I originally posted the below last year. As I continue to develop the first ever TBT course, start thinking about our values and our shared values?
Make sure you are there for your family and friends this week. Relationships are the only things that matter in this life. This weekend we had a chance to do our 2nd annual family reunion and it was great. Take care of yourself and each other.
The below pic was from my graduation from Kennesaw State University with my MBA. This was fifteen years ago, this year. My sister, Alyson and brother, David always have my back. I remember I weighed two hundred and ninety pounds on this day. Whoa!
Thanks for sticking with me on this journey. I believe that being more effective has transformed my life, Please let me know how I can help and I wish you the best in the coming year. Your life has a calling attached to it. If you have found it, bless you. If you are still searching, keep giving authentically to others. The more you give, the more you will heart and opportunities will grow.
I often talk here and other places about why most of us wish to be more productive. It is usually a "who" that is part of the answer. I recently had a chance to go to NY and see my family for the first time in almost two years. Not only was it relaxing but recharging. In that visit I met a Sister that I have only had a chance to speak with over the phone or WhatApp. We all need fuel in this life. For many of us, our loved ones can help us fill up the tank. I hope we each get a chance to connect with those that are important to us over the coming weeks. The last almost two years has taught us all one lesson. Today is real. The conversation you have with someone today is real. What happened yesterday is a "racket" we create to mask our hurt. Thank you all for being part of TBT. Over the coming days stay tuned for news I have to share with you. I'm excited.
I was asked recently about setting up a family calendar so everyone could stay in touch with each other. It was so long ago since our family broached this topic, that I had to go back and think about it. My response is focused around those of us that have google emails and calendars. I know there are outlook, yahoo, apple and others out there. but this is strictly gmail users.
The responses are in two camps:
Create a unique email address ( A calendar is created with each gmail account creation.). It could be something like "WilsonFamllyX@gmail.com
Sharing your current calendars with your household.
Some Pros and Cons for each
Unique One Calendar
One unified spot.
Sharing is visible for all.
Personal Calendars stay intact.
Google's two factor authentication system means someone and someone's account (like a YouTube or device) has to be constantly validate the users and where they wish to view the calendar.
Creates a new set of tasks for the family members to integrate the calendar into to tools and devices that they use.
Creates another group of tasks on how often each person accesses the calendar. Some of us use calendars more constantly than others.
Sharing our current calendar
Easy to share (Go to your current calendar on a browser, invite the family member, and give them privileges).
Doesn't impact your google set up.
Can create redundant entries. If you have a big family it could be weird to see five instances of "date night."
All may have to be in the same system for full functionality. I'll admit, I haven't tried with someone outside of Google. I know this can be done in each ecosystem. Microsoft and outlook do it quite easily for those on the same platform.
The frequency of accessing the calendar can still be issue if others look at it more regularly.
I've dabbled in some other systems in the way back past. One that we tried was called Cozi Family Organizer. It was cool, but it was trying to replace my entire system and it having my whole family on one productivity system wasn't good for me (nor them). I use a tool called Notion for Content Creation and some database management. You can link your calendar in the views, but to me that defeats the purpose. Notion is great for collaboration. There is a new tool called Craft that purports to be a dashboard of our entire system. I haven't delved deep in that one yet so make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel and I will do a video on that in the future. Have an awesome weekend and take care of you and yours. -WW
When I was younger, I used to drive with my music on and up. I used to put together systems that had complex amplifiers and speakers. Playing my favorites and all type of music helped me get a vast appreciation (I also learned all of NYC) of all genres and how it energizes me. I remember some friends laughing when I would play rock or N.W.A. Today is the first day where I don't have a meeting, flight, emergency, or "Big Rock" task since 2019. I decided to drive with no agenda and listen to music.
The lady at Starbucks called me "Mr. Winston" four times. The lady at store in which I procured my libations, carded me until I pulled down my mask. She laughed and said "Forget it.". We both smiled at each other and it felt great. I drove with the music on "Shuffle" as I saw people in a good mood. People were letting others in traffic in a courteous manner that is atypical of Georgia afternoon drivers.
I'm thankful for this moment. If I've uttered a word (or a text) to you, I'm grateful for the moments we've shared. I've always been sensitive and sometimes that is an ability that I've taken for granted. Today feeling the air and people is good. Take care of yourself and your community.
As I write this, I saw the Ahmed Arbery result. Like everyone, I will process. I should feel something more visceral, but I do feel it. I pray for his family, and all of us. We have healing to do.
John 13 verse 14:
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.
I have focused my life with the the value of “Creativity” at the center of everything I do. I’m so honored to share part of my journey in this article. I’m thankful to my friend Dan Guyton for sharing my name with the interviewers and magazine. With all the things (and people) who to put us in a box, we must continue to be ourselves at all times. You may not know who is watching so keep being you and push and grind every day. My heart is filled today and I'm inspired to keep pushing. Click here for the article.
This week I’ve challenged myself each day to reach out to someone I haven’t connected with in some time. I’ve found that connecting with people is energizing for me. I always ask them “How can I help you?”. The reality is they help me every time. Finding time in my life is always about creating margin for those that are important. Why do wish to be more effective? It may be for some significant milestone, but behind the milestone is usually someone. Someone you love or a human being you care for is the key to our true success. Let’s not wait until the “right” time. Let’s make time tomorrow. Carve out fifteen minutes and give someone a buzz.
I hoped you have a great weekend planned. Usually I have plans to get some big important things completed to move my business and my creative projects forward. This weekend is an opportunity to do what I typically do throughout the week, attend meetings. One meeting is focused around my love, writing. Another one is around something i know a little bit about, investments. The things that is energizing about these experiences are that the people I will be with know more about the subjects than I could by myself or just reading. It helps to challenge my thoughts on both subjects deeply. I feel thankful to be renewed by these friends and growing friendships. Next weekend I will binge some show ('Y, the last man is calling me.). What is one way you can invest in yourself or others this weekend? Take care of yourself by growing in a way creates personal excitement.