The Costco Promise

  I’m a fan of Costco. Other than on the Saturday before the Superbowl.  Or really any day the week of a Holiday, as the amount of people that are also fans is insane. Other than that crazy time of the year, Costco is the best. Now they are even more the best. Did you read about this? Some lady literally took her DEAD Christmas Tree back a WEEK AND A HALF AFTER Christmas, testing the true commitment to the promise of a generous return policy Costco has in place for it’s members. This is hilarious and equally disturbing. Hilarious
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OPRAH!

  Wow. Did you see it? Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement award at the Golden Globes on January 7, 2018, and brought new meaning to delivering a speech that is relevant, powerful, and inspiring in a very challenging time. Please watch, enjoy, and savor the ability she has to move an audience. This may launch her presidential campaign (you never know!). Seth Meyers did a fantastic job as Host, opening with the line, “Welcome Ladies and remaining Gentlemen”.  Brilliant handling of a very tough topic. Although I don’t like awards shows in general due to the
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The Promise of Following the Prompting

  This week one of the greatest men and givers of time, service, and compassion has passed to the other side.  He was the President of my faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I had the honor of knowing President Thomas S. Monson and my heart is equally grieved and grateful at this time. A story that struck me, as recounted by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in the Deseret News as follows, pertains to my message of serving and caring for The One, which President Monson did as a lifelong rescuer of men: As an inexperienced, 23-year-old
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New Year, New You, Yeah Right

  You’ve been waiting for my “Don’t set GOALS this New Year, make a….” yeah, I think I’ve overdone that a bit on this blog. For which I apologize only to those that have unsubscribed from it being too much. For those that hang in there with me, I thank you and hope my posts bring you smiles, thoughts, new perspectives, and the occasional tear (either from sentiment or laughing a lot). You’ve probably heard or seen “NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!” I don’t like that so much. Why?  Because it usually involves me in only my shorts standing under hot
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Thank You for An Amazing Year in 2017

  Many of those that read this blog are clients and employees of the awesome companies I have had the chance over the past year to speak to, perform for, and play master of ceremonies.  On behalf of my family, both the one at home, and the one at work with JHE, we are so grateful for your business and the incredible, unforgettable experiences. In years past I have done a Top Ten list of my favorite events.  Instead of that today, here are some of the memories that will always be associated with 2017 (not all events listed): Houston
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What We All Have in Common with Clark Griswold

  In the Christmas Classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, Chevy Chase plays the infamous Clark Griswold, a character of such heartbreak and struggle, who is also eternally optimistic and always makes light of the toughest situations, that fortunately makes us realize our life is ok. When he loses it there is a good reason.  In the first “Vacation” movie, Wally World was closed.  Certainly I can relate to his blow up there, especially after our crazy RV trip across the US this summer.  In the third installment, this about the holiday season, Clark has not only been planning on putting
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How To Add Meaning To The Holidays

  I’m a dreamer and a big believer in the thought of Christmas. 2 years ago I flew my family, and extended family, to Kauai for Christmas.  It was an incredible trip spent at the home of one of our dearest friends.  Christmas Eve we found ourselves singing carols on the beach at Poipou while flying a kite in the warm weather, kids splashing in the water, and then attending the most amazing Hawaiian non-denominational church service in celebration of the night.  It was so special. Christmas morning the kids came rushing in to the living room and gathered around
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The Promise of Gift Giving

  It was January 29, 2001, the one month anniversary of our first date (when you’re in love you celebrate those things). I took my soon to be fiancee, and eventually wife, to a concert I knew she would love and should confirm for her that she had the same feelings I did.  It was Billy Joel & Elton John.  We were about row 10, incredible seats, my ego sky high. Before the concert I said that I had a gift for her.  Reaching around the seat I revealed the present that would go on to live in infamy until
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The Disappointment That is Black Friday

  Did you get a black eye on black Friday? You and everyone else. Unless you were smart and stayed home, where more than 60% of shoppers turned online sales (from their phones!) into higher numbers than brick and mortar buildings can boast. Jeff Bezos of Amazon finally reached over the $100 Billion mark.  (Hey bro, I’m here for you if you need anything) This leaves Bill Gates at a “measly” $89 Billion.  The saddest thing I’ve heard all year. If you went to Macy’s, who sponsors that one parade we all watch muted because it’s too loud over Thanksgiving
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The Promise of Gratitude

  As we celebrate the holidays forthcoming, especially with Thanksgiving upon us, may we make the promise to be grateful for all we have. Gratitude for health. Gratitude for family. Gratitude for blessings. Gratitude for trials which make us stronger, which make us more grateful for the good times. There is nothing more attractive than gratitude.  When I have served someone and they thank me to the degree that I want to thank them for how they thank me, that is the amount of gratitude I’m talking about.  Layer upon layer of gratitude, like a stack of donuts with raspberries
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