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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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5 Ways to Begin Simplifying Your Wants

Minimalism. It's one of those trendy things that's mildly controversial as well. So we see people becoming minimalists — or at least believing that they are — around every corner. But you want to know a secret? They're home or their office will soon be full of stuff before long. It isn't just your collection of things that needs to be simplified... it's your wants. After purging your home of unnecessary items, you'll find yourself right back where you started in a year if you never learned to quell the incessant desires of a 21st Century mind.

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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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How to Build a Life of Maximum Return

As I grow up and try my hand at this whole “adult” thing, I’ve been putting a lot of thought and energy into the idea of investments. Whether it’s stocks or real estate, passive or aggressive, dividends or no dividends, simple or complicated, there are an endless number of strategies and theories that claim to be the best way to invest. The more I do my homework, the more conversations I have and the more I ask myself what I truly want out of life, I’ve begun to realize that the theories that steer the way we invest also steer many other areas of our lives.

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The point is not to look like our heroes, but to see like them.

Throughout time, there has been a practice of apprenticeships that have only recently begun to disappear. Apprenticeships allowed young men and women to choose a craft and learn at the side of a master craftsman. It gave them a practical, highly-educational approach to learning a skill. While traditional education would require a student to wait until tests were handed back days, sometimes weeks later, apprenticeships provided students with immediate feedback and tangible consequences to their mistakes. This hands-on form of learning under a master provided them with a key element of success: knowing where you want to be. The man or woman training them embodied who they were to become through their training. A master.

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The Difficult Path to Health and Balance Starts Here

One of the most interesting metrics by which you can refine your type was by whether or not you are a healthy version of your type. I’m not referring to how physically fit you are, but rather how balanced you are as a person. There could be a healthy 3 and an unhealthy 3 standing next to each other and, though they’re the same personality type, they would seem very different. The unhealthy 3 would display the 3’s weaknesses in very obvious, damaging ways. The healthy 3, on the other hand, would display the strengths of the 3’s type and will have a more balanced response to life.

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I have a sneaking suspicion...

There’s been a lot of suspicion lately. Of Whites. Of Blacks. Of Republicans. Of Democrats. Of Christians. Of Non-Christians. And though suspicion may be rooted in terrible experiences, no good will grow from it. Suspicion breeds mistrust. And mistrust breeds divisiveness.

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An Invitation to Friendship

Friendship is such a unique relationship because of the diverse nature of them. It would seem that relationships are tracked along this slow incline of a timeline. So the longer you’ve known each other, the better friends you should be. Time would seem like a good gauge of friendship in my opinion. But what I’ve noticed is that the timeline has very little to do with the actual depth of the friendship. One friendship could come into your life and within moments, it’s clear that you’ll be best friends for life. Others, after months or even years of living life with them, still haven’t made it past the “phase of life” sort of friendship.

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Life is a Series of Gaps Between the Moments of Pain

Think for a moment about every good story you’ve told. I’m willing to bet they all have one thing in common — a challenge. Whether it’s a ring that must be cast into the fires of Mount Doom or a nose-less, power-hungry wizard who must be defeated, there is always a hardship or an obstacle or a trial that makes the victory at the end seem sweeter.

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The learners inherit the future.

There's no doubt that the last 100 years have been a time of explosive growth and innovation. Communication has evolved from the telegraph to FaceTime. Careers have evolved from pension plans at big companies to the “Gig Economy” where people make a living off of $5 gigs. Transportation has evolved from fickle Model T’s to electric cars.

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Status Report: Baton Rouge Flood

Hey y'all! This blog post is less of a blog post and more of a status. If y'all are in Baton Rouge you're probably sitting in about 5 feet of water. If you're not in Baton Rouge or the surrounding area, perhapse you've heard on the news. We've been hit with an enormous amount of flooding since Thursday night. Record crests have been recorded on all local rivers, houses in non-flood-zones are in 4 feet of water and thousands of people have been displaced from their homes.

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Here are my weaknesses — what are yours?

Part of creating a healthy life is taking a candid look at your weaknesses. Throw out your bias, let down your defenses and confront them head on. Because once you've taken inventory of your weakness, the awareness alone can help you overcome them. Often, even the simple act of acknowledging and claiming your weaknesses can lead to a happier outlook on life — not because you're happy that they're there but because you know who you are and that you're not alone.

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I was so annoyed at myself...

Last weekend I attended a friend's wedding where I got to see and catch up with a lot of old friends. Of course, the classic, "how've things been going?" question inevitably started every conversation.

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The Negative Side Effects of Remembrance

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to sour your mood simply by remembering a particularly negative event in your mind? And how, if dwelled upon for too long, the malice, betrayal, hate, jealousness or greed that flames up upon remembrance is amplified? When it's late at night and you're lying in bed trying to fall asleep, your mind is a powerful force for unhappiness, adding ill intent where there was little more than forgetfulness and adding betrayal where there was little more than ignorance, until the memory hardly resembles truth.

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The TGIF Attitude Toward Work is Outdated

In agrarian societies, much of the daylight hours were spent acquiring or creating food, water, shelter or warmth — the bare necessities. You would wake up early to go hunt or gather food for the day, or cary makeshift barrels of water from the river or tend to your crops. By the days end, it was dark and what little light you had was the glow from a camp fire or torches. Very little time was spent doing something just because you loved doing it — everything was a function of survival.

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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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The Importance of Creating Touchstones to Lend Perspective

I was listening to Dallas Clayton (a children's book author) tell this story about when he was stuck in a traffic jam with his son. They sat bumper to bumper for a while before finally reaching the end of the traffic jam where they noticed a bunch of police cars and an ambulance crowded around a wreck. Dallas decided to turn it into a teaching moment for his son. "You see, even though it would've been easy to get upset over all of this traffic, what we didn't realize was that our situation could be a lot worse. We're stuck in traffic but we're in an air conditioned car, we're safe and we're together."

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