Have you ever found yourself face down on the floor - wind knocked out of you by a heavy blow from life? I have… At the beginning of my career in Insurance, my manager encouraged me to see every conversation as a wide, fertile, green field ready for harvest! However, after a year and a half of hard work, my field looked more like a desert. I didn’t sell the minimum number of life insurance policies, so the company took…

“We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays.” -Perseus Oh, the great poet, Perseus! How is it that this man, born in 34AD, struggled with the same feelings and emotions most of us do close to 2,000 years later? Time may have passed, landscapes have developed, and technology has evolved - but human emotion remains constant. One of the strongest human emotions remains: fear. Fear (noun): an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely…

When I was sixteen years old, I landed my first “big kid” job working for an Insurance Agent in town (she happened to be my mother...). Working for my mom opened my eyes to the professional whirlwind both my parents live in every day. Up until that point, all I had really known was that my mom and dad would come home after a long day of work - tired - but ready to sit down and visit with their…

If you have ever seen the movie “Meet the Parents”, you are probably aware of the nail-biting, anxiety-evoking scenes which play out a man’s first introduction with his potential parents in law. For those of you who have not seen the movie, the premise is centered around the main character (played by Ben Stiller) who visits his girlfriend’s parents for the first time. From the moment he walks through the door, everything seems to go wrong. It’s as if the…

I come from a long line of hard working people. My father’s parents were farmers, and my mother’s parents never missed a day of work. When my dad died years ago, my mother was left to raise five young children on her own. She provided for us through her position at the DMV, where she was a dedicated employee who always gave more to her job than what was expected. Growing up we didn’t have a lot. Thankfully my dad…

Growing pains - we all know what they feel like.   As children, we would go through the occasional growth spurt. Our joints would ache and we’d experience discomfort. But what happened as a result was well-worth the pain! We began to grow. We became stronger, taller, more capable human beings. When it comes to pursuing a life of simplicity, the growth principle is no different. As we weed out all that is unnecessary in our lives, something new begins…

If you were to walk along the Seaport Village promenade in San Diego, you would most likely come across piles of precariously stacked rocks lining the edge of the water. In an effort to attract the attention of tourists, stones of all shapes and sizes are placed on top of each other in what seems to be random fashion. Some rocks are big, others are small, and the rest are somewhere in between. As a passerby, you can’t help but…

I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine who talked about how, today, it’s so difficult to get away from all the voices trying to capture our time and attention. It used to be, if your rotary phone rang, you could decide to either answer or let it ring, and you couldn’t take it home with you after hours. (Imagine how I felt when my twenty-five year old niece had to refer to Google to find out what…

I’ve always been focused on the future. When my mother tells people about my childhood, she often laughs. She explains how I would walk back and forth on the hearth of our fireplace talking to myself with obvious intensity: “I have to practice my piano so I can get better,” or “I’ve lost my book, and I’ve got to find it.” As my mother watched me do this virtually every day, I’m sure she just shook her head and smiled.…

“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.” -Will Rogers Am I the only one who is regretfully remembering those New Year Resolutions made months ago…? As January dawned, our hope for change blossomed and, picturing the end result, we readily jumped into new habits and courageously stepped in a new direction. But it’s spring now - the weather's getting warmer and those targets we set for ourselves in January may seem more distant than ever -…

The Pursuit of Happiness is, hands down, one of my favorite movies. I am continually drawn into the true story of Chris Gardner: a defeated salesman who experiences one setback after another. In the midst of a failing marriage, single-­parenting, financial troubles and homelessness, Gardner receives the opportunity to take an unpaid internship at a large investment firm. Knowing the stakes are high (and the odds of success are slim), Gardner must decide whether or not he is going to…

When my sister Sharon talks about her early Insurance days, she can’t help but laugh. “I was pregnant with my second child,” she remembers, “and I walked around town, knocking on doors asking people if they were interested in buying Renters or Life Insurance.” Sharon was transitioning into a demanding and exhilarating insurance career. She quickly went from selling insurance door-to-door to managing an established and successful agency. Her family grew, and so did her professional responsibilities. As her influence…

Well I’ve been to the mountain and I’ve been in the wind I’ve been in and out of happiness I have dined with kings, I’ve been offered wings And I’ve never been too impressed. Bob Dylan If you were to drive East from my home, you would reach Sequoia National Park in just under ninety minutes. Rolling down your windows, you would catch the scent of pine and earth, drawing your senses to the beauty surrounding you and the greatness…