Sunday, December 31, 2017

Viktor Frankl Quote....

Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it. – Viktor Frankl 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m reading:  The Legacy Journey by Dave Ramsey ….

What I’m listening to:  Bigger Pockets podcasts

Where I’m failing: Relaxing …. Staying too busy ….

Where I’m succeeding: Enjoying Life ….

What I’m grateful for: A great time with my family in Nashville the past few days ….

Quote that has me thinking:   Tomorrow’s the most important thing in life. Come to us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. – John Wayne

What I’m excited aboutThe Future ….

What I’ve been pondering: The Past ….

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Book Quote....

Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success. - Richard Kiyosaki

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Xiahou Dun....

This military general, who offered his services to warlord Cao Cao in the late Eastern Han Dynasty, became a legend when, during a battle in the late 190s, he was hit by a stray arrow and lost his left eye. In front of his amazed soldiers and his enemies alike, he pulled out the arrow and ate his own eyeball.
No one had ever seen anything like this ever before, and, fair enough, Dun was thereafter considered to be the ultimate tough guy in China. Following this incident, enemy armies were afflicted with fear of ‘Blind Xiahou, The One-Eyed Warrior.’

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Financial Tips....

A few financial tips (in no particular order) as we move towards a new year:

·       Eliminate Debt: There is no such thing as good debt. Start with your smallest debt to gain traction, and do whatever is necessary to not be a slave to lenders going forward.

·       Flexible Spending Account (FSA): If your job offered you a raise of $640 a year for going to the doctor as usual, would you take it? Well, you can put $2,650 into an FSA (on scheduled payments directly from your check) that pays your medical bills throughout the year that is TAX-FREE…that’s a free $640 that you’re either going to spend, or NEED to spend anyhow.

·       Start an Emergency Fund: 3-6 months is about right. Make sure your rainy day doesn’t ruin years of hard work.

·       Reach out to a Financial Adviser: We pay people to assist us in so many areas of our lives, but then think we can handle our retirement and investments on our own. Seek out an Expert in the area you need it most.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas....

Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m reading:  Wealth Won’t Wait by David Osborn and Paul Morris (still!) ….

What I’m listening to:  Dave Ramsey podcasts

Where I’m failing: Meditation …. I need to create more quiet time ….

Where I’m succeeding: Planning …. Now I just need to execute ….

What I’m grateful for: The overall health and well-being of my family ….

Quote that has me thinking:   Everybody you fight is not your enemy, and everybody who helps you is not your friend. – Mike Tyson

What I’m excited aboutWatching my plans come together ….

What I’ve been pondering: How to maximize my productivity ….

Friday, December 22, 2017

Douglas H. Everett Quote....

There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other. – Douglas H. Everett 

Thursday, December 21, 2017


Galvarino was a Chilean Native American warrior who, when captured by the Spaniards, had both his hands amputated as an example to other natives who had ideas about fighting against the foreign conquerors. After returning to his tribe, Galvarino begged to head up an uprising and had knives strapped to his stumps. Leading his men into battle, the fearless warrior stated that he would ‘tear them apart with my teeth’ if his knives were to come loose during combat. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Proverbs 27:17....

Really feeling this of late. Thanks, fellas....

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” – Proverbs 27:17

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m reading:  Wealth Won’t Wait by David Osborn and Paul Morris

What I’m listening to:  We Study Billionaires podcasts

Where I’m failing:  Time management … I feel like I’m always busy, but not always productive …

Where I’m succeeding: Planning …

What I’m grateful for:  My new farmhouse kitchen table (pics to follow later this week) …

Quote that has me thinking:   How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you. - Rupi Kaur

What I’m excited aboutPutting together my 2018 goals and strategies….

What I’ve been pondering: How to best use my new home office to improve my time management skills….

Mike Hewett's Farm....

If you want to see a real modern day farmer in action, head over to my friend, Mike Hewett’s, blog and check out what he has going on. He’s taking city farming to a different level…..

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Kaizen Philosophy....

The Japanese word Kaizen, translated simply as ‘good change,’ is a proven methodology for productivity that encompasses constant, continual improvement and dates back to the rebuilding efforts following World War II. This process can be broken down into six main steps:

1.     Standardize: Come up with a process for a specific activity that's repeatable and organized.
2.    Measure: Examine whether the process is efficient using quantifiable data, like time to complete, hours spent, etc.
3.    Compare: Compare your measurements against your requirements. Does this process save time? Does it take too much time? Does it accomplish the desired result?
4.    Innovate: Search for new, better ways to do the same work or achieve the same result. Look for smarter, more efficient routes to the same end-goal that boost productivity.
5.    Standardize: Create repeatable, defined processes for those new, more efficient activities.
6.    Repeat: Go back to step one and start again.

Read more about it here:

Friday, December 15, 2017

Mark Twain Quote....

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. - Mark Twain

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Frugal Christmas Shopping Advice....

Some great Christmas shopping advice from the Frugal Rules website….

·       Hit the clearance racks: Now’s a great time to buy summer items for loved ones and friends and they’re some good, inexpensive options out there if you value shop.

·       Give your time/talents: Personal gift certificates redeemable for a dinner out or time together are great for grandparents, grand kids, nieces, nephews, etc.

·       Have a plan and keep an eye out: Be organized and have a plan for who you will buy for and how much you will spend for each person. Then, simply search the internet or outlets stores for those items and be relentless; don’t settle for paying more than you bargain for.

·       Look for ways to save on other Christmas expenses: Coordinate a potluck instead of a big meal out. Drive or take the bus with a close family member to see extended family.

·       Plan for next year: Take notes as you get through this Christmas and ensure that you put away money each month in 2018 with the goal of making next Christmas easier to make happen than this year. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December Garden Tips....

From the UGA Extension website….
  • Why not get started early for next year?
    — Spread manure, rotted sawdust and leaves over the garden and plow them under; you'll be surprised at the difference this organic matter will make in the fertility, physical structure and water-holding capacity of the soil.
    — Take a soil sample to allow plenty of time to get the report back. Lime applied now will be of more benefit next year than if it is applied in the spring before planting. Always apply Dolomitic limestone in order to get both calcium and magnesium.
  • Save those leaves for the compost heap.
  • Take an "inventory." Maybe you had too much of some vegetables and not enough of others - or maybe there were some unnecessary "skips" in the supply. Perhaps some insect, disease or nematode problem got the upper hand. Make a note about favorite varieties. Start planning next year's garden now!
  • You're wise to order flower and vegetable seeds in December or January, while the supply is plentiful. Review the results of last year's garden and order the more successful varieties.
  • You may have seeds left over from last year. Check their viability by placing some in damp paper towels and observing the germination percentage. If the percentage is low, order new ones.
  • Before sending your seed order, draw a map of the garden area and decide the direction and length of the rows, how much row spacing is needed for each vegetable, whether or not to plant on raised beds, and other details. That way, you won't order too many seeds. This same advice applied to the flower garden. Try new cultivars, add more color, change the color scheme, layer the colors by having taller and shorter plants — don't do it the same way year after year.
  • Look around for tools you do not have and hint for these for Christmas presents.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2017 November Progress.....

Continuing to see overall progress on the three high-level goals I set this year. I did regress some with bodyweight in November thanks to the holidays, but I’m happy with the strength gains that offset the added poundage. 

·        Net Worth: Up 19.2%
·        Debts: Down 100% (debt-free!!!!!)
·        Weight: Down 7.5%

We’ve also given away over 11% of our bring home pay this year. Looking forward to building wealth now that debt isn’t a hindrance. 

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.