Thursday, December 7, 2017


My man, Chad Howse, speaks poignantly about a subject near and dear to my heart: discipline, in both this article and this book. Check this article out and then grab a copy….

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Pareto/People Principle.....

The Pareto Principle, named after economist Vilfredo Pareto, specifies an unequal relationship between inputs and outputs; 20% of the invested input is responsible for 80% of the results obtained.

Think about the 20% of people in your life who bring 80% of the joy, success and positive energy you experience when you are around them.

Then, think about the 20% of people in your life who bring on 80% of the stress, pain and negative emotions you experience.

Afterwards, the choice is yours as to who you decide to associate with.

Life is short. Choose to enjoy it…. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Old School Pic of the Week (and some unknown history)...

Talk about a hospital ahead of its time....,The Community Memorial Hospital in Virgie, Kentucky, started by Dr. A.V. Boston and his wife, began with three graduate nurses, four aides and one orderly on May 1, 1950. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Homemade Oregano

Cut some oregano from the garden, dried it out in the oven, then chopped up the remaining leaves. We’ll be adding this condiment to most foods for the coming months….

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m reading:  Tools of Titans  by Tim Ferriss

What I’m listening to:  Bigger Pocket’s real estate podcasts

Where I’m failing:  Finishing….but I’m on it now….

Where I’m succeeding: De-stressing….I’ve really focused the past month on removing stressors from my life and those closest to me continue to mention how much more relaxed I appear to be.

What I’m grateful for:  My time the past two days with my grandmother….

Quote that has me thinking:   You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.Tim Ferriss

What I’m excited aboutEnjoying this weekend with my wife during her first AirBnB stay….

What I’ve been pondering: Putting together my 2017 retrospective and 2018 goal list….

Friday, December 1, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Robert Louis Stevenson Quote....

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Weekly Retrospective.....

What I’m reading:  Tools of Titans and Tim Ferriss

What I’m listening to:  Pandora - my wife’s music playlist has been in my head for days….

Where I’m failing:  Sleeping in…. having the week off has been horrible for my morning time…

Where I’m succeeding: Working out…. having the week off is actually very helpful for getting to the gym consistently, however…

What I’m grateful for:  Where we are in life at the moment….

Quote that has me thinking:   Success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right. – Gary Keller

What I’m excited aboutMeeting with my financial advisor Tuesday and getting started on the next phase of my financial life….

What I’ve been pondering: My next big home project….

Friday, November 24, 2017

John Carmack Quote....

Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re NOT going to do. – John Carmack 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Productive Day....

I started today by writing 1,000 words for my historical fiction novel, followed by a hike up Kennesaw Mountain with my son. Seeing that I was at 41 flights of stairs on the way down, I set a goal of knocking out 100+ flights for the day. I was also able to read 50+ pages and get a desk put together for my office. Productive day….

Monday, November 20, 2017

Challenge Accepted, Devin....

Yesterday morning, one of our pastors challenged our Church family to a “Priority Check,” with the following questions to consider for the past week: Figure where the majority of your time was spent and what you were doing. How much of your time was spent serving others? How much time was spent in prayer or Bible study with someone else?

Following are my answers:

·       I spent the majority of my time driving to work, working or driving home…to break my day down further, too much of my time at home was spent online, even if intentions were good. Lesson here for me: spend more of the time I actually own with loved ones or plan/prioritize my time better to ensure my efforts produce results. Action items: limit computer time during weekdays to one hour in morning and 30 minutes at night and dedicate more time to specific activities with my wife.

·       My week was actually fairly productive from a serving others angle. I helped my wife prepare for a family gathering throughout the week, completed some projects around the house and continued efforts to coordinate a community garden for a local food bank. Action item for this week: Find a Church family member and complete an act of service.

·       During this week, I said my obligatory prayers when leaving for work and when laying down to sleep. I occasionally prayed for others when receiving the daily Church emails about members of the congregation in need or when thinking about family members. Saturday morning was my weekly long-distance Bible study with Kadar. Lesson here is to add time in prayer and study. Action items: Adding one additional prayer time each day (morning) and a Thursday evening long-distance Bible study with son who is away at college. 

Alternative Workout #5....

Ragnar getting after it with  a battle rope workout…..great scenery as well.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Weekend Projects....

Borrowed an idea from Pinterest: Cut PVC pipe and use wood screws to fasten to wall. Store long-handled tools off the ground. 

Also added to my brick walkway around the fence outside of our pool.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m reading:  The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

What I’m listening to:  Stacking Benjamins personal finance podcasts

Where I’m failing:  Procrastination…I need to prioritize and get busy…

Where I’m succeeding: De-stressing….

What I’m grateful for:  Mi Familia….

Quote that has me thinking:   There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. – Ernest Hemingway (keeping this one another week)

What I’m excited aboutThis blog: I made some recent upgrades (more forthcoming) and it generated the most pageviews ever the past month….

What I’ve been ponderingStarting both a business and non-profit in 2018….

Friday, November 17, 2017

Personal Finance....

A few helpful tips I picked up the past year on my debt-free journey:

  • ·       Establish and stick to a zero-based budget: Planning how to spend every dollar forces you to make good decisions about what to do with your money.
  • ·       Use cash as much as possible: Handing out paper is way more painful than using plastic.
  • ·       Track your net-worth: It’s a more positive way to look at eliminating debt. Subtract your debt from your assets and see how you progress, month to month.
  • ·       Let your money goals segue into other areas of your life, like getting into shape or improving your standing at work.
  • ·       Celebrate: Each time you pay off something big, reward yourself.
  • ·       Have an accountability partner or group: Telling others of your goals can be incredibly motivating.
  • ·       Side hustles: Look for opportunities to sell stuff you don’t need or do some side jobs to generate extra cash to throw at debt.
  • ·       Use FSAs and other tax shelters to keep more of your money.
  • ·       Avoid additional debt when you are trying to get out of debt.
  • ·       Give, give, give, give…..

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Yue Fei

Regarded as a national hero in China for his illustrious 25-year military career, Yue Fei fought in 126 recorded battles with an undefeated record. Rising through the ranks from private to Commander of the Imperial Forces, he also invented many martial arts styles, and wrote poetry about how he was going to defeat his enemies. Nowadays, the Chinese regard him as the ultimate symbol of integrity, patriotism, and loyalty.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Buying or Selling Real Estate....

If you’re looking to buy or sell real estate in Kentucky, look up my man, G-Dub, for excellent service and mentoring on home ownership, short and long-term personal finance planning, and wealth-building. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2017 Goals Through October

Continuing to make progress on the three high-level goals I set this year. After three months of stagnation on weight goals, my average weight was 2 pounds lighter in October than September. 

·        Net Worth: Up 16.1%
·        Debts: Down 89.2%
·        Weight: Down 8.6%

We’ve also given away over 11% of our bring home pay this year and used the time we spent broke due to paying off bills bonding in ways that have made us stronger and more united for the future. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Rachel Wolchin Quote....

Fools take a knife and stab people in the back. The wise take a knife, cut the cord, and set themselves free from the fools. – Rachel Wolchin 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m reading:  The Essays of Warren Buffet: Lessons for Corporate America by Warren E. Buffet

What I’m listening to:  Dave Ramsey personal finance podcasts

Where I’m failing:  Stress…life is way too good right now to not be relaxed…

Where I’m succeedingBack in the gym consistently….

What I’m grateful for:  My wife….

Quote that has me thinking:   There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. – Ernest Hemingway

What I’m excited about: My design sprint yesterday for the community garden we will be starting soon….

What I’ve been pondering: Changes to my historical fiction novel based on some new insight about my family tree….

Friday, November 10, 2017

Community Garden Design Sprint...

Met with some highly intelligent Master Gardeners, Business People and Community Servants to plan a community garden today. More to follow….