Lessons From Norman Part #2

Lessons From Norman Part #2

Find friends who will be honest in a world where it seems like everyone is offended by everything. If you truly want to grow as a person you have to be told that you’re wrong and then you have to discover new things. Whether you are writing a book, raising a family, or just trying to become a better version of yourself; iron sharpens iron.

Have you ever hit two pieces of metal together. It doesn’t always sound soft and gentle. Sometimes it even creates sparks. At the end of the day to become sharper you have to learn to grow through healthy confrontation.

How do you approach confrontation in a healthy way?

Lessons From Norman Part #1

Lessons From Norman Part #1

End arguments as quickly as possible by communicating. When Kayla and I first got married small arguments would last hours. Our fundamental beliefs about relationships were nowhere near each other. She believed in "give and take", and I believed in trying to become unoffendable so nothing could bother you. 

Needless to say that caused a rocky foundation when we had disagreements. I tried to get Kayla not to be bothered by whatever was wrong, and she tried to get me to do what she wanted by doing what I wanted. I think both philosophies are helpful when paired together with grace, but neither works when you take a hard stance on one or the other. 

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

We are moving to Corpus Christi, TX on Friday. There is a mixture of excitement and anxiety and Kayla and I are choosing to embrace excitement as much as possible. I will miss Norman a lot. It’s where Kayla and I have developed our marriage and even grown our family from two to three with Violet’s arrival. 

In January I began talking with Kayla about moving from Norman. It’s hard to explain what led to our conversation without seeming overly spiritual, but I will just share and you can think I’m crazy if you want. 

If You Could Do Anything With Your Life, What Would You Do?

If You Could Do Anything With Your Life, What Would You Do?

My wife, Kayla, asked me this question before I made the choice to leave my previous career path and be a stay at home father and writer. She followed it up with having me list three things that are most important to me. Then we re-read all of the answers and said: “Let’s make that our reality.” We aren’t quite there yet, but after we painted a clear picture of what we want, we were both able to get on board to take the necessary steps to fulfill our dreams.