Sierra Understands “The Secret”

A few days ago, a package came via UPS for my daughter Sierra. I get packages almost daily and didn’t notice her name on the box, so I opened the box and found a Nintendo DS-Lite. I didn’t know anything about it, so I called Mark to find out if he had helped her buy it. Nope.

Then I remembered…she had been asking me for a couple months if she had gotten anything in the mail. I never thought much about it, but now I wondered if this is what she had been expecting. But how?
When she got home from school, I showed it to her. She started jumping up and down, squealing with joy.

“It’s my Nintendo DS Lite! I knew it, I knew it!”

Knew what? Where did this come from, I wanted to know.

Turns out that while we were in California, Sierra had entered a contest at some fast food place and the prize was a Nintendo DS Lite. She decided that the Nintendo DS Lite was hers and would be coming in the mail.

I remember seeing a picture of a Nintendo DS Lite on the vision board in her room. I thought about how she had repeatedly asked had anything come for her. And the little hairs on the back of my neck stood up.

Was it luck? Perhaps. Isaiah and Mariah certainly seemed to think so. And since they entered that same contest at the same time, each of them started asking if anything had come in the mail for them. Yes, they admitted it, they were jealous.

All I know is this…Sierra knows and understands “The Secret”. Do you?

What Happened to the Summer?

What happened to the summer? I looked up and it was over.

It was a busy time — we spent a few weeks in Los Angeles, with side trips to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. That’s when my dreams were dashed of living abroad with the triplets…or at least put on hold indefinitely. How shall I put it? They are not good travelers, too much “are we there yet?” and drama over nothing. And lack of appreciation.

Anyway, we had a good time, visiting friends and hanging out at the beach and showing them all the places we lived when they were babies. Saw some of the people I used to work with at Disney and Hughes. Ate at all our favorite restaurant. Fun!

Now the kids are back in school and I’m back to being productive again. Terry Dean and I finished our long awaited course on local internet marketing, “Next Generation Marketing Magic“. This was my first “physical” product — in a box, shipped via US Mail — and the production process was quite different than any of my previous digital products. Anyway, it’s done.

More soon…Happy Fall!

The 4 Hour Workweek – Read it!

Four Hour Work WeekMaybe you’ve heard about the book by Tim Ferriss, “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich”. It’s been getting a lot of press and lots of people are raving about it. For good reason.

It’s a great book! If you don’t have it, go to and buy it right now. I’ll wait…


Ok, now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you why I recommend it so highly: it will expand your mind, even if it’s already pretty open. Even if you’re close minded, it open it just a peek.

It gives you an intoxicating glimpse into a life that most people can only dream of, and even better, tells you why and how this kind of life is available to those that dare to reach out and grab it.

It shoots holes into the idea of working all of your life so you can retire. Instead, life should be enjoyed while you’re young enough to do all those things. There’s no reason you can’t take a series of mini-retirements throughout your life…if you set things up so that you don’t have to be a wage slave and work 50-60 hours a week.

It’s a fascinating book, and when I have time, maybe I’ll write a more thorough review, but right now I have to hustle over to Tim’s site and submit my entry for his contest: The Endless Summer: How to Travel the World — and Improve It — for Free

To enter, you must describe in 350 words or less what you would do with 36 extra hours a week to better your life and make a contribution to society — it’s not all about using the wealth to get more “stuff”, but to enjoy your life and help make the world a better place.

As a result of reading Tim’s book, I’m planning to take my kids on the trip of a lifetime — to Europe for a year (or more). I never thought about the possibility of homeschooling so we could travel, and now I know that many families do it. And the kids thrive. I’m from a family of teachers, so I know they’re going to give me hell about taking them out of school, but that’s not gonna stop me.

Now, just gotta get my “muses” in order (read the book to find out what that means).