10 Lessons I Learned from my Dad

During my morning commute on the bus the other day, I decided to tune in to the Focus on the Family podcast (you should check it out sometime!) The guest on this particular show was pastor, author, and entrepreneur, John Maxwell.

Since it was an episode in the week leading up to Father's Day, the topic was geared toward parenting and John Maxwell was sharing about lessons he learned from his dad.

It got me to thinking and I realized that there are many lessons that I too learned from my dad and I wanted to share.



Copycat Kids

In case you are a parent and you haven't realized it yet, your children will imitate you.  Depending on the level of influence you have with them, they will speak like you, they will eat like you, they will think like you, and even react to situations like you.

This can be a good thing if we exhibit good behavior in front of our kids, but of course the opposite is true as well.  If we lose our temper, overreact in situations, or give inappropriate responses, our children are sure to mimic that behavior at some point.



3 Things Every Dad Wants for Father’s Day

Nearly a month ago, millions of women across the country, including my gorgeous wife, were honored for their role as mothers and caregivers.  Many greeting cards were mailed, bouquets of flowers were sent, and gifts of all sorts were given.  In addition to these celebratory actions, I am sure some people even cooked for their mother, grandmother, or wife or possibly shared some sort of special meal at a restaurant.

This month, the time is approaching when the contributions big and small of dads will be celebrated, but not with nearly as much fanfare.  It is a shame that these days so many people have such negative and painful thoughts when it comes to their dads (if they even know who he is).  Despite the negative situations that exist, I feel that more focus should be placed on dads who are actually involved in the lives of their children and who are giving it their best effort.  They should be acknowledged and given the opportunity to get the three things every dad wants for Father's Day.



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.



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.



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.



7 Useful Things to Do With Evernote

It is no secret that I am a fan of technology and productivity.  If there is a website, software program, or app that can make my regular tasks easier, I'm up for it.

One of my favorite programs is Evernote.

If you haven't used it before, you're seriously missing out on something that could help you to remember and access important things every day.

I use Evernote in a number of ways, but in this post, I'll just share 7 useful things that you can do with it.