Appreciating Every Single Day

As I write this, it’s right around sunrise, which is my best time of day. As my day starts, I usually feel pretty good. My dogs and I leave the house before daylight, getting coffee and spending an hour or two outside — writing. I come back home and go on my daily walk, which … Continue reading Appreciating Every Single Day

One Day at a Time

I’m convinced patience and positivity saved my life. I don’t believe I would have gotten through my two-month hospital stay without it. It has equal importance to me now, as this long haul stuff is no joke. I work hard to continue to look on the positive side of things. My lungs are improving. At … Continue reading One Day at a Time

Lessons Learned From the Edge of Life

I can't quite figure out what just happened, but I am getting there. I nearly died from coronavirus pneumonia. My wife, our two sons, their girlfriends and I all met in San Diego for a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend. While there all six of us got sick, but only my wife Shelly and I had symptoms … Continue reading Lessons Learned From the Edge of Life

KEEP PLAYING

The "Keep Playing" email is an uplifting start to each day for us at Fairway Independent Mortgage. Originally it was written daily by Jake, our founder & CEO, Steve Jacobson. Now every day a different person from our company shares a little piece of themselves. Last year I shared my 9/11 story. Today I shared … Continue reading KEEP PLAYING

My Blessings of Joy

It’s now day 50-something of staying home. I’ve often written about how not many years ago I began the ability of seeing and expressing gratitude within my life. Once this ability presented itself, I have been able to look at life completely differently. Prior to this I teetered between feeling sorry for myself and being … Continue reading My Blessings of Joy

At Home with Gratitude

As I work from home, what I am working hardest on is staying positive and grateful as the world navigates through this uncharted territory. We are seeing plenty of bad; just turn on the news, or scroll through your Facebook feed and you will see it. A lot of it. But I am choosing to … Continue reading At Home with Gratitude

My Wife’s Life-Changing Freak Accident & her Battle with a Traumatic Brain Injury.

I originally shared the story of Shelly's inspiring journey almost two years ago. It's since been published by sites such as The Mighty and Love What Matters as well as being shared by MSN and Yahoo. I updated the piece for the Elephant Journal. Last week they published it on their site. Below is the … Continue reading My Wife’s Life-Changing Freak Accident & her Battle with a Traumatic Brain Injury.

New Traditions for Getting Through the 4th of July With a TBI and PTSD

I originally posted this last year and it seemed to help others facing similar circumstances, so with a few updates...here it is again…. The Fourth of July always was such a special day at our house. Shelly loves to entertain and she is so good at it. Each year we would host a fantastic party … Continue reading New Traditions for Getting Through the 4th of July With a TBI and PTSD

My Wife’s Mask for the Unmasking Brain Injury Project

March is brain injury awareness month. The goal this month is to make people more aware of the causes, symptoms and prevention of traumatic brain injuries. I recently read that over 3.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. My wife Shelly just surpassed the 6-year anniversary of her injury. Her life has … Continue reading My Wife’s Mask for the Unmasking Brain Injury Project

Making New Traditions on the 4th of July with PTSD

The 4th of July always was such a special day at our house. Shelly loves to entertain and she is so good at it. Each year we would host a fantastic party with friends and family. It was a day that Shelly would look forward to like no other. She would do so much planning … Continue reading Making New Traditions on the 4th of July with PTSD