Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017 Year in Review










As 2017 wraps up I have much to be thankful for and much to remember. Here's a few of the biggest highlights.




  • Started CrossFit at Crossfit Skopos
  • Speaking at Cedarbrook and Quarry Winter Youth Retreats
  • Going to Cabo, Mexico with Stephanie and the Elliason's
  • A weekend with the kids at my parent's cabin
  • Giving the message at my brother Aaron's wedding
  • Going with Andrew to the Gopher Spring football game
  • Getting a new tattoo on my right arm
  • Watching Andrew and Jake playing in state baseball tournaments
  • Taking the kids to the Red Sox v Twins game
  • Boston trip with Jacob for his birthday
  • Tigers v Twins game with Stephanie and the Kerr's
  • Spending a few days with Andrew at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
  • Winning my first CrossFit competition in St Michael, MN (The Fall Brawl)
  • Going to the Gopher v Nebraska football game with my friend
  • Watching Isabelle sing at the Senior Center


  • The year was also filled with many basketball and baseball games watched and coached, Sunday's preached in MN and WI, a few trips to the bowling alley and movie theater (Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji 2), lots of CrossFit workouts, many bonfires with friends, and a bunch of sunny days out by the pool.

    Tuesday, December 05, 2017

    The Difference between a Shotgun and a Rifle














    I read a great analogy today on Jeff Spencer blog. Dr. Spencer is an athlete, turned coach, advisor and mentor who has developed a comprehensive goal achievement system named The Champion's Blueprint. In his post he discusses one of the problems he sees in many of his clients.
    There’s a phenomenon I’ve observed in my clients I need to address: I’ll call it the shotgun approach. They pursue too many opportunities at once. They’re scattered. They dilute their energy and go in ten directions simultaneously. They think the more chances they pursue, the more likely they are to succeed at one of them.That’s a problem. 
    Shotguns may work for duck hunting, but for goals—and learning to seize the best opportunity—not so much. What happens is that while they’re pursuing multiple opportunities, they miss the best ones. While their focus is all over the place, flitting here and there, they’re chronically late for the opportunities that really do matter—and they miss them altogether.
    He doesn't say it directly, but I think what Jeff would say is that the rifle approach works much better. Think of your mindset like identifying a target through the scope of a rifle. Rather than shooting a bunch of bb's into the air at multiple opportunities hoping to hit one of them, Dr Spencer is talking about honing in on a single target and firing a bullet right at it. The rifle approach takes aim and puts all it's intensity and focus and energy into a single round.

    Friday, December 01, 2017

    Happy 13th birthday Isabelle!

    Today Isabelle officially became a teenager!

    It's a family tradition to have birthday breakfast with day before school and work.

    For the second year in a row Isabelle choose the Tavern in Northfield.
















    While we waited for our food I asked her about some of her favorite things. Here is the list:

    Sport - Basketball
    Colour - Green
    Singer - MAX
    Song - Lights Down Low
    Home Cooked Meal - Chili
    Fast Food - Culvers
    Restaurant - Applebee's
    Pizza Topping - Pepperoni
    Friend - Marie and Josie
    Movie - Daddy's Home
    City - Paris
    Teacher - Ms. Beumer
    Candy - Kit Kat
    Drink - Sprite
    Chips - Lay's BBQ
    Vacation spot - Colorado
    Place She's Like to Go - Hawaii
    Animal - Panda Bear
    Flower - Rose
    Appetizer - Nachos or Mozzarella Sticks
    School Subject - Home Ecomonics
    Career Hopes - Judge or Veterinarian
    Phone App - Camera

    Isabelle, Happy birthday! You are smart, beautiful, strong, caring, brave, independent, athletic, and reliable. I am so happy with the girl you are and the woman you are becoming. Hears to a happy birthday and wonderful start to your teen years! Love you Bear!