Freedom is being able to do what you like when you like.

Freedom is being able to think for yourself.

Freedom is something every person deserves. 

Freedom must be protected. 


Why I love America

I recently read a story about a flight that was forced to land in Canada due to the 911 attacks. The story details the account of Delta flight 15 and how hospitable the town of Gander was during a time of need for the many passengers who got stuck there on 9/11.

You can read the story here.

After living cross culturally in Japan for over 10 years I sometimes struggle to express to people what I love or miss about America. I see so many negative things happening in the world and sometimes it fells like America is the cause of so much drama that I don’t bother to check the news at all.

But after reading the story of Delta 15 and the amazing community that took them in and about the Doctor who took it upon himself to start a fund to help students from Gander go to college. It just clicked.

“That’s why I love America”

I don’t think for a moment that Americans are the only ones who setup grants or do charitable work. Many other countries do this all the time, heck even in this story it was Canadians who did the organising and serving. But there is something in the American spirit that moves people to dream up and create new ways to help others.

That’s why I love America. How about you? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

3 Things worth sharing #3

For years I have been a bit of an info junkie. I use to use this thing called Google Reader that let me subscribe to and read a lot more stuff in a lot less time. It worked great until Google killed it off so now I find most of the things worth reading from my Facebook feed that is littered with posts from my favorite people, brands and organisations.

So recently I have been picking 3 of my favorite stories or articles from the week and sharing them with a few of my thoughts.

Let me know if you enjoy them.


I came across the first post from a Tweet by CJ Casciotta who is the creator of Sounds Like a Movement, check him out for some inspiration on creating and moving.

I loved what Jon Foreman wrote about the chaotic balance we all live in, that place between knowing and wondering. We can try to avoid the chaos and stay in control but I think that will leave us in a very monotone world that is not very exciting. In the last 24 months or so I have been learning to enjoy the place between Chaos and Control.

Chaos vs. Control

“The place where you announce your limitations is where growth begins.”

via Jon Foreman on the Huffingtonpost


The second is from one of my favorite authors Donald Miller who created the Storyline blog and StoryBrand.

When I saw this title, I just had to read it and I am glad I did. It’s such a simple tip but it can change how you approach writing. It is changing how I am writing this now. I want to share something with you that matters, something that could affect your life and help you move forward.

The Best Writing Advice I’ve Ever Received

“Add to this, most writers don’t think there work really matters. I’ve met writers who have sold thousands of books and still don’t think anybody’s life has been changed by their efforts. There’s an enemy whispering in their ear, I think.”

via Storyline


My wife and I have been listening to the new Hillsong United album Empires a lot lately and have been encouraged by the words and convictions that they write and sign about. Check out their new Lyric Video below.

Captain Official lyric Video

“Through waters uncharted my soul will embark
I’ll follow Your voice straight into the dark
And if from the course You intend
I depart
Speak to the sails of my wondering heart”

via hillsongunitedTV

3 Things worth sharing #2

As a husband, father and creative I am constantly being challenged to come up with new ideas, learn new things, and grow as a leader. One of the ways I do this is by reading books, blogs and listening to Podcasts. Below are a few of my favorites from this week.

Three Cognitive Biases That Stunt Your Personal Growth

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

via further

How to manage for collective creativity

An important view of how community, freedom and creativity need each other.

“I’m a role model, I’m a human glue, I’m a connector, I’m an aggregator of viewpoints. I’m never a dictator of viewpoints.”

via TED

Pacific // An aerial and timelapse film of Cascadia in 4KO

This is just beautiful and filmed in and around my home state of Oregon.

via WhoIsMatt

3 things worth sharing #1

As a husband, father and creative I am constantly being challenged to come up with new ideas, learn new skills, and grow as a leader. One of the ways I do this is by reading books, blogs and listening to Podcasts and then sharing them with my family, friends and coworkers. Below are a few of my favorites from this week.

One Thing We Often Forget About Creating A Masterpiece

“Slow and steady, and then eventually, I hope, beautiful and good.”

via Storyline

Why People Matter More Than Profit With Dale Partridge

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth”

via EntreLeadership

On Being Wrong

“Fallor ergo sum” — “I err therefore I am”

via TED