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In This Moment

In This Moment

In This Moment #InTheMoment #PickYourBattle #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN I’m paying attention, yet detaching. I’m preparing more, yet letting go. I’m watching other’s more, yet closing my eyes more. I’m...
See For Yourself

See For Yourself

See For Yourself #SeeForYourself #PickYourBattle #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #GGGGG #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Just received this text from a friend in the Tampa, FL area. Based on my recommendation to “see for yourself”, he did and...
Level 1

Level 1

Level 1 #Level1 #KnowMoreStuff #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #ChemTrail #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Level 1. 50 “good-to-know” questions that I put together for a friend. The feedback I received was that they found it super helpful...
Sight for Soar Eyes

Sight for Soar Eyes

Sight for Soar Eyes #ClearSkies #KnowMoreStuff #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #ChemTrail #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN This is the first time in the last 3 weeks that there were ‘normal’ looking clouds and it’s quite the sight for “soar”...
Salsa Verde: Tomatillos

Salsa Verde: Tomatillos

Salsa Verde: Tomatillos #WholeFoodsPlantBased #PickYourOwn #FreshIsBest #SalsaVerde #Tomatillo #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn  #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN 3 years ago we started with a single tomatillo plant and a bit of hope. Today, we have 15 super-healthy,...
Leveling Up

Leveling Up

Leveling Up #StateChamp #GirlsGolf #Stress #PlayingUnderPressure #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Breaking70 #HighSchoolAthlete   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Yesterday was the 2A State Championships in Owensboro, KY and it just so happened to be a big deal. You’ve...
Cold Brew In the Afternoon

Cold Brew In the Afternoon

Cold Brew In the Afternoon #ColdBrew #AfternoonCoffee #LittleThings #DIYCoffee #Cooking #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Last week, while traveling, we ended up with a cold brew at a coffee shop ONLY because their regular coffee machine...
When the Topic Matters

When the Topic Matters

When the Topic Matters #TimeCrunch #TheClockIsTicking #Stress #WhatIsImportant #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #ImportantStuff #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN There was a time when I had to make & set agendas. Every topic had a time limit, or if it was...
What IS That?

What IS That?

What IS That? #WildThing #GrowlingTire #CountryLiving #EyesOpen #Awareness #MysteriousSound  #Lesson #Learn  #Nature   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN *Read the short story THEN watch the short clip.* “Grrrrrrrrrrrrr” – that’s the sound that made me jump as I walked past my...
This Could Get Heated

This Could Get Heated

This Could Get Heated #HotTopics #VerifyYourSources #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #WhoDoYouTrust #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Although this could get heated, it needs not get this hot (see yesterday’s ridiculous unedited pic after we...
Something Extra-Ordinary

Something Extra-Ordinary

Something Extra-Ordinary #SomethingExtraordinary #HoleInOne #BigDeal #HailMary #HugeMoment #ReadyForIt #Athlete #GreatGolf #Learn #CanIGetAWitness #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN I’m not a huge fan of witnessing things first-hand that end in injury, humiliation, death,...
I Don’t Think..Or Do I?

I Don’t Think..Or Do I?

I Don’t Think..Or Do I? #SmoggySkies #ChemTrails #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #SomthingBigIsGoingOn #Lesson #Learn #Preparedness #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN I don’t think there’s something going on we should worry about. I don’t think there’s something...
The Sky is the Limit

The Sky is the Limit

The Sky is the Limit #TheSkyIsTheLimit #NoLimits #Stress #OptimumPerformance #Awareness #CompetitiveAwareness #Choices #Lesson #Learn #SportsTraining #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Is the sky the limit or are you limited in some fashion? If you feel limited as a coach or...
Radiant Blue Skies

Radiant Blue Skies

#EMF #BlueSkiesAbove #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #ResearchRadiation #Lesson #Learn #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Can you see it? I took this picture of our sky a moment ago to use as the basis for what we can’t see. My response here is based on a comment I...
But I Didn’t Know

But I Didn’t Know

But I Didn’t Know #ButIDidntKnow #PickYourBattle #Stress #YouNeverSaid #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Parenting #TVOff   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN “Good news! Your youngest has been located!” – Joanna I took a screenshot of our FaceTime conversation...
Big Stories on the Green

Big Stories on the Green

Big Stories on the Green #FirstEagle #MakingPar #KidsGolf #EyeOnTheBall #Coaching #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Big moment today. Two firsts for these two, and it happened on the SAME hole. A short 281 yard Par 4 where Paxton’s high and...
High of 79

High of 79

High of 79 #Breaking80 #OnlyGolfInThe70s #EyeOnTheBall #Goals #Progress #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Golf #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Huge Congratulations to Breanna! For two years now she’s scored in the 90’s and then 80’s and has flirted with the 80 mark time...
Can’t See The Forest

Can’t See The Forest

Can’t See The Forest #CantSeeTheForestForTheTrees #PickYourBattle #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #ChemTrail #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN What’s riskier… Arguing about something or just letting things go? Depends, right? Are we...
To Another Year

To Another Year

To Another Year #HappyAnniversary #19Years #CheersToAnotherYear #Mindset #Rebound #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman It just so happens today’s our 19th anniversary. I could go on and on about life as we know it and have lived it, but it’s...
Independent Thoughts

Independent Thoughts

Independent Thoughts #IndependenceDay #4thOfJuly #Mindset #Freedom #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman O say can you see? Bright Stars. Broad Stripes. Bombs bursting in air. Proof through the night that our flag was still there. Happy...
Time Under Tension

Time Under Tension

Time Under Tension #TimeUnderTension #Router #FathersDay #Awareness #Options #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman I think I’ve got it. “It?” Yep. But “it”’s not what you think. If ever there was a post that everyone should read, it’s...
Being Duped

Being Duped

Being Duped #Duped #LookingFromDifferentAngles #Stress #Mindset #Awareness #Options #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman Admitting I’ve been duped on something is really tough for me as it is for most people. And, it makes sense. Even when...
Are You With Me

Are You With Me

Are You With Me #AreYouKiddingMe #Checkmate #Stress #Mindset #Awareness #Options #Lesson #Learn #Life #Choices   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman “You’ve gotta’ be f*cking kidding me!” That’s the exact phrase I’ve joked about for years saying that it’s going to be the...
Hiss & Herss

Hiss & Herss

Hiss & Herss #Check #Checkmate #PhotoBomb #Mindset #Awareness #Options #HealthyEats #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman Hiss and herss. The other night we made pizza and bread sticks. Joanna left the room right when I started to cut...
Lady’s Stinky New Friend

Lady’s Stinky New Friend

Lady’s Stinky New Friend #StinkyDog #HappyEaster #Skunked #Mindset #Awareness #Options #SkunkStink #Lesson #Learn #Life #Clean   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman > Easter dinner this year with my parents was extraordinarily delicious and everyone and everything...
AT-AT in the Yard

AT-AT in the Yard

AT-AT in the Yard #AT-AT #StarWars #BlusteryDay #PointOfView #Awareness #WishISawThat #Perspective #Lesson #Learn #Life #Laugh   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman I thought for sure we were about to be under attack from one of those Star Wars AT-AT Walkers when I walked...
Not So Welcome

Not So Welcome

Not So Welcome #tolerance #diversity #dunedin #Mindset #SmallTown #MakingADifference #NotSoWelcome #Lesson #Learn #Life #Change   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman This sign is on the front door of a restaurant just over a mile from where we lived in FL. 4 years ago we...
Grading on a Curve

Grading on a Curve

Grading on a Curve #GradingOnACurve #RealLife #Success #Mindset #Awareness #Options  #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman What would life be like if we were graded on a curve? Would the room where we painted 3 of the 4 walls yesterday...
Who is That in the Mirror

Who is That in the Mirror

Who is That in the Mirror #Self-Image #Reflection #Stress #Mindset #Awareness #Like-Point #Strong #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see your own beauty or do you immediately look for...
People are Like Golf Balls

People are Like Golf Balls

People are Like Golf Balls #GolfBall #GolfWisdom #Diversity #Mindset #Awareness #Inclusion #PerfectShot #Lesson #Learn #Life    by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman People are like golf balls. Different colors. Different styles. Different brands. Different strengths....
The Birthday Gift

The Birthday Gift

The Birthday Gift #BuildingThings #BirthdayGift #SoManyLessons #Mindset #Teamwork #Options #HomeSchool #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman This one’s worth the read (and the video’s good too, but don’t do one without the other). —...
Self-Love… Taking Care of YOU

Self-Love… Taking Care of YOU

Self-Love… Taking Care of YOU  #SelfLove #Stress #Mindset #SelfWorth #SelfEsteem #SelfCare #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health #OxygenMask #Confidence #InputOutput   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman An interesting discussion yesterday about self-love took place in our...
Masks and Critical Thinking

Masks and Critical Thinking

Masks and Critical Thinking #CriticalThinking #Research #Mask #Mindset #Awareness #Options #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman Wait, what?? I spent the last 6 hours today at a college campus. I observed students, by the hundreds, and watched...
Getting What You Paid For

Getting What You Paid For

Getting What You Paid For #GettingWhatYouPaidFor #DeliveringOnPromises #BirthdayEarrings #Tenacity #Awareness #Options #Balance #Lesson #Learn #Life #Parenting   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Here’s a story about getting what you paid for (getting what you want),...
Job Well Done

Job Well Done

Job Well Done #JobWellDone #CheckYourWork #AsLongAsItTakes #Mindset #Awareness #Homeschool #LearnToLearn #Lesson #Learn #Life #CleanKitchen   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Y’all have no idea how big this moment was for me. “What’s going on?” you say. Well, this is...
Tackling Big Projects

Tackling Big Projects

Tackling Big Projects #BigProjects #GettingItDone #KidPower #CrownMolding #GoodbyeAvocado #ItsGoingToBeHuge #ElbowGrease #Lesson #Learn #Life #TeamWork   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman For the first time in nearly 4 years we actually enjoy looking out this set of...
Customer Satisfaction

Customer Satisfaction

Customer Satisfaction #JustForLaughs #SomeAssemblyRequired #WinterFun #SnowDay #Balance #IKEAAdventures #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman We got a notification from UPS that our Igloo, Snowmen & Snowballs were all delivered from IKEA....
Is Seeing Actually Believing?

Is Seeing Actually Believing?

Is Seeing Actually Believing? #SeeingIsntAlwaysBelieving #Truth #FakeNews #Mindset #Awareness #TrustButVerify #ChallengeBeliefs #Lesson #Learn #Life #ReadTheFinePrint   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman I believe what I believe is, for the most part, correct.  You...
Moment of Silence

Moment of Silence

Moment of Silence #PowerfulSilence #TooMuchNoise #Stress #Mindset #Awareness #QuietThoughts #Resilience #Lesson #Learn #Life #Creativity   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman A moment of silence.  Perhaps for our nation? For our current leaders or future administration?...
Participation at Its Finest

Participation at Its Finest

Participation at Its Finest #ParticipationAward #PresentToWin #PresentNotPresent #ParticipationFail #DistanceLearning #HomeSchool #RealLife #Lesson #Learn #Life #ProudPapa   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman We had a first yesterday.  And, before I share the story, let...
Quality Time Worth Remembering

Quality Time Worth Remembering

Quality Time Worth Remembering #QualityTime #Mindfulness #LovedOnes #Mindset #Awareness #SharedExperience #SharedGoals #Lesson #Learn #Life #TeachingKids   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Spending time versus spending quality time. This looks like it could be me just...
A Neat little story about cards

A Neat little story about cards

A Neat little story about cards #ThankYou #NeatStory #CustomerAppreciation #ArtBiz #LifeLessons #LearningTheRopes #Lesson #Learn #Life    by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Here’s a neat little story… I watched, on-and-off, as my two eldest  girls spent nearly 20...
What does it matter?

What does it matter?

What does it matter? #Reaction #Decision #Stress #Mindset #Check #Checkmate #Awareness #Options #Rebound #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman “What does it matter?” “What’s the point?” Twice this week I’ve had these questions hurled at me...
CHECK! What’s Your Move…

CHECK! What’s Your Move…

CHECK! What’s Your Move… #Check #Checkmate #Stress #Mindset #Awareness #Options #Rebound #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman What’s the right move? Sometimes we’re in situations where there’s not a good solution. A no-win...
Fighting Gravity is a Losing Game

Fighting Gravity is a Losing Game

Fighting Gravity is a Losing Game #Gravity #Posture #Stress #Mindset #Problems #Progress #Attitude #BabySteps #Life #Health by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Fighting gravity is a losing game. Naturally, we all fight it from the day we’re born. The longer we live, the...
What is a bad word and why?

What is a bad word and why?

What is a bad word and why? “Different strokes for different folks” – I’m using this picture to illustrate differences of opinion on a single topic. The story that accompanies this was not between Joanna and I, it was a guest we had for Christmas. Please read...
The Balancing of Life

The Balancing of Life

The Balancing of Life #Balance #Worry #Stress #Cortisol #Dopamine #Serotonin #Endorphins #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Ebb & flow, yin & yang, give & take, plus & minus, positive & negative, left & right,...
What do you learn from others?

What do you learn from others?

What do you learn from others? What do you learn from others? In other words, where do you get your stories? Stories that are worth telling others. Meaningful encounters are so much more than small talk. Talk. Ask questions. Real questions. Not “how’s it going?” with...
The Agony of da Feet!

The Agony of da Feet!

The Agony of da Feet! Do you have back pain? A lot of people do. Mine wasn’t as bad 3 weeks ago as it is today. I’ve done a LOT of walking (probably 4 to 5 miles a day) as I’m in the process of building my legs back up after a couple of weeks of being on the road and...
You can’t win ’em all

You can’t win ’em all

You can’t win ’em all Playing the hand you’re dealt doesn’t mean you’ll win. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you have a really good hand and get beat by someone with a better hand. Sometimes you win with a hand you shouldn’t have. It all...
It’s all about perspective

It’s all about perspective

It’s all about perspective Well, which is it? 1/2 full or 1/2 empty? The answer is all about perspective. Recently, I poured a 1/2 of glass of orange juice for my youngest daughter and she completely threw a fit. She was in no frame of mind to be short-changed...
Why is he going so slow?

Why is he going so slow?

Why is he going so slow? My daughter pulled out and onto a highway the other day as we had about a 15 minute drive to get back home. She quickly accelerated only to find herself hitting the brakes within seconds as the car directly in front of her got super close,...
Introduction to Social Dancing

Introduction to Social Dancing

Introduction to Social Dancing Social dancing is the bomb-diggity.  Social dancing, in and of itself, though, encompasses a wide variety of couples dances, as well as various styles of dancing. So what all is it? In general terms, social dancing includes everything...
The perfect coffee cup

The perfect coffee cup

The perfect coffee cup I now have the perfect coffee cup! This morning, for no reason at all, our black cat (the mischievous one) walked by my coffee on the counter, looked at it, tilted his head back and forth, and then proceeded to “help it get over it’s fear of...
Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving Thoughts Quiet introspection may just be one of my most utilized self-examination tools of 2020.   Come to think of it, I’m not sure what other self-examination tools I use.   Maybe a bathroom mirror? A looking glass? Photos?   Yeah, no, it’s the...
Fog vs. Clarity in our lives

Fog vs. Clarity in our lives

Fog vs. Clarity in our lives I’m impressed with how clear this picture is compared to what I just saw with a naked eye.  I could barely make out the telephone pole and, though I probably should wear glasses when reading, I don’t have any trouble seeing things at a...
How & Why these videos rock

How & Why these videos rock

1) The layout is a perfect setup for *****
2) We include ***** that make learning SIMPLE
3) Unique ******* format allows you to dance along with instructors
4) Includes ***** unlike “Date night” programs designed for quick “Show off” moves…

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned I had a lengthy conversation with my family the other day about keeping track of lessons in all we do. You see, I was fortunate enough to be a part of some fascinating teams at Raytheon, EDS & the VA and also in some of the small businesses...
A problem worth solving

A problem worth solving

A problem worth solving “Now that’s a problem worth solving!” Solving problems is how I spend most of my time so it’s no surprise that a picture like this (with my ‘analyze then solve’ face) surfaces. And, it’s where I get the most satisfaction. Truth is, we all have...
Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness This guy completely caught me off-guard today at a Wal-Mart. At first, I thought he was mad. He looked angry and his eyes were glossy. He walked up to my youngest daughter and said something that thoroughly confused me. She didn’t know what to...
Fault Vs. Responsibility

Fault Vs. Responsibility

“It wasn’t my FAULT!!!’”
We had a long conversation, as a family that started last night and made it’s way to the breakfast table this morning, and then to the couch.
Our talks was on the difference between fault and responsibility.

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