What’s your recovery rate?

Examining your physical and spiritual fitness

Many of you that know me personally or that follow me on Facebook know that I’m an avid cyclist. I try to get a minimum of 50 miles a week in and often times, it can be quite a bit more than that. 30-50 mile rides on Saturday morning can be quite common for me. I have my good years and my not so good years but, for all intensive purposes, this has been a pretty good year for cycling. I’ve been able to be pretty consistent this year, even through these scorching summer months. And, for that, I’m pleased. Continue reading…

Enjoying life’s little moments

The Slippery Slope of Work/Life Balance


Several weeks back, I was packing up to leave the office for the day and a notification popped up on my phone with a meeting invite from none other than one Mrs. Linda Mitchell. Now, this is not an unusual circumstance. We send each other calendar meeting requests all the time for various appointments we go on, but this one peaked my interest. The location was for Cayucos for the weekend. When I got home, I asked Mrs. Mitchell what was up with the meeting invite. “I wanted to surprise you, we need the time away together,” was her simple response. Continue reading…

Back to Basics

Saving Money, Practicing Humility and Getting Dirty


Have you ever been hit square in the face with the realization that you need to make changes? This happens to us all once in a while and our human nature is to cling to the familiar, even when we know deep down it may not be working. I’m sure you’d agree that it can be pretty scary to branch out, break old habits while earnestly working to create new ones that will ultimately be in our best interest. The thing is, when you’re standing at this proverbial Y in the road, you don’t always know that the new path will be a better one, you just know that the current path won’t work for you in the long-run. I’ve referred to this in past writings as the Compound Effect. At first, changes may be so small they’re hardly even noticeable. However, over time, the outcome of our choices, routines, and habits become bigger and bigger. And, this is true for both the positive and the negatives in life. Continue reading…

Pincushion Hill

What an awesome hike!


I’ve always been an active person. Whether it’s running along the canal bank while my kids rode their bikes, doing yard work or going to the gym, I love staying on the move. Continue reading…

Tales from the Street

Don’t get hung up, there’s always a solution


My brother Roger has been a real estate investor since his early 20’s. He is quite an exceptional man, husband, father, and brother. He’s now given me the honor of assisting him with finding investment properties and that means a great deal that he’s entrusted that responsibility to me. Continue reading…

The New Normal

That Moment You Realize Everything You’ve Ever Known is Not the Norm…

 

Recently, Linda and I were asked by our good friend, Nate Moore if we’d be interested in volunteering at a local elementary school to work with kids one-hour each week. These kids had been hand selected by the administration to participate in this program and needed a positive role model in their lives. Nate’s been doing this for years and I’ve been impressed by watching his contribution as he pours himself into these kids each week. He connects with them and imprints upon them not only his values, etiquette and work ethic, but he provides, if only for a glimpse, a positive male influence that they are so desperately missing. Continue reading…

Collecting Experiences

On Sunday, February 12th after church, we took off with our good friends Glenn & Lorraine Jones to soak up some Southern California sun and spend Monday the 13th at Universal Studios. We picked up season passes last July and were determined to get at least 2 trips out of them. It’s always an adventure with Glenn and Lorraine and we’re blessed to have friends that we connect with so effortlessly and enjoy spending time together. Continue reading…

Business Spotlight: The Inn at Avila Beach

Imagine your Best Friends Beach House


It’s fun being spontaneous, wouldn’t you agree? On a whim, I’ll get a call from Linda or visa versa and we’ll decide to get out of Fresno for the night (or weekend). This is more common in the heat of the summer and the conversation tends to go something like this – Me: It’s going to be 110 this weekend. Linda: Let’s get the heck out of here. Me: Alright, I can be ready by 3 pm. Linda: I’ll make a reservation. And so it goes… Continue reading…

The way we were

The things we did back then!


I woke up recently and found myself going down memory lane, all the way back to my childhood. You see, growing up for me wasn’t anything like Leave it to Beaver or Father Knows Best. Continue reading…

2016 From the Rear-View Mirror

Confessions from a Reflective Learner


Once upon a time, it was explained to me that each year you get older, that year represents less of your overall lifespan. It’s why summers as a 10-year-old child seemed to be so long and yet, as adults, we blink and a year shoots by. When you’re 10 years old, one year is 1/10th of your lifespan, when you’re 40, it’s 1/40th.  That explanation makes sense as to how 2016 went by so quickly when in some ways, it seems as if it was just January of 2016.

 

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