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The Bucket List

Over the last six months, I have been involved in a few different social experiments with author Jon Acuff.  The first was the Start Experiment, where for 30 days he challenged you to start pursuing whatever that dream you have been holding off on, then came Dreamers and Builders, which was the post-Dave Ramsey Era Start Experiment, and now I am in my second round of #30Days of Hustle.  Through these experiments I have gotten the opportunity to meet, chat and hopefully work with a ton of new people from all sorts of different walks and dreams.

One in particular posted a question on the #30Days site on day one and I saw 100’s and 100’s of response hit.  Ryan Eller, from, was talking about ‘what’s on your bucket list’ and his new #liveyourlist movement.  People were responding with travel to Italy, climb a mountain, produce a film worth seeing (that was me) and many others.  Ryan has already given the gift of crossing off a bucket list item to two different people and is working on more.

I thought about what was on my bucket list, or if I even had one for that matter and I realized I hadn’t ever written it out for someone to see.  I spent some time looking through Ryan’s site and found his post “Bucket List by Threes” and decided to post my list here for everyone to see and hold me accountable to.  I will add it as a tab at the top of this page and cross off things as I compete them, but will also continue to add things.



One of the best trips of my life.

  • Take my wife to Italy
  • Take Family to Disneyland
  • Baseball Tour with Dad and Brother (Fenway and Hall of Fame)
  • Chicago Baseball Tour with Dad and Brother
  • Visit my top 25 sports venues
  • Augusta on Championship Sunday with Dad


  • Ski/Snowboard a Double Diamond anywhere
  • Skydive


  • Learn to play the guitar
  • Certified in all Apple Editing Programs (FCPx, Motion, etc)
  • Master’s Degree in Communications
  • Cooking Classes


  • Coach K’s softball/soccer/basketball team
  • Run a 5k, 10k, half marathon with my wife


  • Shoot a documentary of a mission trip
  • Volunteer yearly during holidays with friends and family


  • Debt-Free
  • Kids Debt-Free in college
  • Buy a house that is perfect for family, church and friend get togethers
  • Own a motorcycle

Life Goals (need to work on these to make sure they are measurable and SMART)


  • 220 pound goal weight
  • 1000 pounds on Crossfit Total
  • Half Marathon in under 2:30 (I’m not a runner)



And these were FREE tickets.

  • Catch a foul ball at a baseball game
  • Sit Front Row, Courtside at a Dallas Mavericks Basketball game during the Dirk Era
  • Hang out with a Penguin.  A real live penguin.
  • Shake hands with Nolan Ryan
  • Hole in One
  • Make the Bells, Lights and Whistles go off on a huge slot machine in Vegas
  • Play in World Series of Poker


  • Eat dinner with Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
  • Take Batting Practice from a Major League Pitcher (Current or Former)
  • NBA Finals Game (Mavs Championship Run, Game 5)
  • World Series Game (Rangers First World Series)

Check out Ryan’s outline to building a list and DO IT!  Send me a link when you do and let me see it (Send it to Ryan also)



Character vs. Reputation

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” -John Wooden

Step Back.

As a high school video production teacher, my students are always working on projects in groups.  Within those groups you have the same dynamic as you did back when I was in school. The cast of characters hasn’t changed:  The kid that doesn’t do anything, the kid who does everything, the helpless helpers, and the one that wants all the credit.

Sometimes in relationships, the guy like the be the one that looks like the champion.  The guys make the money, build stuff, fix stuff, decide stuff… The guy is in the spotlight more often than not.  I think deep down I enjoy having the spotlight on me.  We have a cute kid, that I personally think looks just like her momma, but 99% of the rest of the world’s population think that she is a duplicate version of mini-Justin.  I know it drives my wife nuts, but I feel good about it.  Granted I don’t go around talking or bragging about it, but I secretly enjoy that the girl who is “so sticking cute” looks like me.

All that being said as men, we need to step back and let the ladies shine.  This week is an opportunity for me to step back and let my wife shine.  February and March are by far the most ridiculous months of the year for me at my job.  We compete almost weekly in competitions and it requires late nights, long trips away from home and stress… lots of stress.  Last year was tough on my wife because I did all this only a month or so after K was born.  She had to pull her weight and then some very frequently last year during this time.  Well, that time is back.  I am at the school until late every night working with kids, and my wife left town for 4 days yesterday.  She has the opportunity to sit down and work with one of the top wedding photographers in the industry this week.  She has been busting her butt to build a photography company, and this will just be the next launching pad for her.  So I will assume the responsibility of taking care of 60+ high school kids, taking care of a 1 year old, eating (hopefully) and just all the everyday things we usually split in order for her to have her time to shine.

I am so proud of her, and I know she will take this opportunity and use it.

How can you step back this week and let your significant other shine this week?