Challenged By My Brothers

A couple of days ago, I had my regular "mastermind" meeting.

During this meeting, an interesting topic came up that I thought was worth addressing.

I believe when our online meeting of guys came together, I believe we all had in mind a vision to encourage each other in our business efforts from a Christian perspective.

What has developed now is a group of six guys who are business-minded, but more importantly Kingdom-minded men who arent' willing to sacrifice their families for a sake of a buck.

We all recognize our need and want to provide for our families, but what our group helps us with is staying accountable and recognizing that we shouldn't provide at the neglect of our marriage and parental relationships.



3 Things to Do Now That Mother’s Day is Over

In case you were interested in a little Mother's Day history, yesterday, May 11, 2014 marked 100 years of celebrating Mother's Day in the United States.

Back in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution designating the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother's Day

It was great to celebrate my wife, my mom, my mother-in-law, and all of the other mothers I know.

I saw one post after another with people honoring their mom for her sacrifice and acts of love.

Now that the day is over for 2014, I am reflecting on what can be done next.  I figured that some people could use a few ideas and that provides an opportunity for me to think outloud via the blog.



How to Find Free Books on Nearly Any Topic

I have often heard it said that Readers are Leaders and Leaders are Readers.

I agree with the statement and I have seen how reading has helped me in the process of developing leadership skills.

With this being said, it may be cost-prohibitive or inconvenient to order or pick up as many books as you would like on various topics, and that is the place that I found myself until recently.



An April Fool’s Prank to Remember

This is my last week of work in the place where I've been for 12 years.  

During the course of those years, I have established trust with lots of people and I have served lots of staff members in their technology needs.

Part of what I'll miss on this job is how well our team has flowed and how well we have worked together to help everyone else do their jobs without them having to give a second thought about technology support.

Our staff knows that we keep them on the cutting edge of technology and this provided the perfect setup for one last April Fool's Prank.



Tuesday is Muse Day

As most of you know, I am a big fan of podcasts and I also host a podcast.

Recently, my friend Barry Dunlap had me as a guest on his podcast, Twelve Minute Muse.

His show is only twelve minutes long, but it packs in lots of great information from guests about the creative process.  The guests are creative professionals in many fields and Barry asks great questions.



Checklist for This Week

If you were to ask my wife, she would tell you that I'm a huge fan of checklists and lists in general.

I make checklists for my work projects.  I make checklists for planning a trip.  I made checklists when planning services as a worship leader.  I even make checklists for going to the grocery store.

Since I'm in the mood for making checklists, I figured that I would make a checklist of 10 things I would like to do this week and if you want to jump in, feel free.



Seriously, Where is the Plane?

It has been nearly 3 weeks since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 mysteriously went missing.

There have been countless stories of agencies and people locating something via satellite, but in each case, there hasn't been anything of substance.

Not only that, but conspiracy theorists have come up with their own stories, including one involving an alleged Illuminati member trying to gain semiconductor patent rights, others involving passengers still showing "online" status on their social networks and phones still ringing days after the plane went missing, and lastly different flavors of terrorists plots.

I can only imagine what the families of the passengers are feeling right now as they try to gain closure without many details.

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That Kind of Co-Worker

Workplaces can be some interesting environments.

You interact with people who may have different beliefs or customs, different educational levels or dialects, and even different ways in which they were taught etiquette (A.K.A. "home training"). 

If you are fortunate, you work in an office with encouraging people who generally get along and also respect each others' boundaries.  

If you aren't so fortunate, I'm so sorry that's the case and hopefully things will get better or hopefully you'll find another job somewhere else.

Either way though, you have probably dealt with at least one annoying or aggravating co-worker at times.

If you are honest, you and I have probably been annoying co-workers to someone at some point in time as well.  Hopefully, we keep our offenses to a minimum.



3 Ways to Stop Getting Game Invites

As I have been scrolling through my Facebook news feed over the past few months, a theme keeps showing up amongst lots of my friends.

They are posting written requests, memes, pictures, videos, and more to ask people (perhaps even beg them) to stop sending game invites.

Sadly, these requests usually land on deaf ears.

I completely understand.

I have about 3 requests sent by people (I'm not saying names for their protection) somewhere on my account too.

Anyway, all of the suffering that we have gone through prompted me to find 3 simple ways to get rid of the game requests.

Disclaimer:  I'm not responsible if you break something.  These are suggestions and you'll probably still get some notifications from games (at least the first time) and then you can block that particular game.



Saying Goodbye to LSU and My Hometown

I was born and raised in Baton Rouge.  

It's the only place that I have ever lived and it's the place where I went to school from preschool through graduate school.

I have also been a huge fan of LSU and, after becoming a Tiger in undergrad and starting to work at LSU as a student worker, I have never left.

My professional career began in the same department where I worked as a student and now, after more than a decade of walking up the stairs to the third floor of the building, I am preparing in a few weeks to pack up my things and drive them away.