The Greatest Summer Ever

Hello My Friend.  I’ve been too busy having fun to write a blog post.  I imagine you have been outside enjoying the weather too much to read one. If you’ve been following my summer on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or elsewhere, you know of our family journey in July: 5,800 miles over 29 days in a motorhome we purchased in June.  I only hit two buildings on the trip, promptly ripping off the awning the first time I drove it (retracted, not extended…yes, I was that close), as well as scratching the back end off of the bedroom slide out cover, but the vehicle still drives perfect! Many people have asked how we did this trip with 4 kids under 9 years in tow.  To be honest, the hardest part was deciding to Just Do It.  Here are the Answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions: * Renting an RV for
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Happy Father’s Day

  My life is beyond what I imagined it could have been. From a blessed childhood, born of goodly parents who gave me every shot to succeed and feel loved, with siblings who are my best friends and heroes, to friends that are still as close to me as when we were in 5th grade. Raised in Utah and bred in a faith based home, I couldn’t have hand picked a more opportune youth and experience. As a young man having the best schooling choices, due to my parent’s priorities and means, as well as the gratitude for a strong healthy body, which allowed me to play sports, give to my school in leadership, and eventually serve a full-time mission for my Church for 2 years in Brazil. As an adult, I married the most beautiful woman I’ve seen to this day, married into an incredible family with the best
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Commitment to Breaking Rules That Don’t Exist: Jason Kotecki

I love to speed.  When the sign reads “65 MPH” I’m pushing 66 every time. I always enter when doors read “Employees Only”, especially when the Restroom sign points that direction. If I recall, I even called a girl I went out with the day after our first date….and she eventually married me. If you know me, you know I break lots of rules.  Some are real rules, some are fake.  And thus my reason for sharing with you a book that could very well change the way you see the world and live your life. My friend Jason Kotecki and his lovely wife, Kim, are on a mission to fight Adultitis.  What does that mean you ask?  Well, I’ll tell you.  How about living by rules we’ve been told all of our lives and yet have no real meaning or rule breaking about them?  How about telling yourself you
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Commitment to Love: Tami Hewlett

  Turning the corner of the old church building I expected another normal Sunday of worship. Instead I received a revelation upon glancing in the direction that would forever alter my world. From the drinking fountain I viewed the most beautiful sight my eyes had ever beheld. Flowing blond hair, closed eyes with exquisitely formed eyelashes, lips that suggested a permanent smile of tranquility and gratitude. Upon finishing her drink I watched as her blue eyes scanned the hallway and accidentally met mine, as I stood in stunned awkwardness at the fact that I couldn’t stop myself from staring. Luckily for me she smiled and said a genuine “Hi”, to which I stammered a pathetic, “hey”, as she strode by. Her outfit was a mix of high fashion and down home good girl, a crème colored sweater turtleneck and comfortable leather brown skirt, high boots, the whole ensemble of which
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Commitment to Giving: Bill Gates

On Sunday I posted on Facebook about how amazed I was by the event I just got to be a part of, how people were asking why they’d never heard of me, and ultimately how to book me for their events.  Yes, it was all because of a charity gig I did in Vancouver over 15 months ago, which has led to many, many opportunities, and continues to pay me back in spades.  Charity pays in very interesting ways. The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Family, their son Kyle, have had me perform for some of their most exclusive events and private parties over the past year, one of which I posted about HERE; 80th Birthday, 50th Anniversary, YPO in Canada, and now for their friends in Palm Springs, CA and an exclusive club they belong to that has members you don’t get to meet every day. It’s hard to explain
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Commitment to Greatness: John Brazier Hewlett

    On May 13, 1952, a child was born.  It was Mother’s Day in beautiful Salt Lake City, UT and this was a celebration.  The 4th child and 2nd son of Lester and Peggy Hewlett was about to take the world by storm, with a healthy dose of charisma, extreme motivation to conquer any task, and a dream to reach his ultimate potential. John Brazier Hewlett is my Dad, and I am very proud of this man and grateful he is beating the family hereditary odds and still around at the ripe old age of 63 (yes, that age is still young, but in our family among the men, it’s generally considered the end of the road). The stories got as big as the fish through the years, but we never wanted to stop listening.  As kids we would hear of his adventures as a youth: shooting baskets until
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Commitment To Joy: Ernie Johnson

If you know anyone with cancer and what they go through, you can understand why someone would GIVE up a great honor in order to honor another. In Keith Olbermann’s words, “A unicorn appeared at the Emmy’s the other night in the form of Ernie Johnson.”  No way to say it better, because what just happened actually never happens in real life. Earlier this year, ESPN legend, Stuart Scott, passed away at 49 years young to cancer, and was memorialized  on the Emmy broadcast early in the night.  Scott was an Emmy nominated host that night following his passing, along with Olbermann, Ernie Johnson, and others, so it was something of a letdown to the audience once Johnson received the winning vote for his 3rd Emmy. However, Ernie Johnson is as good as a person gets.  Having suffered through cancer himself he was quick to recognize the importance of dedicating
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Thank You

Our event for Ashlee was incredible.  We SOLD-OUT the 1,100 seat venue of the Grand Theater in SLC, UT, received over 100 emails and texts from people who wanted to get in but couldn’t at the last minute, sold every single basket and auction item at very high prices, and more importantly flooded Ashlee with support, love, and hope.  She was overwhelmed with gratitude and filled with joy to know so many people care about her. Thank you to those who supported this cause, this event, and for coming to the show with your families.  We had a wonderful time. If you didn’t have a chance to attend, and would still be interested in donating to Ashlee, the information is below.  I have also included a link to Audy & Ashlee’s Blog so you can read their thoughts on the evening as well. http://32andcancer.blogspot.com/ DONATE: Anything For A Friend 
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Ashlee Smoot – Anything For a Friend

My cousin’s wife, Ashlee, is as beautiful and incredible as any woman you’d expect to meet.  Along with her hubby, Audy, they mountain climb, bike, and take their kids all over the world as travelers and people that truly enjoy life.  As fate can sometimes be so cruel, their days filled with joy and adventure were stopped dead in their tracks when Ashlee was diagnosed at age 32 with Stage IV colon cancer.  3 young kids, everything ahead of them, this kind of thing is just as wrong as it gets.  You may be interested in reading about their journey HERE. However, Ashlee is no quitter.  She does her rounds of chemo, and somehow is back on her bike racing along as if nothing’s wrong with her.  She is determined to beat this.  She has every reason, all she has to do is look at the little ones and she
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Commitment to Joy: Paul Brewer

“What a wonderful introduction!  Thank you so much!  Of all the intros I’ve had, that’s the most recent…It’s nice to see you are back to wearing men’s clothing again.” – Paul Brewer Leave it to Paul Brewer to fill a room with a laugh a minute, or more like every 5 seconds, when he takes the stage at the corporate event, a life celebration, or giving young people at a school the most memorable assembly they’ve ever seen. Growing up in Utah the two best places to go as a kid were the famous Lagoon Amusement Park (still around and doing better than ever) and The 49th Street Galleria (long gone for fun and instead now an education facility…which may be fun for someone, but not me).  Lagoon was summer fun, 49th Street Galleria was winter indoors adventure.  For years, the resident Magician was Paul Brewer.  In fact, he came to
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