Day 1,090 – Thankful for an Opportunity to Discuss Growth Mindset and Grit

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Today’s soccer game for Gavin may not have quite gone as he scripted it.  There were a couple of bright spots and lots to work on.  We won’t go into the weeds or anything as they aren’t necessary for this post.

After the game we hopped in the car and had a conversation very similar to some I used to have with my dad after a game.  They were never what I wanted to hear, but they were what I needed to hear.

We spent time talking about what I saw, what he felt, and the feedback he got from his coach.  He watched the video and gave his feedback.  It wasn’t comfortable, but it will hopefully help.

After all was said and done it was an excellent opportunity for us to talk about the importance of having a growth mindset and grit.  If we wish to achieve our dreams and goals we must find ways to continually improve.  We must use our passion to keep us pushing persistently towards the dream.  The decision to be successful is ours to make.

Today was a rough game, but it’s one that I hope he holds onto for a very long time as an example of how to be successful in the future.


Day 1,089 – Thankful for Being Back Home, Flight Conversations, and Taking Immediate Action

Ahh…  Being back home feels awesome!  Funny how even after being gone a short period reminds me of how much I appreciate being home.  Of all the happy places I’ve found in my life being home with my family is the happiest.  Spending some time nestled in our cozy living room is exactly what I needed tonight.  Ahh…  home.


When I boarded the jet in Chicago there were several completely open rows and someone sitting next to the seat I was supposed to be in.  I initially opted for an empty row but as a couple of other people came in after me I moved back to my assigned seat.  Normally I prefer to put in the ear buds and enjoy a little alone time.  This time I paused and the person next to me started a conversation.  Before I knew it we’d landed and we’d had an excellent time talking about careers, life, travel, the economy, and a common goal of visiting all the National Parks.  The conversation was a great way to pass the time.

One of the things we discussed at Sales Summit was goal setting.  In one of our trainings we talked about having to decide to make sacrifices to clear a path for our goals.  This isn’t anything new or earth shattering, but it’s a great reminder.  Over the past few days I’ve been spending an increasing amount of time thinking about the goals I’ve set for myself; especially the ones that are getting close to completion that just need a little extra oomph.  Today I packed up set of potential distractions, moved them down to the basement, and cleared more space for my goals.  The feeling of taking immediate action on something learned put a smile on my face.  Time for progress.


Day 1,088 – Thankful for Time with My Work Family

Throughout the past couple of days I’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with many people with our Express family. I’m so appreciative of the time to reconnect with so many friends. Amongst the learning sessions and times with others I’ve had a lot of time with so many of my local teammates. Tonight was an opportunity to enjoy time together as a tribe and I’m so thankful for it.

In one of our sessions today we were asked what were the benefits of Monday. Without hesitation I responded at my table, “I look forward to spending time with my work family on Monday mornings.” It’s 100% true. I am so blessed to work with so many incredible people each day. Each of them brightens my day in their own way and the way we act as a team makes me smile from ear to ear.

At times over dinner we laughed to the point it tears. We laughed, we talked, and we spent time enjoying each other’s company. The only way it would have been better this evening was if all of our teammates were able to join us.

I am so thankful for time with my work family. I can’t imagine a better group of folks I’d rather spend time with away from home. Thank you to each and every one of you for the specific and special ways you fill my heart with joy. Love you all!


Day 1,087 – Thankful for Two Unbelievably Generous Surprises

When I say Express Employment Professionals is an incredible organization there are so many levels I could go to in order to prove the point. Tonight added a couple of generous surprises to the already long list.

At our awards celebration this evening I was so happy and surprised to see our Winona team win third place in the Brand It Blue Initiative. Thanks to the hard work and passion of our Winona team $3,000 will be donated to a local nonprofit organization near and dear to our hearts! (I’ll keep the organization a secret for now until we have the opportunity to share the news with them first)

While our team was celebrating and having our picture taken The second surprise hit… Our Menomonie team won second place and will have $7,000 donated to a local nonprofit organization! I’m so thankful for the hard work and passion of that team in nominating a very worthwhile organization for this awesome award and gift.

In less than a couple of minutes our franchisor, Express Employment Professionals, contributed $10,000 to two local nonprofit organizations that my teams are passionate about. How awesome is that???

Thank you so much Bill, Bob, and all of Express HQ for your generosity! Thank you so much to all of my teammates for taking action on their passion and helping such worthwhile organizations!


Day 1,086 – Thankful for a Vacation Joke that Just Keeps Going

Over the past week Becky and I have cracked the same joke probably over a dozen times and we’ve chuckled every single time.  A couple of years ago when we took the boys to Mount St Helens we stopped in the visitor center.  Prior to our visit I had no idea that it was run by the National Forest Service and not the National Park Service.  Up until that time I’d kind of taken for granted all of the awesome stuff that the NPS provides.


We wandered through the visitor center for a while and then Becky and I caught part of the same conversation between one of the employees and another visitor.  The visitor was asking where the beautiful map/pamphlet/guides were located.

At that point the NFS employee kind of dropped their eyes to the floor.  They kind of shuffled their feet and their lower lip almost seemed to stick out a little.  Then in the voice of disappointed child who knows they are disappointing their parents they said the words that Becky and I still joke about…

“The National Park Service are the ones who have those…”  Their voice then dropped to an even more pathetic sound of someone who’s completely given up, “We’re just the Forest Service.”

It was sad and yet oddly hysterical in a sad comic kind of way.  We both fought back the conflicting urges to give them a hug and crack up laughing.

Whenever we have or do something that’s a little disappointing we look at each other and say, “we’re just the Forest Service…”

Crazy to think that after two years we’re still laughing at the same vacation joke!


Day 1,085 – Thankful for Sharing Uber Duties with Other Parents

Some of the texts that have come across my phone tonight included the following:


They may not be the most exciting of text messages but they’re pretty awesome and greatly appreciated in my book!

These texts mean that several of us parents are all helping each other out. Instead of having to each run kids ourselves were able to help each other out to drive kids in groups to all of the different events they have going on. How awesome that we’re all able to help each other out and cut our drive times and Uber responsibilities way down?

Tonight was a heavy driving night, but tomorrow we’re totally off the hook. Sounds like an excellent compromise to me!


Day 1,084 – Thankful for Bonus Home Time

Throughout the day today I kept feeling like I should be more tired.  The alarm went off early for our run and I actually felt like I got enough sleep.  It seemed like my outside of work task list should be longer.  There was an absence of long car time.  All day long I had these sensations and each time I smiled.

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I’d initially planned on making a three plus hour drive to Kimberly, WI for a soccer game for Gavin yesterday.  After the game I’d make the three plus hour drive back home.  As luck would have it their fields were flooded and they had to move the game to a double header when they were in town on Saturday.  Talk about the best of both worlds, still two games this weekend, but no driving for us!

This fortuitous turn of events meant that I had about seven hours of bonus home time!  With that seven hours I got some extra sleep, got blinds put in, helped Gavin with the project I described yesterday, and got a bunch of stuff done that I was going to try to fit in later in the week.

Whoever would’ve thought that a handful of bonus hours at home would keep me smiling over 24 hours later?  Bring on tomorrow, I’m still feeling well rested today!