Changes Coming to in 2016

Greetings to you, my readers… well, okay. I have no ‘readers’ according to my page stats. And that’s the point.
And I don’t blame anyone but myself, for treating this website as a confusing mesh of posts about stuff you may or may not be interested in. If I were a visitor I wouldn’t stick around… on my own website!
Well, all that is going to be changing in the next month!

The bottom line is that right now I feel like the internet as a whole has given me so much, and I want to start giving back.

To serve meaningful content in today’s Internet world takes focus.

So… if you’re still with me- read on for what this site will look like in the coming months!

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Why Speaking Well of Your Spouse Is So Important


As a leader, the health of your marriage directly affects the impact of your leadership… Being effective at work or in ministry begins by being effective at home.

Source: Michael Hyatt- Why Speaking Well of Your Spouse Is So Important

I wanted to share this post by Michael Hyatt that is a great reminder of things I am doing okay and things I need to work on.
How well do you speak of your spouse? Do you hold them up well publicly?

For example, my wife is more patient than she gives herself credit for. Being married to me is… well it’s not easy! I very often have to take time away from our marriage to give it to others- which is hard on our relationship at times, especially when I’m working from home. I’m right there… but I may not really be available and may be distracted. So yeah- not easy.

Fortunately, she is always telling me how proud she is of me and how she has been boasting about me to her lady friends, etc.
Well, let me take a queue from my ‘virtual mentor’ Michael Hyatt and agree with his recent post.
It often pains us to see couples and especially leaders who do not speak well of their spouses. Sometimes it is in humor, and yeah- sometimes even we are guilty of making fun of each other around our friends.
But I need to remember that eyes are on me these days. Michael’s point #5 hit home for me this morning:

To be a truly effective leader, you must lead yourself, and then you must lead your family. Your marriage is a powerful visual of how you treat the people you value the most.

When you speak highly of your spouse, your followers are more likely to trust you.

Source: Michael Hyatt-  Why Speaking Well of Your Spouse Is So Important

I am unbelievably blessed to have a wife that is so caring for me and so patient. Especially on weeks like this where I’m working way too many hours – I want to call out publicly that she just plain rocks.
I’m proud of how she is on a mission to help others, and I thought I would say so here! I’m really glad we get to do fun things together, and that we are both passionate about living our life to its fullest!
My wife and I meeting Joe Satriani in 2013
My wife and I meeting Joe Satriani in 2013
So- how will you hold up your spouse? Are you willing to do it publicly? If not- try Michael’s 10-Day challenge and see if it helps!
I encourage you to like and share this with your friends – and as always leave a comment if you like! I’d love to hear from you!

#TTT – TRAVEL Tip Thursday – CLEAR

I thought for this month’s Travel Tip Thursday I’d talk a little about CLEAR. I will be honest and tell you that I’ve been debating this one internally for awhile now because it is so niche and ‘spendy’ that it almost feels like too much… but then again, you’re probably reading this because you really do want travel advice from a pro. So…. here’s a pro tip!

If you are in one of the 12 airports currently serviced by CLEAR, you’d know it by their very special entry lanes:

CLEAR entry (vs TSA Pre-Check)
CLEAR entry (vs TSA Pre-Check)

If you need a hint- they are the ones with virtually no queue at any given point.

CLEAR is a service at airports that allows you to skip ahead of the queue at the security line by having an exclusive membership and proving your identity by using a bio-metric (fingerprint of multiple fingers) ID to move you quickly ahead of the line. Besides you feel like some sort of VIP or special agent or something. It is almost… fun.  If you can call anything at the airport ‘fun’, that is.

Now- what this is not is a way to get past security screening because… well that’s just crazy. But if you’ve been in a security line any time in the last… say 10 years, you know the pain it has become.

But up until late 2015 I have to admit to you that I had dismissed CLEAR as being unneeded because not only was I a ‘premium’ passenger that bypasses the regular line, but I also had TSA Pre-Check so I don’t need anything special… right?

Here is a picture from this Sunday morning, about 8 am at DEN:

DEN Security Screening
DEN Security Screening

I will be blunt here. It has been a long time since I’ve stood at the back of that particular line. No. THANK YOU! Maybe I’m alone, but that just stressed me out. Something about knowing full well my flight was in plenty of time but feeling like I wasn’t moving towards the place that would get me there… yeah. That feeling I’d give about anything to not have going on and that no amount of logic could fix.

Now- it’s one thing to be among the other frequent travelers in the ‘preferred’ lane… or maybe you’ve done the extra steps to be in the TSA Pre-Check lane… but what if you could get ahead of… BOTH of them?

It’s what I do.  Here’s where finally where I ended up on Sunday morning:

TSA Precheck line vs CLEAR line vs Premium Line vs... regular line
TSA Precheck line (left) vs CLEAR line vs Premium Line (right)

In other words, I walked into the airport, and walked right up to the CLEAR kiosk, scanned the boarding pass on my phone, put my index and ring finger on a scanner, and was escorted to the front of the TSA Security line. Yeah. In FRONT of all those people on the left.

Stress?  Gone.

Now- let me say some caveats- CLEAR is not going to get you access to the TSA Pre-Check checkpoint if you don’t have Pre-Check already… however- if you are someone that is maybe just starting out to build airline status or a premium passenger that finds the ‘premium’ line just as long as the regular line… CLEAR may be a good fit for you.

Now, the great part.

CLEAR is offering something right now that I didn’t even get when I signed up:  3 months free.  That’s right. THREE months. I got one. This is THREE. That is a 200% improvement, friends.

Now, do I think every single one of you should sign up… no. Do I think it’s worth it?  Well, did you see the picture I just posted?

Here’s what you do:

First- decide if it’s for you. If you fly out of any of these cities (as of Feb 2016, info from CLEAR):


Click here and when prompted enter the code SHERIFF.

And you can try it out for three months- on me.

You’re welcome 🙂 I’m sure CLEAR will give me something in return but I’ll be honest- I’m not even sure. I just think this product has been worth the under $200 per year to reduce my stress level in the security line. Maybe it’s just me, but I think I’m probably not alone!

I’d say if you fly out of DEN you’d see me there, but by the time you’re going thru the line- I’ll probably already be in the lounge. Because… CLEAR.

Cheers!  I hope this has been a helpful tip- I welcome your feedback and hope if this post was valuable you’ll share it with your friends as well!

#TBT Challenger: The Day Courage Died

Beginning this morning with tears. I was fine until they got to Reagan’s speech. This #TBT reaches back 30 years ago when I was in the 4th Grade.

On January 28, 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger was lost 73 seconds into its 10th flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members.

Source: Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster – NBC News

I remember watching in horror, not understanding what had happened. I was in a Lutheran school that year, and I recall the teacher praying with us. It really was a different kind of time…

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My 2016 Weight Loss Adventure – Video Blog Series – coming soon!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I am in the process of recording video for my new blog series, following my weight loss journey for 2016! I’m excited about it! Here’s an intro!

You can find out more about our program at

Share this link with your friends- it’s going to be a great time!