Current Hard Work Update, April 1, 2013

Here are my goals for the first quarter of this year.  Let’s see how it did…

Current Hard Work Projects:

Continual Effort Projects:

  • Create content for this blog at least 2 days a week.
  • Create at least 1 outdoor cooking tutorial each month
  • Do a better job of showcasing people and products I believe in

Do It Once Projects:

  • Seek out outdoor cooking and backyard lifestyle product inventors to help them market their products. (Business opportunity?)
  • Improve sales performance of Shop products (Keep building momentum)
  • Create helpful, content rich products to help people live the Backyard Life
  • Baby related projects:  Paint and furnish the nursery, get the rest of the house ready, finish lingering projects before it’s too late.  :)

The first 3 months of 2013 have been dedicated to getting ready for Timothy’s arrival.  I dropped down to an average of 1 post a week and I think I’ll stay there at least for a while as we get used to life as a family of 3.  I hear exhaustion is a key component of life with baby. :)

Now that the weather is warming up again and the snow is almost gone, it’s time to fire the grill and smoker and make some new tutorials.  I got some new cookbooks for Christmas and I can’t wait to try some stuff out.

I’ve been working to find product inventors to help bring you the next big outdoor cooking and backyard lifestyle products.  I’ve come across a couple of interesting products but haven’t struck a deal yet.  I’ll keep working on it.

Mostly, we’ve been preparing the house for a baby.  The nursery is done and ready.  Sometimes I just go in there and look around.  If I was a little kid again, I’d like it.  The kitchen, which has been a work in process for 7 years is done aside from a couple of small details and a touch-up or two.  This weekend, I got the final materials necessary to finish the job.  We’re *this* close!

Where do we go from here?

Next quarter, my primary focus is on taking care of Liz and Timothy.  Let’s get the boy home happy and healthy.

I’m on the launch team for Jon Acuff’s next book, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters, which will be released on April 22nd. (If you order your copy by April 21st and register at, you’ll get $250 in free stuff to go with it.  I’ve only ready bits and pieces so far, so I’ll need to read the book and write a review in the next couple of weeks as well.

Softball season is about to start up again.  This is going to be interesting.  Liz has been my scorekeeper for years.  With the little guy, I think that task is going to have to move to someone else.  I just hope it isn’t me.  😉

I’ve been on a reading tear since December, so I want to continue that.  I set a goal for 2013 to read 12 books.  I’m almost done with number 5 and “Start” will be number 6.  None have been picture books either!

That’s my focus.  What are you going to get done in the next few months?

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