Reflect

Take time to step back and reset

Life goes fast.

Are you living time well spent?

Become a better parent, and a better you, one day at a time.

Life & Aging | Mindful Parenting | Time & Attention |  Habits & Routines | Identity & Change

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Slow down: Why are we in such a rush to get to the future? 1280 720 Looking out Loud

Slow down: Why are we in such a rush to get to the future?

Get ready for the future. But don’t miss the life in front of you right now.

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Kurt Vonnegut quote on gratitude - family sunset in Delta d'Ebre
“I urge you to notice when you’re happy, and think, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’” 1024 768 Looking out Loud

“I urge you to notice when you’re happy, and think, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’”

A sunset, a cold beer, a moment with your kids. Here’s Kurt Vonnegut’s two-step process for expressing gratitude.

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“It’s not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.” 1920 1080 Looking out Loud

“It’s not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.”

How do you make sure your life is full of time well spent? Here are some reminders.

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“Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.” 1024 767 Looking out Loud

“Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.”

We all carry multiple titles. Which do you prioritize when you walk in the door?

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Review of 2022
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My 2022 in 1 minute

What happened in 2022? Here’s another 365 days compressed into one minute.

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Christmas Eve guilt

Did we get them enough? Did we get them too much? Every year the same questions, doubts, and guilt.

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“Don’t be such a dad” – How do I do that? 1024 768 Looking out Loud

“Don’t be such a dad” – How do I do that?

I don’t know how not to be a dad. And I’m still learning how to be one, too.

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The kind of dad who cries 1024 682 Looking out Loud

The kind of dad who cries

I was once lost in Hong Kong. Not really lost, lost. But certainly wandering without a great deal of purpose. I walked through markets, noted…

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How to appreciate your body, right now 1024 768 Looking out Loud

How to appreciate your body, right now

You know that amazing feeling the day after you’ve been sick? Here’s how to notice it everyday.

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“Don’t spend too much time regretting…” 1024 768 Looking out Loud

“Don’t spend too much time regretting…”

Said my wife. “Focus on the time you have in front of you. Do your best and enjoy.”

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“There’s a lot of wishes in this yard.” 1024 683 Looking out Loud

“There’s a lot of wishes in this yard.”

Your perspective becomes your life. Do you see weeds or wishes?

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“Don’t take pictures. Stand here and see it” 2560 1920 Looking out Loud

“Don’t take pictures. Stand here and see it”

How often do you take time to stop and really see what’s right in front of you?

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Waking to a 3am tornado warning 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Waking to a 3am tornado warning

Safety first, but don’t freak out the kids. What would you do?

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Crosswalk coffee: a simple act of kindness 939 703 Looking out Loud

Crosswalk coffee: a simple act of kindness

What little thing could you slip into your routine to warm up someone’s day?

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The dad behind the scenes 1024 768 Looking out Loud

The dad behind the scenes

Exactly where parents should aim to be.

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Proof that your kids can change in remarkable ways 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Proof that your kids can change in remarkable ways

If he said “I’m the guy who’s changing” to this, then anything is possible.

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Why my kids’ bedroom is like your life 1024 766 Looking out Loud

Why my kids’ bedroom is like your life

Where you put your time and energy becomes your reality.

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A wife with a sexual problem 1024 768 Looking out Loud

A wife with a sexual problem

Your partner is aging, just like you. Be kind to each other.

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When the destination is not the destination 1024 768 Looking out Loud

When the destination is not the destination

How often do you let yourself enjoy that space along the way?

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“My brother’s like the windshield wiper on the left” 800 450 Looking out Loud

“My brother’s like the windshield wiper on the left”

He hops on me, I push him away. Just like siblings do.

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When your kids use your words against you 1024 768 Looking out Loud

When your kids use your words against you

Whether a spontaneous insight into reality, or just a child being funny—kids say the darndest things.

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First snow of the year 1024 768 Looking out Loud

First snow of the year

Beautiful, and delicious. Would you care for a snow banana?

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Have you found your Spy Point? 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Have you found your Spy Point?

Take a minute to climb out of your ravine, and look at life from above.

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My kids ran away from the table 1024 768 Looking out Loud

My kids ran away from the table

It’s happened more than once. And we’re just getting started.

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Will your future self thank you? 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Will your future self thank you?

What you do today opens the way to the future you.

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Goodbye Christmas, hello new space 1024 768 Looking out Loud

Goodbye Christmas, hello new space

It’s a little sad seeing it go, but we’ve done a full reset to help.

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When Disneyland is “a little worse than my last vaccine” 892 668 Looking out Loud

When Disneyland is “a little worse than my last vaccine”

An unexpected roller coaster connects two unpleasant experiences. And unlocks the magic of a child’s mind.

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A new year starts today. How will you use it? 1024 683 Looking out Loud

A new year starts today. How will you use it?

Start by asking: what do you want to remember?

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My 2021 in 1 minute 1024 768 Looking out Loud

My 2021 in 1 minute

What happened this year? I dug through a daily journal and 10,000 photos to find out.

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Guide your children by walking through your childhood 1024 576 Looking out Loud

Guide your children by walking through your childhood

You are laying the foundation for your child’s future mind.

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Creativity is now as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”
— Sir Ken Robinson