Oh hey, you look just like my maid…

Cinderella-the girlsBack in 2009 (you know…when I was like…ummm…19…yeah, that’s it), we were privileged to go to Disney with Elizabeth’s family. Our girls were beyond excited, but for the record, I think I was the biggest kid in our group of 10. So much so, that I made us ride “It’s A Small World” enough times that it may have violated the Patriot Act.

The girls dressed up as their favorite princess, and we made our way to 1900 Park Fare to dine with Cinderella and her family. During the meal (which was awesome, by the way), one of the step-sisters said the funniest thing I’ve ever heard at Disney. I’m sure she’s used the line 500 times to other girls dressed up in that same outfit, but for us, it was our first time hearing it and it only added to the magic.

She took one look at the pretty blue dress of our youngest daughter (then 2yo) and said, “Oh hey, you look just like my maid.” Continue reading

This Summer…make 10yo you insanely jealous of current you

SixFlagsFam1This week, 10yo Jason LOST HIS MIND in jealousy over a decision 34yo Jason made.

Not that 10yo Jason wouldn’t be totally envious of so many things in current Jason’s life. I mean, I remember those warm summer nights of long ago…when 10yo Jason would sit on the porch…and someday dream of riding in style in a 17yo Honda CR-V.

…or long for that guilty feeling current Jason has when he finishes off the entire giant bag of Sweedish Fish in just 3 days…hypothetically…I mean…a friend of mine did… Continue reading

Make Time For Play

JasonSheddGirls“Get your work done in 35 hours each week, and use the other 5 for play.”

That’s the quote I heard recently at a conference. Now, I recognize that 40-hour-work-weeks may not be a reality for most of us, but I’ll assume you’re fully capable of scaling the principle to fit your reality.

It reminds me of the old Google policy about “20% Time” in which Google employees were encouraged to take time each week to dream and create and innovate. And at least a couple of nuggets were developed during that time…you know…like Gmail and AdSense. Continue reading

Don’t Let Your Job Be Your Only Creative Outlet

IMG_3388I was at a conference 2 weeks ago, put on by Worship Foundations. It was a gathering in San Diego of 70 or so worship pastors from around the country, and it was just awesome. While we had some great teaching and worship time together, the most impactful quote for me came during a debrief time in which they interviewed a few different guys and girlsĀ about what they’ve been through recently on their journey.

My edited version of what one guy said was:

“Don’t let your job be your only creative outlet.” Continue reading