Here I sit.

I am sitting on a hill just north of Dysart Iowa, looking over rolling hills of green grass and fields ready for the start of farming season.  I would have never come here, had I not met the woman I would eventually marry just over 4 years ago.  It’s her birthday today, and while the years ticking by is usually something women aren’t quick to celebrate, I will gladly celebrate them for her…for every year more is another year I am lucky to be a part of her life.  Just over 2 more months and we open a new chapter of parenting a teen and a newborn.  A happy birthday indeed.



Resume landing


You said you moved up professionally.  I am just entering the professional world and I am wondering what I need to do to move up.  I am three weeks into an office job and I want to know what it takes to get into management so I can make more money and have more vacation time.  I have a degree, so I think it’s odd that my Bachelor’s Degree in Art isn’t making me more money.  I’d hate to think it was all for nothing.  Any tips? I hate my cube.


Three weeks in and you want to move up?  You want more money and more vacation?  Well, my advice is learn the job inside and out…put in some effort…learn new things and learn to find efficiencies in processes.  Show your employer that every year you’re working there you can save them at least twice what you’re paid and you will move up.  It won’t be in weeks, but maybe months or years.

I don’t know your age, but I am guessing you’re young and feeling ambitious.  That’s good.  You also seem like you’re owed something in life.  That’s bad.  An employer doesn’t owe you anything but respect.  Now, it’s true some people have things handed to them, but most of us have to earn success in life.  Don’t expect anything to be given to you and work hard for everything you want.  It will pay off.  It may not always be glamorous or fun, but it will end up being more rewarding than the alternative.

Your success is up to you.  Earn it every step of the way.


A little break from the norm

So I let expire.  It isn’t that I don’t care about my readers, it’s not that I am bored with the site, it’s just that I started Minnesodad 7 years ago when I was single, struggling to make a living, and a father to a 5 year old.  I had just started dating again, so in between work and parenting (and dating), I blogged.  Not everything was genius caliber publishing, but the blog took off and I kept rising in popularity. I published a few short books on Amazon along the way and eventually found the woman I now call my wife.  Soon after, I moved up professionally and now, with a child due in June, life is as busy as it can be. 

Over the past year, my advice requests had decreased and there was a flood of requests from people wanting me to review products.  Supplements, phones, tech stuff… it was exciting and fun for awhile, but then it just became too much and I found myself saying “no” to some opportunities that came along with pages of agreements rather than a simple request to give my honest opinion on a product.  It had just become something that was more encompassing than I wanted.

I will keep going with Minnesodad, but it’s on my own terms.  I am sure I will find some time in between diaper changing and parenting a teen (and being a good hubby) to post some words of wisdom from time to time, and if the right opportunity comes, and I may post another review or two.  My Twitter page is still hopping as well. 

I will post when I feel inspired to do so and I won’t disappear without a proper goodbye.  It’s just not time for goodbye yet.  Hell, I am just starting a new chapter…