Creating goals with heart

The goal season is upon us. I don’t know how about you, but I am already starting to get messages on social media reminding me about next year’s ambitions.  Part of me gets a bit stressed out. I mean, do I really have to do EVEN more or “punch the year in the face” to […]

Dream team stage crew

This Saturday I went to see the the backstage tour at the Alley Theatre. I’ve had the pleasure to see many plays there before, and I always wondered what it takes to make breathtaking productions happen.  I learned that for each actor, the theatre has 7 full time employees. Then many more seasonal contractors as […]

Blinders to create impact

You can’t make impact without sticking to your beliefs. Particularly when the going gets tough, because that’s what separates idea created from an idea implemented.  Last week I had a pleasure of chatting with Gordy Bunch, who among many great ideas shared with me that he doesn’t worry about competition. That’s because the only time […]

Aligning the mind to follow the heart

I recently joined Toastmasters. I’m impressed with how welcoming and helpful everyone is. So much so that I decided to go to my district’s “Fall Experimental Leadership Communication Summit.” As it turns out, my district produced last year’s world champion. It had to be good! Indeed it was! So many wonderful backgrounds! For example, one […]

Reconnecting to the heart at Thanksgiving

It’s kind of funny how my approach to Thanksgiving has changed throughout the years. When I was young, I couldn’t wait to gorge on amazing food. When I started working, I couldn’t wait for the time off. Now … I like to reflect on how can I grow in my ability to show gratitude. My […]

Be consistent when you’re the only one looking

Last Friday I went to Inspired Leaders event where I heard Bob Milner talk about the power of routines. He said that if you study any successful leader, you will find that he or she had a routine that enabled them to make impact happen.  I thought I had a good routine. But when I […]

The mustard seed in small beginnings

Last week I went to Live2Lead. I got to watch many speakers share a ton of great information. So much so, that I could do a blog entry, every day, for the rest of the year 🙂 The one nugget that really stood out for me though, came from Tyler Perry who said “Don’t despise […]

Stepping through the desert, one prayer at a time

Last weekend I went to a men’s retreat called Band of Brothers. The speaker, Father Torres, talked about what it means to be a Christian man in this day and age. One particular idea that I wanted to reflect on further is that we, as Christians, should rejoice when we are going through the desert, […]

Looking forward to an uncomfortable conversation

Last week, I went to a Connect and Learn where one of the VEL ambassadors talked about her inspiring journey from working for her dad, through becoming a teacher, to taking a big step of faith into entrepreneurship. Along the way, Elizabeth shared a lot of stories that centered on walking through discomfort and could […]

The best place to start is to be humble

Last week I heard a speaker who talked about his journey from being fired as a Texas A&M coach, through loading up cattle to make ends meet, all the way to finally coming back to coaching baseball almost two years later. He said there are two types of men: those who are humble or those […]