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.



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.



I’m Turning Pro

Before you start preparing to see me on the court for the New Orleans Pelicans or on the sidelines for the Saints, I'll preface this by saying I'm not becoming a professional athlete.

I mean, I could probably put in some conditioning work and at least warm the bench for a while to collect the league minimum, but I think I'm a little too old to worry about that now.

What this post is about is me having a change in the way I do my business.

For a long time, I have dabbled in a lot of different areas.  As I mentioned in one of my most popular posts, we have never been a one income family because of my many pursuits.

So what's different now.



One of the Best Gifts a Wife Can Give

The period from September through May is a season of celebration for us.  

Our children have birthdays during that period.  We have birthdays during that period.  Even our parents have birthdays during that period.

There is also Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Valentine's Day and our Anniversary. 

It can certainly be a time for gift giving, but my wife has certainly given me one of the best gifts any wife can give, and she gives me that gift all year long.



Watch God Work

I am always astonished at how little I know in comparison to God, or even other people for that matter.

Sometimes I think that I have a situation figured out or that I know how it's going to happen, but I honestly have no clue.

A few weeks ago, I was sharing a story with someone about how things lined up in a situation I was facing about little over 4 years ago and they suggested that I post about it to encourage others and to encourage myself about a new situation as well.


Don’t Compare, We’re Not All The Same

Important Notice:  I have been guilty of exactly what I mention in this post.

With that said, I hope this message serves as a point of self reflection and not something to make anyone feel bad.

This is a social world and often, before we think about it, we comment on a topic, a story, or a current event without considering the digital or non-digital footprints we leave behind. 



Win a Free Copy of My Latest Book

We are just two days away from Thanksgiving Day 2013. Where has the time gone?  

As I reflect back on this year, I feel very grateful for my family and friends and I am also thankful to have supporters who have read my blog posts and books.

As a way of saying thanks to everyone, I would like to offer my readers a chance to win one of 3 free copies of my latest book, 20 Ways to Earn an Extra $1,000 For the Holidays.  


To get a chance at picking up a free copy, simply take the following three actions:

1.  Leave a comment below.  Tell me what you are thankful for and what you would do if you had an extra $1,000 for the holidays.

2.  Subscribe to my email list using the box on the right side of this page.  If you're already subscribed, don't worry about it.

3.  Tweet/Post a link to the book, and include the hashtag #20waysto1k

On Friday, November 29, 2013, I will select 3 people at random.  If you are one of those selected, I will notify you via email and send you a download link to pick up your FREE copy.

Thanks again for your support.

My Wife Makes Me Proud

I am blessed beyond measure to be married to my wife, Shayla.  Many people get to experience what she contributes as a friend, relative, or writer, but I get to see her as a wife, mother, friend, and my greatest supporter.  

Yesterday, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, This is Your Life, from Michael Hyatt.  During the past couple of episodes, he had his wife Gail on and they shared some of their wisdom from 35 years of marriage.  As I listened, I couldn't help but smile because many of the great things Michael shared about his wife were some of the same great things that my bride has offered in our relationship.

She is a gift to me and to everyone who she meets so I decided to honor that and express how proud I am of her today.