As a child, getting of our Christmas tree was a yearly trek that my Dad and I happily embarked on. Because we lived in a…Continue
Want a simple, fun and affordable project for the holidays?
This will quickly become a yearly tradition and over time, a cherished family heirloom. …Continue
A few weeks ago, I had the honor and privilege to be a part of Emmanuel Wolfe’s podcast. It was a blast to have a meaningful conversation with him.
We talked about the power of story and the need for people to find ways to tell their story in ways that help them grow.Continue
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She is calculated, witty and doesn't miss a beat. She spends hours upon hours drawing intricate designs, and is content to doodle the details alone in her room all day. It's not enough to get an answer to something, she has to know the reason behind the answer and make sure it all adds up.
The skeptic has to have the facts.…Continue
This is the fourth post in the Personality Style Series. Check out the first three here:Continue
As a child, I was the "bossy" one who always had an opinion on anything and everything. I had my core group of friends, and I remember running the show frequently, even sending my best friend home when we were five because she was wasting paper and not coloring on both sides. When I was twelve, I put my twelve-year-old cousin in time-out. And she did it. I wasn't a…Continue
Outgoing, reserved, people-oriented, loyal, adventurous, detailed. We all have so many adjectives to describe us. Positive and negative, those adjectives paint a picture of who we are and how others see us. Since the beginning of time, people have sought to understand what makes these different behaviors.
Around 400 BC, philosophers started to theorize on what really made people "tick," and as they went through the external elements they started to identify how it related to…Continue
While I was recovering and before I could have the second surgery to reattach my colon, we would be celebrating Easter. Anyone who knows my family knows holiday celebrations are a big deal and they usually revolve around food! I know – shocking when you think of an Italian-Greek family right?
Well I wasn’t…Continue
My wonderful yoga teacher likes to tell us to find the quake and tremble in our poses. It's such a powerful point for yogis that moves beyond the practice and into your daily life. There is this magical spot - it's beyond a position that is completely comfortable and it's that perfect tipping point before you've gone too far. To further your practice, you balance between the ease of a pose you have achieved and then push yourself just a little beyond. Find that point where your body…Continue
In developing my business, I am really trying to figure out audience engagement first and foremost. I feel like FaceBook is a good fit, but I'm finding posting my blogs oftentimes they don't even get seen. I am trying to figure out if there is a magic time to post when people are typically on, or it this isn't the best way to engage an audience. I've been toying with creating a group or a page on Facebook, and I'm curious for feedback.
On top of that, I…
Wake Up Call
“Phil! Something’s Burning!” It was about 5:30 am and I went from half asleep to up and out in the kitchen in about a 1/2 second. Those that played softball with me back in the day probably aren’t shocked by the speed, but there isn’t much that wakes you up like smoke in your house.
My wife, Heather, determined there was something wrong with the refrigerator. She “heard a noise and then saw smoke.” Yep, definitely something wrong there.
There comes a time in every parent’s life where you ask “Where did I go wrong?” It seems your child will always find a way to throw you for a loop, whether its by cheating in a game, smarting off, or the scary world of teenagers, where “finding yourself” means the more dangerous, the better. We wonder what we should have done differently, or if we said something wrong that has messed them up for life. We set these high hopes that our kids will be doctors and…Continue
Last night, I finally got around to watching the movie "Chocolat." (I rank this right up there with Twilight on being a female seductive obsession and being completely lost on the male counterpart. I loved it, and PapaGray fought to stay awake. But I digress). There was a scene that was so tiny, but resonated with me. In it, Roux (Johnny Depp) is checking in on Vianne (Juliette Binoche) after his…Continue
The other day PapaGray and I had the pleasure of going out on a date, just the two of us. Ahhhhhhhh, no children. No one dropping food on the floor, getting food (or lord knows what) all over my clothes, talking loud enough to ensure that even the deaf will hear, dominating the conversation, walking way too close to the street, and generally being like a herd of cats you are trying to corral in the middle of a monsoon.…Continue
I just finished listening to another powerful book called "Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts and Becoming the Person You Want To Be" by Marshall Goldsmith. I am loving my drive-time and listening to powerful audiobooks on all kinds of subjects.
This one investigated the environmental and sociological…Continue
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Welcome Bronwyn Jane Barnett into the world just two weeks ago. You hear different things people say about going from one child to two or from two to three. "Oh, after three it's just another baby." How ignorant I was to say that. Now with five littles age five and under, all I can say is two or three is easy. If you're on the pace of our family (not necessarily recommended though we feel extremely blessed by healthy babies and uncomplicated pregnancies), going from four to five right after…Continue