Category Archives: Inspiration

What’s Next?

As my blog slowly continues to evolve and grow I’m starting to ask myself, “What’s next?  Where do I go from here?”  Obviously, I want to keep blogging. It’s been a great outlet for me but I’ve been starting to wonder if I could branch out.

Given my more than two decades in radio and my love of podcasts starting my own podcast seems like the next logical step.  So, I’ve been researching what it would take to make it happen;  equipment I would need, time commitments, and lots of other little things.

There’s a lot to take in and learn but it certainly seems doable… yet I’m hesitant, although I’m not exactly sure why.  Perhaps it’s a fear of failure.   Starting something and then not being able to follow through would drive me crazy.  Having said that I’d hate to look back years from now wondering “what might have been.”

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky

As I’ve been hashing out “should I, could I, and how would I” there’s one quote from Arthur Ashe that keeps pushing me towards taking the leap:

“Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.”

Although I’m not ready to commit to starting a podcast it is my next short-term goal.  That’s why I’m learning all I can and I’m asking for your input. Would you be interested in a 15 – 30 minute weekly podcast that complements this blog?  What kinds of things would you like to hear? I’ve got my own ideas but as a reader I value your thoughts. Send me an email (tony@faithfamilyandtechnology.com) or leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you have to say.

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Family Mission Statement

It’s no secret that I love podcasts.  Some are great for learning new things.  Some I enjoy for their entertainment value and a couple I listen to because they tend to make me think.

I’ve written about this podcast before but one that definitely makes me think is “In The Loop” by New York Times Best Selling Author Andy Andrews.  His Podcast Episode 131 got my mind going again.  In it he talks about the benefits of having a “Family Mission Statement”.

What a neat idea! I had never heard of a family having a mission statement.  The Church we belong to has one.  Major corporations have them but I had never considered coming up with one for our family.

In the podcast Andy was careful not to share the mission statement of his family.  Not because he didn’t want others to know it.  He just didn’t want others to be influenced by it as they crafted their own. That’s understandable.

So now I’m thinking about all the things that we could include in a mission statement for my family.  What’s important to us?  What do we value?   How do we want to treat each other and our belongings? What about our work ethic?  Our faith?  These are all things that could be hashed out and included.

Creating a family mission statement will probably fill the dinner conversation for many meals… but I’m OK with that.  If the whole family creates it together there should be more “buy in” by everyone.

Have you ever known a family that had a mission statement?  Does your family have one?

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What’s On Your Bucket List?

Recently TobyMac posted a Facebook status update that asked a simple question.  What’s on your “bucket list”?  That list of things you’d like to accomplish or experience before you die.

I hadn’t really thought about it before.  So today I spent some time coming up with my bucket list:

1.  Do the Richard Petty Driving Experience… preferably in Las Vegas.

2.  Travel internationally with my wife.  I’m thinking Paris would be romantic and fun.

3.  Eat lobster in Maine.

4.  Visit every state.

5.  Voice an audio book.

6.  Go on a mission trip.

7.  Own a business. Not exactly sure what.

8.  Have a small part in a movie.  Even being an extra would be cool.

9.  Attend an NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game won by the ISU Cyclones.

10.  Be a mall Santa for a day.

That’s my list.  It may change or be added to but at least it’s a start.

What’s on your bucket list?

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