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Do You Want Change or Do You Create Change?

Change requires a simple willingness to want something different. It’s hard to inspire change. Guaranteeing a change in anything except yourself is impossible. During my adult life famous politicians and technologies have promised change, but when it comes down to it – the ability to change resides in your hands – exclusively. Voting is trending

Master The Cycle Of Creation

The featured image is a recent (and all-time favorite) creation from Laced By Liv, as a gift from my team.  I live and create in 90-day cycles. This mindset is a byproduct of several books as well as the core structure of my training inside of Warrior – but for anyone, 90-days is a perfect amount of

Setting Vision

Within my circles (both social and professional), having a grand vision is a personal badge of honor. Right around now (January) we talk about how much we want to grow, change, and accomplish within any given year. Business celebrities are our inspiration, always marching towards something narrow and epic. Elon Musk – Go to Mars.

Finding My Voice: Mastering The Art and Science of Having It All

This essay was my final assignment for my certification with Wake Up Warrior as an official Trainer. Warrior is the #1 men’s training program in the world. To learn more about Warrior, sign up for updates or follow me on Instagram. This story begins at a sudden end. As I sit in my kitchen, alone, several

My 10 Year Plan To Become Homeless

In less than 21 days our apartment lease will expire, we will pack up everything we own, discard an embarrassingly high volume of college IKEA furniture, move our belongings into storage and accomplish something I have dreamed of for over a decade — true location independence. My family and I will set off to San

The 4 Pillars of A Location Independent, Family Driven Entrepreneur

We are deep into our Belize trip, and I can’t believe we have less than two weeks left before our unceremonious return to the Arizona desert. Earlier in the month, my daughter Reese celebrated her fifth birthday. As I reflected on her life thus far, I noticed a massive increase in my ability to be present

New Jar Features — Queue Updates + Weekly Reports

For those of you who don’t know, JAR is the name of the primary software behind Design Pickle, the unlimited graphic design service I founded. Like a pickle jar. Get it? JAR also stands for Just. A. Request. Product updates come in a few flavors. On the one hand, you have the beauty and grace of

Creating Human Connection

From the early days of Design Pickle, there has been a lot of attention put towards our international design team. While most people are indifferent as to where their designer lives, many people express strong feelings against the idea of working with someone outside of the US. Last year this issue came up enough I

The Design Industry Is Shifting. Don’t Be Left Behind.

About once every two months a negative comment directed at Design Pickle emerges. Usually, in the form of a Facebook or blog comment, they take on the (roughly) same argument that somehow we are destroying the sanctity of graphic design with our business model. For example: Here’s a comment after my interview on the Less Doing podcast:

My Secret to Sanity. Routines.

Sites like My Morning Routine make me laugh. It seems most entries are from single, young and/or kid-free individuals reflecting on the optimal window to drink black tea after their sunrise meditation session. Here is a great example from the site: “I usually wake up around 8:30 am, without an alarm, and the first thing I do