Self Help Yourself

The first self-help book I ever read was Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Without overstatement, this book changed my life.  At the time of my first reading, I was in my early twenties trying to determine what I wanted to get out of my existence here on this planet.  I’m still wrestling […]

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Our Imperfect Lives

Have you ever heard something so profound that your life was changed on the spot?  Maybe it was a powerful sermon in church or a motivational speech from a coach.  Or, maybe it was the first time a crush said they, “liked you”.  Or, maybe it was the first time you heard, “Luke, I am […]

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No Need for Purpose

This is the sequel (or maybe it’s the prequel) to “What Do You Do All Day.” One of the by-products at being terrible at living in the moment is my brain is usually off thinking about some big question or idea.  These thoughts are usually along the lines of, “is there a guy on this […]

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What Do You Do All Day?

“What do you do all day,” is a question I get asked somewhat frequently.  If I had to speculate, I’d guess friends and family are curious what one does all day long when there is no job to attend and no real retirement to enjoy.  It’s not an unfair question and I’d probably ask the […]

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Last Life

Growing up, I loved video games.  Probably not in a 2018 sense where kids spend 23 hours out of the day playing Red Dead Redemption 2, Metal Gear Survive or God of War (this list courtesy of the google).  If my 9-year-old self had his way, I would have spent every waking hour burning my […]

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Your Reality is Your Reality

I’m the luckiest person you’ve ever met (online).  Seriously.  No one has more luck than me.  What gives me this confidence?  Well, for starters, I’ve got a wife who’s willing to fight for my honor, supportive parents, beautiful and healthy kids, wonderful friends, solid health, a nice home and enough money to pay for things […]

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I’m Leaving Social Media

After reading this title, many of you probably said, “thank the gods!” or “great, now I don’t have to see your posts distracting me from good cat videos” or “did they fire you from Facebook too?”  Since moving this blog over from a travelogue to whatever the hell it is now, I have linked my […]

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Your Employer Doesn’t Give a F*ck About You

Worried some of my previous blog post titles have been a little “click bait’y”, a friend informed me it’s only click bait if the headline isn’t reflective of the actual content.  Looking again at this headline, it might end up giving the wrong impression.  In my experience, your employer actually does give a f*ck about […]

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Getting Fired, Part 1

After graduating college, I have worked for 5 companies.  2 of these companies have fired me.  Thus, 40% of my previous employers like to end my employment with them by kicking my ass to the curb.  Ouch. I feel for anyone who loses their job.  It’s not fun feeling unwanted.  For those of you who […]

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Being Vulnerable

In college, I had my first “real” girlfriend.  No, I didn’t have imaginary girlfriends in high school (well, maybe a couple Freshman year), my first longer term and significant relationship just happened to be in college.  This relationship was tough for me. While I knew what it was like to have a girlfriend based on […]

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When A Friend Becomes Your Therapist

On Friday night, I came back home after having a couple of beers with friends.  Just before heading to sleep, I checked my phone and noticed an unread text.  I had received the following message from an extremely good friend of mine.  This is what it read – “Dude, you gotta checkout my new mountain […]

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Starting Over

Starting over is tough. In February 2009, I quit my job as a Project Manager for the London 2012 Olympics and flew home to the United States to start up my previous business (the one I was fired from last year).  Leaving a great job and one of the most vibrant cities on the planet […]

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What To Do About Christmas Presents

Going through some old stuff the other day, I came across a stack of savings bonds.  Every Christmas and Birthday, my Grandparents (children of the great depression), would give their grandchildren a savings bond.  These bonds varied in amount, but usually had a maturity value in the neighborhood of $100.  Being an ungrateful little punk […]

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Going Vegan Nearly Killed My Marriage

I love trying new things, especially those around nutrition, fitness, or adventure experiences.  There’s nothing better than getting a new idea in my head and fantasizing about how that idea is going to exponentially change my life for the better.  Usually the changes never live up to the expectation I set, but they’re fun to […]

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What Thoughts Are You Listening To?

One of my favorite tasks as an Executive and Manager used to be the Thought of the Day.  This was a short quote or story that I would blast out to my team in the morning.  The intent was to either educate, motivate, or communicate depending on the needs and mood of the business at […]

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Process Equals Freedom

“It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney My previous business was a joint venture partnership.  The business was an ongoing concern in the United Kingdom and I approached the founders to bring operations to the United States.  One thing that initially attracted me to the company […]

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Why I Meditate

I’ve been working on this “first post after the trip” for quite some time now.  I can’t say the work has been productive or the writing exceptionally good.  In fact, most of the time when I sit to write, I look out the window or just stare at my screen.  After a couple of half-hearted […]

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Home

After attending my Dad’s retirement party in Washington DC, we returned to Tin E in Oklahoma City.  It was anticlimactic to be back in the trailer.  Trips to National Parks, the Pacific Northwest, Wyoming, Montana, Canada, California, Arizona and New Mexico were all in the rear view mirror.  While there are great spots back East, […]

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Retirement Party

One of the reasons we flew through the southwest was to make it to Oklahoma City by October 6th.  Why would we want to visit the thriving metropolis of OKC so badly, you ask?  Well, we had a flight back to the DC area to attend my Dad’s retirement party.  The expeditious driving and flight […]

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