Sunday, April 26, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m Reading: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli  …

What I’m Listening To/WatchingJocko Willink podcasts…

What I’m Working On: Home projects ....

Where I’m Succeeding: Sticking to the plan(s) ….

Where I’m Struggling Emotional intelligence ….

What I’m Grateful For:  An increased appreciation for the importance of time ….

Quote That Has Me Thinking“Our lives aren’t shaped by our conditions. Our lives are shaped by our decisions.” – Tony Robbins

What I’m Excited About: Opportunity 

What I’ve Been Pondering: How to best serve others during these times 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Deepak Chopra Quote....

Without uncertainty and the unknown, life is just a stale repetition of outworn memories. You become the victim of the past, and your tormentor today is yourself left over from yesterday. Relinquish your attachment to the known, step into the unknown, and you will step into the field of all possibilities. – Deepak Chopra

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

What to do....

I’ve been talking to friends and relatives about what to do while quarantined, unable to work, etc.

Fortunately, I’m working and have a great employer keeping our workspace safe and clean. However, I can relate to the boredom and depression that can result from having a lot of time on my hands. A few thoughts after consulting with friends and looking for ways to keep my son busy during these times:

·       Spiritual/Personal Growth: No time is better than right now to do some self-reflection, get back in touch with your creator and learn something new. There are tons of online courses, most of which are free, to learn new hobbies and skills. Check out the Bible App for some great plans and daily inspiration as well.
·       Physical Growth: One of the things I’m looking most forward to in early retirement at the end of next year is being able to better organize my diet and workouts, as being at the whim of someone else’s schedule has a HUGE impact on both. The picture above is some work I did recently to rip out a drop ceiling and carpet and move some old equipment around to create a home gym. Nothing fancy or pretty, but it eliminates any excuses for slacking.
·       Family Time: Man…We all claim that our family is the most important part of our lives, but when we (and I mean ‘ME’ here) really have more time for those closest to us, what do we do? I admit failing here but have recognized this and am really enjoying dedicating more time to those I care about the most.
·       Finishing Things: I am part of an accountability group and the 4 categories we report on are Faith, Family, Fitness and Finances. Something I’ve learned a lot about throughout this pandemic is the importance of sticking to the plan. Routine is critical to success. Look at all highly successful people and they have that in common. I’ve worked hard throughout this situation to continue to report and be accountable to those I am motivated by and aspire to be more like.
·       Give: Very simply, people around us are hurting right now. Who (what kind of person) will you want folks to tell your grandchildren you were years from now when this is behind us? Find something or someone in your community to help. Put yourself in their shoes. Have empathy. Think about all of the people who have helped you along the way. More important, think about how you want to be remembered and how you want your creator to think of you between now and the short period of time before you meet Him.

I get it. There’s a lot better advice out there and certainly more we can do with our time. Feel free to chime in. And please know that I’m thinking and praying for you and yours during these times. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and feel free to comment and share your own wisdom.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m What I’m Reading: Recession-Proof Real Estate Investing by J. Scott …

Listening To/WatchingBigger Pockets Money podcasts…

What I’m Working On: The ‘Honey Do’ List ....

Where I’m Succeeding: Focusing ….

Where I’m Struggling Letting go ….

What I’m Grateful For:  An appreciation for a plethora of time I’ll never likely get again with those I value the most ….

Quote That Has Me ThinkingThe purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What I’m Excited About: A decision .….

What I’ve Been Pondering: The next 1.7 (yes, despite all of this, I’m sticking to the scheduled timeline) ….

Sunday, April 12, 2020

He is Risen....

Someone I respect greatly sent me the following text on Good Friday:

“Happy Easter to you and your family. Maybe it is no coincidence if this 3 day period ends up being the deadliest of the pandemic and deaths start dropping afterwards…..”

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ” – Mark 16:5-7

Thursday, April 9, 2020


Ragnar, my old Army buddy, staying in shape, while traveling up and down the east coast keeping America moving forward…..

Monday, April 6, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m Reading: Recession-Proof Real Estate Investing by J. Scott …

What I’m Listening To/WatchingAfford Anything podcasts…

What I’m Working On: Spring Cleaning (just a more sexy way of saying ‘yard work’ and ‘planting my spring gardens')....

Where I’m Succeeding: Finishing things I WANT to finish ….

Where I’m StrugglingTerry College of Business CFP Program Case Study ….

What I’m Grateful For:  My Grandmother and the legacy/memories she left behind. Oddly, conversations with her ring more loudly in my ears now, more than ever ….

Quote That Has Me Thinking“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

What I’m Excited About: Opportunities to give back.….

What I’ve Been Pondering: The next 1.75 (yes, despite all of this, I’m sticking to the scheduled timeline) ….