Life, Dishwashers, and Friendships

First off, Happy Birthday to my daughter Stephanie. Please forgive me in advance if I embarrass you with this blog post. I am your Dad though and that’s in my job description. It’s been a long while since I’ve posted something on this blog....

Coffee, Perfectionism, and Failure

First off, I don’t really like coffee. I hate failure even more. Perfectionism, though, I’ve embraced like a warm blanket for most of my life. Brene Brown though calls perfectionism the 20 ton armor against vulnerability. Perfectionism has either led to or...

Life by the numbers

Do you remember those paint by the numbers sets? Do they even make those anymore? I don’t consider myself a painter but when I was younger I thought it would be cool to paint a beautiful picture that would hang up in some art museum somewhere for hundreds of...

Disappointment and Expectation

A common theme for me recently, for most of my life actually, has been disappointment. If I’ve not been disappointed with myself about one thing or another, I’ve found plenty of reasons to be disappointed in other people. Recent therapy sessions have dealt with these...

The Magic of Transformation

This post is not to garner sympathy or admiration. It was inspired by a post of Curt Ehlinger’s a few days ago on World Suicide Prevention Day. It is merely my way of sharing how depression and anxiety can exist in someone who most people think has it all...

Dreams that aren’t even a speck on the horizon

Goals and dreams are important. It’s important to set realistic short term goals and achieve them to gain momentum to reach other, more lofty goals. Sometimes you have to set lofty goals however to reach lofty heights. Dreaming big requires you to set goals that...

Successes and Failures

Today I completed a long run as I prepare for my first half-marathon on Labor Day Weekend. I ran 10.1 miles. When I say I ran 10.1 miles, I actually did run the entire 10.1 miles without any walk breaks. Prior to today, I’d never run more than 5-6 miles without...