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The Only Christmas Gift Guide You Need

Many gift guides on the internet come loaded with affiliate links, this is not one of them. This year’s guide is a little different, the only one you will need. I have curated a list of unique gifts by fellow entrepreneurs. I have not asked them for any referral codes, nor will I benefit in any way with one exception. That one exception being, having the sheer joy of highlighting their brands for no other reason but because I believe in them and think others might too. Hope Bridges Coffee – as a coffee drinker, there is a vast difference between coffee and good coffee. Hope Bridges happens to roast good coffee that in turn enables them to do good in Thailand. Recycled Firefighter – “Are you looking for tough, unique, and top quality front pocket wallets, backpacks, or other manly gear?” I personally use and love these wallets made out of repurposed fire hose . And a portion of all sales goes to local burn victims. Chunky Junk Jewelry  – Founded for the love of the children of India, Chunky Junk is a fair trade organization that believes in not only supporting but pouring back into the communities they support. Sprymind Coloring Books – Remember the joy a coloring book gave you as a child? The same joy can be found as adults with these handcrafted works of art. Spend hours coloring memories of your past with the creative crafts of Sprymind. Dishonor: One Soldier’s Journey from Desertion to Redemption by David Mike – One of […]

A little Automation goes a long way.

Automation is an ongoing trend. Everywhere we look there is a new technology awaiting us. Yet automation goes beyond what we typically think it to be and we have barely scratched the surface of its capabilities . As a self-proclaimed techie, I am always on the lookout for the newest gadgets. However, I  usually do my due diligence before buying the latest tech as much gets shelved after the warm and fuzzies wear off. Anyone knows that most technology is out of date before it ever hits the store shelves for the consumer . Recently I gave in to the novelty of Amazon Alexa. I held out and did not buy the Echo. Nor did I jump at the 1st generation of the Dot, yes there was a 1st, we are now into the 2nd generation. It is the 2nd generation Dot that peaked my inner geek to deploy a little automation. Weeks of programming can save you hours of planning. Click To Tweet When it first arrived, I thought it was a bit silly looking. Actually, it looks kind of like a hockey puck with lights. However, after plugging it in and connecting it to my WiFi network, I then connected it to the Alexa app on my phone, opinions began to change. I had also ordered a starter set of Phillips Hue lights with a bridge to interact with the Alexa Dot. For those that don’t know that basically means I can control the lights in my house by voice commands to Alexa. The […]

Chasing Lions and Other 500 Lb Dreams

Are you a dreamer,  I hope you are or you are missing out on much of God’s glory. Throughout the Bible there are dreamers. Some prophesied over the lives of others while others made their own dreams a reality. When is the last time you chased down your BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) like it was a 500 Lb lion? Perhaps your dreams are more like cute lion cubs than ferocious lions. If that is the case your dream is not big enough. God-sized dreams are what our lives are made to chase after. Chase them deep into the cold pits, until we conquer them. Lion Chasers don’t run away from what they’re afraid of, they run to the roar. @markbatterson Click To Tweet In order for God to work through us and make our dreams a reality, we need to show up and show off. Talking about a dream but taking no action is just hot air, the Internet is full of that these days. Unless your dream scares you and is a God-sized dream, then it is just a wish, not a dream. I have been a fan of Mark Batterson since I read the Circle Maker a year or so ago. In fact, I just wrapped up my second round of his forty-day devotional  online of his book Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge. I have also read If, and am waiting on Wild Goose Chase.  I preparing to read All In. Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s […]