Category Archives: Inspiration

Follow Your Passion & Find Your Calling

I’m not sure who first said it… but I truly believe if you follow your passion you’ll find your calling.

I was reminded of that today when I stopped by a new business owned & operated by Andy Roat and his family.  Andy’s a friend and former co-worker.

Andy had a very successful career as a radio salesman.  Ever since I’ve known him I’ve known he’s passionate about two things: helping people and running.

He left radio and combined those passions to start Fleet Feet Sports Des Moines. It’s in the East Village at 521 East Locust.

It’s a store for runners, walkers, and fitness enthusiasts but according to their website, “We are so much more than a running store! We are a starting point for people who want to change their lives. Be a part of the movement.”

Fleet Feet Des Moines Interior Shoes

Even though I’m not a runner, I’ve enjoyed following the store on Facebook and seeing how they encourage others and are really becoming a part of the community.

The store is bright and vibrant and it is obvious the staff is passionate about running and customer service.

Fleet Feet Des Moines Accessories

It was great to see Andy in his element!  He had a different smile and energy about him than he did when he was selling radio.  He’s always been a positive person… but it was obvious to me that he had followed his passions and found his calling.

I admire Andy and his family for having the faith to follow their passions and open this store.   Hopefully his story and successes will inspire others to follow their passions.

If you need new running shoes stop in and see Andy and his crew at Fleet Feet Sports Des Moines.  You should also become a fan of their Facebook page.  You won’t be disappointed!

As an added bonus, they’re right next to lululemon so you can shop there in the same trip.

What are you passionate about?  Ever thought about turning that passion into a business?

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With this post I reach another milestone!  It’s the 200th entry in this blog.  Who would have thought that I’d reach it this quickly back when I started in December?  Certainly not me!

Truth be told I’m not sure what I was thinking.  I only knew I wanted to write about three things that are important to me: faith, family, and technology.

I am so glad I started blogging.  If I had to pick one main reason why… it’s that it has made me more intentional in every aspect of life.  I’m always on the lookout for the next thing to write about.

I feel like it’s made me a better listener.

It’s made me open my eyes to look for things I might have otherwise missed.

It’s made me more grateful for what I have.

It’s also made me think and want to learn.

Whether this is the first post of mine you’ve read or you’ve read all 200… thank you!  Your comments have been encouraging!  Here’s to the next 100.

If you were to write about something from your day today… an experience, thought, or memory… what would you write about?

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A Little Pep Talk

This post is pretty much a pep talk for myself… but I figure if you can get a little something out of it then maybe we can both win!

Perhaps you’re like me and you’ve got a list of things you want to accomplish.  They could be personal goals, career ambitions, or things you’d like to get done around the house.

And… if you’re like me maybe that list is so long you don’t know where to begin so you just don’t begin at all.  You get stuck in a rut.

There are a couple quotes that I’ve found and saved in a file that hopefully will help me get “unstuck”.

The first is from the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge who said:

“We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.”

Yep.  I need to quit being so paralyzed by the size of the list or the magnitude of some of the things on it and just pick something and get the ball rolling.

The second quote that’s been running through my thoughts is from Ford Motor Company founder, Henry Ford.

pariet 10 mg rabéprazole “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

Hopefully, these quotes get you thinking and inspired like they have me.  I’ve already started mentally going through my list trying to decide which task I want to tackle first.  

Doing so has lead me to remember something I’ve said to my kids often… although I don’t know who to attribute it to.

“There’s only one way to eat an elephant.  One bite at a time!”

What’s your elephant… and are you gonna start on the trunk or the tail?

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