The Power of Asking

I’m not the inspirational type of writers; I leave that to the legions of others far better suited.

But if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that…

You never know unless you ask.

Case in point:

Here’s a college student, apparently a decent enough musician in his own right, attending a Q&A with the legendary Billy Joel. He has a dream to accompany the Piano Man. So what does he do?

He asks.

This can apply to just about anything!

  • Interested in a new role at work? Ask about it.
  • Interested in someone and want to get to know them better? Ask them out.
  • Interested in starting a side hustle but don’t know where to start? Ask a trusted mentor/colleague/friend.

Yes, you might be rejected and you may just fail. But you’ll learn throughout the process, and it will put you in a better position to try again.

It’s amazing how a simple word can change your life.

One World

There would be no such thing as extremism in the world if people knew their heritage.

One Year Without Soda

I’ve never been a huge New Year’s resolution guy. I set goals for myself, but I rarely do yearly resolutions.

One of my personal goals for 2016 was to give up sodas for good. I had made goals in the past to cut back.. some of which were successful. But there were always reasons (read: excuses) where I ended up back to drinking them at the same quantity and frequency.

2016 was different. The desire was there, so I challenged myself to finally remove them from my life.

Flash forward one year, and I’m happy to say I was successful. It wasn’t easy in the beginning, and there were a couple cheating instances. 🙂 But as time went on, it became easier and easier. Surprisingly, it was easier than I thought it would be, and I don’t even miss them.

Do I drink any soda at this point? Not really.

The only soda I drink now is mixed with alcohol as well as the random Slurpee outing with my daughters. Because who doesn’t like a Slurpee every now and then!?

There’s Always This Year

What a year!

The bar was set higher than I think it ever has been after 2015’s NLCS run, and they certainly delivered. Watching this team accomplish something that had alluded the club for 108 years was exciting.

At a party the other night, someone asked me if I would be satisfied if the Cubs ended up losing the World Series. My reply was quick and emphatic.

Yes, absolutely.

While naturally I want them to win and thankfully they did, more importantly, they are building a foundation. The Ricketts family, Theo Epstein, and Jed Hoyer have worked hard to put a team together to fix the “lovable loser” culture.

This year is only the beginning.

Farewell Site5

After 9 years, today is my last official day at World Wide Web Hosting / Site5. Over the last 15 months, I’ve reflected often on my time here, and it’s been nothing short of amazing. I’ve experienced two very different acquisitions and worked for five exceptional bosses. Ben, Brendan, Joel, Matt & Rod – I sincerely thank you for everything.

I’ve had the absolute honor to work with some of the most dedicated, smartest, and passionate people in the industry, and I could not be more proud of what we accomplished together.

I have been blessed to go to places I wouldn’t have ever dreamed of going, and I have experienced fantastic journeys with amazing people along the way.

Map

  • Austin, TX
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Edmond, OK
  • Houston, TX
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Miami Beach, FL
  • Montreal, QC, Canada
  • New Orleans, LA
  • New York City, NY
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Toronto, ON, Canada

It’s been a great ride while it lasted! But new adventures await. 🙂

#prayfor

With all of the recent happenings, this Garth Brooks song resonates.

This ain’t comin’ from no prophet
Just an ordinary man
When I close my eyes I see
The way this world shall be
When we all walk hand in hand

When the last child cries for a crust of bread
When the last man dies for just words that he said
When there’s shelter over the poorest head
We shall be free

When the last thing we notice is the color of skin
And the first thing we look for is the beauty within
When the skies and the oceans are clean again
Then we shall be free

We shall be free
We shall be free
Stand straight, walk proud
‘Cause we shall be free

When we’re free to love anyone we choose
When this world’s big enough for all different views
When we all can worship from our own kind of pew
Then we shall be free
We shall be free

We shall be free
Have a little faith
Hold out
‘Cause we shall be free

And when money talks for the very last time
And nobody walks a step behind
When there’s only one race and that’s mankind
Then we shall be free

We shall be free
We shall be free
Stand straight, walk proud, have a little faith, hold out
We shall be free

We shall be free
We shall be free
Stand straight, have a little faith

We shall be free

Expectations

I posted this on Facebook a year ago, and it showed in my “On This Day” list today. It still rings true a year later.


Someone asked me recently why I would sit through 11 hours of a dance competition on a Saturday when there’s tons of other things I could be doing.

Sure, there are other things I could be doing, so why don’t I do those instead?

These two beautiful girls.

They need to know and see that I am right there by their side supporting their every move. They need to know and see that I’m there to celebrate their wins with them and to lift them up after their losses. They need to know and see that they deserve my time, devotion, and attention more than anything else and that they are a priority in my life. They need to know that I care about what they care about, that I am interested in what they are interested in. They need to see that I genuinely want to know more about what they’re interested in, that I care to know what first position is, what a cramp roll is.

When they’re older and dating, they will come to see where parallels exist between me and their boyfriends, that those boys should show them and give them the same respect, attention, interest, and care.

My girls need to see all of this and come to expect it… because they deserve nothing less.

This is my job as their dad, and it’s the most important job I’ll ever have.

Goodbye 2015

What a year it has been; a year of change both happy and sad, personally and professionally, expected and unexpected.

Amid change, I always try to keep positive and look on the upside of the situation versus the downside. It helps keep attitude, mindset, and emotions in check, and I strongly believe in forward thinking as well as focusing on the good in everything.

So here’s to 2015 and, more importantly, a great 2016.

As Kidd Kraddick closed his morning shows:

Keep looking up.. cause that’s where it all is!

Reflections on Steve Jobs

Tonight as I sat on the couch reading the news coverage on Steve Jobs’ passing, it struck me why I’m enamored with Apple’s products. It’s not that I’m a fanboy (okay, I might be on the edge of being one..) — it’s because of the culture set in place by Steve Jobs.

He didn’t just want to make the average run-of-the-mill beige box computer. It’s not that he just wanted to enter the mp3 player market. It’s not that he simply wanted a piece of the mobile phone market. It’s that he wanted to revolutionize by thinking different.

It’s that he was so meticulous about the products his company produced. It’s that he was so adamant about his ideals that he’d not waver.

As I sat tonight using my MacBook, iPad, and iPhone, it sunk in what Steve Jobs truly meant to the technological world.

RIP Steve.

– Blogged from my iPhone

Goodbye Trailblazer

A couple weeks ago, we went to San Diego on a half vacation / half business trip. A huge thanks to Ben & Joel for agreeing to let my family come along!

Knowing that we’d be driving to San Diego and Orlando this year, we took my Trailblazer in to have the AC fixed as well as have 100,000 mile maintenance performed. As that work was being completed, the mechanics discovered something wrong with the front axle as well. All in all, we spent about $1700 getting my car ready.. and that’s on top of the $800 we spent on new tires back in May.

All goes well on the San Diego trip of course.. right? Of course not.

Halfway through the first day of travel, both Monica and I start thinking the air just isn’t being pushed out strong enough. It’s cool enough, but the pressure just isn’t there like it should be. Once we get to our destination for the first day, I call the local Chevy dealership to see if they can get it in. Nope, they can’t — not until 5 days from then. Well that obviously won’t work, so I call a dealership in San Diego and they said they’d be able to look at it if we have the car to them first thing in the morning. The only problem is that we’re 12 hours away from San Diego still, so we decide to let the girls swim, eat some dinner, and then pull an all-nighter.

Along the way, we start hearing a sound like something’s hitting the car. At first I thought it might be the antenna coming loose, but that wasn’t it. I look down at the front passenger side tire and notice a plastic part of the wheel well had come loose and was coming in contact with the tire. Plastic + Rubber ≠ Good. So I try to put the plastic part back to where it won’t hit the tire anymore, but it still does. So we pull over again at a gas station. I bought a bungee cord and rigged the plastic part to the front bumper so that it wouldn’t hit the tire anymore. In that process, Monica starts looking at the front bumper and we realize that it’s not completely affixed to the car!

Needless to say, the last few hours to San Diego were a bit nerve wracking. As we’re driving, Monica and I decide that we’re just not trusting of the car anymore and that we don’t want to put any more money in a car with 111,000+ miles on it. The mechanic we had do the 100k maintenance found something else wrong.. what if this dealership found something too? We just decide to cut our losses. I drove the car to a few local dealerships and found one to buy it. We rented a car for the drive back home. A HUGE thanks to my dad for spending so much time locating the title to the car for us. We really did know where it was.. too bad it was the third place we knew where it was..

Selling my Trailblazer was bittersweet for a couple reasons. It was the first vehicle Monica and I bought together. While minor in the end, it’s still a little sad!

More importantly, both Katie Lynn and Karyn were brought home from the hospitals in my Trailblazer.

Katie Lynn:

Karyn:

A car is just a car, but I’m definitely going to miss my Trailblazer. That being said, I’m very excited about my new vehicle! More info on that coming soon..