Jimmy Stewart Hometown Tour and Museum

Not gonna lie…

I never knew this place existed…but I’m glad I do now. Highly recommend going if you ever have the chance.

Also…if you want to see a pretty solid preview of the museum (but STILL doesn’t cover it all) you can head over to our new site WalkWithHistory.net check out the most recent post.

For more info on this museum you can go to jimmy.org

What is the BEST EDC pocket knife?

Spoiler…

Before Christmas I fell down a few rabbit holes. When I emerged like Alice from Wonderland, I ended up with some GORUCK backpacks (which I still need to review) and a bunch of their gear.

I also came away with one of my favorite things I got from that happy holiday…a “Every Day Carry” pocket knife.

This isn’t a genre I follow closely so when I started doing my research (as I so often do) I was shocked by the whole EDC world and community built up around it.

One of the best YouTube channels I found on this topic was Best Damn EDC. Taylor Martin does a great job showcasing TONS of stuff over there…and I eventually came across the below video that helped me make my decision.

I had received a $50 Amazon gift card for Christmas…so this video was perfect for me and eventually convinced me to get the Civi Elementum. The one I picked was actually about $60…but it was worth it.

Is is the best?

Yes….for me.

Why?

Because now I ALWAYS have it on me, it’s a quality knife, I barely notice it in my pocket, and I was able to use a gift card to get it! 😂

What is the best one for you?

Spoiler alert…its the one you have on you. Just like you may have heard for cameras…same goes for this. Now that I always carry it with me I find I have it when I need it most. (completely random times throughout the day)

And I love it.

Check out the Civi Elementum over at Amazon.

Emotional Intelligence Growth Through Climbing

This makes me smile…

While climbing, these kids are faced with intense and very real emotions such as stress and fear, but in a controlled setting. They learn to manage these feelings in a healthy and meaningful way, thus building the emotional intelligence necessary to develop into well-balanced adults.

​Never thought about climbing this way…but it makes sense! đŸ’ȘđŸ»

How At-Risk Youth Are Build Emotional Intelligence Through Climbing

Sponsored by Uppbeat!!!

Remember how I wrote about this brand new music service (Uppbeat) that has royalty music for places like YouTube? Well one of the things I wrote there was that I had applied for their sponsorship program to see if I could get a free year of premium from them.

Well to my great surprise they said yes! They agreed to give me a year of Premium if I made a video talking about the service. I actually had some fun making this video…even though I think it could have been 3 minutes vice 5 min (they required 5 minutes).

I guess you never know what you will get unless you ask!

So far, it’s a pretty great site for what you can get for free and for how inexpensive the premium price is.

I’ve found that their way of keeping copyright strikes off a video doesn’t work smoothly just yet…but if you dispute it, it gets cleared pretty quickly. (I can tell they’re sprinting to smooth things out and add features right now)

They haven’t approved my affiliate request with them yet. But you should check them out anyways…especially if you are always on the hunt for royalty free music for videos.

I wish this site had been around when I started my YouTube channel a couple years back…would have saved me hours of searching for good, free music.

Uppbeat.io

Emotionally Intelligent Leaders and Strategic Agility

The truth can be uncomfortable…leaders shouldn’t avoid that.

Achieving strategic agility is difficult because it’s based on shifting your mindset and rooted in emotional intelligence. But cultivating that mindset is worthwhile: Research shows that strategic leadership—which strategic agility falls under— is the most important leadership trait.

​Seeing an article talk about emotional intelligence as strategic agility in the same breath surprised me at first. As a military officer I feel that I have had to cultivate and grow both of these traits…and continue to do so.

But this is HARD.

Heck it was only in the past couple years I could even verbalize my career lessons in to terms like these.

I love this last point too.

When leaders consistently practice habits rooted in strategic agility, they empower their teams and organizations to do the same.

​Amen to that!!

Three things I can guarantee:

  1. Your organization will only survive if you empower your team
  2. Seek their feedback often, act on it, and you will move faster than you think
  3. As the leader, you must focus on making them better people – not just better employees – and all the goodness will follow.

The 4 management styles of emotionally intelligent leaders

Is That the Mountains or My Kids?

Coffee can help…

Sometimes I wake up and I don’t know if it was the mountains calling me…or if my kids just woke up super early.

That is why God created coffee. ☕

Purchase here…so I can buy more coffee.