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Intention

Intention comes from the Latin word, Intentio which means stretching, thought, purpose. I came across this and found it fitting as we bring 2017 to a close. Wow. What a year. Looking back there were great strides as well as mistakes made. I spent more time out of Arkansas this year than I ever have in my entire life. I completely reworked my business model and set a new trajectory for the career I’ve created for myself. One of the most important lessons I learned…

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Book List – FW18

I have a problem. There I said it. I love to read. As the months turn colder, I always find myself reading more. It’s during the fall/winter months that I get inspired and recharged for the spring/summer. I have a strict policy of only reading non-fiction. For some reason, I just don’t like reading fiction books. So if you’re looking for fiction based titles, this isn’t the list for you. This season I decided to put together a book list…

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The Death of Fort Smith

Over the past 10 years, Fort Smith has seen a 32% decrease in manufacturing. (Bureau of Labor Statistics) Over the past 5 years, we’ve seen a 14% increase in Professional and Business Services, which is awesome. (Bureau of Labor Statistics) As our city’s population has grown only 2.2% from 2010 to 2015. I think it’s important to address what our community looks like moving forward and the future of a fleeing generation. While companies like ArcBest, OK Foods, Baldor, and the University…

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Mind Games

Have you ever wanted to give up? Not the kind of give up that lets you step away from a project and return to it. But the kind of give up that shakes you to the core of who you are? That kind of give up is the throw in the towel, it’s all over give up. Lately, I’ve been feeling the urge to give up all while feeling the motivation and drive to keep going. How do both of these things co-exist? That I’m not sure…

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Next Level

Have you ever noticed how social media is so deceptive? We’ve talked about it since it’s inception, but social media is a delusion of the best parts of an individuals world wrapped up into a carefully curated social feed. Recent studies have called this, “forced positivity.” Basically, this theory is the ultimate comparison of one individual to another. I’m no stranger to this, I’m as addicted as anyone else. So I decided to do a little experiment. January 2-6, 2017 I…

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People Pleasing

I’ve suffered from this my entire life. The desire to make anyone and everyone happy. Whether that is in my personal life or business life, I’ve gotten myself in a lot of trouble because I want to make those around me happy. Today I was able to have a much-needed come to Jesus moment with a few close friends and with myself. This brings me to the deeper question of what it really means to say “no.” I’m horrible at…

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Baseline

This will be the first time I’ve posted since May. I wanted to do a really cool photo set with this post and have everything planned out nicely, but as always, that’s not how this will go. Recently I’ve been so scared. Scared of where my life is at, where it’s going, and the person I’ll end up being. The word Legacy comes to mind. What will my Legacy be? If you read my blog you know I travel a lot.…

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Live Unbalanced

We have this idea that we should live balanced lives. Half work, half play. Yesterday I made a rant (or two) about how we as a society champion the weekend. This ties perfectly into a work/life balance. I’m a firm believer that living a balanced life is one of the biggest lies society has told us. If your goal is balance, how do you really give something 100%? Have you ever thought about that? In order to make great ideas and…

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Apple Always Wins

When I woke up this morning I knew it was going to be a good day. Now, I’m not a tech expert, just an enthusiast who loves technology. Today was the unveiling of the new iPhone. If you haven’t heard by now, Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Two beautifully designed smart phones that you can read more about here. Apple also unveiled the much longed for Apple Watch, but I’m not going to talk about either…

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Five Signs Your Company Culture May Actually Suck

When I read this article I knew I had to share with everyone, these are some things that when starting Southern Hospitality, we tried to avoid when creating the identity of our culture. This is a great read for anyone who is struggling to get their company culture off the ground! Great company culture is visceral. We’re talking about the type of culture that is so real, it envelops you from the minute you step into the office. It’s refreshing, like…

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