The Holiday Walk

We’ll keep the stories around here focused on entrepreneurship and community-driven economic development, but passionate work is fueled by personal experiences and those we share our lives with. Let’s give these reflections a little heart by sprinkling in some personal experiences and plenty of fun.

I’ll start by sharing an emotional moment I felt today. As our little family got cozy by the fire to finish a magical Christmas day, we enjoyed watching Soul. The ending reminded me that one of the greatest joys in life is the opportunity to infuse the very best of ourselves into those who follow our footsteps. I felt the gravity of such purpose and let my eyes water as I whispered a few loving words to my little startup that pays in love.

As we spend time celebrating the holiday season with family and friends, below is a seasonal cocktail to keep things interesting as well. Eggnog is a seasonal drink that’s too thick to drink by itself, but the trick is adding Diet 7up. Here’s a fun compliment to your next stroll around the neighborhood looking at holiday lights.

The Holiday Walk
  • Full Glass of Ice
  • 1/3 Captain Morgan Private Stock
  • 1/3 Eggnog
  • 1/3 Diet 7up
  • Stir, then add a dash of cinnamon

      Genre

      I finished reading The Practice by Seth Godin. It reminds us how important it is to identify the tribe we seek to serve. As I prepare to share a weekly blog in 2021, here’s an outline to highlight the genre of content you can expect around here.

      My creative work is dedicated to…

      …passionate people interested in entrepreneurship.

      …small business owners and startup founders alike.

      …people who like to work hard, but have fun doing it.

      …open-minded, inclusive builders of the future.

      …people who believe generosity builds trust.

      …friends caffeinating 1 Million Cups communities.

      …folks who maintain an optimistic, #GiveFirst approach.

      …entrepreneurs who accelerate fellow entrepreneurs.

      …entrepreneurial ecosystem builders.

      …people eager to learn together.

      Caffeinated Conversations

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      What’s next?

      Starting January 1st, I’ll be sharing a weekly reflection right here on this website. If you’d like to have these friendly knowledge grenades lobbed into your inbox, subscribe to receive Roasted Reflections every Wednesday morning. Either way, I’m glad we’re connected. I’m truly blessed to have remarkable people like you in my life and would love to hear from you anytime. Cheers!