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How I’d Like to Live

Over a year ago, I wrote a note on my phone with thoughts on how I’d like our family’s life to look. I was feeling very reactionary, responding to things as they happened and not having a clear written set of goals for how we approach life. Since last April, I look at this list at least every week, and often daily. Here’s my (non-exhaustive) thoughts on how we’d like to live. Be outside more. I love working, and I love resting, but I’d noticed we were not outside as much as we used to be. Now, I try to get out and …

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11 Reasons I Love Living and Working in Tampa

Robyn and I moved to Tampa from Seattle in 2005 to help out my family, who’d moved here in 2003. Our plan was always to move home after a few years, and until the last few years that’s what we were gearing up for. Now, we’re loving Tampa, and all in as a part of this community’s growth. Here’s 11 reasons I love living and working in Tampa as a young, socially-focused entrepreneur. Tampa is excited about it’s present and future. There is not a day goes by I don’t run into people in the community excitedly talking about Tampa. There is …

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The Beauty of Uganda

Yesterday, my son Charles and I returned from 2 weeks in Uganda. I wrote some of my thoughts on Uganda‘s culture while there. As we flew 9000 miles to return home, I reflected how much the beauty of eastern Uganda had settled my mind; God’s green brush strokes on a red dirt canvas. We have a tendency, in the states, to rush. Ugandans do not. Which is not to detract from their work ethic – the villages I spent time at were all up by 6 every day, often earlier, with heavy physical workloads all day long. Kids come home from school as the afternoon …

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Mbale, Uganda, Africa

tl;dr – I spent two weeks in Uganda this June, and fell in love with the country. Uganda is a burst of color. The brash reddish brown dirt trampled under every public space is matched in vibrancy by the ever-present greens of tropical plant life. Pair these with the proud brightness of the locals’ clothing, and Uganda delights the eyes without fail. Charles and I arrived in Mbale after an eventful 50 hours of travel; our first time in Africa. What should have been a 30 hour trip extended for hours at the Entebbe airport when we realized our baggage had been …

8 Things I Learned Working from Home

I started working from home full time in 2008. I was 26, and ModMyi.com (then only a year old) had started making enough for me to quit my “normal person job.” While my wife Robyn worked at the local pie shop (really) to help cover the bills, we were living in a 1000 square foot apartment in lovely Lutz, FL. You can see one of my first office setups at the top of this post. I started with a $40 rolling cart from Walmart. I eventually made the jump to a $120 Target desk in the corner of my bedroom in that apartment. After 6 years of working …

Acquiring Brooks Motorsport Composites

In January ModMy, LLC (the company Cody Overcash and myself own) acquired Brooks Motorsport Composites. It’s a fun, small company which creates custom aero solutions for auto sports. Previous focus had been on custom carbon fiber race wings for BMWs, although we’re now expanding to Porsche, Acura, Chrysler, and more – if we don’t have measurements for your car yet, we’d love to work with you to get them (simple!) and expand our offerings. Our main two products are the Elite wing (best for cars with 350WHP+), and the Pro wing (best for anything under 350WHP). They’re all custom built …

Canceling Cable

We recently canceled our cable. It’s been about 4 months now, so I thought I’d share how it’s gone. In a nutshell – great. Our Setup Pre-Cancel We had Brighthouse cable here in Tampa, with high-speed internet (40 MB/s). The total cost each month with HBO/Showtime was around $240/month. As digital video has become more and more prevalent, with content on demand services ruling the web now, I figured we could get the most out of our TV experience without cable. We have three TVs (two full size and one small – two had a cable box), as well as …