What it means to exasperate our kids

She bounced into the dining room looking up at me while I was finishing dishes and prepping for my morning routine the next day and maybe playing Words with Friends on my phone. I glanced up, didn’t say anything, and went about my business, walking back into the kitchen to grab something. When I came back into the… Continue reading What it means to exasperate our kids

Clarity, Vision, Action, Focus, Perseverance

Clarity, Vision, Action, Focus, Perseverance. Clarity: You must be clear on your priorities. What are the things most important to you? Can you write these things down? Vision: What are your dreams for the things and people that are most important to you? Where you do you want to be this time next year? 3… Continue reading Clarity, Vision, Action, Focus, Perseverance

What Is Intentional Living?

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The tagline for Simply in the Suburbs is “Intentional Living in the Land of Distractions.” At some point everyday, I ask myself, “What do I even mean by ‘intentional living’”? I mean…what is this website trying to help dads, moms, and young professionals accomplish? And why should you, a busy person living a very busy life,… Continue reading What Is Intentional Living?

How Do You Protect Your Time?

Seriously. I’m asking. I would love to know. There are times when I’m not so great at making sure the time I have with the people I love is as high quality as I’d like it to be. If you’re good at protecting your time, keeping priorities, saving margin in your day for your most important… Continue reading How Do You Protect Your Time?

Will you create or react?

A lot of things will happen to you this week. Some of them will be good. Some of them will be horrible. The question is whether or not you’ll spend all of your time reacting to those things. Or will you create opportunities out of those things. The greatest stories we hear are stories about… Continue reading Will you create or react?

Why Plan for a New Year?

There is nothing magical about going through an end of the year or beginning of the year planning process. There’s no reason you shouldn’t go through it at the beginning of a school year or some time in April or any other time that makes sense to you. But I do believe there is power… Continue reading Why Plan for a New Year?