Home campfire chat

Cinderella Castle closeup
What time is it? Time to enjoy being organized.
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Campfire chats started when Jody and i realized we talked about how the season went – after the final season review episode – and thought it would be fun to hit the record button. Pull up a chair, log, rock, or ground and enjoy warmth, light, smells, nature, and whatever the conversation brings.

There is something subconsciencely primal about a campfire. Our oldest ancestors gathered around fire, for survival. We’ve had a fire pit in our yard since the 1990 lot purchase.

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Home choices

Disney’s Main Street photo as laptop screen saver
Even technology at home has to be managed. There is a massive “other” storage file needing reconciling. Apple Genius appointment scheduled two weeks in advance to get the earliest time.

Home choices: intentional, unintentional, adversity, career path, unexpected opportunity, real estate economy, lifestyle, survival vs growth, purpose, passion, dreams.

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Podcast reflection

Google account security check screen shot
Most of my passwords are 50 characters unless there’s a specific limit for a website/app.

Lee Cockerell told Jody Maberry to call me because Lee thought i could use a podcast. Jody and i quickly became friends, but it was 3.5 years before i broke down and agreed to launch a podcast. i didn’t want a podcast because “everyone has a podcast” – so formulaic. Fingernails across a chalkboard.

It was Lee’s son, Dan, who on his podcast, said balance is not possible that was the catalyst for me starting If Disney Ran Your Life. Needed an impossible goal (balance IS possible) to be the inspiration to approach podcasting differently.

Season 7/Work starts November 27. On Nov 28, 6pm, Season 6/Spirit goes in the vault.

Balance is not a myth. Personal vibrancy is the interconnectedness between mind, body, spirit, work, home.

Finally, Lee and Dan have incredible podcasts and i give their podcasts my highest recommendation.

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Work setbacks & setups

Hand written diagram-note about focus groups

We did Guest focus groups in the 1990’s and discovered it was the little things that made Guests love us, and, it was also little things that made Guests “hate” us. Same with Zoom: some love Zoom, some hate Zoom.

Yesterday’s 90-minute virtual presentation required three consecutive days (4 hours total) prep with the Company’s chief IT officer.

Our Son left the house to take an online college test using his phone as a remote hotspot (ATT signal is weak at our home) for his laptop. Intentionally eliminating in-home bandwidth competition.

One minute in and my connection crashes. Quite the struggle that ended with a voice-only presentation – BUT – the IT officer had the detailed show notes and links. The videos, polls, pre-assigned Zoom breakout rooms, and Zoom audience debriefs were the saving grace to keep the visuals and state changes robust even with a voice-only speech. Plus, the predetermined personal stories shared were far more emotional than any slide presentation – there were zero slides, intentionally.

Work setbacks: recession, bull vs bear market, illness, tragedy, disruptions, competition, bankruptcy, poor leadership, wrong fit, poor judgement.

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Setups: drive, determination, mentor, goals, training, education, risk, adversity, failure, luck, serendipity, karma, risk.

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Met Jody Maberry Summer 2015

Met Jody Maberry Summer 2015.

Lee Cockerell told him to contact me.

Jody and i hit it off, with our love for the outdoors, writing, and fatherhood.

For three years Jody and i spoke frequently.

In the fourth year, a catalytic podcast episode Jody hosts, in which a trusted and respected Disney colleague stated in no uncertain terms that balance is not possible.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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