Day 1 of Homeschool

Day 1 of Homeschool. Reflections on this day: 1. Excited to see how this goes 2. Scared out of my mind 3. Hope I have the right lesson plans and haven’t over-scheduled, or possibly under-prepared 4. Praying I can keep running my business properly, respond to all the needs, emails, and continue to create, all while teaching the young lady beside me in my office the essentials of elementary school life I just pulled her from 5. Reading scriptures, setting goals and understanding her interests for what to learn, the assigned novels, and the writing assignment together was magical 6. Eating lunch, smiling, laughing, holding hands, hugging – this is amazing 7. 2 business calls, 20 emails responded to, all while setting up my daughter’s online business of sewing and cooking treats 8. Listening to her shriek with joy as she progressed rapidly at learning typing on the keyboard 9. Dropping her off at Math tutor – I’m not touching that subject with an x+y=Daddy has no idea, sorry kids 10. Stopping at Maverik for a celebratory treat in accomplishing our first homeschool day. Yes, my friends, for those of you that have followed my hopes and dreams, today was
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How To Be Happy: 5 Keys To True Happiness

  The most popular song of the past year rings true for many reasons. “Happy” is something we strive for, but often aren’t sure we are doing correctly.  “Clap along if you feel that happiness is in you…because I’m happy!” Pharrell brings it, you see the joy on the person dancing along, you feel the pure fun oozing out of the entire song.  It’s a great one, although unfortunately it is already so overplayed it now steps into the immortal realm of, “Oh man, that song again?”  (but I still love it anyway) I am surrounded by happy people. Sure, there are negative people here and there, but most of the time I find I’m around happy people. If you are feeling unhappy, or just need a reminder of a few pointers to getting out of a rut where the sun just doesn’t seem to shine your way, here are 5 Keys to True Happiness I have seen in the lives of others as well as my own.   1 – Be Grateful In a few weeks we will celebrate the Holiday known as Thanksgiving.  November is generally considered the month of Gratitude. How about a Life of Gratitude?  It
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This is Halloween!

I SO LOVE this time of year. Halloween always makes me happy. My wife jokes that we don’t need to shop for me, we just open up a few bins, a suitcase here and there, go in my closet and I have more costumes than most costume shops 🙂 Question is: What are you going to be this Halloween? My family and I are going for the Wizard of OZ theme, photos to come soon. BUT – if you want to WIN A PRIZE tell me what your favorite Halloween Costume of All-Time was, from when you were a kid (even if that means you’re 35 and fav was last year 🙂  If you post a PHOTO of that costume you’ll win an even cooler prize. Trick (or Treat) is this: You must POST your comment on This Blog Post Last year was one of our family’s favorite Halloween costumes of all-time.  Daddy destroyed his beard to be the most horrific looking Bearded Woman ever.  But the rest of the people in the pic made us look pretty cool! Have a great, safe, awesome time this Halloween.  And for all you Dads out there that don’t dress up with your
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I’m Actually A Pretty Serious Guy

This week has been way fun and way exhausting.  We drove the family to San Diego, CA, and enjoyed a few days at the beach, SD Zoo, SeaWorld, hike at Torrey Pines State Park, Church, got kicked out of the Marriott for noise, took a trip to Universal Studios in Hollywood, and Disneyland in Anaheim.  So I believe we are in store for a vacation following the vacation. But let’s get real here: How awesome is that?  To see the little ones running around, having a blast, laughing, riding the rides, screaming as if Beyonce and Jay-Z just showed up when in reality it’s a life-sized Minion.  It’s like something from a perfect novel, the orchestra swells, the Kleenex is drawn, where you just watch your family and say, “My Goodness, Life is Beautiful”!  And the vision is quickly broken by blood curdling screams coming from the back row booster seats…. As I’ve posted more and more blogs and social media updates, worked on my act, and balanced the career and life at home, I am noticing more and more what the public expects of me (and all performers in general), and then the reality of what really is. I’m
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My Wife in The Spotlight

A few months ago our office received a request to have me speak at Midvale Middle School.  They had a small amount of money and were going to figure out how to make it happen to have me do an assembly for their school.  We figured it out and set the date. I mentioned in passing to my wife that I would be speaking at Midvale MS, to which she excitedly replied, “That’s where I went to middle school!” I thought I knew my wife better than that!  I should’ve known that’s where she went. And so, we contacted the school back, revoked the invoice, told them they were getting the assembly for their school FOR FREE.  They were thrilled.  Of course, it was in honor of my Tami. In this month of October 2014, we are doing 8 schools for free in the State of Utah.  Next month we have a few as well, and into 2015.  We unfortunately can’t accept all requests, as my goal is to have time to be with family more in 2015 than I have since my career began.  I’ll be doing around 200 events this year, many of them at schools.  In other
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Best of State 2013 Winner

  Recently I received the 2013 Best of State award for “Individual Vocalist in the Arts & Entertainment” in the state of Utah.  I am very honored to be recognized by the committee among the many incredibly talented and more deserving singers in this amazing State of ours.  I’m positive had they simply considered only my own singing voice I would have been steamrolled, but luckily I have about 100 of the greatest singing voices of Rock n’ Roll history trying to come out all the time, so I’m assuming that was the deciding factor here. For the Gala I had the chance to present the BOSS Statue to the winner of the entire category, of which I was also a nominee.  In the video posted here you can see the performance I did (they gave me 3 minutes to pack in as many voices as I could), as well as I hope you get a laugh out of the winner being announced and the very long delay before they take the stage, which allowed me time to do more shtick.   This is why I enjoy being an Emcee for events like these – killing time in front of important
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How Being a Dad and CEO are (pretty much) The Same Thing

Over the past few years my wife and I have had the incredible life-changing blessing of welcoming four children to this earth.  At the same time I have continued to try and run my business from my home, and the balancing act only gets tougher.    I have learned more in 6 years as a father than I have in 11 years as a CEO (I use the word CEO lightly, since we are a small operation around here, but it sounds better than the title of “Owner-Public Relations-HR Director-Janitor-Accountant-Salesman-Secretary-Confused and Dazed Performer/Speaker Barely Staying Afloat”).    How can I better my business by raising a family at the same time?  How can I learn from daily occurrences with my little ones so I can be a better businessman?    Here are a few things I’ve learned so far…FYI, my kids are 6, 4, 3, and 2 months…I literally haven’t slept in 6 years.   –       Open the fresh diaper before you change the wet one…or you will get sprayed due to Lack of Preparation –       Don’t feed the kids too much beef jerky before a camp-out…a onesie full of diarrhea in a tent 100 miles from home and Mommy,
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