Monday Movers

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”- Mark Twain
Whether that quote pertains to your week or something you’ve always wanted to accomplish, the first step out of bed or toward that goal is always the hardest. Have a great week.
Personal finance is near and dear to my heart. I was a finance major in undergrad, and how money works is fascinating to me. We do our society a great disservice by not teaching people how to manage money and basic finance principles early in life. The quickest rebuttal I’ve always heard is “well, their parents should be teaching them that at home.” That’s a load of crap. We live in a society where the majority of adults don’t know enough about finance. I look forward to teaching Briggs & Sully about how money works, and here are some ideas to help you do the same with your children. “7 Tips to Ensure Your Child is Financially Successful”
“So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16
Being real, the author of the article sounds like he could’ve been writing my biography. It’s still a struggle for me to be 100% on fire for God in my daily life. There have been times in my life I look back and know that I would’ve fallen into the “hot” category Revelation mentions. Most of my life though, I’ve been lukewarm. This dude hits on so many of the excuses we use to rationalize our lukewarmness. The good news…we’re still alive and can make it right. Check out the article. It might hit home for you as well. “How (Not) to Stay Lukewarm”
As you guys know, my wife Katie, is a personal trainer. Right after we got married, she went to an intense six month personal training school to learn the science behind what’ll get you fit. She’s NASM certified and has a Master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in nutrition. The fact that we had Dairy Queen ice cream this weekend still kind of blows my mind.
Since we became parents, her ability to meet personally with clients has been greatly reduced, as you can imagine, but now she puts together online bootcamps that’ll absolutely kick your butt. She usually sends out a quick 5 minute video of her detailing the workout and the proper mechanics needed to perform each move. The workouts are designed to be done at home with a pair of dumbbells, maybe 2 pair. Her target demographic is usually women, but I can attest that the workouts will smoke anybody. She has a Back to School Boot Camp starting Aug 20th. It’s $60 for a 6 week program with 16 workouts, meal ideas, and the ability to ask her questions along the way. If you or your spouse are interested, shoot her an e-mail at or check out some of her stuff on Instagram. She’ll be glad to send you more details.

Lay Off The Gas Station Corndogs

I know it’s the first full week of school for many of your children. I’m praying for their protection and success this year. If you don’t have kids in school, pray for your friend’s kids and for the teachers. Hope you have an awesome week as well!

I know a lot of you travel a lot for work. Any time I have to travel for work, which admittedly is pretty rare, I usually eat like absolute crap. Not the end of the world for it to happen occasionally, but if I was on the road every week, I’d be pushing 3 bills in a hurry. You basically eat what you can find. What’s in the airport, what’s by the hotel, what’s by the office you’re visiting. Here’s a list of the healthiest items to get at 20 fast-food chain restaurants. From Sonic to Chipotle, there’s something at a restaurant you frequent. 

I got a little long-winded last week. Here’s a 3 minute sermon video from John Piper. The video shows the words, but it’s way better to listen to him. We’re all holding onto something, some sin, some idol, that’s keeping us from living our best life. 

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before, but Katie and I both have an affinity for adoption. We’re both open to it, and I honestly don’t know what that means. Don’t worry, mentioning it here doesn’t mean we’re adopting a kid in 2 weeks like what happened with the camper. It if does, be on the lookout for the “How to Become a Multi-Millionaire Overnight” post cause I’ll need that magic to help financially. We haven’t taken any steps toward adoption, but our hearts are certainly open to it. To me, adoption is saving a life. The situations most of the children come from are heartbreaking. I bring up adoption because maybe you and your family are contemplating it and don’t know where to start. Here’s Adoption 101 from someone who went through it personally. His last 2 paragraphs really hit home for me. He’s a guest contributor to The Art of Manliness.

​“My son Booker is 3 months old. He wiggles, he poops, he smiles at me while I read 
The Chronicles of Narnia to him. As I write this, it’s 5:00 am, and he’s cooing/sleeping in my office so my wife can get some extra rest. Though I love this newborn stage, I’m also dreaming of when I’ll get to take him camping, when we can shoot hoops in the backyard, when I can teach him how to play guitar, and when he can learn about his adoption story, fully understanding how much he is loved by God, his parents, and his birth parents. When asking why you’d adopt, I’d respond with my son Booker. He’s why.

the three P’s of manhood are to Protect, Provide, and Procreate, there’s hardly a process I can fathom that combines all three better than adoption. Men who adopt are quite literally protecting orphans and foster care children from being caught up in “the system,” they are providing stability inside the warmth of a loving home, and they are continuing their family lineage, if not through blood, then through transcendental virtues that will author a child’s story firmly in the heritage and tradition of family. May we as men seek to answer this deep need in the world. May we, through our might, our will, and our heart, lend our manhood to serve these children in need, and in this service, discover the power and honor of true masculinity.” –Collin Rainey

Give me a shout if you want to chat. Get better this week! 


I may be crazy for writing this, but I’m going to try and relate the Holy Trinity to your Facebook profile.
Passive income is real wealth to me. You don’t have to work for it! Big salaries or wages are great, but you have to show up to work to keep collecting that paycheck. Here are 8 passive income streams explained and ranked by the Financial Samurai.
Don’t take this as like “Dad trying to live vicariously through his kid.” I would prefer my kids to be musicians, artists, IT people, doctors, lawyers, etc above being an athlete, but I also know that in our society and with our family’s love of sports that they’ll probably try sports at some point in their lives. We have tons of educational toys and games, but how can you help them become more athletic? Here are age appropriate little games to help your child start to develop motor skills. Being an athletic musician never hurt anyone 😉 Added bonus: they’ll burn more energy and sleep better.
We went the Nashville for the last few days thanks to the awesome company I work for, ALFA Insurance. They offer sales incentive trips every year, so it was a free trip to Nashville. The best kind of trip. We messed up and told Briggs that we were going to the zoo while on our trip. Well, he thought we were going directly to the zoo. We walk into our hotel room, which was really nice (thanks ALFA), and he goes, “Um, where the animals at, Dad?” Ha! He thought the hotel WAS the zoo.
Pro Tip: Don’t tell them you’re going somewhere cool until the actual day you’re going. We went to the zoo the last day and got asked about it every day.

Understanding the Holy Trinity Using Facebook

Stick with me on this…Facebook and the Holy Trinity. I was sitting in church the other day, and this thought hit me. Totally disregard it if you think I’m crazy. Let me know if it makes sense to you.
I have a hard time comprehending the Trinity, which is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Duh, I’m human, and part of me realizes that I’m not meant to understand. Kind of just how big our God is. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to TRY to understand Him better though. Growing up, I thought they were 3 different “beings.” I realize now that they’re the same being. But…how can that be?
My Facebook Trinity attempt at an explanation may be the most 2018 thing ever, but here goes.
Jesus is God’s profile picture. As mentioned above, we as humans can’t really comprehend what God is. What are we familiar with seeing? Other humans. How did God portray himself on Earth? As a human. He wants a relationship with us, and we relate best to other humans. Had he come as an animal or an alien, it likely wouldn’t have had the same effect. He wouldn’t have been able to be the teacher that He was while he was walking our planet. As an animal, His time on Earth would have likely been treated as a novelty. This sounds totally disrespectful, and I certainly don’t mean it that way. But, think about the donkey from Shrek. First example to pop into my mind. It would’ve been hard to relate, people wouldn’t have cared what He was saying, they only would’ve wanted to come see a talking donkey. We don’t hold animals in as high a regard as humans, so He likely wouldn’t have been taken seriously. Had he come as an alien or some obviously supernatural being, I believe true faith would’ve been rare. People would’ve followed Him strictly out of fear or astonishment. What is your Facebook profile picture? It’s how you want other people to view you. Jesus was how God wanted humans to view him. He’s personable.
Your posts, comments, shares, and content on Facebook are the Holy Spirit. It’s how you speak to people. It’s how you share information. In a digital, non-face to face world, it’s how you build a relationship. I’ve always thought of the Holy Spirit as my conscience. He tells me right from wrong. He’s that gut feeling. I feel like that’s how God speaks to me. Your content on Facebook is how you “speak” to the world or someone in particular without actually speaking. It’s still you, but you can be selective about who hears what and the message. The same can be said for how God uses the Holy Spirit. He spoke directly to some people via the Holy Spirit in the Bible, but the Spirit was and is out there for anyone willing to open the door to their heart. Just like your Facebook content is if you have a public profile. Even if you’re one of those weirdos with the stock Facebook profile pic, your content can still be read. Jesus left the Earth and went to be with the Father, but the Holy Spirit remained on Earth to speak to us, guide us, and live within us.
Lastly, God chose the profile picture, and He’s the one that chooses the content. The same can be said for you and your profile. Are you 3 different people on Facebook? Some of you catfishers might be, but if you’re not trying to creep on girls two towns over, you’re all the same person. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all have different roles in how we come to know the Lord, but they’re all the same being. God’s orchestrating it all the same way you orchestrate your Facebook profile. The Son and the Holy Spirit aren’t mall Santas working for the “Big Man” at the North Pole like your parents told you growing up. They ARE the Big Man.
I’ve been thinking about that for a few weeks, and I was a little hesitant to write it. I’m no theologian. Just a simple dude trying to wrap my mind around oh, you know…God. He’s kind of a big deal. His streets are paved of gold, and I’m sure His house smells of rich mahogany. For further help understanding the Trinity, here’s a great article called “How Can God Be 3 Things?”. It spells it out plainly and in a relatable way.
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Chip & Joanna Gaines-Bagby

Well, we bought a camper. Not only has Katie still never been camping, but this thing needs renovated. We bought it with that in mind, and if you check out the Instagram hashtag, #RVFixerUpper, some of the stuff people are doing is amazing. For the next few months, we’re channeling our inner Chip and Joanna Gaines. We’re gonna need all the help we can get. We’ve already pulled some cabinets out, and the sweet, early 2000s patterned furniture is gone. Just removing that stuff has already opened the space up a lot and made it feel twice the size. The owners of these camper companies must let relatives decorate these things because it looks like Paul Bunyan’s grandma picked out all the furnishings. Floral wall paper, gold trim on the cabinets, shag carpet, it’s crazy.
We found a smoking deal on the camper from a friend of ours, and the best part of the deal for me was that it came with a truck. Felt good to be back in a pickup. Katie said that God must really want us to have a camper, and I have to agree. We were looking, but we had many months out in mind for the purchase. This thing fell in our laps. It was the exact layout of camper we had narrowed our search down to, and the truck was exactly what we needed and wanted right down to the color. I had actually looked at nearly the same truck earlier the same day we found this one. Who knows…maybe we’re meant to be 5th Wheel Missionaries. We’re pumped.
Been a long time since I’ve sweated like I was demo’ing the camper. It was like a sauna. When it’s cooler outside the camper than inside in July, there’s a problem. I’m still learning how all the systems work, and the AC in it sucks more power than my house would push.
Speaking of saunas, I’ve never understood why people love them. Not that I’m against sitting in a towel with a few hairy, overweight, old dudes, but if I wanted to do that, I’d go to Panama City. At least the beach is prettier than a wooden box. Turns out there are actually some pretty substantial health benefits. Check out this article from Medical News Today for the benefits, which include a promising study about sauna usage and a 66% reduction in dementia risk.
Briggs has reached a point mentally where’s he starting to comprehend so much more and can string thoughts and causations together. Don’t get me wrong; this isn’t a brag. I always ask him what he’d like to pray about before bed. Tonight, he asked to pray about snack time at church this morning. “Dad, I love animal crackers. I no like puffs.” So, we’ve still got a long way to go. What I’m talking about is little topics like storms. We had some pretty rough storms this weekend, and he’s a little bit of a scaredy cat right now. We heard a pretty loud clap of thunder, and he goes, “Oh no, it’s going to rain.” I explained to him that there’s nothing to fear. That’s just God’s way of watering his trees. We water our porch flowers every day, so I knew he could tie it together. The calm I got to see come over him was pretty awesome. There’s so much peace in life when you know God’s hand is on everything we encounter. Our little convo got me to thinking about the conversations I hope to have with him about Jesus in the near future. The Desiring God site came through again with 3 Quick Essentials for Christian Parenting. There’s literally nothing more important in your life than leading your children to Christ, and I want to be as ready as I can be when little opportunities to guide him to God present themselves. Spoiler Alert: It’s easier to do it the closer you are with Christ yourself.
Have an awesome week. Smile at people on the street. It’s contagious. They’ll likely smile back. You’ll feel better, they’ll feel better. It’s a beautiful thing.
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Move It or Lose It

I’ve got a lot going on right now. Heck, we all do. I had a couple moments of feeling a little overwhelmed this week, so I googled “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” The top 5 searches all said that wasn’t Biblically true. *Sarcastic “Awesome”* Here’s John Piper on where I went wrong. It humbled me.
I’m an Amazon Prime-aholic. Kind of the opposite of what we usually talk about here, but hear me out. Today is Amazon’s Prime Day, which means they have some pretty smoking deals. I’m by no means suggesting you go on a shopping spree all willy-nilly, but it’s a great day to make a purchase if there’s something you need or have been looking for. I have a 10 year old TV that’s on it’s last leg. Might be a good day for it. If you’ve wanted a Kindle to read books on while you travel for work, it’s a good day to do it. The real deals start at 3pm, and they’re kind of shrouded in secret. Here’s a little bit about the deals they’ve let us in on so far.
I know working out isn’t for everyone, but it’s incredibly important to keep your body moving as you age. I played my last football game almost 10 years ago. I tell Katie all the time that I wish I had played more baseball or taken up golf at a younger age. You can play men’s league softball through your 60s and even 70s, and you can play golf basically until you die it seems like. Three articles to look at. This one is sports that burn the most calories and is geared more for your 30s-40s. This one is a list of sports and health benefits for sports you can do for the rest for your life. Lastly, this is pretty awesome. Huge list of calories burned per hour of 250 different physical activities. Spoiler Alert: Running at a 4 min mile pace is first & sleeping is last.
Keeping it short this week. Read the transcript of that John Piper interview. It’s good stuff. If you aren’t involved in a physical activity, which can be walking around the neighborhood after dinner (#NoExcuses), what’s the hold up?
Have an awesome week! Love ya’ll.

Songbird of our Generation

I hope you and your family had an awesome 4th! We spent it at the beach with Katie’s parents, her brother, and his wife. They’ve only been married 2 months, but needless to say, they’ll be waiting many years to have children after the chaos that was my crew at the beach and having been stuck in the house with us all week. Sully decided she liked to randomly let out these insanely high-pitched screams. You would have thought Briggs was pulling her fingernails off by the sound, but she was just flexing the golden pipes. Who knows…she may end up being the song-bird of our generation with a voice falling somewhere between Fergie and Jesus. Let’s do it, baby girl. Dad needs a retirement plan.
My favorite verse of all-time is Joshua 1:9. Little bit of a long story behind it, but I wore #19 in high school because of it. “Be strong and courageous for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.” Love it. I found another one this week that’s coming in a close second because it just kind of rewords 1:9, but I think what it adds is vitally important for the world we live in today.
It’s 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be strong. Be courageous. And do everything with love.”
Little history…the book of Joshua was written in the 7th century BC. Paul likely wrote 1 Corinthians between 53-57 AD. Similar message 750+ years later, and here we are almost another 2,000 years later still needing to be reminded. What an awesome, divine book the Bible is that its relevance never fails. Our faith is being attacked from so many fronts, and it’s a no-frills, no beating around the bush reminder to guard your heart, know what you believe, be strong, and don’t forget to love on people. Not just your family, but people you encounter on your journey through life.
This RV camper thing is real. Katie and I have developed a borderline obsession. We’ve never been camping together. I don’t know that Katie ever has. I know the kids haven’t. Get this, we’re not only debating buying a camper, but we’re thinking about buying one and renovating it. I think it’s important to have hobbies, and I don’t have one other than working out, which is such a meathead thing to say. I was kicking around woodworking, but why not get it way over my head and renovate travel trailers? Let’s get weird. But not like “I only have 9 fingers ‘cause I lost one in a trailer reno” weird.
I got less than 1 workout in over our little vacay. I walked about a mile with Briggs on my shoulders, which had both my arms numb and worked up a major sweat. I can’t count it as a workout though because we were walking back from the Marble Slab ice cream shop.
Needless to say, gotta get back on the wagon. I did so tonight by doing this workout. Super quick. Pretty tough. Broke the rust off, and hit my whole body. Takes 2 dumbbells. I used 25s and they were perfect for me. Give it a shot to burn off a couple nachos, sausages, pizza, ice cream, chips, and PB&Js. C’mon, am I the only one that ate all of the above this week?
We all hate meetings. Can I get an Amen? But, some, not all, are important to being productive in our businesses and to keep everyone on the same page. I can’t remember if my boss is on Chain Movers or not, but he even jokes about it now. About 6 or 7 years ago, we had a meeting that legitimately lasted 6 hours. I feel like at that point you have to call it a conference. It was crazy. We had more speakers from our home office in Montgomery than I can remember, and of course he had to let them all talk because they came all that way. It was awful. My father-in-law, who spoke at the meeting, said that he didn’t need a haircut when he got there, but he did when he left.
Anyway, here’s a step-by-step guide from an article titled: “Meetings That Don’t Suck: Things We Wish Everyone Knew About Hosting Meetings.”
I don’t host a lot of meetings, but I totally understand that it’s not easy. The more people in attendance, the harder it is. Step #1 from the guide, “Invite the right people: Keep the guest list small. Only invite the people who really need to be a part of the decision making process, or have a stake in the discussion because they will be affected by it.”
Check it out. Maybe it’ll save you from having someone fall asleep in your meeting. Yes, it happened at our “conference.” Guy is kind of a repeat offender though. Boss gave him the “Rip Van Winkle” superlative at the end of the year. Good sports all around.
Hope you guys have an awesome week. Heads up! We’re on the back half of the year, and if you’re like me, you’re already a week behind. It’s 2nd and 12. Keep your chains moving.
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Teddy Bro-sevelt

Little different this week. I read a quote and got fired up, so I went with it. Here’s the quote from one of Teddy Roosevelt’s most famous speeches from back in 1909. I honestly don’t know a lot about Teddy’s political stances, but I do know one thing…dude was tough as nails. He was known to ride moose, and I’m sure you’ve heard the story of him being shot and still finishing a speech. ‘Nuff said.
The quote is often called “The Man in the Arena.”
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
I get a few chill bumps reading it, and he’s 100% correct. There’s always going to be critics in your life. Somebody, somewhere will always second guess a decision you have made or think something you are passionate about is crazy. Who cares? What a sad life the critic leads because in the end they’ll have neither experienced victory or defeat. Gah, that’s awesome. Here’s where other great quotes come into play like “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Thomas Edison has a good one, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Churchill has a couple. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” & “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
In researching stuff for you guys this week, I found an article that was titled, “How to Build a Superhero Physique Effortlessly.” What a freaking joke. Your whole life is about effort, and nothing worth having in life comes easily. I’m not particularly good at anything. I like to think I’m above average at a lot of things, but the constant in my life that has made me somewhat successful to this point is effort. I just show up and try hard. You know what’s awesome about effort? YOU control it. So what if you fail? You tried hard. You learned a lot. And, chances are, if you keep trying, you’ll be successful. Last quote, “You never fail until you stop trying.”-Einstein. He was pretty smart. Read “The Man in the Arena” again. Man, it’s good.
Happy 4th, everybody! Be safe, have fun, and may God continue to bless America.

Chris Pratt & the Gig Economy

“Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
— William Faulkner
Don’t focus on the noise of society. Look within yourself and be better today than you were yesterday.
I’m sure most of you have seen Chris Pratt’s recent acceptance speech from the MTV Awards. It made its rounds on social media this week. I saw several people I respect share it, so I knew it had to be good. I took the 4 minutes to listen to it and actually got chill bumps. If you haven’t seen it, watch it here.
Chris crafted the speech to perfection. He mixed in some very strong points about faith, grace, and salvation with humor, and the part I loved the most was the reaction from the crowd. They were cheering his points, which I honestly didn’t expect. When he hit the first faith-based point, I was worried for him. I thought the boos were going to rain down, and I thought MTV might cut the feed. It happens more often than we realize. I saw in some of the comments that they may have edited him using the name of Jesus out. My fear probably speaks more to my heart and lack of faith in society right now than it should. I hope we’re on the verge of a revival.
The speech itself was ballsy for lack of a better term. Chris Pratt is one of the biggest movie stars in the world right now, and we all know about Hollywood’s track record with believers. It doesn’t take much to end up on a black list. In the face of that, Chris used his platform to make an impact for the Kingdom. We’re all called to do that. Luke 12:48 is the verse that goes, “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” You may not be rich & famous, but you’ve been blessed. I know I’ve been blessed more than I deserve. Maybe you own business and have some employees. Maybe you manage a team of people. Maybe you’re a coach. Maybe not, but chances are that you have a family or group of friends in your life that you hold a major influence with. Use that influence. It doesn’t have to be a hellfire and brimstone sermon that you throw in their face, but you know the audience like Chris Pratt knew his audience. He mixed in some pretty silly points to make sure people would be listening when the major points came around. Plant the seed in somebody’s heart in a way only you could do. Let them ask questions when the time comes. It doesn’t even have to be anything verbal. Live a life that people notice is different in a good way. You’ve been given the influence. Use it to spread the Gospel.
Little different this week for fitness. I’ve learned over the last few years through Katie that what your body looks like and how it feels has so much more to do with food than how much or how hard you workout. I’d probably go as far to say that nutrition is 70% of the battle. That being said, Katie had the idea to share her recipe for peanut butter protein balls this week, which we absolutely love. Their Briggs’ favorite snack. If you follow Katie on Instagram, you’ve seen Briggs request one on numerous occasions. I like to take them to work with me. When you get hungry at 10:15 and you start looking for something to snack on, these are great and easier than mixing a protein shake at the office.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
1 cup all natural peanut butter
½ cup raw honey
1 serving vanilla protein powder
1 ½ cups Kodiak Power Cakes mix (The best pancake mix on the market. You won’t get hungry 15 minutes after eating pancakes if you use this stuff. It actually fills you up because it’s packed with protein.)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of sea salt
30 dark chocolate chips
Mix peanut butter, honey, protein powder, Kodiak mix, vanilla and salt together in a large bowl (Katie uses her Kitchenaid mixer). Stir in chocolate chips last. Using a cookie scoop, scoop into balls (She just uses her hands to take a chunk and roll it into balls. Store in the fridge or freezer.
They firm up a little bit and hold their round shape.
“The Gig Economy.” Ever heard of it? Katie and I were on our way home from Athens this weekend and I used that term. She hadn’t ever heard of it, which is kind of funny since she’s “employed” in the Gig Economy. So what is it? It’s being credited to millennials who were struggling to find jobs during the recession. I graduated from UGA in May of 2009. The absolute worst time to graduate. The stat I remember hearing was that there was 1 job available per 75 college graduates at the time. There were hiring freezes, layoffs, businesses going bankrupt. It was rough. You remember I’m sure. What to do when you can’t find a job? Many millennials found ways to be independent contractors for businesses to work short-term contracts, or gigs. They built experience and hopefully have been able to land full-time employment by now if they wanted. A lot of people didn’t want it though. They enjoyed the freedom and independence of being their own boss and have continued to do it “full-time”. Many gigs are internet based and can be done remotely. Think Uber, Lyft, and even AirBnb. Work when or where you want to or don’t; it’s up to you. Here’s an article from Forbes to further explain.
Katie had a great point about company loyalty though. Right before the economic downturn, outsourcing jobs overseas was all the rage. Companies did it to boost the bottom line with cheap labor. It spoke to a deeper issue in that companies didn’t value their employees very much. The gig economy comes on the heels of that as well and gives people opportunities to either build their own business on the side while working in a job or for a company they may not necessarily love. They may love their job and it gives them extra income. They may be trying to change jobs and need to get a little experience in a field before making a career change to not have to start out totally entry level. Being your own boss has a huge amount of perks, but the freedom to live your life has to rate number one. If you can make a living and have the ability to eat lunch with your kids at school whenever you want or to travel full time, etc, why wouldn’t you do it? People want to have a full life, and it’s often hard to do that strapped to a desk 40+ hours a week.
Like I said, it’s all the rage right now. What’s your side-hustle? I really want to know. Let me know if you work on something on the side. Katie does really well selling Juice Plus, which is dehydrated fruits and vegetables in pill form. We don’t get enough in our regular diets, so it’s a great supplement. She’s been doing it for 5+ years now. I’m actually an adjunct professor through a university right now. I’m helping to build courses for an insurance associates degree program. The university is primarily online, so I can “teach” classes in my free time and make a little extra money. It’s not much right now, but I’m taking a long-term view with it. If you don’t have a side-hustle, why not?
I mentioned we were coming back from Athens this weekend. We went to a wedding for some friends of ours. I love Athens. It obviously holds a lot of great memories for me being the home of my alma mater, but it’s just a really neat, eclectic town. After the wedding, I had a chance to go out on the town with some friends, and man…I’m old. Age 31 might as well be 55 in a college town. Almost none of my old haunts are still open. They all go by new names, and the most obvious sign that I am rapidly approaching being “middle-aged” is that the music nowadays is terrible. I don’t know what these kids hear in it. We had a blast and made some memories though, which is all you can ever ask for.
Yesterday was my daughter, Sully Grace’s, actual birthday even though we had her party last weekend. I tried to reflect on the last year during the drive back home to be with the kids. It all goes way too quickly. To think I likely only have 17 years left with her in the house kind of broke my heart and motivated me to try and make every day count.
I hope you make all 7 days this week count starting with today. You can win them all unless you win the first, so go win today.

Happy Father’s Day

Happy belated Father’s Day to all the dads! I’m so thankful to have a great dad, and I realize now how important it is to have that strong, positive role model in a child’s life. The struggle’s real, but I’m trying to be that for my kids day-in and day-out. I know it’s hard sometimes, but it’s so worth it. Remember to be present. Not just there, but be an active participant. These phases will go way too quickly. Everybody with kids older than ours says that…like literally everyone. It’s gotta be true.
Our preacher had a great point yesterday regarding family resemblance, and he was talking about his kids. He said that not only does his daughter look like him physically, but she even acts like him because they’re together all the time. They have a great family and do all sorts of stuff together so she’s picked up some of his mannerisms and personality. We’re all like that. Sure our DNA is what determines what we look like, and chances are you’re going to have a few physical traits from each parent. My little boy, Briggs, is built just like me, and he looks just like Katie’s side of the family. It’s obvious. Your kids will also inherit a few of your personality traits, but the vast majority of their personality will be garnered from the time spent with you. Obviously, you only want to pass down the best version of yourself. You want your kids to get all the good qualities you possess, but they’re going to embarrass you and repeat that dirty word in public. Their likely to be patient if you are. Strong-willed if you are. Kind, short-tempered, humble, prideful, witty, out-going or shy. They’ll be a similar version of you because they’re around you.

As I’m sitting in the service, it hit me. The pastor had probably hammered the point home like 4 times already, but hey…I’ve taken a lot of shots to the head. God’s our father, right? The Bible says we’re created in His own image. I mean, He literally created DNA. But there’s DNA in everyone. I want God’s personality traits. I want to be like him. I want to hang out with dear old “Dad.” If I do, if I seek that relationship, I’ll be more like our Father. I’m not saying I want to BE God, but I definitely want to be like him. I want to be compassionate, merciful, faithful, strong, loving, and kind. In doing so, hopefully I’ll be able to pass those traits along to my children in the time I get to spend with them. Maybe they’ll see and feel the Lord working in my heart on a daily basis and want to know what that’s all about. That’s what our job as parents is. We’re here to love and lead our children to the Lord, and the most effective way to do that is to be as close to the Lord as you can get. Be intentional in building that relationship with your Heavenly Father. As your relationship with your children grows closer and closer, they’ll be grower closer to the Lord because He’ll be standing right there next to you every step of the way.

I made a solid attempt to get a quick metcon in this week. I had almost counted the day as a “rest day” since I it ended up being like 8:45pm and I hadn’t worked out. I wanted to make a little progress physically though, so I grabbed my jump rope and headed for the driveway. Here’s what I did:
5 Rounds
20 double-unders- Do 40 single-unders if you aren’t comfortable doing double-unders or don’t have the right rope
20 Lunges (10 each leg)
20 sit-ups
That’s it! The double-unders kept my heart rate up and burning calories while the lunges gave me a nice hip stretch, and the sit-ups worked on the core that I all too often neglect. Give it a shot. It took maybe 10 minutes.

E-mail…man, I send and receive a freaking ton of e-mails. I know you do too. It’s just the world we live in. How many e-mails do you send or get that start, “Hi So and So, I hope you’re doing well”? Way too many, and I’m guilty as charged. The article below points out how weak of an intro that is, and I have to agree. No client has ever been like, “Oh, they really care about me because they hope I’m doing well.” It’s really just a waste of time. If they’re a prospective customer, you want to get right to the point or give them something they’ve never seen before; something different. The author suggests something like, “Mike, hello from rainy Seattle.” Sounds a little weird, but it makes you seem more real because, well, you are.

The author points out that college writing classes never taught us how to write e-mails that people actually want to read. Essays? Yes, but nobody’s reading that if you’re trying to sell something. Check out the article for the other 3 tips and for the links he provides.

Funny story. My baby girl, Sully, turns one on the 24th, and we had her little birthday party this weekend. It was great to see all the family, and major props to Katie for all the work she put into pulling it off. We had it at this little splash pad park in a rural part of the county. We rented the pavilion, but the splash pad is obviously still open to the public. It was brutally hot and humid Saturday. Like 94 degrees, so it was slammed. We said hey to the guests, they got something to eat, and the kids headed to play in the water. About 15 minutes later, we finally got the birthday girl lathered up with sunscreen, and I’m headed toward the pad only to see everyone headed back to the pavilion.

We had a party pooper. Some kid literally dropped a giant deuce in the middle of the splash pad, which circulates the water back around and shoots it out of the jets and fountains. Phenomenal. We were scrambling around trying to dry everyone off. I was hoping it wasn’t Briggs; it wasn’t. But, now we’re putting it together that the kids had all been sprayed with what could potentially be E. coli water. People are grabbing hand sanitizer and wiping the kids’ hands off. I look up, and Katie’s dad, Grandpa name = “Big D,” is using an entire bottle of hand sanitizer to bathe Briggs. Front, back, legs, arms, hands, face, and uses it as shampoo and gives him a mohawk…I’m laughing so hard, and I go, “Is that even safe?” Big D goes, “Well, what’s it gonna hurt? Would you rather him be covered in crap water?” Great point.
Make it an awesome week. Get a little bit better every day. Keep the chains moving.

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