the game. There …

Public Speaking

Unlike many people, I love public speaking. I didn’t always feel this way, and being a teacher for over a decade made it nearly second nature, but now I love it.  I really enjoy getting the chance to get up in front of an audience and delivering on a presentation or speech. When the situation or presentation is somewhat uncomfortable, …

Settling In

I’m finally starting to feel a little settled in in our new home.  The last three months have been a period of unsettledness, non-productivity, and general anxiety and stress. I bought my first home about ten years ago, when I was a single guy in my late twenties. Selling and buying a home as a single person is a big …

New Friends Never Get Old

No matter how old you are, it’s always nice to make new friends. Whether you’re just starting kindergarten or nearly 40, being accepted by others feels good. My family and I just moved into a new neighborhood, and we’ve only been in our new home about two days. We’ve already met a handful of neighbors, received a plate of cookies, …

The Timeliness of Music

People often say that a particular song reminds them of a certain period in their life.  My dad loves the song “Louie, Louie” by The Kingsmen, and says it reminds him of his college years. For me, not only does music remind me of a certain time period in my life, but there’s a link between the time of year …

Long Hours

As a race director I’m used to working long, hard hours during the few days leading up to a race, and then on race day. Set up is physically challenging, and by the end of the day I’m exhausted, and often times very dehydrated. As challenging as this is, I’ve gotten used to it. There are lots of details that …

I’m a Streaker

I’ll cut right to the chase: I love a good streak. I *may* have run a naked mile in college once, and I have most definitely ridden in the past four World Naked Bike Rides in Portland, but I’m not talking about getting naked. I’m talking about doing something – writing a blog post, going for a run, or reading …

Mushroom Coffee?

Inspired by the Rich Roll Podcast, I ordered some Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee last week. I’m about halfway through the ten pack of packets and I’ll write up a more in depth review in a few weeks. For now I’ll say: not as mushroomy as I would have thought. Stand by…

Embrace Boredom

Everyone loves doing hard work when it’s exciting or fun.  It’s when work gets challenging or boring that true professionals stand out. Reading James Clear talk about this this morning really struck a cord.  I find myself often bored with my day to day work, but I know that I have to stick through the boredom because it’s my job.  …