it takes time

I now realize why so many people start things and never finish.  There is an online offer to have some promotional materials printed, as well as some business cards and it end today at midnight. I might be a little mentally exhausted trying to pull together a business...

forward progress

I can’t remember how many times I have written about this in the past but it must be a lot and that’s because what I am doing differently these days is simply making forward progress. Taking steps and always moving is the key to getting what we want out of life. It’s...

the little things matter

In the bible there is all this talk about a mustard seed. A thing so tiny that when given time and space matures into an enormous tree where birds find shelter and the human eyes find beauty. This is an metaphor for faith and life, yet although we understand it...

why worry about the weather?

I read a lot of amazing things each and every day and for the life of me I cannot remember where I encountered this gem or I would reference the source. The post was about the weather and how we focus on weather it is going to be a nice day or a not so nice day. We...

D Day

No, this will not be a journal entry about the storming of Normandy. D day is my sneaky way of announcing to the world that I am starting a new nutritional regiment so it’s Diet Day. I stepped on the scale today and it said 284lbs but I was not surprised by that since...

the one thing

I have written about this before but it is worth the occasional reminder. The only way to get anywhere in life is to simply focus on one thing and never stop until you get there. I think the real problem we face is that we have many things we dream of doing and we...

murder

It must have been those cherries I ate just before I went to bed or something else because in my dreams I was witness to a murder! This is fascinating to me mostly because I don’t dream. I put my head on the pillow and I’m out. Day in, day out. Month after month. Year...

805

I’m still not sure what this journal is trying to be. At times I am reflecting on what is going well as I chase my writing and photography dreams. I try to give advice or make observations but perhaps I need to make this more personal and share more as to what is...

don’t underestimate cleaning

Don’t underestimate the health benefits of cleaning. And I don’t just mean those binge cleaning weekends every spring, or when we’re forced to to a yard sale when we are moving. I am talking about the benefits of looking at what has gathered inside of our house and no...

rock beach

There is a real reason why I want to retire early within three years and yesterday was an example why. As a family we didn’t do anything special. We took a couple of bottles of water and headed down to the beach, the rock beach. It is the beach that is not frequented...

not as planned

Every day I wake up I imagine what my day will look like and at the end of the day it took on a completely different shape. I never noticed this before. I never much paid much attention to what my life was like but it’s like I now have a super hero power and I am able...

coaching

This is the first time in my life that I have hired a coach. Although I cannot speak of any financial results being only a month or so in, but I can certainly testify to the immense focus and attention to detail hiring a coach does for you. There are many types of...

discipline of writing

There are days when I wonder what this daily writing routine does for the rest of my life. It has become a habit of mine in the last two years and I don’t know what I would do with myself if I stopped. I’m not planning to stop, I’m just musing on what life would be...

new routine

Summer is upon us and the time is here to develop a new routine. It usually takes me a week or so to adjust because it is hard to justify waking up at 4am when you don’t have to. It is much easier when you have to be at work for 8am anyway. Summer brings with it new...

celebration

I don’t think I celebrate enough. I have been told that several times recently and I cannot really defend myself. And by celebrate I don’t mean big glamorous parties or anything. I mean taking the time to pat yourself on the back, maybe treat yourself to dinner, or...

the network

I am not sure where I would be today without the wonderful web and network of people that I’ve been blessed to connect with. I think who you know not only speaks about who you are but also indicates how far you’re going to go in life. I am filled with tremendous...

tangible steps

If you were to ask a bachelorette what quality is very important to her, she would probably tell you that it’s a sense of humour, yet nobody is boinking the clown. I think the clown needs a date. We need some boinking in our life. Enough is enough of sitting on the...

pittance of effort

Life is full of surprises and ever since I have become more aware of what is happening in my life I am amazed at how it flows and how amazing everything is. Yesterday was an amazing day when I contrast it with Sunday. Sunday was a lazy, unproductive, stagnant kind of...

two speeds

I discovered this weekend that I function in two speeds. Full throttle and full speed ahead and stuck in mud, watching the world go by. The second state I have learned over the years is an emotional place. I am able to get things done, but mentally don’t flex as much...

score or win

My son taught me a valuable lesson yesterday, although it was me who was trying to teach it to him, but hey. He was playing his house league game and did very well as a forward. Too well. He figured out that as a striker he is expected to get to the front and wait for...

the odds

What are the odds? The odds of anything really. The fact that you are here reading these words. How did that happen and what does it all mean? How it happened I can speak to but what it all means is above my pay scale. Yesterday I found myself at a hockey rink with my...

the next day

It’s been two and a half years and I’ve avoided suffering the dreaded writers block.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying in arrogance, simply because a long time ago I write that I agree with Seth Godin that there really is no writers block. In extension the many...

change is good

Change of pace is coming. It’s the end of the school year and in a couple of weeks I will welcome the summer break. Everyone always tells me how great it is to get such a wonderful summer vacation, and I agree with them, but my summers are usually working ones. They...

a new bike

This weekend was Father’s Day and I don’t think I’ve ever had a more heart felt weekend before. I’m not even sure what it was. Nothing extraordinary happened. We didn’t really go anywhere. We didn’t really go and do anything spectacular but I wish I could live in this...

champions

I would not feel right to not write about the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA championship last night and its about the only thing that had me up way past my bedtime these last few weeks. It was fun watching them, a very family event. Last night my wife went up to my...

commitment & discipline

On the outside you can’t see it. On the inside you can’t really feel it because feelings flee fast and you’re left all alone. Alone with the task of where you want to go. A task that must be pursued with commitment and discipline. Commitment. Discipline. Easily said,...

comparison

Comparison has its time and place but often it doesn’t nothing more than simply get in the way. Yesterday it got in the way. I saw some photographs of a successful photographer I know and I started second guessing everyrthing that I was doing. I see every move I make...

begeebus

Who knew that I would be journaling every day and publicly at that. If you had told this tall and shy kid some thirty years ago that he would be writing every day and motivating small audiences, I am sure he would certify your crazy. But so what. I am glad I didn’t...

better shape

Yesterday, late in the evening, my body spoke up and told me that I better get into shape if I’m to be successful in my photography business. I need to get back to the gym as soon as possible, and looking back it is very strange why I stopped to begin with.  I don’t...

two mindsets

Mindset is a buzzword that has permeated our culture. It has become a cliche because people use it without thinking about what they are saying or why and that is a touch ironic. So I’m not a big fan of the word mindset but I haven’t come up with a good alternative so...