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Sometimes you get treated so well that you can’t even believe it’s real.

Normally, these conference work trips didn’t leave a lot of time to to venture out or do any real exploring in a visiting city. We usually would only stay two nights since the conference would start on Thursday and end on Saturday. Normally this would be fine, but I found myself secretly hoping that there would be some way we could slip away from our work duties to soak in some of what Orlando had to offer. I wasn’t asking to immerse ourselves in theme parks and beaches, but I still welcomed any chance of capturing some small memory of…


Discussing safety at the showcase had always been one of my favorite parts.

This wasn’t the first time our safety team had traveled to attend a safety conference. In fact, it was a nice perk that went along with being part of a work group whose sole mission was to help keep coworkers safe. The conference organizers chose a different U.S. city each year in which to host the event, from Nashville to Dallas to San Antonio to Chicago. This time, we would be attending the conference in Orlando, Florida. For whatever reason, the conference always happened to fall on the same weekend as the first round of the NCAA national basketball tournament…


Have you ever had a day that started out well and just kept getting better?

Back in 2015, my life into fatherhood and marriage was just getting started. Our 2nd daughter was on the way and I started the year making some unforgettable memories reconnecting with some long lost family and friends in Chicago and SoCal. Just as Spring Break was in full swing, a day in the middle of the week blinded me with so many joyous surprises that I still think about it to this day. From the deluxe accommodations to the celebrity sightings, this day in Orlando was unlike any other that I have experienced before or since. Any one of these…


How does life move forward for you?

Hello, friends and family!! I was talking with Chau this week about how our lives together have handed us moments of decision as well as moments of discovery. Sometimes we cannot tell the difference, and sometimes it may not seem to matter. Our younger selves did not yet know that we would eventually finish college, get married, and build a life raising two daughters. We did not know how our daughters would be different from each other, or different from us. We did not know how, as parents, we would be different from our parents. How our marriage would be…


What does it take to be a good listener? How many people have good listeners in their lives that allow them to share thoughts and secrets? How important is being a good listener?

Hello, friends and family!! Throughout my childhood, I have heard of certain games that take a minute to learn and a lifetime to master. In conversation, listening can be described in the same way. Some think that listening is simply the courtesy to remain silent when someone else is speaking. However, my spiel on listening goes way beyond that. Not only do I think good listeners do things that many others don’t, but I also think that quality listening is a catalyst for unlocking deeper communication and understanding. In a separate train of thought, I have a theory that effective…


“There’s never enough time..”

Time management is something that most everyone struggles with. There are only so many hours in the day and so much to do. Whenever I have time to myself, these options fall into one of three categories: fun, productive, relaxing. If I spend too much time not dedicated to one of those categories then, by my own definition, I am wasting time. For example, I may catch myself aimlessly scrolling social media on my phone or spiraling down a YouTube black hole. I try not to waste time like this too much, but it happens.

Usually, one of those three…


[Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. While I used some names of my real family members, the characters and story are products of my imagination or used in a fictitious manner.]

One thing that Christian has always been good at is creating meaningful friendships. He has been asked to be a groomsman in more weddings than I had even been invited to. Not only is Christian usually the life of the party, but he is also a solid wingman for any pal trying to hit on a girl or build a long-term relationship. For the most part, Christian is…


Once upon a time, the Lakers were on the verge of winning the NBA Championship. They had just won Game 4 of the Finals and took a 3–1 lead going into Game 5. They were facing a team from Florida and were looking to finish the series in Orlando. They were the heavy favorites going into the postseason and made it to the Finals by beating the Houston Rockets in the 2nd round and then the Denver Nuggets in the Conference Finals.

The Lakers were led by a veteran superstar who had already won 3 championships but also had two…


“Yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift from God, which is why we call it the present” -Bil Keane

Be present. It is a simple and effective phrase to convey a multitude of messages. “Concentrate.” “Enjoy.” “Calm down.” “Have fun.” “It is okay to cry.” Sometimes moments in life are significant enough that being present comes easily: graduations, holidays, milestones. Other moments are more low-key: a meal with a partner, a pre-bedtime story with the kids, a morning workout. Being present in the correct moments invites life-changing thoughts and emotions that could yield remarkably rewarding results…


“Today’s audience is a tough one to impress

Digital distractions put focus to the test

It’s only possible when you settle for no less

Than a masterpiece that sends your heart bursting out of your chest.”

-Alan Manalansan

Hamilton on Disney+ is amazing. I am no rapper, but Hamilton’s lyrics are some of the best writing I have ever heard and Hamilton is probably the most outstanding thing that has ever been shown on our TV. This was the first time I have ever finished a 2hr 40min show (that ended past midnight) and immediately wanted to press play and…

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