On Shia’s JUST DO IT Video

The curious motivational video of Shia LaBeouf that has been plastered all over the internet in recent months is kind of hilarious. The fact that the footage was shot against a green screen has made it really easy for people to remix it in all sorts of hilarious ways.

I’m going to skip the part where I speculate about the original purpose of the footage (or whether it was some viral scheme from the beginning) and just say this:

I actually find it pretty motivating.

I’m not sure if it’s the humor, the intensity, the strangeness, or a combination thereof, but I actually find myself remembering this whenever I feel like I should do something, but not right now. On a few different occasions I’ve actually been able to follow through on some ideas after remembering this silly video. It’s like my lazy thoughts are interru— YESTERDAY YOU SAID TOMORROW, JUST DO IT!!!

Friendcation OBX 2015

Lacey and I spent last week at the Outer Banks of North Carolina with some great friends. We had an excellent time playing in the waves, chilling on the beaches, reading, exploring local historical spots, eating good food, playing ridiculous games, and laughing hard.


2014 is now at an end. In my opinion, it has been a massive success. The best yet, even! Here is a list of personal highlights for 2014:

  • Lacey and I planned our wedding in 3 months.
  • We got married!
  • We honeymooned in Costa Rica.
  • I quit a job, and started a new (awesome) one.
  • I became a level 9 uncle (Fisher, my newest nephew, was born).
  • Lacey and I purchased stand-up paddle boards.
  • We went to the beach with some great friends.
  • We enjoyed Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge with Lacey’s family.
  • I witnessed Dad and Mom enter their 37th year of marriage.
  • We did Christmas in Knoxville with my Family (all four sisters were in town).
  • We saved a little money.

There are some pretty significant bullet points on that list! I am thankful for what this past year has brought us, and I look forward to what’s in store for 2015. Here are some of the plans/goals I’m looking forward to:

  • A weekend mountain trip with some really good friends.
  • Attending a marriage conference with Lacey.
  • Celebrating our first anniversary (details TBD)!
  • Having a man-night every other week!
  • Traveling somewhere new.
  • Spending time with family.
  • Becoming a better programmer.
  • Reading more.
  • Being more physically active.
  • Saving more money.
  • Investing in relationships.