Ben Rector Brand new Album

I can’t help but think that much of today’s mainstream music lacks a certain “real life” value that was present before the age of Insta fame, Youtube stars and of course the current state of the music industry where so many “artists” don’t write any of their own music. 

For the longest time, music was largely birthed out of a person’s circumstance or experience and that is part of what made a song so impactful.  I don’t hate songs that are solely meant to be fun but amidst all the “Whipping and nae nae -ing” I can’t help but think that we’ve lost some of purity that makes music so moving and inspiring to begin with. ...continue reading


Job satisfaction is a relatively modern concept.  Ask your grandparents if they felt a great deal of satisfaction in the workplace and you'll probably get a puzzled look.  Most of our grandparents, certainly, our great grandparents, lived in a time where you did what you had to, to survive.  Work was a means of providing for a family, not a source of fulfillment or satisfaction.

Today our culture is quite different.  Today if you don't have a job that you love you're missing something.  Today if you're not thinking two steps ahead, planning your next move or climbing the ladder, you're in danger of being left behind.  And if you don't enjoy what you do every day, you need to quit and go do what makes you happy. ...continue reading

Relationships nowadays are tricky. Marriage is even trickier. I’m only six months in but I can assure you that culture doesn’t have a clue and that most of my preconceived expectations about marriage (insert cheesy nonsense from Jerry McGuire etc) were wrong. Marriage is far greater than I had expected but very, very different. ...continue reading

How to chase your dream, chasing a dream

My alma mater recently included me in a feature in their alumni magazine on adventurous life styles.  I’m especially flattered because my “success story” if you can call it that, has been anything but typical.  The theme of my story is that I left a “normal” job working in bank to pursue a dream in California of riding ATVs professionally.  While that adventure is far from over, it certainly looks a lot different know days than it did 5 years ago when I packed that truck and hit the road for So Cal.

I’m no expert at chasing dreams but I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to do and see a lot of the things that I spent most of my life wishing I could do.  Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way that helped or that could have made the process a little bit smoother and a little less painful.  ...continue reading

First of all, congratulations.  You are nearing the end of a journey that has consumed the better part of life as you have known it.  Since kindergarten the bulk of your life has revolved around academics and graduation is the closing of a chapter and the beginning of a new one.

It’s cause for celebration no doubt.  But before you get too wrapped up in graduation festivities, commencement addresses and heart-warming speeches about the future I want to share something with you.  I want to be honest with you.  These days, culture has a way of telling you what you want to hear and not necessarily being truthful.  Before you walk across that stage and take on the world, I want to warn you that everything on the outside isn’t always as “pretty” as you’ve been lead to believe. ...continue reading

IMG_0136Since moving to North Carolina, I've been chomping at the bit to get up to the mountains and do a little trout fishing.  The pictures I've seen look amazing and the area actually reminds me a lot of my home in Oregon.

I have literally been trying to make it up to the mountains for the last three months and since my wife was out of town, I decided this was the weekend to do it.  I did all my research, found a popular place to go, ordered a copy of the NC fishing regulations and even contacted a fish and game warden to make sure I understood the rules. (NC has some interesting rules when it comes to fishing.)  I bought a license, some new tackle, packed a bag and made sure I had everything I needed to ensure the day was a success.  The only thing I couldn't guarantee was that the fish would bit. ...continue reading

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Dave Envelopes BudgetI’m a compulsive saver.  As early as five years old I can remember hoarding my allowance and in the event that I splurged on a new toy, I made sure I always had something left in reserve.

For that reason I always thought a budget seemed, well…beneath me.  Because I have a propensity to save, I never really thought I needed one.  Every payday I would make a mental note of the bills that needed to come out of that check and allow myself around $250 to cover me for gas, eating out and whatever other small expenses might arise.  The rest got dumped into savings.

Some months this method seemed to work well.  Others not so much and I would be digging money out of savings or worse yet, putting it on a credit card just to “float it” until the next pay period. ...continue reading

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Lets face it, there's nothing sexy about a budget.  For most people it's boring, painful and confusing.  However there IS something sexy about money in the bank, paying off debt and paying cash for the things you want and that's why I created this easy to use budget template.  Just enter you income and expenses and the spreadsheet will do the rest.  ...continue reading