The first book I ever read…

August2

I was trying to read this book when I “read” for the first time. I remember this magical moment when the words came alive and I understood them in strings. It is not possible for me to put into words how awesome this was. My one super power in this world is reading and I love books.

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PS. As you can probably tell I am moving into our new house, and finding a lot of stuff that has been in boxes for a half decade to decade :).

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Letter To George Lucas…

July31

I was unpacking a load of boxes, and found this letter I sent to George Lucas in the summer of 1991. I had just turned 10 years old at the time and wanted to know when the Star Wars trilogy would continue. He advised me that he was going to start developing them in 5 to 6 years, which would have been 1996 to 1997.

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Must watch standup comedy :)

July31

Hilarious :)

Watch on Netflix here

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Baby boy due in December :)

July17

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Lindsey and I had a blast surprising all our family with our news in Arkansas this weekend, and we can finally share the good news with friends now. Lindsey is 4 months pregnant and due in December :). We are very excited :)!!!!!

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Amazing Youtube Channel On WW1

July4

This is so bad ass, this team is doing an entire Youtube channel on World War 1, not to mention tons of special episodes, pre episodes and more! I am digging it so far and if you love it please throw them some cash on Patreon.

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SearchEngineMarketing.co.uk

July1

I started SearchEngineMarketing.co.uk shortly after selling the GK network, and I had a blast. I published a fair number of interviews, was runner up for an online SEO award, did some consulting work, and learned a lot. It was a good in between project and I didn’t want to forget it so I’ve added some pictures below.

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Movie Rec: Central Intelligience

June20

It has been a while since I’ve posted a movie rec, but I highly recommend Central Intelligience! It was the hardest I’ve laughed at a movie in over a year, Dwayne Johnson is hilarious, and Kevin Hart too. Go watch it! The unicorn bit made me choke i laughed so hard :) . I am hoping they get a sequel in there soon.

Watch this funny bit:

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100 Days Of Meditation – Jar of Awesome

June12

I just hit 100 consecutive days of morning meditation! Yay! If I hadn’t missed 1 day in March when I was up at 5am for a conference I would be hitting 163 :). My next goal is 180 days…

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I’ve been trying to build a daily morning meditation practice since 2014 and it has been a real challenge. 2015 was a mess, with some months hitting it almost every day, and others only 1 or 2 times for the entire month. 2016 has been awesome though, I’ve been able to hit it almost every morning (big props to the Streaks App for helping in that regard.

PS, I heard about jar of awesome concept on a Tim Ferris podcast and loved the idea. So I am going to see how well it works out on a blog.

How far can we go in the universe?

May16

Fantastic video about how big the universe is and how far we can go with what we know right now!

My Favorite Picard Quote

April27

“Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment because they’ll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we’ve lived. After all, Number One, we’re only mortal.”
– Captain Picard

If you are a fan, this scene is a hard one to watch, the ending scene :). Picard is a huge hero of mine, as a kid he was a big influence, and continues to do so.

Q1 Review Of My 2016 Goals

April24

I am trying to do a better job of connecting the daily and weekly activities I do to the yearly and monthly goals I want to achieve (2016 goals here). I want to make sure I am wisely choosing where my time goes to advance those big goals. This is the first year I’ve done this a bit more actively, and after the first 3 months of the year I def am changing some things.

What have I done so far to do this?

1. At the end of every week I make my plan for the new week, which I keep in a Google Doc. And, I translate it over to the mac app Things, which I use for keeping track of everything work/personal.

2. I am a huge fan of the Streaks app! I use it to mark off when I do my daily morning ritual of rehab and meditation. Plus a general one for once I do my daily goals. This really helped when I found the app last year. Now when I wake up I don’t do anything until I complete those things. Eventually I want to burn in the habit of a morning workout, but that is pushing it a bit too far right now (sometimes I get yoga-lite in that mix).

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What have I learned 3 months into 2016?

The big week by week google doc is not super useful, why? It doesn’t connect the big themes of the year in a way I can see the steps toward that goal. I am going to try a spreadsheet with the columns as the big goals, and either a weekly or monthly pace to it.

Something like this (click to enlarge):

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I also struck one of the fit goals, it wasn’t something I could do without living in a permanent place. Plus it was just a bit of an overreach, and I am trimming down on the yearly list. It is always hard to know where to draw the line :).

Beyond that I am just excited about Spring/Summer and being able to spend more time outside in the warmth. And, I can’t wait till our new house is ready for us to move into!

We Bought A House In Boulder :)

March22

We bought a house yesterday!!!! We were looking to rent for a year, but on a whim we decided to look at a few houses that were for sale in areas we liked in Boulder. We loved the very first one, and we made an offer the next day. The house is a 3 bedroom 2 bath in Boulder, built in 1935 and really solid, and a pretty easy walk to hiking and Pearl street.

It has been a really crazy couple months! I am hoping it settles down a bit by late April / early May. We are hoping to be able to move in after some work is done to the house in late May.

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Denver Colorado!

February7

Lindsey and I made the drive up to Denver from Arkansas and are all settled in a temporary AirBNB place while we look for a long term place to stay. We got stuck for a few days due to the big snowstorm that blew through. In the spirit of life is a circle I am going to use the same image of Denver as I did when I moved here in October 2008 :) .

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We are very excited to be settling down a bit! Last year was very fun, but moving every 2 to 3 months can get a bit old. I am personally very excited to have a separate office again :).

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Brothers :)

January16

For Christmas my brother got me some awesome custom made button up shirts he secretly had made by his “tailor” in China (he is hilarious). So for a brief moment we matched, and all was well in the universe :) !

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PS. He is always striving to make me “classy”, and to go a step above my jeans and t shirt.

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My high school art…

January1

Trashing some of my old art, and wanting to post some pictures here :). I had a fantastic art teacher at Fayetteville high school, I learned a lot.

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