7 Reasons I Can’t Live Without My Apple Watch

I resisted getting an Apple Watch for a LONG time. I kept telling myself that as soon as somebody said something along the lines of “You gotta get one,” then, well, I’d get one. That never happened. But then my wife surprised me with an Apple Watch as a late Christmas present.

I’m sure you’re now wondering the same thing. Do you need one? The simple answer would be no. It doesn’t do a single thing that a smartphone already does.

But after having an Apple Watch for several weeks, I’m telling you this. You gotta get one.

Here are a few reasons why I love mine:

  1. It’s a watch – If you’re like me, you haven’t worn a watch since the early 2000’s. I used to LOVE watches. I was a big Swatch fan, and wore one in some form or fashion from middle school on. When I started carrying a cell phone that had a perfectly good clock on it, a watch suddenly felt redundant. Beyond any kind of utility, my Apple Watch has reminded me that watches are fun. You can customize the look of the face to your liking, and even switch between several different faces on the fly. My super cool Swatch couldn’t even do that.
  2. It tells the weather – Weather in Georgia can be downright schizophrenic, particularly in winter. Every morning I have to check the weather to see if my kids need a coat. I used to have to turn on the TV. Then I had to look it up on my phone. Now a simple glance at my watch gives me the current temperature, conditions, and today’s high and low. Hourly weather would be even better – I’ve heard you can get it through third party apps – but for now I’m liking what I’ve got.
  3. Hands free control of music – I have to be honest. While I don’t text and drive, I have been guilty on multiple occasions of switching out the music while driving. With my Apple Watch, I can say “Hey Siri, play some Third Day” (shameless plug!) and voila! Third Day starts playing in my car. Pretty nifty. And I don’t risk life and limb in doing it.
  4. It gets me moving – The Apple Watch does a pretty good job of tracking how many calories you’ve burned, how much you’ve exercised, and how much you’ve been standing up. It displays these things in three colored circles that fill in throughout the day. Let me tell you – this works. I HATE not closing in my circles. On multiple occasions I’ve gone for a walk at 11:30 PM to get my exercise in. I’m sure the folks at Apple are letting out a collective maniacal laugh right now, but who cares? I’m exercising more. It works.
  5. Hands free texting – For the same reasons as number three, it’s great to be able to dictate a text hands free. I still don’t do so while driving, but it’s super easy to respond to a text next time I’m at a stoplight. This brings me to number 6.
  6. I don’t have to look at my phone (unless I want to) – This is such a subtle thing, but you don’t realize how much you pull your phone out of your pocket until you don’t have to. In addition to the aforementioned checking the time, checking the weather, responding to texts, I used to pull my phone out multiple times a day for a myriad of reasons. The Apple Watch cuts that number way down. I now only get out my phone and look at it when I want to.
  7. It doubles as a great nightstand alarm clock – I had no idea about this until I got it, but this might be my favorite. You plug the Watch into its charger and lay it on its side, and the display changes to that of an old school digital alarm clock. It’s not annoying though – the display goes away after a few seconds. And you can turn it back on with a nudge. In the middle of the night, I’ve found that if I simply touch my nightstand, the display will turn on. If you set an alarm, the clock will gradually brighten for about 5 minutes before going off. It really works, and I’ve found myself relying on the snooze way less.

There are many, many other great uses for an Apple Watch. It works great in tandem with navigation apps on your phone. It makes using Shazam to discover new music a total breeze. You can use third party apps to dictate notes and journal entries to yourself. And that’s just scratching the surface. Wait no – you don’t want to scratch the surface. Cause it’s a watch and you don’t want to – never mind.

No, you don’t need an Apple Watch. But if you get one, you won’t know what you ever did without it.

Why every journey needs a journal. Especially yours.

Mimi, my wife’s grandmother, recently passed away. She was 95 years old, so while more than a few tears were shed, mostly it was a celebration of a long life lived to the full. A couple weeks ago, as the resident bookworm of the family, I was invited to look through Mimi’s books to see if I was interested in any. As I gazed upon the bookshelves, looking for where to start, I saw out of the corner of my eye a big pile of books stacked up in the corner.
“What books are those?” I asked.
“Oh those aren’t books. They’re Mimi’s journals.”
I was stunned. I had known Stephanie’s grandmother for over 20 years, and had no idea she kept a journal. Not only that, she was dedicated. There were stacks and stacks of them, each book representing a year of life experience.
Stephanie picked one up from the early 80’s and looked up her birthday and found an entry about a long forgotten birthday party. I picked up a journal labeled “1993” – this was the year Stephanie and I met – and flipped to October. I knew that not long after we started dating, we had watched a movie at Mimi’s house. Sure enough, on the entry for October 5, I was met with these words: “Stephanie and her friend Mark Lee came by and we watched Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman.” Not only did Mimi remember that we had watched a movie, she remembered what movie it was.
The story goes that she had gone on a trip back in the 70’s and decided to keep a diary to document her travels. She liked this idea so much that she decided to keep the diary going when she got home from her trip. Her journey spilled back over into regular life, and with it came the journal. A habit was begun that lasted for decades. Rain or shine, sick or well, busy or bored, she had written almost every day.
I have considered myself an avid journaler since about 1995. Now, by “avid” I mean I’ve sporadically written in notebooks in a scrawl that nobody (even me) can make out. Rather than documenting the day, I either just vented about the circumstances of my life or just used it as a warmup for other writing, kind of like practicing scales on the guitar. I took pride in my bad handwriting, and a little solace. Even if somebody found them, they wouldn’t be able to read them.
Until discovering Mimi’s journals, I had never given a second thought to the fact that the people finding them might actually want to read them. Inspired by Mimi, I’ve started a new and improved journaling habit. I’m using a program called Day One. You can use it on your computer, your phone, and your tablet, and can even sync across all devices. You can keep multiple journals on it. I have created a journal called “Other writing” that is basically a digital version of the reams of crap I’ve been writing off and on for the last couple of decades. But I’ve also started a journal called “Daily Record” which is much closer to what Mimi did. Every night before going to bed, I’m writing about what we did that day and how I felt about it. When possible I even try to throw in a picture.
I have learned that keeping a journal doesn’t just benefit me. There are benefits that might even outlive me. Thanks, Mimi, for pointing that out.

Intercepted by Christ

 In honor of the Falcons’ Super Bowl appearance this weekend, I’m going to talk about my favorite Falcon of all time. He was a great player for sure – a two time Pro Bowler and a member of the Falcons Ring of Honor. But more importantly, he was on fire for God.
Long before Matt Ryan, there was Steve Bartkowski. He took the NFL by storm, even earning the Rookie of the Year honor. He led the Falcons to some great seasons, even a playoff appearance or two. But after a couple of years, things stalled out. He was struggling, both on the field and in his personal life. Things got so bad the Falcons benched him.
June Jones, his backup quarterback, could have relished in the occasion. Instead he allowed God to use it as a teaching moment in Bartkowski’s life. After the second game of the season, June Jones pulled Steve aside.
“Bart, I am going to quarterback the team until you give your life to God.”
Jones didn’t know it, but not long before that conversation, Steve had prayed at his locker and committed his life to the Lord. God used that season of trials and difficulties to show Steve that he didn’t need to rely on his own human striving to get where he wanted in his life. He needed to surrender and trust God with everything. In that moment of surrender, Steve’s life was literally intercepted by Christ.
God used Steve in a big way after he surrendered his life to God. A powerful revival swept through the Falcons team during that time that spilled over into the Atlanta community. Steve coauthored a book with Dan DeHaan appropriately called “Intercepted by Christ”. Beyond a story of Steve’s life, it was a powerful call to Christian discipleship. Steve and other Falcons players spoke at Bible studies and events around the city, and it rippled into a mighty move of God. It is not a stretch to say that the effects of this move are still felt in Atlanta today.
Every day, we are faced with a choice. We can live for ourselves, or we can surrender everything to God. I pray that you choose the second route. It’s not always easy, but it’s always the best.
Are you living a life of surrender to God? Or are you relying on human striving? Let your life be intercepted by Christ – it’s the greatest adventure you’ll ever be a part of!
Note: If you’ve never read Dan DeHaan’s books, I highly recommend them. Intercepted by Christ is filled with practical tips for Christian discipleship, and The God You Can Know is just dripping with God’s loving character. Either would be an inspiring read.

Answer the call

markstephenBack in 1991, Mac and I were getting ready to do a show on a flatbed trailer in a church parking lot. This would be our first show as a Christian band. We didn’t have a band name – I think they just called us Mac and Friends or something like that. We didn’t even really know what Christian music was. We were excited about our faith and felt God was calling us to share it through music. So we did.

That summer had been a weird one for me. As I watched high school crossfade into college, the landscape was changing around me. The most important thing in my life had been my garage band, and we had broken up just a few weeks prior. In hindsight the show we were doing that night would mark the beginnings of Third Day, but at the time it didn’t feel that way. Everything was so up in the air. With college starting, would we even be able to keep a band together? It felt like we were kind of floundering.

During a break while setting up the stage, they played some music over the PA. I was a newcomer to Christian music, but I recognized some of the songs being from artists I knew like Russ Taff and Rich Mullins. Then a song came on that I didn’t recognize. It started with a group of voices singing a cappella:

“We will abandon it all / For the sake of the call”

I would later learn that this was a song called “For the Sake of the Call” by a guy named Steven Curtis Chapman. Over the next several months, he would become one of my favorite artists. About a year later, Mac, myself, and our keyboard player Billy saw Steven Curtis on the Great Adventure Tour in Atlanta.

25 years later, literally almost to the day from that flatbed trailer concert, we found ourselves on tour with Steven Curtis Chapman. We were doing a pre show devotion with our tour pastor, Nigel, and were studying the passage where Jesus says to the disciples “Follow me.”

“Does anybody have any other thoughts about this passage?” Nigel asked, getting ready to launch into a prayer for that night’s show.

“This is actually the passage I was reading when I wrote ‘For the Sake of the Call'”, Steven said. He proceeded to give us a little behind the scenes look at the writing of one of his most beloved songs. Inspired by that passage as well as a book he’d been reading, he wrote that song as a reminder of why he does what he does. This song was already one of my favorites, but this little moment we had with Steven gave it an extra layer of meaning for me.

I know this story sounds like I’m saying, “Follow God, and he will give you non stop mountaintop experiences, like touring with Steven Curtis Chapman.” I’m not saying that at all. The life of following after God is a life like no other, as you live out the abundant life Jesus talks about. Sometimes that does involve peak experiences, like sharing the stage with one of your heroes. But oftentimes the act of climbing the mountain leads us directly to a cross.

Joy and suffering often seem to go hand in hand, and sometimes a sure calling is followed by an uncertain road. Maybe that’s why people refer to the Christian life as their “faith”.

Right now we’re in a season not unlike that summer all those years ago. We finished the tour with Steven and a few shows of our own. We’re winding down the recording of our next record. We’ve decided not to book a lot of shows this fall. There’s a feel of “What’s next?”, that brings with it a sense of excitement as well as a little uncertainty.

I recently saw the film Risen. The thing I loved most about the film was how the disciples weren’t spiritual giants – they were regular old dudes who were doubting and second guessing themselves the whole time. They weren’t good at much, but they were great at one thing: following Jesus. The one thing they were sure about was that they needed to follow Jesus wherever he leads. That’s the kind of attitude towards my faith and my life that I want to have.

I was uncertain all those years ago about my circumstances, but I answered the call God was placing on my life. Likewise, my present circumstances might be a little different from the structure I’m used to, but I will do the same thing. I will follow after Jesus and answer his call. He has shown time and time again that he’s got it.

It may not be an easy life, but it’s an abundant one. And it’s the best place you can live out of.

Answer the call.

(P.S. Huge thanks to Bill Barber for the amazing photo with Steven!)

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If you never read anything else I ever write, read this

I was hiking in the North Georgia Mountains a few weeks ago. This summer I’ve done several day hikes on the Appalachian Trail. If you have a four wheel drive vehicle and don’t mind driving on some rough forest roads, you can access some seriously remote places.

This day was different. I didn’t have much time, so instead of driving to one of those more remote trailheads, I joined several other cars in the crowded parking lot for the Rocky Mountain loop, one of the more popular hiking spots along the Georgia section of the AT. As I started the hike I found that the trail was steep, but surprisingly not busy at all. I guess it was still kind of early.

After thirty minutes or so of huffing and puffing up the trail, I found myself admiring the beautiful view from the top of Rocky Mountain. Nice enough of a view that I took this picture. I put my phone back in my pocket and turned to continue my journey down the other side of the mountain and complete the loop back to my car.

Just then I heard a rustling sound in the bushes. I really didn’t think anything about it. Earlier I had seen a couple of stray dogs on the trail. Maybe it was them again? Also, the top of Rocky Mountain is a popular camping spot. Maybe it was a camper exploring the summit of the mountain?

It was neither. Instead I was greeted by a black bear, maybe 20-30 yards away. He hadn’t seen me yet, and was walking parallel to the trail.
My pulse quickened. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up. All the usual, panicky (expletive filled) thoughts began to race through my brain. But in the middle of all that was one thought above all others. What are you supposed to do when if you see a bear?

Through years of skimming over the bear safety tips in the front of hiking guidebooks and on signs at trailheads, I remembered this one thing.

Do. Not. Run.

That actually wasn’t a problem. I stood there, kind of frozen. After a couple of seconds I guess the bear figured out I was there, because he stood up on his hind legs. He looked at me for a moment, like he was trying to figure me out. Then he slowly lowered himself to all fours, then ran off into the woods.
I’m not here to talk about bear safety, but suffice it to say that after that little incident, I’ve read quite a bit about what to do when you encounter a black bear. While there are several other things to be aware of, the one piece of advice I remembered was the most important one.

I’ve also pondered something else these last few weeks. Since I mostly write about matters of faith, what would be the one thing I would want people to take away from my writing? If somebody reads anything I’ve ever written, what would I want them to remember when they need it most?
Know God.

Just like I just sort of skimmed past the bear safety advice, everybody just kind of skims through life. We do what we have to do, to the best of our ability, but most if it is done out of habit. We don’t really think about the big questions much, except maybe in a crisis, or maybe when we’re trying to go to sleep.

But there they are. And I am convinced with everything that I am, that the answer to all of those big questions is found in knowing God. I could’ve said “love God” and would have been correct, or “trust God”. Or even “obey God”. Knowing God involves all these things and more. Knowing God involves time spent with God. It is a relationship. And surprisingly, a relationship with God takes care of all of the other things as well.

How do you go about this relationship with God? Simply look for Him. He has made it clear that if you look for him in earnest, you will find him. (Jeremiah 29:13). Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8). God is not some lofty, esoteric entity residing in some unreachable realm. He is a person, and he is knowable.

Yes, there are many, many things I could add, but this is it. The one thing. The utmost. Know God. Make knowing God the most important thing in your life. Your life will be nothing short of amazing, because every day He will find a new way to amaze you.

What I’ve Been Reading and Listening To

  1. Surrender to Love, by David Benner: Some books you want to buzz through and get to the point. Other books you want to sift and savor. Then there’s that rarest of books that you want to read again and again. Benner does a great job of reminding us that at its core, Christianity is about a love relationship.
  2. Wishcraft, by Barbara Sher: I found this one in a box while moving and have used it this summer as I’ve made some plans for the future. I’ve owned Wishcraft for many years but have never read it all the way through until now. If you’ve got anything you’ve wanted to do but haven’t gotten around to, this book could be a big help. Barbara Sher acts as a trusted old friend, guiding you through the process of brainstorming planning, so you can turn your ideas into reality.
  3. James Altucher’s interview with Rich Cohen, author of “The Sun and the Moon and the Rolling Stones”: I’m a big fan of James Altucher. He thinks way outside the box, and his interviews often pave the way for my reading list. Definitely the case with this fascinating interview with writer Rich Cohen.
  4. The Sun and the Moon and the Rolling Stones, by Rich Cohen: See what I mean? After listening to the podcast, I tracked down the book. The Rolling Stones are the topic of the book, and they’re fascinating. But the real star here is Cohen’s writing. Great stuff.
  5. Starting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy, by : Another one I found in a moving box. This behind the scenes look at Lennon’s last recording sessions made for a great read.
  6. John Lennon and Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy: I listened to this while reading the book about it. 35 years later and this album sounds as fresh as ever. This album feels like the beginning of something new. As we all now know, it would mark the end. It is a shame that John Lennon was taken from us. What a talent.
  7. NEEDTOBREATHE – HARDLOVE: We toured with these guys back in 2008, but I was a fan long before. NEEDTOBREATHE is one of those bands that feel like they’ve always been around. I guess that’s what timeless music is supposed to feel like. I’ve listened to this one a couple of times, and it breaks some new ground for the band, while standing tall with anything they’ve ever done.
  8. Leeland – Invisible: Another tour mate of ours from a few years back. These guys are easily one of my favorite worship artists, and this album is a great reminder why.
  9. Reliant K – Air for Free: Get in your car, roll down the windows, and crank the volume on this one. Isn’t life awesome?
  10. Wilco – “If I Ever Was a Child” and “Locator”: Looking forward to a new full Wilco album. In the meantime, we’ve got these two tracks they released a little early. If they’re any indication, this is going to be a great one.

Wired for Community

I was hanging out on the bus the other day with my buddy Warren Barfield. We were having a good old time, talking about everything from movies to music to how in the world do you maintain a Facebook page. A lot of times when musicians hang out, we talk about career stuff. Maybe it’s a musician thing – we have this innate uncertainty about the future. What if people decide to quit buying our records or coming to our shows? Or maybe it’s a human thing – maybe we’re all a little worried about the future.

As the conversation got more specific, one thing absolutely blew my mind. There was this total clarity that Warren and I had when talking about the other person. “Dude you should totally do this! It’s so obvious. Can’t you see it?” But each of us, when looking at our own situation, couldn’t really see it.

That’s the funniest thing about it. When you’re talking about somebody else, it’s so easy to see what they should do. When you’re talking about yourself? Not so much.

It seems that we humans have a built in blind spot, and I think God intended it to be that way. We can’t really see our lives with the objectivity that we need to make good decisions. We have to rely on other people to help up out. Maybe, just maybe, we need each other.

It seems that we’re wired for community. Might as well embrace it.

The easy, obvious way to go about this would be the bull in a china shop approach. Since other people have this built in blind spot, let me help them. I’ll just tell them what they ought to do. This is called meddling, and I don’t think I would recommend it.

But there’s another way to approach it that involves a lot of humility and a lot of what Brene Brown calls “leaning in.” It requires opening up to other people and letting them know that you don’t have it all figured out.

I’ve started asking this simple question lately: “What would you do?” I just come out and ask people what they would do if they were in my situation. It’s a little bit unsettling because it’s so out of the ordinary. Try it sometime. At the very least, it makes for interesting conversation.

What would you do?

Review: Risen

With Easter around the corner, the movie theaters are starting to fill up with faith based films. I have a love hate relationship with this genre. Being a Christian, I love seeing Bible stories on the big screen. But many of them come across as heavy handed, and the quality level is hit or miss. I went into Risen carrying this baggage with me.

I left the film feeling like I’d seen one of my favorite movies in a long time.

The premise of Risen is different than most films about Jesus. It does not tell the story of his life, and only briefly portrays his death. Instead, Risen involves an investigation into what happened immediately after. Pontius Pilate, feeling pressure from the Sandhedrin and fearing a Jewish uprising, hires Clavius, a battle hardened tribune in the Roman army. Clavius is given the task of unearthing whether Jesus’ body was stolen, or if something miraculous had occurred.

For the film’s first 30 minutes or so, it feels like you’re watching CSI: Jesusalem. Clavius looks at recently executed bodies, then begins interviewing anyone connected with Jesus. He is unsettled when he meets a woman who claimed to have heard Jesus’ voice after he had died. He is further perplexed upon questioning Mary Magdalene, a mysterious woman of the street who maintained her faith despite his questioning.

The movie reveals a lighthearted tone when he meets Bartholomew, one of the twelve disciples. In one of my favorite scenes of the film, Bartholomew demonstrates a whimsical, childlike belief in Jesus, even when threatened with his own crucifixion. Stephen Hagan is great in this role, giving it a lighthearted feel, a la The Hobbit. My only complaint is that he didn’t get more screen time.

In perhaps the film’s most powerful scene, Clavius receives a tip as to where the disciples might be gathered. He then goes to a home and sees Jesus himself seated with the his disciples gathered around him. Shaken to the core, he waves off the soldiers under his command and stays to witness Jesus in the flesh.

The rest of the film shows Clavius following the disciples as they go to meet Jesus one more time in Galilee. After helping them narrowly escape their pursuers (the soldiers who had previously been under Claudius’ command), they meet Jesus again, and see him perform miracles before ascending into the sky in a blinding flash of light.

Several things set this film apart from others about Jesus. One was the sense of humor woven throughout. Most Christian films take on a seriousness so heavy that the film can barely support it. Not here – it was very refreshing to break up the serious subject matter with a little laughter. Also, the perspective of the story. Told from the point of view of an outsider, the viewer is able to glimpse into the world of the disciples and understand where they were coming from.

That last point is probably what endeared me the most. The film portrayed the disciples as very real and very human, complete with doubts and fear. Those elements also heightened the joy at seeing Jesus again, and seeing his miracles.

I went into Risen not knowing what to expect. I left the film with a deepened faith and a new understanding of Jesus and his disciples. I want to see it again and take everybody I know with me. Isn’t that the goal of all films? I can’t recommend this one highly enough.

Give it up

“So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.” ~ Luke 25:33

That right there might be one of the most challenging sentences Jesus ever said. Especially to us modern readers. We sure do love our stuff, don’t we?

This fact hit home for me last year when we were on vacation in Colorado. It was kind of a cool day, even for early June, so when my daughters wanted me to get in the hot tub with them at the hotel pool, I was all about it. For about 5 seconds.

Then I remembered my iPhone was in my pocket.

For the next several days, I felt completely lost. Literally. Since I was on vacation when it happened, I couldn’t get anywhere without the trusty map on my phone. I couldn’t call anybody. Not only did I not have a phone to make the call, but I didn’t have any phone numbers – they were all stored in my contacts. On my phone.

It’s not just my phone. I could do that to an extent with everything I own. Every little thing in my possession has some kind of baggage attached to it. With each item, I could go through a list of why I can’t live without it. Or at least why I can’t get rid of it.

Then there are things that I don’t use that come with a serving of guilt on the side. I can’t get rid of that shirt because it was a gift. I need to wear it. I haven’t read this book. But I need to. I will. I should. At some point.

All of these things, all of this stuff in my life, come with a price. I don’t mean what I paid for it. I mean that little bit of attention in my brain that I subconsciously give to it, just because I own it. And all of this attention adds up. This is attention that I could be giving to things that matter: to my family, to helping and loving others. You know, the eternal things. The things of God.

This is why Jesus tells us to consider the cost of following him. It costs nothing in that it is the simplest decision we’ll ever make. But at the same time, it costs everything. Every thing, every habit, every goal, every relationship, every possession. All of these things get in the way of following Jesus. And that’s why he wants us to give them up.

To be clear, I don’t necessarily think he wants us to literally get rid of these things. For some of us he might. If you feel called to give some things away please don’t let me stand in the way of that. But for most of us, the giving up happens in the spiritual realm. It involves holding everything we have with a loose grip. We realize that God has given us everything, and we are to use it to his glory.

Ask yourself some tough questions. Do I own my things, or do they own me? Are there some things in my life that I “can’t live without”? I would start there. Put them before God and see what you need to do about it. Perhaps you need to hold them with a looser grip. Or maybe, just maybe, you need to give them away.

Fasting could help in this area. Give up your phone for a day. Park your car for a weekend and ride your bike. Or bum a ride – maybe you could use the company. Little breaks like this give us a chance to recalibrate our priorities so we can always keep God first.

Life’s too short to be worried about things that don’t last. Instead, focus on eternal things. You won’t regret it.

Take a leap with me, version 2.0

Do you remember what you were doing four years ago today?

Four years ago, on Leap Day, I wrote a blog post and issued a little challenge. Make some plans and set some goals that are so big, they might take four years to complete them.

If you did it, I’d love to hear how it went for you.

As for me, I set the goal of completing big literary project. I didn’t use the word “book”, because I wanted to leave myself open to other things that might materialize. If I’d done a blog or ebook, I didn’t want it to be considered a failure because it wasn’t a traditional book.

But it ended up being a book. And ironically, or not, I finished the latest version exactly four years to the day of setting that goal. Now granted, it’s not done – I’m sure there will be another round or two of edits. But it’s pretty crazy how that worked out.

OK, for this Leap Year, I’m going to throw out two ideas. Do one or the other. Or do both if you choose.

1) Set a big goal that might take you four years to accomplish. Get to it. And check back in with me in four years. This is what I did last time.
2) Write a letter to yourself in four years. It could be one where you speculate where you are and what you are up to in your 2020 existence. Or you could choose to write a time capsule of everything going on in your life right now so that your 2020 self can go back and reminisce.
3) Be sure to check back in with me. I’d love to hear how things went for you. (Of course we might all be communicating via telepathy by then, so you might not have to go to my blog. But I’m sure we’ll find each other!)