Friday, April 28, 2017

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m readingThe Truthful Art (still) by Alberto Cairo, The Gospel of Matthew and Shibumi by Trevanian.

What I’m listening toJason Hartman real estate podcasts. Dude shares a lot of tried and true principles that have helped him be enormously successful. 

Where I’m failing: Wearing my emotions on my sleeve. It’s ok to care and it’s perfectly acceptable to not care at times as well. What’s not cool is letting folks see you sweat, or letting it impact the quality of your life....

What I’m excited about: Getting to J’ville tomorrow and helping my daughter move back to Georgia!……The Vince Dooley Award ceremony (for distinguished individual character, outstanding teamwork, and citizenship) tomorrow downtown. My son won the award for his high school and county and gets a celebratory breakfast for the announcement of the overall Georgia winner!

What I’m thinking about at the moment: My next move in life. If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail….

What I need to work on: Spanish (Honduras in June/July), a healthier eating routine, and more explosive work in the gym. I also need to get the rest of my spring/summer garden in the ground.

What I’m looking forward to: Upcoming community service work (a lot of it - hit me up if you’re interested – we got a lot of work to get done and a lot of people to help over the next 9 days)…..

Thursday, April 27, 2017

'Would You' Question of the Week

If you had one superpower, what would it be, and why?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Famous Last Words....

“Then we shall have our fight in the shade.” -  Dienekes

Dienekes is credited with being the bravest of all Spartan warriors, and, after being told that the Persians had such great numbers that their arrows would blot out the sun in their most famous battle (Thermopylae), he uttered these words.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekend Works

Saturday started off well, with an early morning long distance Bible study with my brother, Kadar. We read Matthew 19-21 together and ended with a great conversation about what we would most easily be able to picture Jesus looking like if he came back today. 

Afterwards, I rode out and met my brother, Corey, to do some community service work he is heading up at an elementary school in Austell. We moved some dirt and put down some pea gravel, while also game planning next moves.

I then came home and cut, edged and blew my yard. As a follow-up, I cut down a small tree with an axe and hauled brush to the fire pit where I enjoyed a few cold beverages.

Sunday started off with a ride back to Austell to the school garden, but the weather had its own plans.

I then met my brother, Lee, to talk to some homeless folks in the Hiram area about how we can help serve their needs. Afterwards, we met with an elderly lady, where we crafted our short-term plan (hamburgers and prayer), along with a potentially longer-term plan at a more permanent structure.

Now, it's time to enjoy the rain and rest....


As my wife and I were enjoying a break in yard work over the weekend, she mentioned how much my cousin, Rachel, looked like my Aunt Wimpy (given name Zelda). What a wonderful person, taken way too soon (from my weak perspective, anyhow). I’ve never known a more pure, decent, kind-hearted human being. At the same time, I am comforted in the knowledge of where she is today….

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m reading: The Truthful Art (still) by Alberto Cairo, The Gospel of Matthew and a book my friend gave me: Shibumi by Trevanian (thanks Jeff!).

What I’m listening to: Tim Ferriss podcast where he interviews Cory Booker. Talk about a politician who really lives by his morals (read about his hunger strike) ….

Where I’m failing: All things body-related (diet, workouts, etc.)

What I’m excited about: Meeting my side-hustle partner to do some community service (working on an elementary school garden) later this morning….hanging out with the wife this evening…..

What I’m thinking about at the momentWhat would Jesus look like if he came back right now? Great conversation piece with my brother, Kadar, early this morning during our long-distance Bible study of The Gospel of Matthew. For me, I picture him as a homeless man wearing a hoody.

What I need to work onEliminate stress and inflammation. Spend quality time with my son before he heads off to college, Spanish….

What I’m looking forward to: Lunch tomorrow with my friend, Lee, to discuss our work with the homeless…..Moving my daughter back from Florida next weekend….

Lenny's Artwork

Dude has some serious talent….

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

'Would You' Question of the Week

Would you rather always have to say whatever is on your mind or never be able to speak again?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Old School (and new) Pic of the Week

My Father and Son at about the same age...

Cory Booker Quote

It's not a quote day on this blog, but I was listening to Tim Ferriss interview Cory Booker (the first African-American Senator of New Jersey) this morning on his podcast and he quoted something his father said early on in his life that I have to share:

Quit walking around here like you hit a triple; you were born on third base......LOVE THIS! I immediately felt a throat-punch....

Monday, April 17, 2017


The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity - Amelia Earhart

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” – Matthew 20:17-19

Thursday, April 13, 2017

1st Quarter Highlights....

I’m fortunate to have friends that help hold me accountable (thanks to Corey, Kadar and Tyrone…). We set goals at the beginning of the year and send each other monthly updates, occasionally calling each other out when we fail to own our successes/learning experiences. Here are some personal highlights from the 1st quarter of 2017, along with how I’m starting out the 2nd quarter:

·       Physical: Increased my bench press from 315 to 320 while decreasing my bodyweight from 186.8 to 178.2. Started off April a little bit rough due to all the Easter candy at work and overdoing it in the gym (re injured shoulder) but getting refocused. Started running again (thanks to cold baths) and am up to 2 miles.
·       Added code for ‘infinite scroll’ to blog, set record for monthly posts in March and put together some good visual designs (including Sankeys) for work.
·       Increased net worth by 5.3% and decreased overall debt by 60.2% (including paying off home) while working towards financial freedom. We were also able to live off 42% of our income while throwing everything else at debt.
·       Read 6 books, attended an Alberto Cairo workshop and listened to numerous podcasts about investing, minimalism and real estate.
·       Met with business partner multiple times to strategize. Helped prep a garden the first week of April for an elementary school garden club. Started looking at bringing our monthly homeless feedings to local area. Met with one person in need and scheduled another exploratory meeting to discuss further.
·       Did two long-distance Bible studies with Kadar. Set a more aggressive schedule to get through Matthew in April (kudos to Kadar for getting up at 4:00 AM Pacific time to make this happen J.

Never satisfied, but always learning…..feel free to call me out and help me stay on track. 

Mike Hewett's Farm Shout-Out

My friends, Mike and Ashley, set the gold-standard for farming for me. Please check out their website and visit them at the Dallas Farmer's Market starting Saturday, April 15...

Shakespeare Quote

A coward dies a thousand times, the valiant, only once! – William Shakespeare 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

'Would You' Question of the Week

Would you rather be famous when you are alive and forgotten when you die or unknown when you are alive but famous after you die?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Emerson Quote

Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, April 7, 2017

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m reading: Started The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo and The Gospel of Matthew.

What I’m listening to: The podcast How To Do More featuring Scott Sonenshein, author of Stretch.

Where I’m failing: My diet since the end of March. Too much Easter candy at work….also need to get started studying Spanish asap for upcoming mission trip to Honduras.

What I’m excited about: Me and Kadar getting back into our early morning long-distance Bible study routine (Matthew 15-19 this morning!)

What I’m thinking about at the moment: The acquisition of riches has been for many men, not an end, but a change, of troubles -Epicurus

What I need to work onRehabbing my shoulder….overdid it in the gym….

What I’m looking forward to: My friend’s daughter’s wedding tomorrow (Saturday) night….

Freezer Packed....

After our fall harvest, I froze various vegetables (green beans, okra, etc.), along with different kinds of peppers (habaneros/jalapenos) and herbs....

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

'Would You' Question of the Week

Would you rather:

Live like a king but have no friends or family, or:

Be homeless with plenty of friends and family?

Monday, April 3, 2017

From My Favorite Book (Thanks, Kadar)....

“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, Man’s Search For Meaning

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Saturday Projects/Community Service

Despite my family taking off for Spring Break and leaving me alone 😏, today reminded me how fortunate I am, even though I'm worn out and ready for bed....first, my little brother and side-hustle partner Corey got me up early to help prep a garden for the Clarkdale Elementary Gardening Club...

I then came home and used a chainsaw a buddy loaned me to cut up some more fallen trees to get close to finishing my au naturale retaining wall on the slope on the backside of my property. I then checked my garden and noticed the potatoes I planted in cinder blocks are coming in quite well. Afterwards, I rode out to a mile from the Alabama line to give my buddy his chainsaw back and he and his wife treated me to an awesome BBQ steak and baked potato dinner. As much as I miss my family, I am fortunate to have such good friends....

Old Satchel....

Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. – Satchel Paige