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I am an idiot #18 🤦‍♂️

Big dinner last night… turkey, gravy, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, gravy… all topped with a generous portion of GRAVY. I ate so fast and sloppy I had to wipe my face several times with a napkin. And then came the speeches. Everyone went round the dinner table and said what they were thankful for… But Read more about I am an idiot #18 🤦‍♂️[…]

Keep grinding 👨‍💻

Just a quick reminder: Where you are today is not where you’ll be tomorrow. hard work pays off you’re better than you think you’re further than you think! people love you no matter what just keep going Wishing you productive morning and awesome Tuesday!! Love, Joel 🏄‍♂️ “Sunset over Atlanta last night” — from Jason Read more about Keep grinding 👨‍💻[…]

Water in the morning = happy day ahead!

Did you know… that drinking water makes your day seem less daunting? 💧 Studies show that dehydration leads people to view tasks as more difficult vs those who are fully hydrated. This then ripples into the patients happiness and overall wellbeing. So there you have it! Drink more water each morning, and all your problems Read more about Water in the morning = happy day ahead![…]

Up days and down days. Just keep going.

Yesterday I got up at 5am and sat in front of my laptop… I was there for ~90 minutes, and couldn’t write a single word. Writers block + a long week of unfortunate events + busy holidays approaching + fears of letting people down + momentarily forgetting my direction in life… There was an overload Read more about Up days and down days. Just keep going.[…]

Struggle now 👎 Strength later 👍

One day, a man found a butterfly that was starting to hatch from its cocoon. He sat down and watched the butterfly for hours as it struggled to force itself through a tiny hole. Then, it suddenly stopped making progress and looked like it was stuck. So the man decided to help the butterfly out. Read more about Struggle now 👎 Strength later 👍[…]

When the magic happens…

Magic happens when you don’t give up, even though you’re unmotivated. Magic happens when you remain unbreakably positive, while everyone else is complaining. Magic happens when you have clear goals for the day, and you’ll do anything and everything to achieve them. It’s time for a magical Monday 🌟 Make it happen, – Joel Sunset Read more about When the magic happens…[…]

The “good guy discount”

Just heard about this little trick, it’s called the good guy discount… When you’re at the store purchasing something or buying from someone, you say this… “Hey, I’m a good guy. You’re a good guy. Is there some type of good guy discount we could work out?” I hear it works pretty well. 🤷‍♂️ And Read more about The “good guy discount”[…]

You can still have fun, even when it’s broken

I got a HUGE bounce house off of Craigslist last week. I was soooo excited to blow it up and host the neighborhood kids. They all waited patiently and watched me as I set it up in the front yard… But sadly, when I plugged the blower in, the bounce house didn’t fully inflate. Turns Read more about You can still have fun, even when it’s broken[…]

wedding officiant speech

I officiated another wedding! Here’s my speech script…

Woohoo! I officiated another friend’s wedding 🙂 And I want to share the speech script in hopes that it helps others out there if they are asked to be a wedding officiant. Before creating this script, I did a lot of googling, talked with older married couples, and pondered a lot about marriage. It took Read more about I officiated another wedding! Here’s my speech script…[…]

Mind vs. Imagination

  Your imagination is bigger than you think. Actually, it’s limitless! Your imagination can solve problems. Your imagination can show you a different perspective. Your imagination can help you create things you don’t even think are possible right now. Today: Tap into your imagination. Happy Thursday!! – Joel

Acrostic Wednesday

Agenda for today… W et your whistle (coffee ☕️) E ngage your core (work out 🏋️‍♀️) D aily affirmations (you rock! 💪) N arrow your thoughts (focus 🧘‍♀️) E nter airplane mode (DND 🎧) S mash your to do list (action 📝) D ot i’s and cross t’s. (Give 💯) A dd value to others Read more about Acrostic Wednesday[…]

It’s clobbering time 👊

clob·ber verb, informal 1. to hit (something) hard. “Mary vows to clobber her to-do list today” 2. to treat or deal with harshly. “Steve made swift and ruthless decisions, absolutely clobbering his projects at work” 3. to defeat heavily. “Working together, they clobbered the competition” 👊👊👊 Happy Monday, y’all. It’s clobbering time. – Joel Our Read more about It’s clobbering time 👊[…]

Hope in hard times

What weakens you now, strengthens you later. Whatever crappy thing you’re going through right now… it’s developing you into a tougher, stronger, and more knowledgeable person. Hang in there. You do enough. You have enough. You are enough. And you are not alone. 💙 Joel

Should I be hurtful or helpful? 🤷‍♂️

Last week my kid had a small cough. And even though the doctor checked him out, said everything was fine, wrote a note, etc… the teachers wouldn’t let him back at school until the cough was gone. So, he stayed home with me all last week. Anyway, he’s better now, back at school, but yesterday Read more about Should I be hurtful or helpful? 🤷‍♂️[…]

The moment I wake up. (Before I put on my makeup)

Attitude is everything. It’s more important than how you look, what you wear, or the size of your to-do list today. You can conquer anything with the right attitude. Sooooo…. This morning as you’re standing in front of the mirror prettying yourself up for the day, spend a few mins beautifying your headspace and straightening Read more about The moment I wake up. (Before I put on my makeup)[…]

Feed your good wolf 🐺

An old man sat down to teach his grandson about life… “There’s a fight going on inside me,” he tells the boy, “a fight between two wolves.” “One wolf is evil. It’s full of malice, anger, greed, self-pity and false pride. The other is good. It’s full of peace, love, joy, kindness, and humility.” “This Read more about Feed your good wolf 🐺[…]

Love yourself first 💆‍♀️

Stuff to try today… Smile at yourself in the mirror this morning. Wish yourself a great day. 😬 Remind yourself of your top 3 superpowers. (mine are positivity, consistency and typing words 🤷‍♂️) If you screw up today, find the humor in the situation. Everybody makes mistakes, that’s OK! 🤦‍♀️ Own your flaws. They are Read more about Love yourself first 💆‍♀️[…]

Ditching negative thoughts (and keeping good ones!)

Did you know… You can get rid of your negative thoughts by writing them down onto a piece of paper, then ripping that paper up and throwing it in the trash? It’s true. A bunch of studies prove that turning our thoughts into material objects —> increases or decreases our mental impact depending on what Read more about Ditching negative thoughts (and keeping good ones!)[…]

I am an idiot #15, #16 & #17 😔

Yesterday I spent 20 mins walking around looking for my phone. —-> it was in my pocket. 🤦🏻‍♂️ Last week I washed and dried a massive basket of laundry —-> When my wife got home she said all those clothes was already clean, I washed them again for no reason. 😩 The other day I Read more about I am an idiot #15, #16 & #17 😔[…]

A wish for your week ahead

May your week be both focused and impactful, a combination of smashing your to-do list while having the most fun you can along the way. May you remember your boundaries, protecting your flame so you’re in the best position to help others. May you stay positive and optimistic, celebrating when new opportunities fall in your Read more about A wish for your week ahead[…]

Friday affirmations ☝️

I am capable (actually MORE than capable) of finishing all my tasks on time today. ✅ My work stuff today directly contributes to the awesome life I’m building for me and my family. 👨‍👩‍👦 I will attract positive people and situations today (and leave a positive wake for others) 🙌 My superpower is ___________ and Read more about Friday affirmations ☝️[…]

An apple a day 🍎

Did you know… eating more fruits and vegetables will actually make you happier? 🍌🥦🥕 It’s true! (well, maybe)… A recent study conducted with over 12,000 Australian adults found that consuming more fruits and vegetables boosted their happiness, life satisfaction, and overall well-being. Woohoo! But… since the study was conducted in Australia, and Australians are mostly Read more about An apple a day 🍎[…]

pet·ri·chor ☔️

Morning peeps, happy saturday! Learned a new word this week… “Petrichor”. It means: a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather. We’ve had a brutal heat wave the past couple weeks in California, but last night it bucketed rain all night and this morning smells like Read more about pet·ri·chor ☔️[…]

Cheers to you, and me 🍻

Musicians don’t retire. They stop when they’ve got no more music in them.” — Louis Armstrong I don’t know about you guys, but there’s plenty of music left in me. Happy Labor Day everyone. Cheers to all your hard work. – Joel Last nights sunset in Ventura, California

Less is more? 🤷‍♂️

This weekend: Less is more! (unless it’s kindness, love, laughing, intimacy, compassion, generosity, happiness, creativity, fun activities, sunshine….) Hang on a sec, I change my mind: More is more! Wishing you a great weekend, packing it with stuff you love. 😎 Love, Joel “There was no one here at 6am” — From my buddy Cullen Read more about Less is more? 🤷‍♂️[…]

You’re getting closer

Happy Thursday!!! Today you are one step closer to t̶h̶e̶ ̶w̶e̶e̶k̶e̶n̶d̶ your goals! So work hard, focus on what matters, and remember you are capable of building anything you want in life. 💪💪💪 – Joel “We did that team relay race this past weekend that I was telling you about (Ragnar Rainier). Pic from the Read more about You’re getting closer[…]

Surfing on top of your problems 🏄‍♂️

“The minute you start seeing your obstacles as things that are made for you, to give you what you need, then life starts to get fun, right? You start surfing on top of your problems instead of living underneath them,” – Ashton Kutcher Happy Friday, positive people!! Today’s reminder: The problems you’re dealing with currently Read more about Surfing on top of your problems 🏄‍♂️[…]

Maybe I’m the dumb one?

I’ve got a dumb meeting today with a dumb person about a dumb thing. Grrr… 😩 Actually, the person i’m meeting with isn’t really dumb…. They’re actually quite nice, I’m just grumpy because it’s not convenient for me today. And actually, now that I think about it, the meeting isn’t dumb either… It has to Read more about Maybe I’m the dumb one?[…]

What’s the second right answer?

Here’s a cool little trick to help you think outside the box more… When problem solving, ask yourself: “What’s the second right answer?” This removes the idea that there is 1 perfect solution to every problem, and gets you thinking more creatively. (If you remove sun, you can see the evening stars) Today: Challenge your Read more about What’s the second right answer?[…]

Fun stuff from you guys 😉

Morning everyone!!! ☕️ It makes me really happy reading the fun little things happening in your lives. Sharing these stories along is fun too — they add just a little bit of cheer to people’s day. Anyway, THANK YOU for your email replies 🥰 Here’s a few things people are celebrating this weekend… ***** “I Read more about Fun stuff from you guys 😉[…]

Today’s happiness forecast… 👨🏼‍🏫

Well hello there everybody this is 5am Joel with your monday morning happiness forecast… 👨🏼‍🏫 Today will be mostly awesome with a chance of brilliant. We’ve got a 90% chance of yummy coffee to begin the day, followed by a wave of productivity, energy and optimism. Good vibes will roll in around mid-morning, spurring tranquility Read more about Today’s happiness forecast… 👨🏼‍🏫[…]

Less complaining & more *doing something about it*

“I love to walk regularly, and I used to complain to myself about all the garbage I saw everywhere while walking. Then one day I said: I could do something different, I could be thankful that I have legs to walk, hands that move and a body that can bend. I could pick up the Read more about Less complaining & more *doing something about it*[…]

You deserve a day off

Did you know… The human body creates ~330 Billion new cells every day? 🤯 That’s 3.8 Million new cells every second! Your body is constantly growing, healing, adapting, repairing itself, shedding bad stuff and generating new stuff. That’s a lot of hard work, you being you! And since you’re working so hard every second of Read more about You deserve a day off[…]