Did you know there’s a job called coffee cupping. Coffee cuppers are the folks who sample coffee and see if it’s good. They evaluate the tastes and brightness and aroma…then share their findings. It’s how I know which type of unroasted coffee beans to buy—based on the cupping score.
I’m always fascinated hearing about these types of jobs. They’re the type you can’t really go to school for. There’s not necessarily a set degree plan if you plan to become a cupper. More than that, no kids grow up wanting to be cuppers. It won’t be turned into a TNT drama. But it’s a dream job for almost everyone who has the job.
The reason I get so fascinated hearing about these types of jobs is because it reminds me of my job. My job is my dream job. But I had no idea this even existed when I was a kid. And I still don’t even know what to call what I do. (more…)
Did you know Hillsong United released a remixed techno album? I actually enjoy it. Then this Tuesday, Jesus Culture is releasing their own remixed techno album. Dubstep worship. Interesting.
I had one worship leader friend say, “If this is where worship is heading, I give up. I’m too old for this.” I think that reflects many people’s perspectives on changing fashions and styles. Many are struggling to deal with and accept things like Snap Chat, modern fashions, and most definitely Dubstep worship. How do you deal with it? (more…)
I just published the 25th issue of Sunday| Mag on Saturday. Yep, I’ve now been doing this thing for over two years.
With the new issue, I launched a redesign. It wasn’t just a facelift. It was in preparation of a new asset joining me in making it happen.
On Monday, I welcomed Scott McClellan on board to help me make the project even better. You might know him as the previous director of Echo, who I took over for when he stepped down. I began chatting with him about the option quite a few months ago, and was excited when he said he’d love to join me. (more…)
My wife, sister-in-law, and longtime friend got together to watch a movie the other night. They made it a girls’ night out. Apparently, while they were together, the topic of my obsessive nature came up. My wife told me about the conversation later that night.
They discussed my obsessions with coffee, puzzles, board games, Harry Potter…the list went on and on. Yes, I prefer roasting my own Ethopian coffee beans. Yes, I own more puzzles than pairs of socks. Yes, I own three different versions of the game Risk (original, 1985, and current version). And yes, I’ve imagined what my patronus might be.
I can’t help it. When I find out about something new, I have to eek every bit of knowledge and experience out of it. When I find out there are experiences, flavors, and fun I’ve never heard about…I have to dive into that. So when I found out there’s a whole segment of the population obsessed with different varieties of black pepper…that quickly became my next obsession. (more…)
Cancer’s always been a bit of a mysterious evil to me. I knew it was bad, but I had no idea what it actually was. Fortunately, my wife is excessively smart and she learned about it during her pre-med undergraduate degree. So I asked her to explain it to me.
Basically, cancer is when cells in your body don’t function the way they should. Either they reproduce more than they should, they produce the wrong things, or they refuse to die when they should. That’s why doctors sometimes find teeth or other weird things in tumors—the cells were reproducing faster than they should, they weren’t dying, and they were producing the wrong thing in the wrong area. (Forgive my extremely simple understanding of the disease.)
It’s a crazy concept, though. The disease is not that the cells don’t reproduce. They’re extremely active. They’re holding on as long as possible. They just aren’t doing what they were meant to do…and it’s destructive. It’s a disease. I wonder how many of us function in life like cancer cells. (more…)
I had the opportunity to brainstorm with my pastor the other day. Easter’s coming up, and because of the new building our church just moved into, an Easter egg hunt isn’t an option for the kiddos. So he was trying to figure out another option to have something fun for the kids this Easter. We sat down to brainstorm.
The first thing out of my mouth was, “A peep show!” You know, those marshmallow peeps they sell at Easter? You could do a Peep fashion show or a Peep carnival. It would be a peep show for kids!
We both had a good laugh. That was a horrible idea. But from there on, good ideas flowed. Long ago I adopted this approach to brainstorming: Start with a really bad idea. (more…)
I’ve seen quite a bit of interest lately from people wondering what I do. When I tell them I’m completely ad supported…they give me a blank look and ask me how that’s possible. So I figured I’d share what I do here.
Recently, my site ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com has hit a tipping point where I actually have many advertisers contacting me, interested in advertising. But it wasn’t like that a couple months ago. I’ve been running the site for the last four years on hard work and hustle.
And I’m still running my other ad-supported sites that way. So, to give you an idea of what I actually do, here are three ways I approach advertisers to sponsor my sites. (more…)
Remember learning about the circadian rhythm in school? It’s the internal clock that syncs us up with the day. It’s what triggers us to sleep for eight hours once a day.
Apparently, though, our internal clock wishes the day was 11 minutes longer. Current data suggests our circadian rhythm is set to a 24 hour and 11 minute day. That means, every day, we get eleven minutes less than we feel we should.
Why am I sharing this fact with you? I constantly meet people who have big dreams. But they complain they don’t have enough time to make them happen right now. They assume at some point in the future, things will slow down and they’ll be able to pursue their dream. But it just won’t happen. (more…)
Did you know there’s an optimum sound level for creativity? It’s 70 decibels. It’s about the amount of volume you’d hear due to ambient noise at a coffee shop. I guess there’s a reason some people feel extra creative at coffee shops. There’s also an ideal temperature. Warm.
I’m a firm believer in creating an atmosphere that’s conducive to creative thought. I have an excellent Spotify playlist I work with. I start every morning with my perfectly roasted and brewed cups of coffee. I’m all about that stuff.
But I can’t afford to let my creativity stop when I’m outside my ideal situation. (more…)
So many people dream of being self-employed. I’m living that dream.
It’d be easy to look at my life and assume it’s heaven. I wake up when I want. I can take long lunch breaks. I hit up Starbucks whenever I like (I’m at one right now). But it’s because of those freedoms that self-employment is one of the most dangerous things that have happened to me.
You see, this morning I woke up early. I did one of the easiest things on my to do list to get into my groove. But as I looked at the other pending items, I realized I was dreading every single one of them. I didn’t want to do anything on my list. Seriously. Not a single thing. And they were fun things. (more…)