In the header picture of this post, I am trying to write. With two boys, hanging on my arms and asking for my attention, the simple task of typing on a keyboard is almost impossible. I often feel that my plans conflict with my children’s plans. Can you identify with this struggle? You want to give your children or spouse the attention they deserve, but you also need to finish that___. My work versus family responsibilities is fighting multiple rounds in my house during this p
I completed the writing challenge. The Good Men Project sponsored a challenge to encourage writers to produce fifteen articles in February. On Tuesday, I uploaded my fifteenth piece for the month. At times, it was difficult to keep up with the pace. Participants were required to post articles every other day that consisted of 350-1000 words. In February, I also completed the final rounds of revisions for my next book. I offered another Capoeira class at a beautiful location.
Dear You, You could be a student, teacher, administrator, CEO, or employee and find value in making the time to read this blog entry. What is a manifesto? It’s a public declaration of your beliefs, goals, and commitments. Manifestos can be short, long, wide, or narrow. The format is up to you! A manifesto is a statement that tells the world what you represent and intend to do with your time on this earth. Men and women have found value in sharing manifestos. The Communist Man
Have you ever been bored at work? I have. How do you overcome boredom while at work? Do you scroll on social media? Perhaps, you decide to send a text message to a friend on WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. I've been there, and some days I continue to struggle, but I believe I may have found a solution. With some internal reflection, it is possible to create initiatives that benefit you, your employer, and coworkers. Observe your office or department and think about a service
Books filled my childhood. With my father's work as a church pastor, he maintained a home office with volumes of books on religion and leadership. I remember most mornings began with the sight of my mother reading at our kitchen table. My sisters were also avid readers. It was very clear from a young age that learning was an action my family valued. When it came time for me to begin my family, I also carried the tradition of reading and filling my home with books. Similar, to
I walk into my favorite local café, greet the cashier, and order the house coffee. In Spanish, the cashier asks me if it’s for here or to go. To go I reply, but I know I plan to have a seat. My Friday night writing sessions have become somewhat of a ritual. I often sit at the brown circular table near the window to feel the warm breeze and relax. First, I open I-Tunes and search for the soundtrack to the classic film Love Jones. Without question, I select Hopeless by Dionne F
It was 4:30 AM when I heard my office door swing open. My middle child was awake and needed his nebulizer for a breathing treatment to resolve challenges with his asthma. Without hesitation, I stopped a writing project and tended to his needs. I wasn't angry with my son for interrupting my work because on most mornings I am awake by 3:30 AM and in my routine. Crazy? 3:30 AM! It's not uncommon for me to be up this early because I am often in the bed by 8:30 PM. It takes discip