To be clear, I by no means think that I have “arrived” at anything, except MAYBE in acceptance of who I am and who I want to be.
Somewhere over the course of the last year, I have started to become extremely comfortable with who I am, where I’m going, and who I want to become. Not the “bad” kind of comfortable either (for reference, the bad kind is the kind where you’re opposed to change). I just feel good about my life. I have a family that loves me, a community of friends that cover multiple aspects of my many personalities who I enjoy doing life with, THREE “jobs” I am madly in love with, and I’m finally getting my health together.
So what’s the difference? I think it has a lot to do with mentoring. No, really. I think in the last year or so I have done a pretty good job of identifying people in different avenues that I look up to and in some way want to be like. Whether it’s people in photography, video production, authors, creatives, pastors, fitness related, leaders, whatever… having people I look up to has been amazingly helpful. Not only do I have mentors who don’t even know they’re mentoring me, but I also have put people in my life that are speaking into it whether they like it or not, and are on some level aware of it. I’ve found that it’s CRUCIAL to have a person or three that you allow to speak into your life, sometimes critically.
So I don’t think I’ve arrived at anything, other than being comfortable on not arriving. My next step in life is to identify some people who’s lives I can be a part of in a mentor type of level. We have that to some degree with our LGP internship program, and there are people I lead at CedarCreek who I am very intentional with, and that’s a great start. I think it’s a crucial relationship in our personal growth. I know for me I wouldn’t be where I am today without a couple of guys who over the years have repeatedly beat me down and built me back up. It’s a job that starts with out parents, and thankfully I had amazing parents who set me down the right path, but as we enter adulthood I think it’s important we find non-related people to smack us upside the head now and then.
I got beat down… a lot. And now I’m looking forward to beating down other people =)
Here’s a clip of the first single off Born and Raised, called “Shadow Days.” I’m excited to share the first bit of sound from the album… Been looking forward to a post like this since October 14, 2010, the first day I started writing this group of songs. Enjoy.
HOLY CRAP. New John Mayer music! So stinking good. Calling it now, there will NOT be a better album release this year. I have been waiting for this for far too long =)
Yesterday was the last day of the 10-day cleanse portion of the 24-day challenge I’m currently on. This is the second time I’ve done this challenge, and I’ll say that this time is quite a bit different from the first time I did it. The first time I was pretty much resigned to not being more than…
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I’ve been asked a few times from different people if I’d ever be willing to teach them about coffee; including different ways to brew, differences in brew methods, roast, etc… It’s starting to gain enough traction that I’m giving it some honest consideration. I don’t have any details at all regarding when, where, broadcast online, etc… but I can tell you I’d cover some basics about coffee, demonstrate a few different brewing methods, we’d do a cupping (taste test) with a variety of different coffees, and probably a few other things I haven’t thought of yet.
So, my question is, who would be interested in that?
I was a coffee snob when I still drank Starbucks now and then. I was a coffee snob while I was still exclusively using a french press, and never using a timer.
So, what does that make me now? The guy who has five different brew methods at my disposal (I pick by the different characteristics each give to a cup of coffee), will not order Starbucks unless desperate beyond measure, and really only trusts ONE local coffee shop to deliver a good cup of coffee?
A coffee elitist.
Now I’m not saying I’ve arrived. There are people in coffee LIGHT years ahead of me. But my knowledge and passion for this particular commodity, the number two traded commodity in all the world (just behind oil), is ever growing. I read books on coffee. I experiment with different ratios of water to coffee, I adjust my grind, and I love teaching others what I’ve learned.
So, I’ve decided I want to start sharing some of my knowledge here. Truth is, most everyone I know is drinking crappy coffee, and they don’t have to. There are various tips and tricks that can enhance your cup of coffee RIGHT NOW without spending a dime. Well, for most of you. If you’re using a Keurig, I really can’t help… because that wretched machine gives you absolutely NO control over anything. So, drink up if you like stale, lifeless, boring coffee. Honestly, I’ve come to the conclusion that Keurig’s are really just for people who use coffee as a delivery mechanism for cream and sugar. That’s fine, if that’s what you like, but this probably isn’t for you then. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it, if you have to add sugar and/or cream to your coffee, then you’re not drinking good enough coffee. Coffee is NATURALLY sweet, it does not need sugar if you’re drinking fresh roasted, fresh ground, delicious coffee.
So, today’s tip is simple, and a great start for anyone using a standard drip coffee maker. Rinse your filter with hot water before putting your coffee grounds in it. Seriously. That’s it. This simple step will make whatever you’re drinking already better, regardless of all other factors. Paper filters impart a papery taste into your coffee unless they’re rinsed. You may not notice it because it’s what you’re used to, but I promise you it’s there.