James Eaton

March 26, 2021

Daily Blogging Challenge - Day 26 - just do it

I have a busy week coming up. If you are reading this in somewhat real-time then we are about a week away from Easter. I am the Messaging Director at a church so Easter week is… kind of busy and important. Today is my day off and the start of my weekend. I have been so tired lately that I have not had a productive Friday in a while. Be...
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March 25, 2021

Daily Blogging Challenge - Day 25 - Roots and Routines

I am trying to grow new roots in 2021. What have I learned about growing roots this year? Growing roots takes time! On top of that time, there is the reality that no one else can see those roots growing. There is a drive to create content and put that content into the world, but that is not sustainable if you don't have roots. So, I am...
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March 24, 2021

Daily Blogging Challenge - Day 24 - Vaccine

I just got the first round of the Covid-19 vaccine! It has been right around a year since the world shut down for the biggest global pandemic in a decade began and so much has changed in the world. Businesses have closed, lives were lost, and our world has changed forever. I contracted Covid-19 in October 2020 along with my wife and ki...
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March 23, 2021

Daily Blogging Challenge - Day 23 - Narrowing Focus

There is a tendency as we build out projects to add more and more to the scope of a project. You start brainstorming what needs to happen and then you realize all that needs to be added to make the effort a success. There is value in considering all that you need to accomplish in a project, but with that expansion of focus there is als...
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March 22, 2021

Daily Blogging Challenge - Day 22 - Real artists ship

Steve Jobs famously said that “real artists ship.” That phrase has really stuck with me over the last few years as I have put some of my work into the public. It is easy to hide behind an idea; it’s harder to actually put something into the world. A few years ago I decided to write a novel during National Novel Writing Month. I had not...
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March 21, 2021

Daily Blogging Challenge - Day 21 - Joy

What brings you joy? I want to share about 2 things that bring me joy. Neither of these are earth-shattering or important in the grand scheme of the universe, but they matter to me and that’s all that matters. Number 1 - Coffee. Drinking good coffee brings me joy. I love making pour over coffee at home with fresh roasted coffee from di...
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March 20, 2021

Daily Blogging Challenge - Day 20 - Family

My wife and I had kids when we were pretty young. My son was born when I was 24 and my daughter was born when I was 25. Yes... they are about 13 months apart in age. We went from 2 people (my wife and I) to 2 kids and 2 dogs in the span of just a few years. It was chaos but it was a fun and wild ride. Now that my children are getting s...
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March 20, 2021

Daily Blogging Challenge - Day 19 - Need

Wants vs needs: A few thoughts on needs in 2021. There are some core needs that will probably always exist. Food, water, shelter are probably not stepping down from the top spots in the category of need. But other needs come and go with the time we live in. Electricity has not always been a need. There was a time when it was… not anyth...
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March 18, 2021

Daily Blogging Challenge - Day 18 - Bitter

Have you ever been bitter? There was a time in my life when I was bitter and it was incredibly destructive to myself and those who were around me. I was in a place of leadership and was part of a group making decisions about a large event. Some of the choices we made hurt some of my friends’ feelings and they felt like they were not he...
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March 17, 2021

Daily Blogging Challenge - Day 17 - Truth

Here is a truth that I have been learning (and mostly embracing) this year. You need to keep track of your ideas. Ideas are fleeting. I will hear a melody for a song or think of a string of words and in that moment it might feel like I’ll never forget it, but the reality is that if I don’t capture that idea it will spill out of my head...
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