The best birthday present I didn’t see

It’s been said that it’s hard to shop for gifts for Marshall.

I don’t like collecting physical things. I prefer experiences.

The difficulty is that experiences are a lot harder to purchase and coordinate than your standard tie clip.

For this past birthday, my parents purchased ticket for me to see David Blaine, the illusionist / endurance artist. What a great present!

But then I looked at the date on the tickets: July 12. That’s today, the day I’m up in New England on our trip.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make the show. I gave the tickets to my brother instead, for them to enjoy.

This hasn’t happened often for me, if ever, but this is definitely the best birthday present I didn’t get to see.


Starting the New England piece of my 50 state goal

We’re headed to New England.

The plan is to drive the full 14 hour drive today, make it all the way to Rhode Island from Kentucky.

I’ve never been to Rhode Island. I’ve never been to Massachusetts either. We’re trying to visit as many of these northeastern states as we can. I’m trying to visit all 50 states before I turn 30.

Here’s what I have left:

  1. Maine
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Vermont
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Connecticut
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Minnesota
  9. Nebraska
  10. South Dakota
  11. North Dakota
  12. Wyoming
  13. Montana
  14. Idaho
  15. Oregon
  16. Hawaii

That’s a lot left for about a year and half, especially with all the fun starting toward the end of October.


The feeling of being on top of things

I’ve been thinking a lot about the feeling of being on top of things.

  • When my email was out of control, I didn’t feel like I was on top of things.
  • When my dishes in the sink were out of control, I didn’t feel like I was on top of things.
  • When my wife’s Honey-Do list was out of control, I didn’t feel like I was on top of things. (I still have a bunch on this list, but it’s getting better.)

Knocking each of these down, or just outright eliminating them, helps me feel like I’m on top of things.

And it’s amazing how much this helps.

The more I feel like I’m on top of things, the easier it is to stay on top of other things.

  • When I’m on top of my email, it’s easier to get my To-Do list lined out.
  • When I’m on top of the dishes in my sink, it’s easier to notice the floor needs to be swept… and then sweep it.
  • When I’m on top of the Honey-Do list, it’s easier to find the energy to knock out just one more item on the list.

Each win is an emotional win, and each emotional win helps propel me toward accomplishing more. Stringing those wins together, I feel a small taste of what super productive people must feel, that flow.


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