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Jolibois Family Christmas Card 2018

There aren’t many years that have been quite as pivotal as 2018 for our family.

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Jolibois Family Christmas Card 2017

This year was our 8th year of our family Christmas Cards and, once again, it was quite the production!

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Jolibois Family Christmas Picture 2016

We're more than aware of the amount of loss that has been sustained by the flood which is why we were initially hesitant to make light of it through our card this year. But if we're being honest, there's really no other response. It happened. We grieved the loss. We're moving forward. Same as everyone else. And we've heard countless others share similar sentiments to ours, that, "if we don't find the good in this situation, we'll be overwhelmed by the bad." So we're finding the good.

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How to Rescue Your Creative Mind

As human beings, I believe that ingrained within us all, is a natural instinct to create. You can argue that you don't have a single creative bone in your body but I call bull. Having been made in the likeness of the Creator of the Universe, I think that we're built for creation. For making something that didn't exist before. Writing a sentence. Composing a song. Cooking a meal. Choreographing a dance. Developing a business strategy. Building a sand castle. It doesn't require complexity or years of skill and experience. It only requires that you bring something with meaning into existence that didn't exist before.

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What did you spend your weekend doing?

What did you spend your weekend doing?

I want to ask this question of you, not to shame, compare or applaud, but only that you might ask it of yourself. I don’t need to know what you did — it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are aware of how you are spending your time.

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To get what you want, deserve what you want.

This evening we were recording a podcast episode with Jay Ducote, a nationally acclaimed food blogger, radio show host and culinary personality. His story starts at a desk job where he began journaling what he had for lunch each day on a Blogger site back in 2009. Seven years later, he has been on Food Network Star, MasterChef and several other networks and has grown his blog, Bite and Booze, into a media company with its hands in radio, writing, video, speaking and cooking.

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How to mathematically improve the odds of getting what you want.

When was the last time you asked for something that seemed like a long shot? When was the last time you put yourself out on a a limb? For a lot of people, the fear of hearing “no" can be enough to dissuade them from asking something too ridiculous. And for others, making ridiculous requests has become a habit.

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Turning Competitors into Teammates

Just a few days ago I spent an evening visiting with a friend of mine, Sean Richardson, who I hadn’t seen in months. In the last month, we had each launched a podcast unbeknownst to the other.

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A Step-by-Step Look at How We Created the altBR Podcast

Since I've announced the podcast, I've had people ask me what goes into getting one off the ground. I wanted to write a post detailing the process that Abe and I took and explain how we approached The altBR Podcast.

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7 Steps to Taking Your Idea from Legal Pad to Launch

I think a lot of people are fearful of taking an idea and turning it into a reality. Not in the, "I'm scared to walk down that dark alley" sort of way. But simply because they're not sure where to start or how to figure out if their idea is worth pursuing. And while the topic of how to start will differ from idea to idea, whether or not it's worth pursuing is consistent across the board.

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Why should we create?

From my blog to my books, to my upcoming podcast, to my career — a majority of what I invest my time in is creating content. And then I turn a stare into the ocean of content that bombards us every day on social media, websites and apps and realize a very stark truth: if I wasn't creating this content for myself, I'd be inclined to give up.

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Don't Discard; Overlap

I was Face-timing with one of my best friends just the other day and we were wrestling with the idea of choosing a life path. How do we decide which passion to turn into a career? Is it based on the probability of getting rich or finding "success?" Is it based on what you're best at?

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16 Reasons to Reduce Your Mobile Dependence

In recent years, our reliance on our mobile devices has skyrocketed as an increasingly large number of applications are developed. Little pieces of our life are outsourced to our smart phones in the name of efficiency and enhanced communication. But here are sixteen reasons that reduced mobile dependance can benefit your life.

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Obscurity is Your License to Experiment

One million views on YouTube. One hundred thousand Instagram followers. Half a million likes on Facebook. That's what so many artists covet isn't it? The recognition — the eyes on their work. To get noticed, to be praised and to be criticized because even the haters are proof that your work is getting seen. And that's what every artist hopes for. A chance to be seen.

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5 Technologies Revolutionizing the Future

But while a few people are making headlines through acts of evil, there are armies of people who are working together toward a greater good — toward a peaceful, abundant future. We're living in an age of advancement that is both exciting and hopeful and it's good for us to dream about the possibilities. Given 10 years, technological innovations will disrupt energy, healthcare, shopping, manufacturing, exploration, transportation, communication and virtually every area of our lives. We're just on the cusp and I want to show you a few glimpses into what our future holds:

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The 100 Days Project — a lesson in showing up

On May first I started a project called #100DaysOfLettering in which I practice hand lettering at least once a day for 100 days straight. It's a personal project that is part of a larger movement called The 100 Days Project started by Elle Luna and The Great Discontent. The premise is simple (which is why it's so attractive).

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Here's how "all the cool things happen to me."

You know those moments when something wonderful and unexpected happens? I get butterflies and have to do all that I can to not shout at the top of my lungs. Well one of these things happened for me just the other day. Thank goodness I was in my car and could shout as loud as I wanted (though I wonder what the people next to me at the stoplight were thinking).

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A Guide to Becoming the Most Interesting Person in the Room

WARNING: This will not necessarily make you the most productive, wealthy, happy, fulfilled, attractive, accomplished, politically correct, intelligent, healthy or stable person in the room. Only the most interesting.

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Your Mind: Warehouse or Laboratory?

I Google things all day e'ry day. Rarely is there a day that goes by where I'm not looking up a definition, a wikipedia article or a "how-to" video on YouTube. If I'm curious about something, I don't have to flip through encyclopedias or wade through volumes of textbooks... heck, I don't even have to spell it correctly when I search! Because the internet opens doors for us to explore our existence with a few finger-clicks and a couple scrolls.

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On the Power of Notetaking

The importance of note-taking isn't to be underestimated. It may seem like a strange practice to try to master, but once you do you decrease your frustrations, increase your put-together-ness, have better ideas, remember more clearly and can lift a burden from your mind.

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