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.



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.



Are You Part of a Mastermind Group?

One of the best decisions I have made in my life was to join a mastermind group.

If you are not familiar with the concept, let me give you a simple explanation of what it is.

A mastermind group is a gathering of people who have a common interest for the purpose of pooling their knowledge and resources for the benefit of everyone involved.



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.



How to Get Away to the Beach a Couple Times a Week

If you're anything like me, you enjoy getting away from everything once in a while.

Your body is tired. Your mind may be cluttered and in need of a reboot.

You just need a change of scene.

Sometimes, though, financially or logistically, it is difficult to physically get away from your city.

I have found a way that I can get to the beach — at least mentally — a couple of times a week.

I had such an experience last night and it felt so good to be away from the hustle of my daily life.

Here's how I do it.