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A look at my day

I’m traveling for work. Flew out of Columbus (flight was delayed), but I finally made it to Raleigh-Durham Airport. Here’s a look at my day.

Honestly, this post is more for my wife and kids so they can see what I saw, but you can look, too. Go ahead. I’m willing to share.

If you’ve never flown, or wondered what the world looks like at 30,000 feet–here you go.

Nice gathering of clouds. I’m always amazed at the view you can get from that perspective.

Grant-here’s the peanuts you were asking about. Yep, I had some. 🙂

After about an hour in the air, I landed at Raleigh-Durham Airport. This is a nice, smaller airport. I think they had some recent renovations.

Before I could take off, I had to get some wheels.

After i checked into the hotel, I needed a bite to eat. I took a tip from a high school classmate and headed to the Cosmic Cantina for one of their great burritos. These are the steps that lead up to the restaurant.

Welcome to the Cosmic Cantina. It doesn’t look like much, but the food is spectacular!

Dinner for me: Giant chicken burrito with chips and salsa. Think Chipotle…but bigger and better.

It isn’t bragging if you can back it up.

Time was running out, so I had to move fast! Next up-Duke University. I’m not a fan, but if I’m here, I’m going to check it out.

Welcome to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Home of the Duke Blue Devils basketball team. I didn’t see Coach K anywhere. Oh yeah, he’s doing that Olympic thing.

More of Cameron Indoor Stadium. I enjoyed the architecture of the campus. You’ll see more in a few minutes.

Last stop for the evening, Duke University Chapel. This building is impressive.

Another shot of the Chapel up close.

You can’t really see it well, but this is one of the side breezeways of the Chapel. Again, love the architecture.

One last picture looking down one of the breezeways of the Chapel. Very beautiful building.

So that was my day. I’m sure I’ll have some pictures to post of tomorrow’s events, as I believe we’re doing something fun tomorrow night. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my perspective on things for the day!


A few hours of normal at Chick-Fil-A

Friday was our daughter’s 6th birthday. We had planned to have her birthday party at our house, but due to a major storm in our area, we lost

This is our neighbor’s tree. Many more trees in our area look like this.

electricity that evening, along with the majority of our entire county. As best we could tell, most of our surrounding area was without power, as well.

We woke on Saturday morning, still with no power. As usual, I was checking Twitter to get any updates that I could on my phone and saw that someone posted that parts of a nearby town had power.

As my wife and I were trying to figure out what to do about our daughter’s party, and how to make the best of the situation, I remembered the tweet I had seen earlier in the day, and I had an idea…

Special evening for us!

Just one week earlier, my daughter and I attended the Daddy Daughter Date night event held by Chick-Fil-A. We attended the event at the Chick-Fil-A at Market at East Broad in Columbus, OH. The team did a great job that night serving up great food and a great experience, just for the two of us. They had a young man providing some great background music with a guitar and took a picture of us that they later emailed to me that same night. We got to meet Karen Bolumen, Operator of this location and some of her team. One of the team members, Darcie, was one of the servers that night and did a great job making sure we had everything we needed.

As we were trying to decide what to do about our daughter’s party, I realized that this Chick-Fil-A was pretty close to the town that I read had power. Did they? I went back to the email that contained the picture of my daughter and me from the Daddy Daughter Date night, replied to it and asked if the restaurant had power. Karen replied back just a short while later, that they did! A few quick emails and one phone call and we moved her party to Chick-Fil-A.

When we arrived, they had an area set aside for us. As always, the team was very welcoming and hospitable. They even let us put our cupcake cake (the original ice cream cake didn’t survive the power outage) in their cooler until we were ready for it. With every request and refilled drink, we were always met with a “my pleasure” and a smile, in response. They even let my wife and I charge our cell phones, which was much needed. All of our friends and family that attended the party were very impressed with the team’s service.

In addition, guess who just happened to be there that day: Darcie. Remember her? She was one of the servers from our Daddy Daughter Date night. She remembered me and my daughter from the event. While we were there, she brought Reagan a cookies and cream milkshake and a set of red, white, and blue balloons and wished her a happy birthday numerous times.

What could have been a very disappointing day for our daughter, the Chick-Fil-A at Market at East Broad team made very special. Thank you to Karen, Darcie and the entire team at the location for making our daughter’s birthday very memorable.

Thanks for the balloons, Darcie! They fit well with the American Girl themed party.

Happy birthday girl blowing out the candles!


Monday Motivation: Short and sweet

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday! The weather is beautiful where I’m at.

Here’s your dose of Monday motivation for this week. It’s short and sweet.

Do something for someone else that will outlive you.

Spend time with a friend. Create a memory.

Give something that will make a lasting impact.

**Usually, the “things” that make a lasting impact are not tangible.**

Make it a great week!


Monday motivation: Do it to it. Or is it Duit Tuit?

I remember as a young child someone gave me a small round, plastic object. On one side, it had the letters TUIT printed on it. On the reverse side was a message much like the one in the picture. I was the fortunate recipient of a round tuit! (cheesy, I know) Since someone was so thoughtful as to bestow this round tuit to me, I could now complete the tasks that I always said I would do “when I got a round tuit (to it)”. How lucky am I?

Obviously, this was a play on words. The circular object was no more magical than anything else, but it was more of a made up license to start the things you always said you would, but for some reason, didn’t. You now had no excuses because you had received the round tuit.

Here’s my Monday challenge to you: what is that thing you’ve been putting off? You know what it is. Just in case you’re having a case of the Mondays, let me throw a few reminders out there:

  • you’ll start to work out
  • you’ll make that phone call
  • write that letter
  • reach out to that person
  • start to save money
  • plan for retirement
  • spend more time with your kids
  • become more positive
  • work on that presentation
  • reconnect with a family member you haven’t seen in years
  • call your high school buddy
The list goes on and on, but only you know what you’ve been waiting to do until you get a round tuit.

So, on this Monday morning, I’m passing along this round tuit to you virtually. Now you have no more excuses. You don’t have to figure it all out today, but you need to set the wheels of action into place to make that thing happen. In other words: do it to it!

Enjoy your week!


Monday Motivation: What do you want to do before you die?

A few weeks ago, Tim Ferriss had a guest post on his blog from one of the Buried Life guys. The post focused on the 6 steps to cross anything off your bucket list. If you haven’t read it yet, please do so immediately.

Here’s what I like about these guys story: they compiled a list of 100 things they wanted to do before they died and their pursuing those things.

Here’s what I LOVE about these guys story: they promised that for everything they crossed off their list, they would help someone else cross something off their bucket list.

So this week’s challenge is a two fold:

1. What’s the thing you’ve really wanted to do, but haven’t yet? Where have you wanted to visit, but haven’t? I know I’ve got my list.

2. What can you do to help someone else cross something off their list? What can you do, or give, to help someone else along your journey?

Here’s some more information on the Buried Life guys. They’ve also recently written a book that you can find here. It’s now a New York Times bestseller. Guess they can cross that off their list, too.

What can you do for someone else? Make it a great Monday!


Legos + marriage proposal = this

Happy Friday! I had to share this.

If the love of your life loves Legos, or just appreciate creativity, try this.

Thanks to Guy Kawasaki for sharing!


Monday Motivation: Reframing failure

Failure is one of those subjects most people really don’t like to talk about. It’s painful. It’s salt in the wound. We’d much rather forget about the incident, than face it head on.

So why is my Monday morning motivational post focusing on the subject that no one wants to talk about? It’s to help you reframe your thoughts on failure and how dealing with it can actually help you succeed. Before we move on, let’s take a look at a few people that failed or were labeled as “failures” by others.

If you’ve ever seen Disney World, or visited it, would you EVER say Walt Disney lacked creativity? Given the opportunity to pick your own basketball team, would you EVER pass up Michael Jordan? I think both answers are firm “no’s”.

How did these people turn things around? Here’s a few rules I’m sure they followed:

1. They understood that THEY were NOT a failure. Failure isn’t a person, it’s an event. If you’ve ever been labeled a failure by someone else, it hurts. But shrug it off, and move on. It will happen in time. Stick with it.

2. They viewed failure as a lesson, not a mistake. Everyone learns lessons. That’s how we grow and become better.

3. Realize that if you have learned from a mistake, that you haven’t really failed.

4. Improve and try to not repeat the same mistakes.

If you’re looking for a great book to read on dealing with mistakes and failures positively, pick up Dr. John Maxwell’s book, Failing Forward. It’s a great resource for picking up and moving forward.

Make today a great Monday!

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