Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category
Read this great quote by Richard Rohr the other day:
How you get there determines where you arrive and what you arrive as.
I could apply this to so many areas of my life right now….but as I read it, I couldn’t help but think about it through the very practical lenses of the journey my family is taking to Thailand next week.
20 hour flight + 3 kids + layover + jet lag + trying to disconnect my brain from my regular pace of work and life = CRAZINESS. There’s no way around it. And unfortunately, I know my tendencies all too well – especially when it involves slowing down and transitioning into a slower pace. Been there, done that….and quite often, not very well.
So I’m making some internal, up-front decisions about how I’m going to handle the crazy parts of the journey. And I’m determined to be intentional about making the “how you get there” part as great of an experience as I can for everyone – or at the very least, contribute towards it in a positive way – instead of a way that will only add to the tension, frustration, and craziness that the journey will inevitably bring. I have to….because Rohr’s right – the “where we arrive” and the “what we arrive as” parts depend on it.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
In less than two weeks my family and I will be boarding a plane and heading to the other side of the world for a six-week excursion through the beautiful country of Thailand! This will be my third visit there and my family’s first. As you can imagine, we’re all very excited and looking forward to all of the crazy and unique experiences I’ll look forward to sharing with you about!
As of right now, our plan is to spend time wandering the urban concrete jungle, Bangkok (population approx 10 million), soaking in the beauty of Koh Samui and the surrounding islands down south in the Gulf of Thailand, and experiencing the rich Thai culture of Chiang Mai up north. We’re going to get it all – CITY, BEACH, JUNGLE. And while we do have a plan, we’re also holding onto it lightly and with a ton of flexibility so that we can move fluidly and quickly wherever and whenever we decide. I’m also looking forward to seeing and hanging out with a handful of friends while we’re there (and making a few new ones)!
We are so thankful for our staff, board, leaders, church community, and friends who have all been incredibly supportive and excited with us! My sense is that the time we’re away for is going to be a significant time for The Orchard as well. Our team is strong, engaged, excited, and will continue to lead with excellence while we’re away. They’re also preparing to launch a great follow up series to YOU 2.0 that I believe is going to be incredibly relevant and challenging for our entire tribe! I can’t wait to hear what God does while we’re away!
While I’m not totally sure what our Internet situation will be throughout the trip (should be pretty good), I do hope to share some of our experiences with you via Twitter (which feeds to my Facebook page), Instagram, and here on my blog. You can also sign up to receive all of my blog updates via email by entering your email in the box at the top right of this page.
Thank you everyone for your prayers and love! I’m looking forward to a couple more weekends together with our Orchard tribe before we leave. Our departure date is May 22nd and we’ll be returning the first week of July.
- I’m declaring this to be a Miles Davis morning. “Kind of Blue” to be exact. I know I say this all the time, but wow, what an album. If you don’t own it, you need to. Today. And if you’ve never listened to it through a good set of headphones, you need to. Today. One of the. best. albums. ever.
- Had a good time in Minneapolis on Tuesday meeting with a great group of church planters, staffs, and leadership teams. I love speaking and teaching….but I also really enjoy (and thrive) in conversation & discussion formats. We had a lot of that and I left feeling energized.
- Minneapolis is such a great city by the way… Lived there for nine years and miss it a ton. Great culture, beautiful lakes, nice skyline, lots of art. Loved swinging through Uptown on my way to the airport for a quick lunch with my buddy Jamey Johnson before heading home. Love that guy…
- Excited about our Prayers of the Saints series. This coming weekend is #2: St. Melito! Powerful prayer. Can’t wait. (You can download last weekend’s talk here.)
- I have sleep apnea. It’s mild. But still….frustrating. I tried the breathing machine and just couldn’t do it. Looking for an alternative. Any suggestions? Would LOVE to try these.
- Have you seen The Event? Kinda diggin’ it. Kinda.
- Let’s talk books…
- Recent Reads: God Attachment by Tim Clinton & Joseph Straub, Fatherless Generation by John Sowers, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz
- Currently reading: Drive by Daniel Pink, American Grace by Robert Putnam
- And music… Been enjoying new stuff by: Sufjan Stevens, Flying Lotus, Interpol, Freelance Whales, Mumford & Sons.
Collide Magazine recently asked me to contribute to their “Weapons of Choice” feature for a recent issue. Other contributors included Carlos Whittaker, Barton Damer, DJ Chuang, Michael Buckingham, and others. You can read the entire feature here.
Thought I’d share my weapon list in this post, but would also love for you to share yours in the comment section. Here’s mine:
This is the Getting Things Done system for creatives. Action Method is flexible and allows you to organize based on you rather than a “set” system.
Adobe Connect makes my online coaching community run smoothly. It’s expensive, but the consistency and features are amazing. My likes: consistent video quality, voice via phone (which saves bandwidth), multimedia capabilities, and a great iPhone app.
TUL Black Retractable Gel Pen
I love a good pen. I have a small collection of Mont Blancs that either belonged to my dad or were gifts. But I also lose things, so I no longer travel with them. I’ve found a good alternative in the TUL pen (only available at OfficeMax).
It’s the Scott Hodge Brain Collection Agency. Evernote is a great place to store things such as articles, documents, spreadsheets, quotes, photos, emails, screenshots, voice memos, design ideas, etc. And the best part? It’s free.
15-inch i7 MacBook Pro
I’m going into my fifth year using a Mac. I love it, and I can’t imagine my life without it.
Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G
I move around a lot, and there’s nothing worse than paying a gazillion dollars for airport or hotel Internet access. The Sprint Overdrive works great and allows you to share the signal via WiFi with up to five users.
Mindmapping has forever changed my life. I use it to prepare teachings, organize projects, jot down ideas, and prepare articles like this one. There are also some great (and free) online alternatives.
I love me some Google. Our entire team uses it for everything from docs to email to calendars. It’s easy to share and Google even offers the business edition free to non-profits.
I’ve been using the black, hard cover, ruled notebook for more than five years. I use it every day for everything from journaling to sketching creative designs and ideas.
I love great food! Yelp has a great iPhone app for finding the sweet eateries in whatever city you’re visiting.
Skype is still the best and most consistent call and video quality I can find. It’s the way I stay connected to my family when I’m out of the country.
It’s Monday morning and I’m kickin’ it at Filter in Wicker Park (I love WP btw). My eyes are tired and my body is moving SLOW. Looking forward to meeting up with Ben Arment and Jarrett & Jeanne Stevens in a little while. Hard to believe that STORY 2010 is already here.
Since I have way too much to say and not enough time to write it all I’m going to bullet a bunch of stuff…. Here we go.
- Had the privilege of interviewing Dawn Schiller at The Orchard this past weekend. If you’re not familiar with Dawn, you can learn more here. She has an incredible story. The audio is up and available for download here. See photos here.
- Who’s going to be at STORY later this week?
- Lots of stuff coming up this fall that I’m excited about. Will be in Minneapolis, Rockford, Atlanta, and…..I think that’s it for now.
- Enjoyed getting to know Mark Sayers last week. Mark is from Australia and has some good stuff to say.
- Celebrated the lives of two very dear people last week. Charlotte and Bruce…you’ll both be missed. Stirred my grief up a bit for my dad. October 12th will make six years since he passed away. Man…
That’s it….gotta run.
Finally finished watching Julie and Julia last night. Watched the first half a couple of weeks ago. It was a fun movie. Quick fun fact: I was in NYC when it was being filmed and accidentally walked onto the set.
Video: Octopus Ballet. Um…wow. Amazing.
Excited to have the opportunity to work with Jarrett and Jeanne Stevens at this year’s STORY Conference. I’ve loved getting to know these guys. There was a solid connection from the moment we all met. Also loved having them at The Orchard a couple of months ago. You can download their talk here. BTW…love the direction STORY is headed this year.
I’ll be honest. I’m a sucker for cool hotels. I especially love finding affordable, non-chain, boutique hotels whenever I travel to major cities. Loved staying at this one on a visit to Austin last year. Speaking of hotels, truth.travel is a great blog from the folks at Conde Nast Traveler. Great photos too.
That’s it for now. Thank you for weeding through my A.D.D. Time for some Adderall.