Win a Handmade Leather Notebook Cover!

March 30, 2017 • By

A few weeks ago, I made the decision to go a little more analog. I wanted to look at my phone less, be present more, and experience things like paper books, fresh air, and hand writing notes, stories, and poetry. To that end, I bought a Moleskine journal and a pen to keep with me instead of pulling out my phone to put notes in my Notability app.

There’s something about taking notes down by hand that decreases distractions and helps me to retain the information better. I also find myself getting creative and making doodles in my notebook during downtime instead of trolling Facebook.

I decided to invest in my little notebook by buying a cover to go over it. While searching Amazon, I came across this beautiful, handmade leather cover. It’s a true artisan piece! It also has extra pockets for cards, phone, iPad, etc (I keep some business cards and a 2nd notebook in mine).

When it arrived, the feel and smell of the leather took me back to simpler times and slower paces. It’s “crazy horse” leather (usually used to make saddles) and changes color when it bends or bulges. It’s gorgeous! I get compliments on it all the time.

Anyway, I was so impressed by it that I thought I’d grab a 2nd one to give to one of my readers. (The picture above is the actual cover I’m giving away.)

I set up a little giveaway page where you can enter the drawing and get a chance for extra entrees by telling your friends. I’m also giving away a free ebook copy of one of my books just for entering! It’s a win win! But you better hurry, the contest closes on April 29th!

Best of luck to you!

Go to the giveaway page.


The Best Time to Change

March 24, 2017 • By

I have an old friend that needs to make some changes in the way he lives. He doesn’t exercise and his diet consists mostly of fast food (LOTS of it). As a consequence, he’s obese, his energy is low, he gets sick a lot, and his marriage isn’t exactly on fire.

We’ve had many conversations (and even times of prayer) about his health, the way he eats, and small changes he could make to lose weight and improve his quality of life.

Over the years, he has made zero changes.

The tragedy of the situation doesn’t end with simply being overweight. It doesn’t take super powers to be able to see into his future. He’s headed for a mobility scooter, a heart attack, family members having to take care of him, or maybe worse.

Maybe a close encounter with death will inspire him to change. Maybe it will motivate him to eat a salad and go for a walk. Unfortunately, for many people, it takes a major crisis to get them to discipline themselves and start adjusting their lives to reflect what they SAY they value (health, family, finances, etc.)

Change is hard. We spend a long time developing unhealthy habits and they’re super tough to break. We usually don’t change until the pain of staying the way we are is greater than the pain we’ll endure changing the way we live.

The best time to make a change is before you need to.

Don’t wait until you’re $10,000 in credit card debt to change your spending habits, don’t wait until your wife leaves you to change the way you relate to her, and don’t wait until you have a heart attack before you change the way you eat.

If you saw a steamroller headed down the road toward you, you wouldn’t wait until your shoelaces were under it to get out of the way. That would be foolish! Yet, we pretty much do the same thing with our health, relationships, etc. We live in denial about the cause and effect of our decisions and then beg God for help when the self-imposed bomb drops.

Proverbs 22:3 says, “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

I think it’s important to do some self-evaluation on a regular basis. Ask yourself, “If I keep doing what I’m doing, where will I be in five years?” Or more specifically, “If I keep eating/entertainment binging/spending/parenting/leading/working the way that I do, where will I be in five years?”

Once you’ve figured out where you need to change, start moving in that direction. You don’t have to train for a triathlon, but you can start taking the stairs and maybe cutting out that second dessert. Set small goals you can keep and get back in the saddle when you fall off your horse.

The best time time to make a change is before you need to. Start making them now. It’s prudent, It’s wise, and it will save you massive amounts of unnecessary heartache in the inevitable future.