Finish what you start

One of our goals in life should be to maximize the amount of free time that we have with our families. While being employed is extremely important and necessary for sustaining and adult life and family, it means very little if it is consuming your time and leaving you with little enjoyment. With that said, we should all be looking for more opportunities to do new things with those that we love. There will always be time to work but your kids will only be kids for a little while. Continue reading “Finish what you start”


Stop and listen

Dr. James Dobson tells us that, “the amount of live language directed to a child (not to be confused with television, radio, or overheard conversations) is vital to her development of fundamental linguistic, intellectual, and social skills.” (The New Strong-Willed Child, 96) This quote was in regards to fourteen-month-old children. However, this need never goes away. From an extremely early age, our kids need us to pay close attention to them. They need us to listen to what they have to say. Continue reading “Stop and listen”


So, I don’t typically do anything on here food related. I typically focus my advice on bettering the family model, either through financial stability or the process of improved parenting. However, I saw this article up at and I had to share it. It is listed as a summer recipe but the moment I saw this, I started thinking about things that I could cook on the grill this fall.  Continue reading “Kabobs”

Be consistent

If there is one thing that I have learned from working in group homes over the last seven years, it is that children need consistency. This idea is the same in all areas of the child’s development but especially in regards to discipline. Your child will condition itself to follow whatever rules you put in place. When those rules are only sporadically enforced, it can create much confusion in your child. Continue reading “Be consistent”

Make an extra $500 next month

Most of us could think of at least a dozen or more things that we could immediately put $500 towards if it just fell in our lap. There are always extra bills to pay or something coming down the road that will need to be addressed. Maybe a birthday is on the horizon or you just want to start planning next summer’s vacation. However, these chunks of cash don’t typically just appear out of nowhere. Howevver, that does not mean that it isn’t easy to findContinue reading “Make an extra $500 next month”

Madison Mansion

In April of 2005, I was single (nothing wrong with that) with no prospects of a relationship on the horizon, let alone marriage. I had a job that I enjoyed but was making very little money, so I had been living with six other guys in this house in Charleston, IL. We referred to our home as Madison Mansion, though it was far from that. None of us ever cleaned, the back door was typically standing wide open (even at night) and one of the guys used the downstairs bathroom sink to clean his motorcycle parts. The basement was full of asbestos and one of my roommates kept pet rats inside of an old hollowed out television case. Continue reading “Madison Mansion”

A Few Suggestions

People are scratching that entrepreneurial itch everywhere around you but you are afraid to do it yourself. For whatever reason, you are limiting yourself. You have that desire to create something for yourself but do not know where to start. For whatever reason, you have had trouble getting off the ground with a new dream. Maybe you don’t think you’re capable of it. Maybe you haven’t even discovered what it is yet. If you have a dream in life, you need to do whatever it takes to make it happen.  Continue reading “A Few Suggestions”

Start Winning

What are you passionate about and to what lengths would you go to experience those things? For years, I worked in a variety of jobs out of necessity, not really doing anything that I enjoyed but merely surviving. I had to have a job if I wanted to have a home. I needed to have a job if I intended to continue to have a legally licensed vehicle. The jobs weren’t terrible. I worked at McDonald’s flipping burgers. I made headlights at North American Lighting. I put together Oprah magazine at R&R Donnelly’s. I worked in the dairy department for Wal-Mart and even drove a fork truck for Coca Cola for a few months.

Those jobs were fine. They paid the bills. I definitely was not passionate about them. Continue reading “Start Winning”