As much as it pains me to admit, this post is partially about Kim Kardashian. Yesterday, I came across an article on USA Today about a recent event at Thai orphanage involving the ever-controversial Hollywoodite. Kim was visiting the orphanage as part of a taping for her show (no doubt to portray herself as philanthropic) and became infatuated with a 13 year old living there. The infatuation was so strong that Kardashian apparently asked the teenage girl if she would like to come live with her. The proposal was promptly turned down. As the USA Today columnist wrote (very effectively I might ad), the scenario was akin to a billionaire (who can’t speak English) dropping by a U.S. group home, selecting his favorite teen and offering to become the child’s dad. Continue reading
At some point in adulthood, usually after you complete the highest level of education you intend on pursuing, life speeds up and memories seem more distant. When I look at the list of video parts below, I think to myself, “I can’t believe that was 11 years ago.” (2003 was a great year for skate videos) The funny thing is that I’ll go to the skatepark now and there will be kids there who weren’t even born when these parts came out. It just goes to show that time flies. Nevertheless, they are classics in my book and are a must watch for any skateboarder. Continue reading
Whenever I’m pitching the value of paid search marketing aka pay-per-click (PPC), inevitably one of the greatest concerns people have is with the cost. They think that it’s too expensive to use Google Adwords or they’re addicted to getting free stuff and only want to focus on organic traffic. Although you do have to pay for the traffic you receive from paid search and the traffic does stop when you stop spending money, PPC has tremendous upside. PPC can be unique from other digital marketing tactics in that you get high quality visitors. These are people who’ve already expressed significant interest in the products and services you offer. Continue reading
First of all, I have to start by saying that I am a huge Erwin McManus fan. My friend Robbie introduced me to McManus’s preaching back in 2008 and ever since that time, I’ve been hooked. When I heard that The Artisan Soul, Erwin’s 9th book was coming out, I was immediately intrigued. Unlike many of his other books, The Artisan Soul, tackles something I’ve had a last preoccupation with: creativity. The jacket description of the book calls The Artisan Soul “a manifesto for human creativity and the beginning of a new renaissance.” While the claim of starting a new renaissance is definitely bold, it takes boldness to initiate change. Continue reading
Fashion is something you can see talked about all over the Internet. There are countless fashion blogs, YouTube videos, and photos highlighting some outfit or clothing item someone deems fashionable. When I’m thumbing through my Instagram app, particularly in the explore section, I see a lot of fashion posts. Many times I roll my eyes thinking “this is so materialistic.” Continue reading
I came across this video on Adventure Journal and it was just too good not to share. If there’s any kind of photography I love, it’s landscape photography. Throw time-lapses and aerial shots in HD into the mix and you’ve got something golden. Check out this time lapse/aerial video of New Zealand and I guarantee you’ll have a new found appreciation for creation. It’s safe to say the Lord of the Rings doesn’t do Mount Potts justice quite like this does.
Occasionally we meet people who change the trajectory of our lives for good. Often times they become our spouses or close friends, but in other cases they’ll make a profound impact that lasts a lifetime even though it happens in a short amount of time. The latter describes the impact my friend Dean Yoder had on me. Continue reading