• Rich and Traci at the Gaylord
    at the Gaylord 2012
Sick and Tired of Being Fat, Out-of-Shape, and Poor

Sick and Tired of Being Fat, Out-of-Shape, and Poor

To say that 2015 has been a struggle is an understatement. Much of it is my own doing. Some of it was from circumstances out of my control. And 100% of it was my poor response to the situation. 2015 has seen some tough times financially. I’ve gained 30 pounds. I’ve gone from running half marathons to barely being able to run 60 seconds… maybe. That changes now – September…

My First 18 Months @ Gateway

My First 18 Months @ Gateway

In September 2013, I went somewhat reluctantly to Gateway Church, at their new Grand Prairie campus. We had been over 13 years at one church, and 3+ years at another, but we believed God was moving us to a new church. We just didn’t know where. On this particular September Sunday, it was just my wife and I planning to attend the service as our kids were gone for the weekend. I say…

Finally… the End of the Road

Finally… the End of the Road

“Are we there yet?” When you’re on a long road trip, that is the question that is circling through everyone’s mind. 1,100 miles from Dallas to Disney World 750 miles from Dallas to family in Illinois 950 miles from Lincoln, IL to Ontario to go fishing 8,200 miles to fly from Chicago to Nairobi These are all trips I have been on multiple times. When does this journey end? Where…

My George Bailey Moment

My George Bailey Moment

I don’t know how many times you have watched “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but I know that it has been many, many times over my young 49 years. It never gets old (at least not for me). We usually try and watch as many different Christmas shows and movies as we can. We all took our places on couches, chairs, or the floor.  I put the disc in and hit…

My Running Plan

My Running Plan

This is a post for all of us who have a few extra pounds around our waist and cannot simply decide to go run 10 miles today. What Is My Running Plan? Simply, my plan is to do a 5K in November in under 30 minutes. I have done the Jeff Galloway approach over the last couple years, which is a run/walk method. It is very effective. However, this time…

Why Run?

Why Run?

Why Run? Why is that a good goal to have? In my last post a few days ago, I mentioned that my one goal for the next 90 days was to run a 5K in under 30 minutes. Let me give you 10 reasons why I believe running is the ultimate goal, above all other goals. First, you have to apply discipline. You have to wake up 45-60 minutes earlier,…

One Goal

One Goal

One goal… hmmm… One goal can mean many things. USA could have used one more goal against Belgium in regulation to move onto the World Cup quarter finals. The St. Louis Rams should have never let the Patriots kick that one field goal in the 2002 Superbowl (still bitter). The Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup in 2000 by “the goal,” thanks to Brett Hull. But, that’s all sports. I’m…

Drill Deeper or Walk Away

Drill Deeper or Walk Away

I don’t live in the country. I live in the city where you pay a water bill. I would love to live in the country on about 20-40 acres, a nice huge farm pond, and a ranch-style home. One of the aspects of country life is getting your water from a well.  I know how it all works. It’s simple. You drill in a spot where maps and indicators show…

5 Months Ago…

5 Months Ago…

Five months ago today I said goodbye to my mother at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL. She passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus. It had been a moment that I had prayed about for several years as I watched my mother’s health decline, and then exponentially degrade over the last 2-3 years. I prayed for her healing, but I also knew that this moment would come, where she would…

The End of the Road… for me

The End of the Road… for me

When I write a blog post, I usually type out my thoughts, edit, delete, add, proof, and then publish. After I publish I go out and try and find an appropriate photo or graphic to match what I just wrote. This time was different. I went out and found the photo and then the words began coming to me.  Here’s the photo: The road you see is one that I…

Three Things For The Next 8 Months

Three Things For The Next 8 Months

Whew… it is almost May. I hate being that person who says, “look at the time go by.” That’s the thing, I don’t want to watch time go by. I’ve become too aware of the shortness of days over the last 9 months. So many people have passed that were close to me. I want to savor and relish the days and hours. That got me to thinking… what are…

My Ideal Job

My Ideal Job

I’m sitting at the Gateway Cafe in Southlake, TX, wondering what it would take to walk away from everything… …I don’t know. Maybe it’s the Earl Grey Latte I’m drinking and the gloomy weather outside, but my mind is restless and it has wandered. Now, when I say “everything,” let me qualify that to mean my career, my business, my job. Not “every”thing… just everything that is my work. I’ve…