Is Joy Hackable?
I wonder. Is joy hackable? Is happiness code? How do we produce more joy and less grumpiness? Is it all a formula?
February 23, 2022
Day 29: I've Been Listening
I took a bit of a break from this experiment to listen. I know I talk too much. Everyone knows I talk too much. This was a respite and a way for me to absorb other peoples thoughts. It was nice and I learned some things. #listen #speak #listensomemore
September 27, 2021
Day 28: everyone needs a supernatural experience
When I was 18 I met Jesus. Not like in person or anything, I guess just, in my heart. I have no way of explaining what I went through. I wasn't on mushrooms or anything and yet, it happened and when it did it gave me purpose. #jesus #christian #endofmyrope
September 11, 2021
Day 27: admitting weakness makes us stronger
I've always hid my weaknesses because I have always wanted people to like me. This created a growing blackness inside of me. Secrets that festered. Now, I am sharing my weaknesses openly and I have been amazed at the responses. People are reaching out to me and sharing their stories of struggle. Now, I have a closer relationship with those guys and it helps me understand them better. #struggle #weakness #strength
September 10, 2021
Day 26: sometimes things just feel bleak
Gah! I've had so many good mental health days in a row I can't even count them all. Then, boom, a bad one hits. Yesterday was one of those bad ones. Even with my practices in place. BUT today is a new day. I have my daily practices in place and I am determined to do what I can to make today brighter than yesterday.
September 09, 2021
Day 25: can you even spell Afghanistan?
My world view is admittedly pretty limited. I live in the midwest, have my small family and group of friends. Is something terrible going on in another part of the country or world? It doesn't matter to me because it doesn't concern me AND here in is the problem. I have got to make a real effort to broaden my world view and care about other people. People who don't speak the same language I do or dress like I do or worship the way I do. So, this is my commitment to doing/being better.
September 08, 2021
Day 24: we are all bad Christians
Humans suck. We do. We are full of counteractions and hypocrisy. We lie and get angry too much. We talk behind each others backs and the real dirtbags have affairs and punch people in the face. AND THESE ARE JUST THE CHRISTIANS.
September 07, 2021
Day 23: cancel culture is graceless
Jesus said "he who is without sin, cast the first stone." These 9 words should be the filter in which we see others through.
September 06, 2021
Day 22: having kids changed my life
I was born to be a dad but sometimes, it's the toughest thing I have ever done. The last thing Leah and I want to do is raise selfish kids but that is easier said than done.
September 05, 2021
Day 21: I am a well trained introvert
Most people that know me would say I am extroverted. I talk too much. I take over a room with stories. I want to be the center of attention. The truth is that those times drain me. An introvert gets energized by being alone and an extrovert experiences that same energy boost in a crowd. I am the first one. I love to be alone. I love silence and peace but most people wouldn't know that about me because I am also a people pleaser.
September 04, 2021
Day 20: the Church and money
Some people believe the church just wants your money. Why they believe that might be more about unintentional miss management of the money the Church does have and less about greed. I think the church should think more about meeting the community IN the community. They have a responsibility to become the community through the marketplace.
September 03, 2021
Day 19: going sugarfree
I watched a documentary recently called the sugar film and it’s inspired me to eat a lot less sugar. I’m not one to eat much sugar anyway so this should help me in my continuing effort to strengthen my mind body and soul.
September 02, 2021
Day 18: entrepreneurship ain't for everyone
You might think the grass is greener on the other side but a lot of the time that's just a perception. The grass isn't a reflection of all that money the entrepreneur is making. Working for yourself is hard and working for the man is hard. Working is hard and that's why it's called work. But .. if you are wired to do your own thing I recommend you go for it in your "off" hours and stick to it!
September 01, 2021
Day 17: pornography sucks!
I've had a life long struggle with pornography. From the first time I saw it as a teenager I wanted to see more. After awhile the bits I saw weren't enough, I needed raunchier and more graphic stuff to make my mind spin. Now, some 34 years later, I am close to being sober. You may think pornography is a safe way to experience intimacy. It's not, it isn't safe or intimate. Need help? Check out these links: https://www.healthline.com/health/pornography-addiction https://blog.iamsecond.com/i-was-addicted-to-porn-and-heres-how-i-stopped
August 31, 2021
Day 16: persecution
In America Christians think they are being persecuted if they are asked to do anything that feels even the slightest bit uncomfortable. In other countries humans are maimed, slashed, and murdered for their beliefs. Today we talk about what actual persecution is and I announce my latest project.
August 30, 2021
Day 15: the problem with pedestals
Putting people on pedestals is bag business. I put Carl Lentz on one and boom, he failed me (and the rest of the world). Now Brian Houston is in hot water. People are people and they are going to let us down, it is that simple. So let's all stop putting them up on pedestals.
August 29, 2021
Day 14: my magical place
I have a physical place that has only brought me joy in my life. Every single memory is happy. I'm smiling in every single photograph. All the relationships I still have and that I can recall are wonderful ones. That place is Black Lake Bible Camp in Olympia, Washington. https://blbcolympia.com/
August 28, 2021
Day 13: trolling an influencer
I am trying to give Los Whittaker a clothing line. An already built company. A dope apparel brand that fits perfectly with his personal brand. The problem? He won't get back to me. So, I am going to type his name, Carlos Whittaker, into this description enough times that it pops up in his Google Alerts. (that is assuming that Los Whit has set up Google alerts). Then, if he see's this he might listen to this daily audio blog and get back to me. Oh yeah, and we're also trying to give the company to his wife Heather Whittaker. https://carloswhittaker.com/
August 27, 2021
Day 12: the importance of fatherhood
I've been a dad for 13 years. The best and hardest and most anxiety inducing 13 years of my life. I wouldn't trade it for anything. My kids are incredible human beings and I am grateful for them.
August 26, 2021
Day 11: They grow up so fast
Every new parent has been told the same old story, they grow up so fast. None of us listened but eventually, we all understood.
August 25, 2021
Day 10: what's the deal with minimalism?
I embraced the concepts of minimalism about 3 years back. At first it was difficult but over time, it has become far less so. Recently I began to switch my thinking from minimalism to enoughism. How much of anything is enough? These are my thoughts on that.
August 24, 2021
Day 9: we're all a little lost and it's alright
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
You will go through trials and tribulations. You will have troubles. The good news is that you can overcome them. Most likely not alone. Most of us need each other but even more we need some supernatural help in all this. https://youtu.be/ehA_3AgT8HE
August 23, 2021
Day 8: the F WORD makes you sound ignorant
There's a time and a place for powerful words. The problem is, when those words become popular, they lose their power. We say we "love" tacos and we "love" our spouse. The word love in these situations cannot hold the same weight. If they did, my commitment to my wife would last about as long as it take to devour an al pastor street taco.
August 22, 2021
Day 7: the american dream does not equal freedom
This country is wide open and it is full of adventures. We've been sold a bill of goods. We've been told that if we work hard we can buy a house we can't afford. Imagine the meeting where suits decided they would loan people money and those people would pay back that money for half their life!
August 21, 2021
Day 6: an experiment called Just Hit Record
What is this thing? It's not a podcast but it's broadcasted like one. It's not a blog because it's not in written form. It's something different and in this session I discuss why I call it Just Hit Record.
August 20, 2021
Day 5: my son is a soccer hooligan
I was a goal keeper growing up and now my son is. Soccer is this one thing we share just he and I. Yes, my wife will sit in the room with us while our teams play and we scream and jump and cry but she isn't paying attention. This is father son stuff and I love it.
August 19, 2021
Day 4: is Church a meeting, a people group or a building?
I've gone to church for a long time and I've heard the leadership pay convincing lip service to the fact that the Church is the body of Christ, the people. If that really is true, why are most churches teaching us how to invite people to church and not to Jesus?
August 18, 2021
Day 3: at home cooking competitions
Every year when my mom comes to visit to hosts an epic cooking competition with my kids. They plan the meals, do the grocery shopping, cook and present the grub. This contest is more than a contest. It's a deep dive into relationship building. A time and space where a grandmother can deeply bond with her grandkids.
August 17, 2021
Day 2: Social Media is a Dumpster Fire
Social media was supposed to make our lives better. In some ways it has (hi mom) but in most regards it's left us less social, angry and taking up one side or the other.
August 16, 2021
Day 1: i am mentally ill
I've recently realized how long I have struggled with intense anxiety. Growing up I didn't know it had a name. I just thought it was the ever present pain in my chest. The closest thing I could call it was fear but it wasn't that really. It was something else. Since then I have learned to combat this creeping feeling. I've learned tricks and exercises that help me cope. I want my kids to know that, if they ever struggle with mental illness, it is ok. You are not weak. You are not less and you can fight back.
August 15, 2021
This is not a podcast and I hope you'll choose not to listen. This is documentation for future generations. These are the daily thoughts of a mentally ill person. A dreamer. A story teller. A father. A son.
August 15, 2021