Flu Season Vengeance

It’s true, you caught me early this year after all that cherished family time around the holidays. How’s the saying go, it only takes one…?

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2019: A New Year, A New Resolution, A Longstanding Lesson From Gramps

It’s as if all those years ago he already knew the answer to the question that so many of us nowadays ask ourselves: What will make me happy? For my grandpa, it was as if without worrying about being happy, happiness ultimately found him.

My grandpa once told me I hadn’t really lived unless I earned one new scratch by the end of the day. He also used to do handstands off diving boards, swim across inland Michigan lakes and write letters to newspapers explaining why he thought the seatbelt law was ‘an unjust load of crap’. Needless to say, he lived his life a bit differently than most.
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Thanksgiving At The Lake

I’ve begun looking forward to Thanksgiving more and more, and as much as I love my pumpkin pie and deep-fried turkey these two lovely holiday perks aren’t the main cause for my excitement…

What would Thanksgiving be without awkward family gatherings, way too much turkey, and then when you thought you had absolutely no room left, a whopping piece of pumpkin pie to top it all off? Continue reading “Thanksgiving At The Lake”

5 Things That Happened When I Worked With Local Businesses

People aren’t kidding when they say the city moves fast, and they certainly aren’t kidding when they say in the country things are a bit more laid back.

I recently had the opportunity to hold two major events in a couple of small towns. Some might refer to the area of these small towns as ‘off the map’, or even say they’d forgotten they were part of the United States altogether. If you’re not from Michigan…this is totally understandable. Continue reading “5 Things That Happened When I Worked With Local Businesses”

10 Examples of People Being Pretty Awesome

I was going to an art museum one afternoon where parking usually runs about $15 an hour (in case you’ve never been to Seattle – parking prices are nuts). As I was looking for a parking spot I saw a man start walking toward my vehicle.

Have you ever had somebody do something kind for you that caught you completely by surprise? Something you weren’t expecting? A nice gesture, an unexpected gift, or perhaps a selfless act? Continue reading “10 Examples of People Being Pretty Awesome”

Just the Kick in the Ass I Needed

This kick in the ass that I’m referring to has happened to me more than once, and it’s always happened at weird times.

It’s come in different forms & always when I least expect it. But being that I’m closing in on 30 I’m beginning to see a bit of pattern. Its always come exactly when I needed it.

One of these “kick’s in the ass” happened tonight. And it came with a few scrapes & bruises this time as well. Oh, lucky me.

It’s funny how life has a way of kicking you in the ass right at the moment you need it most, isn’t it?
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I Find Myself in the Most Beautiful Place

It’s 4 pm and I’m sitting at a kitchen table facing the Juan de Fuca as the smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the air. Outside and straight ahead of me I see the wind swaying the trees and encouraging the waves.

Today I find myself sitting in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in my entire life. I’m in a remote cottage that’s located on the top of a cliff in Northwestern Washington. To my left, there are the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and to my right, our hillside overlooks the Juan de Fuca waterway. I’m surrounded in every direction by natural beauty, it is breathtaking and the first place I’ve ever been that I never want to leave.

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