January — Creating Your Life Plan
Donald Miller has developed life-planning content that has greatly impacted my personal growth over the past several years. His book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years posed the question, “Are you living a good story with your life?” I attended my first Storyline Conference in Portland in 2010 and pressed into that question for the first time. A few years later, I started working for Don, and our first project was to turn this conference into a physical book, which we released in 2012. At the start of this year, we turned the life-planning content into an online course called “Creating Your Life Plan.” From beginning to end, this way of planning life has inspired me to live a more meaningful story every day. This photo was from the video shoot for the online course.
*we are closing new registrations for this course on January 13th. If you’re looking for a resource to guide you to a new beginning in 2015, sign up today.
February — Surprise Party for DROB
One of my best friends had a birthday in February, so we thought it’d be fun to throw a surprise party for him. After dinner, we put him in the back of my car and blindfolded him. We told him he wasn’t allowed to take off the blindfold under any circumstance. Little did we know, we’d get pulled over on the way and have to convince DROB he really needed to take off his blindfold and act normal. Fortunately, we were given a warning and drove away without a ticket. The blindfold was then reapplied as we hauled DROB to a house where a group of his closest friends were waiting. I’ll never forget that special night.
March — Seals in La Jolla
After another successful Storyline Conference in San Diego, Katie and I ventured to La Jolla to see the seals. One of my favorite cities with my best friend, exploring.
April — The Masters
It has always been a dream of mine to go to the Masters in Augusta, Georgia. This year, my dream came true. A friend from Augusta reached out a couple days before the practice rounds began saying she had an extra ticket for Monday if I could make it. I hopped in a car the next day, hardly able to sleep due to the excitement. I called my friend Thomas and he miraculously found a ticket as well. Here’s a photo of Thomas and me on the grandstands overlooking the 13th green (Amen Corner).
May — My Last Show with Steve
One of the hardest decisions I had to make in 2014 was stepping away from my management role with Steve Moakler. Not only am I a huge fan of his music, I am a huge fan of him as a person. While the transition wasn’t easy, I knew taking the workload of music management off my plate was going to be a necessity in time. We had an incredible four years working together and I’m really proud of all we accomplished. I’m grateful for his friendship that remains even after his transition to another management team. This photo was taken backstage at Evanston SPACE in Evanston, Illinois during our last show as a team.
June — Seattle/Portland
To celebrate our five year anniversary, Katie and I explored the Pacific Northwest together. She had never been in that part of the country, so I was giddy at the opportunity to show her the ropes. We started in Seattle at Pike Place Market, Top Pot Doughnuts, the Space Needle, and Canlis Restaurant. After a couple incredible days, we hopped in a car and drove to Portland. Our first stop was for coffee (of course), followed by Pine State Biscuits, the Columbia River Gorge (pictured below), and more coffee.
July — My Own Office
We moved into a new office space this summer with Don and the team. In this new space, I was able to setup shop in my very own office. I have a putting green behind my desk and a rolling chair. Life is good.
August — PGA Championship
My dad made the trek from Minneapolis for a weekend trip in Louisville for the PGA Championship at Valhalla. Not only were we able to be at the PGA Tour’s final major tournament of the year, we were able to get tickets for the Sunday round. I followed Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, and Rickie Fowler as they duked it out for the title. What an experience!
September — Homeowners
Katie and I bought our first house this fall. On the night of our signing, we invited some of our closest friends to our empty house to mark the moment. We stayed up late talking while sitting in lawn chairs in the breakfast nook. Celebrating is always more fun with a community of friends that love you. Moments like this remind me to be thankful.
October — Storyline Conference
We pulled off yet another Storyline Conference with some of my favorite people (pictured below), this time in Chicago. Willow Creek was an incredible host for our team and guests all week. One of the events at the conference was an exclusive reading with Don for his new book, Scary Close which is coming out February 3, 2015. We gave attendees an advanced copy of the book, stuffed them with deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s, and invited them to participate in the photo booth.
November — Thanksgiving at Our House
We hosted some of our friends for Thanksgiving dinner this year. One of our favorite parts of owning a house is the ability to host lots of people. While everyone could have been cozy around the fire, most ventured into the chilly garage for our ping pong tournament.
December — Scott Hamilton and Friends on Ice
For the second year in a row, I went to Scott Hamilton and Friends on Ice; a skating event and fundraising dinner for Scott’s foundation, CARES. My dad has been battling cancer for the past four years, so this event is really special to me. I am always inspired being around Scott and admire his drive to help find a cure for cancer. The way he uses his platform for good is one of the reasons I look up to him so much. At the very end of the show, Scott’s son, Maxx, joined him on the ice.
1 Second Everyday
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My Favorites of 2014
App — Mirrors
Album — Black Bear by Andrew Belle
Book — Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Here’s to another great year!
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2013: A Year in Review
2012: A Year in Review