At the end of last year, I got the opportunity to play in the SCGA Tournament of Club Champions. As the name implies, it’s an annual event held by the SCGA that is open to those who win their golf club’s club championship. I’m still unsure how I happened to win the Sterling Hills Club Championship. It’s a 36-hole event, and I was mired solidly in the middle of the pack after the first 27 holes. Over the last 9, the putter came alive, I made a few shots, and lo-and-behold, I was told that I won by one stroke. Little did I know how important that last birdie putt on 18 would be.Continue reading
Book review: The Maxwell Daily Reader
In addition to reading a daily spiritual devotional, one of my other morning routines involves a daily reader that is more “secular” in nature. By secular, it means the reader contains inspirational notes around personal development, character, business, mindfulness, and/or leadership. Besides the inspirational notes, I’ll often use the reader as a jumping of point for my daily journaling exercise. Examples of daily readers I’ve used in the past are The Daily Stoic and The Mindfulness Journal.
Last year, my daily reader was written by renowned business leadership and management consultant John C. Maxwell and appropriately named The Maxwell Daily Reader: 365 Days of Insight to Develop the Leader Within You and Influence Those Around You.Continue reading
Blog housekeeping – RSS feed
When I originally set up this blog up over 10 years ago, I syndicated the feed through Feedburner. It seemed like a safe thing to do, and at the time, all of the top blogs were using the service. However, it’s a Google product, and given Google’s penchant for sun-setting (i.e. killing) services, there was always an inherent risk to relying on it.
For years now, I’ve been hearing about the imminent demise of Feedburner, but I’ve basically ignored the chatter. I continued to have the RSS icon at the top right of the header point to the syndicated feedburner URL. So even though the service is still active and working, albeit with reduced features, I’ve decided it’s time to make a change.Continue reading
Book review: Stand Strong – 365 Devotions for Men by Men
As part of my daily routine, I read from a devotional. It’s a practice I added a few years ago, and one that I’m happy I did. It has helped me to strengthen and deepen my faith. For this past year, my daily devotional was Stand Strong: 365 Devotions for Men by Men by Our Daily Bread Ministries.Continue reading
One more time
I’m not exactly sure why I decided to do it this year, or how it happened, but the beard made it’s annual appearance. One. More. Time.Continue reading
Book Review: The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche – A Book for Disruptors
Part of my daily morning routine involves devotionals and daily readers. Last year, one of those books was a little different. It was a weekly read.
The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche: A Book for Disruptors by Brad Feld and Dave Jilk is a collection of 52 essays on various entrepreneurial topics. The essays are grouped into five sections – Strategy, Culture, Free Spirits, Leadership, and Tactics. Each essay starts with a Nietzsche quote that is used as the starting point for that week’s topic. The majority of the essays also include a narrative by an entrepreneur that reinforces the message in the essay by way of personal experience.Continue reading
2022 – Year in review for the blog
Last year was year 10 for the blog, which is somewhat of a milestone. Here are the stats from last year and some things I’ve learned over that time.Continue reading
Book review: Interference
As much as I joke about Amazon being my arch-nemesis, they offer good services for book readers. One of the services I follow is their First Reads program. The program provides early access to new books. Since I enjoy discovering new authors, the First Reads program provides one such avenue.
What’s the biggest bonus of the program? If you’re a Prime member, you can select at least one and sometimes two books off each month’s list for free. It’s how I discovered the book Interference by Brad Parks, which I doubt I would have otherwise stumbled upon.Continue reading
2023 Fitness goals
I’ve tracked my fitness goals every year since I started blogging. This year is no different. Here’s a look at my fitness goals for 2022, and a look forward at what’s in store for 2023.
I have a firm belief in the adage that you get what you measure, which is why I like to do this exercise. If I’m measuring and tracking my fitness activities, then there’s a good chance the results will follow.
If you’ve followed my goals from previous years, you ‘ll remember that I like to focus on three areas – working out, physical activity, and diet. I’m going to do the same this year.
Let’s get started.Continue reading
Book review: Why We Sleep
I’ve spent a lot of time learning about health and nutrition over the last few years in an effort to improve and optimize my well-being. It’s changed what I eat with an increased emphasis on fewer processed foods, less refined carbohydrates, and more natural foods. It’s changed how I eat with intermittent fasting becoming a regular part of my daily routine. It’s made me more aware of how my eating habits affect my bodily functions, particularly my immune system and response.
One item I hadn’t spent a lot of time researching is sleep. I’ve known that getting an adequate, good night’s sleep is important. I’ve experienced the effects of poor sleep first hand, as I’m sure we all have at one time or another. What I didn’t realize is just how important sleep is, which is what researcher Matthew Walker covers in Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep And Dreams.Continue reading