Happy Labor Day… Now get to Work

Sep 5, 2014 by

We were lamenting whether it was worth going out or not.  My wife hemmed and hawed and suggested we just stay home.

I insisted we go and packed up the car with wife, dog, kid and chairs for 6 as we were bringing extras for friends and family we were meeting there.   We pulled out of the drive way as the sun was setting and headed toward the beach.  There was a free movie night at the pier and they were showing the Lego movie, which I had not seen yet and I love Lego’s.

More importantly, I love those fun community events like outdoor movies and how awesome is it that we get to watch movies at the ocean?  So we were packed up and we trudged on.  I was contemplating my wife’s offers of just calling it off and staying home as it was late and by the time we got there our child would be asleep and couldn’t care less about any movie at all, and we also hadn’t had any dinner yet.  I was determined to make it happen.  We threw out suggestions of fast food that didn’t sound appealing, but was close by that we could grab for dinner.  We picked something close by and paid way too much for some crappy food and found our way to park.

At this point we now had to figure out how we were going to get ourselves, a small dog, a small child, 6 chairs, a diaper bag, and our fast food dinner from the parking lot down to the pier.  With 6 chairs strapped to my shoulders, a fast food bag in one hand and the dogs leash in the other I was wishing I had listened to my wife as we began our trek.   Then midway through our journey my oh so cute dog decided to stop mid way and take a giant crap on the sidewalk full of people.  It was at this point that I was cursing me and my good ideas.  I handed my wife the fast food, and dogs leash, put down all 6 chairs and scooped up the poop with haste as to not block all of the foot traffic around us.  We repacked all the equipment onto us and made our way to our destination.

Grumbling and complaining I setup the chairs for the movie which had just started and we sat down.  We met up with our other family and friends who took their seats next to us and all of a sudden all was well.  We settled into our spots and I held my son on my lap as my wife held our dog and had a fantastic evening.

It was all worth it.  It was a pain in the ass in the making, but it made a fantastic moment.


The epiphany then struck me that we must work to create fun.  You have to put in the effort to plan and coordinate with friends and family to make meaningful events and moments happen.  It’s because of the work that you can truly enjoy the moments you create.   I could have stayed at home and taken it easy, but I would have missed out on the great memories waiting for me.  I could have not done the work and I would have not gotten the rewards.

It’s just that simple.

So Labor Day has come and gone.  It’s now time to get to work.  Go out and create some fun memories for you and your friends and family.  Plan a camping trip.  Invite some friends over for dinner.  Go for a hike.  Plan and do something.  It is so worth it and so much better than just staying home.


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Plan a Dinner with some Friends

Dec 2, 2013 by

I hope your Thanksgiving was awesome.  I hope you gathered with family and friends and ate way too much great food.  I also hope you paused at sometime during the meal to think how much fun it was and maybe even wondered why you don’t do this more often than just once a year.

Here is now your chance.

Plan a dinner with some friends this week.  Pick a few friends out and send them an email or text and pick out a night that works for everyone.  Then divvy up the meal so not one person is doing all the work.  Make something awesome to eat.  This is especially easy to do around the holidays as you can make it a festive themed event and make some tasty food and drinks like this Puerto Rican Eggnog (*Caution: Adults Only).

Have everyone show up at the designated houses.  Put some good music on, put the cell phones away and enjoy each others company and some good food and drink.  Tell stories of what happening in your life.  Discuss interesting things you saw that day.  Talk about the challenges you are going through and ask for some opinions and advice.

The bottom line is to share yourself and your time and some good food with others.

We had a great thanksgiving but one of our friends was sick and sadly couldn’t make it, so in the spirit of more great leftovers we are going to do a Thanksgiving 2.0 soon for her.  Beyond the great food, its just another great excuse to get together.

Your TSA for this week is to plan a meal with friends this week.  Then do it again next week.  Watch this turn into a fun new event you look forward to all week.  Invite some new friends and neighbors and watch it grow into a new tradition.


TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s: 


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Get Out

Jul 8, 2013 by

Get up.  Get out.

That is your Truly Simple Action of the week.

Just get up and get out.   Simple.


Get up from the computer.   Get up from the couch.  Get out of the house.  Get outside.   Go do something.  Go hang out with someone.

Break up the routine of being stuck inside your house doing the same thing over and over.

Its a beautiful day outside regardless of the weather.  Call up a friend.  Do it right now.  Plan something fun.  Go camping.  Go have a bonfire somewhere.  Play a round of miniature golf.  It doesn’t matter, just get up and go do something.

You will be glad you did.


Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time. Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:

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TSA#46 – Keep trying

Oct 1, 2012 by

For 4 years now myself and 2 friends have entered a contest called the Nail and Sail in our towns Harbor Days.  It’s a fun event where they give you some lumber, nails and caulk and you have 2 hours to build a boat on the beach and then race it around the harbor against the other teams.  And for the last 4 years we lost spectacularly.  Three of those four years the boat sank upon us trying to get in it at the start of the race.  But not this year…

This year our team was amazing, our boat was brilliant and we won.   We won first place in our first heat with some to spare and took third overall in the finals, and it was so much fun.


Here is our awesome boat and amazing crew, Joe, Scott and me


Here we are paddling as hard as we can and making some good time as we gracefully glide through the water.

The point of all this, besides to brag that we didn’t sink won, is to say, don’t give up.  Keep trying.

For four years we’ve tried.  Each year we tried a different boat design.  Each year we sweat our asses off trying as hard as we could to build something that would float.

So this weeks Truly Simple Action is to keep trying.  Try harder.  Don’t give up.  Understand your goal and keep trying different things until you get there.  It may take a different combination of plans, people and effort, but keep trying.

Next year we take first place overall!


TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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TSA#42 – Live Like You’re Camping

Sep 5, 2012 by

I love camping and I realized something on this last trip.

We should live every day like we are camping.

When you are camping, life is simple.   You get up when the sun is up and you go to bed when its dark, or when you run out of firewood.

You have only what you need and nothing more.  If you don’t have something you need, someone will always share theirs.

You’re meals are all prepared together with others helping out where they are needed.  You get to sit together around a picnic table or campfire and enjoy each others company and some amazing home made food.

Everyone you encounter is friendly and says hello when you stroll through camp.  A campfire is always a welcoming place for new friends.

Kids and adults alike can make a new friend with a new neighbor within a matter of minutes and it is perfectly OK to sit around half the day and just be.  Nowhere to rush off to, and no pressing to-do list waiting for you; you are allowed to sit and be still with friends and family.  That is a wonderful thing.

I hope you got to go camping over Labor Day weekend.  If not I hope you have a trip planned soon so you can experience the simple joy of camping.

Your TSA this week is to bring a little bit of that simple life of camping home and live it each day.


TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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