Matt vs. Wild

I love reality shows like, “Survivorman” and “Man vs. Wild”. I am amazed by them because I am so incapable of going into uncharted territory, living off the wilderness for days.  Les Stroud and Bear Grylls, the personalities behind these programs, are amazing in their ability to tackle the most extreme environments. When these men overcome challenges it sparks a belief in us that it can be done. As I was watching one of these shows the other day, it reminded […]

Continue Reading

This Too Shall Pass

My maternal grandmother, Eloise Ham, was raised alongside fourteen brothers and sisters in rural Timmonsville, South Carolina. She learned the value of hard work by caring for her younger siblings and performing her daily duties on the family farm. I believe Tom Brokaw was right when he labeled her and her peers, The Greatest Generation. They taught us the value in an honest day’s work, the necessity for loving our neighbors, and what it means to fear God. But the most valuable lessons […]

Continue Reading

Gratitude is a Matter of the Heart

When we witness greatness, particularly in athletics, it is difficult to deny. Each sport has its own champion. However, the greatest champion of all time wasn’t human. In 1973 the world saw greatness like never before in the form of a Thoroughbred race horse.  If you know anything of horse racing, you know Secretariat. Big Red, as he was called, was the greatest of all-time. In 1973, Secretariat won the Triple Crown of horse racing in grand fashion and still […]

Continue Reading

Greatfull: What I Learned by Misspelling

I have created a word that helps me see a clear picture of what it means to live richly: GREATFULL Greatfull is my vision of a life full of greatness, achieved through learning the power of gratitude. Read that again – using gratitude to accomplish greatness. Can we learn how to harness gratitude as the primary fuel to live the life we choose; to live a great life? I learned this lesson over a cup of coffee. Normally, before going […]

Continue Reading

Risk Taking – Tips on Making Decisions

Life is full of influential moments, they happen everyday. There are fewer moments that define who we are. Even making the decision to NOT let a moment define you can, in turn, be a defining moment. These moments are etched into our story as a necessary part of our experience. Can you define your moments? For me, making the decision to move to Florida after college was one of those moments. In hindsight, it changed everything. I want to share […]

Continue Reading

The 3 Essential Components of Intentional Living

“Am I living the life I choose to live?”  “Am I the greatest version of myself?” These questions are essential. It doesn’t matter if you are a stay-at-home mom or the breadwinner, married or not married, employee or employer; everyone has a purpose and everyone can be great. But, if you fail to live intentionally, you may become the person you never meant to be. Intentions are dangerous. There is power in intention, but intentions lull us into a belief […]

Continue Reading

A Blind Man Taught me About Vision

I’m not a fan of the dentist, at all. Before you label me as an anti-dentite, just hear me out. It’s not the dentist himself or his hygienist, it’s the process. My impatience meets people messing in my mouth and I get freaked out. Last week, that dreaded visit came. As I pulled into my parking space and jumped out of my car, I was admittedly focused on the fact that I didn’t want to be there. I took no care to engage in […]

Continue Reading