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The HOA as a Slice of Americana

Just over a week ago my neighborhood had their annual Home Owner’s Association meeting. It was a unique experience for my wife and I and our close friends that live two doors down. Leaving that meeting gave me a lot to think about and I had to write something to coalesce my thoughts. As the […]

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Viva Las Vegas

For 4 days I went to Las Vegas to spend time with my Dad and Uncle at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES). The show and the city itself left me with conflicting thoughts and feelings and I wanted to unpack these to see what’s really going on. CES is an overwhelming experience. There are […]

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Fitness as Fashion

I had a flash of clarity the other day about fashion. The first bit of truth was that I suck at it. Sure, I can throw on a pair of jeans and a nice shirt and look decent. My nice suit looks pretty good on me too. But, in general, I suck at fashion and […]

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On Personality

The climbing gym I go to recently opened a new location. It’s larger in ever sense: bigger routes, more equipment, more showers and more space overall. Everything is nice and shiny and new. Yet, I can’t help but feel like it’s missing something and I finally figured out what that is: personality. What constitutes a […]

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Viva Colombia!

For about a month now I’ve thought about how I want to write about Colombia. Originally I tried to do it in the form of momentos, similar to what I did for Bonnaroo. Then I tried to parse out particular stories that might be worth sharing in a longer format. Failing those ideas I simply […]

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The World Looks Different

The world looks different when you’re pushing yourself every second you’ve got. This is a quote that won’t get out of my head for about two weeks now. I heard it from Monty Oum. Don’t know him? I’m not surprised. Monty is one of the lead animators for Rooster Teeth productions. Rooster Teeth is well-known […]

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Look in the Mirror

When was the last time you looked in the mirror? Not the one you stare in when brushing your teeth. The one that a friend holds up to reveal the ugly parts of your life. The one that shows you’re not the man or woman you want to be. The one that throws back in […]

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Learning to Trust Yourself

For the first time in a long while I’m beginning to trust myself. It’s been about six months that I’ve struggled with trusting myself in thoughts and actions. But now the evidence is accumulating and I’m making progress. When I say trust myself, I mean actually believing that I’m going to do the things I […]

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You Have Permission to Fail

You have permission to fail. You have permission to not be good. You have permission to try. For anyone starting a new venture this should be a mantra. It’s okay to suck. If you’re sucking at something that means you’re doing it. And sucking at something is better than not doing it at all. As […]

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Forward. Not Sideways.

Sometimes we do things because it makes us feel like we’re being productive. Perhaps you do something on a regular basis that is related to what you want to do but, if you’re being completely honest with yourself, isn’t getting you to where you want to be. Imagine a woman who wanted to be a […]

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