Don’t forget to do this when traveling

Wake up. Make sure everything is packed, double-check your wallet, phone, keys. (Check, check..they were a here a minute..oh ok here they are, check)

You are all set for your trip. It may be for business, pleasure or both. Either way, chances are you have checked your bag multiple times and flight status.

There is one thing that most people neglect to do, which might be the most important part of traveling.

Pack snacks!!!

We have all been hungry at the airport and had to settle for an $8 bag of almonds or goodness help us….fast food. Which ultimately leads us to feeling crummy. Not only physically but mentally as we try to justify the expense for things that are just not good for us.

Make snacks a part of your planning routine. Your mind and your body will thank you when you’re traveling. Plus if there is a delay or your don’t even get an armrest to use. You can rest assured knowing your fueled up properly and won’t get grumpy.

Here are a few of my go to snacks to pack in my satchel.

  • Peanut butter and banana sandwich (All natural PB if you can please)
  • Healthy snack bars (Rise Bars Almond Honey Protein are the best or Quest Bars) Most others are glorified candy bars
  • Raw almonds (Roasted or plain)
  • Any type of fruit
  • Sliced vegetables (Pick your favorite and pack a dip, peanut butter or hummus)
  • A small package of chicken cut up for easy eating

This is a sample. Be creative and chose whole, healthy foods!

Make it the best day!



Wednesday Will

Keep the week going strong. The holiday weekend is fast approaching ( we all know you have been thinking about it). This is a good time to focus on the present and what you can do today.

Make a list of things that you know need to get done before the weekend. Write them down and get them taken care of. It will make your weekend more enjoyable and you can focus on having a great time.

It’s easy to look ahead to a long weekend. I am guilty of it! I actually did this yesterday. Having discipline to complete tasks in a timely manner will give you freedom to enjoy everything you are looking forward to!  Try to be as present as possible, even when things are not going great. Live in the present, accomplish your goals and enjoy the life you create with your actions!

Make it the best day!




Utilizing Summer Fruit

It’s summer and you can feel it with the 95 degree temperatures! On these days, we mostly crave light and refreshing meals. Keeping with that theme here is a wonderful light and crisp fruit salad.

You can substitute any fruit to your liking. Feel free to mix and match to your taste buds!


  • 4 Cups Watermelon
  • 2 Cups Fresh Strawberries
  • 2 Large Peaches cut into wedges
  • 1 Cup Seedless Grapes, halved
  • 2 Cups Blueberries
  • Fresh Lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
  • 1/2 lemon, zested
  • 1 Tablespoon honey


  1. Combine watermelon, strawberries, peaches, grapes and blueberries in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk lemon juice, mint, lemon zest, and honey together in a small bowl; drizzle over the fruit mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Make it the best day!

– K

A Few Good Books

I am always on the lookout for some new good reads. Below are some of my favorites.

I have read or are currently are reading all of these books. I find them all to have a great benefit both in the business world and in the personal realm. We will discuss some of these in more depth later in the blog!

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: Carol Dweck

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin

Kitchen Confidential: Anthony Bourdain

How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling: Frank Bettger

How to Win Friends and Influence People: Dale Carnegie

You’re a Badass: Jen Sincero

Go ahead read over the descriptions. See if they interest you. We will dive into a few of those books in more depth later on. Explore their benefits and what we can possibly take away from their pages.

Make it the best day!


Relax and Unwind

Weekends are a great time to relax and unwind. It is the perfect moment to unplug from your phone, iWatch, computer, tablet, TV. Doing this could be tough, but it has its rewards.

Take some time for yourself outside of electronics.

It’s important to take a break from the electronics from time to time. Try to do a full day. When the sun is out go out for a walk. Leave the headphones at home and enjoy the sounds of nature. Take mental photos and enjoy a conversation with a friend.

Connect with the outdoors at least once a week. Your body and mind will thank you.

Make it the best day!


Healthy Brunch Saturday

Saturday. A day to get up early, exercise and eat a healthy breakfast without having to rush off to work!

Or….sleep in. Grab some coffee and try to fix that hangover. Whatever boat you are in or even if you’re somewhere in the middle here is a great recipe!

It is super easy and only has a few ingredients. What’s not to love?!

Greek Yogurt Pancakes

  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 2/3 c. Greek yogurt


  1. Combine the flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, stir the eggs and Greek yogurt, then fold it into the flour and baking powder mixture, forming a thick batter.
  2. Pour batter on a sauté pan and cook over medium-low heat, using a silicone spatula or spoon to smooth out the batter into a 1/4-inch thick pancake shape (since the batter won’t spread easily on its own). Look for a the edge of the pancake to start to round out, forming a lip that you can easily slide a spatula under, after about 1-2 minutes of cooking. Lift the corner of the pancake, and if the bottom is lightly golden, slide the spatula all the way under and flip the pancake.
  3. Cook until both sides are lightly golden. Repeat until you’ve used all of the batter.
  4. Serve pancakes warm with syrup drizzled on top.

Enjoy some healthy pancakes and a great Saturday!

Make it the best day!


It’s the little things

Today’s post is short and sweet. It comes from an interaction I had last night with someone I had only met two times previously.

We will not delve into the specifics here. However, the take home point from the conversation is simple and profound.

You never know the positive impact you are having or have had on someone’s life.  When you are being true to yourself and speaking from the heart great things result.

Even if the interactions have been minimal or you thought it was a run of the mill conversation.

Be yourself, smile, be positive, be reliable, live in gratitude.

Happy Friday!!

Make it the best day!


Driving through your fear

Everyone has fear. It can come in many forms.

  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of rejection
  • Fear of looking “weird”
  • Fear of loss
  • Fear of gain
  • Too many to list here and really they are all the same

At a young age we try everything with no fear. For better or for worse we give it a try. Dancing, singing, picking up things, throwing things. Along the way our “Lizard brain” (thank you Seth Godin for bringing it to my attention) is responsible for our primitive survival instincts, think fight or flight..or FEAR!

Constantly telling us we can’t do what we want. The lizard brain affects us because it doesn’t like achievement, risk or change. It holds us back from what we really want. You can only overcome it once you are aware of it. Well the good thing is…you are now!!

Think about a time you were scared or nervous to do something new. Then once you did it  you wanted to do it again and again?! The lizard brain was scared of this new idea and wanted to hold you back. However, once you achieved it the rest of your body said “That was amazing Kev, let’s do that again!!!”

I am not going to say what you need to do to overcome your fear. One reason is because everyone has different fear for different reasons. The other is if you take my advice and then it doesn’t work….you are going to say “Well, Kevin said to try this and it didn’t work. I can’t do this. I am going to stop trying” (That isn’t Extreme Ownership, which we can learn from Jocko Willink. We will discuss that later in this blog 🙂

Think about what is holding you back from doing something you love. Nervous about the reactions from others? What will others think? Will I do it wrong? Will I be rejected?


Everyone has something they are scared of in their life. Holding them back from success in  either business or in their personal life. Step up to the plate, overcome your lizard brain and achieve things you never thought possible!

Only you can make changes to your life. You hold the key to overcoming your fear. Put a smile on, get pumped and achieve!

Make it a great day!




Short on Time and Energy?

I am too tired to work out today.

Is it only Wednesday…ahhhhh….

Do you feel like this today?
Do you feel like this today?

Yep, we have all said those before! I am willing to bet you made that statement before reading this blog. Or perhaps yesterday after you just worked for 12 hours and the copier broke after you spilled hot coffee on your lap, all while trying to nail down your next meeting.

I get it, fitting time to exercise can feel hard some days and some weeks. The key is staying on top of it and making a habit of at least two days a week. Why do I say two days? My belief is that if you start at something you can achieve those two days will turn into three or four. As your habit builds, so will the results and your investment in your health will be worth it.

The first few minutes are the hardest.

That is true, the first bit of getting your heart rate and body going are the most difficult. Depending on your choice of movement for the day after five or ten minutes you are going to start feeling better and want to finish what you started.

Once your heart rate picks up to compensate for your change in intensity, your blood flow will increase and so will your energy.

Researchers at the University of Georgia found that sedentary, otherwise healthy adults who engaged in as little as 20 minutes of low-to-moderate aerobic exercise, three days a week for six consecutive weeks, reported feeling less fatigued and more energized.

The more you can get into a routine with consistent exercise the more energy you will have on a daily basis. Not only will that exercise session give you energy for that day, it can carry over to the following day and help you get a head start on the next morning!

The next time you want to sit down on the couch and just ‘relax’ think about going for a short walk. Enjoy what this summer has to offer and feel better doing it!

Make it the best day!





Workout of the Day

Welcome the official start of Summer!!

Summer can be a tough time to get in a workout outside given the heat. It’s 95 degrees as this is being written! With that in mind here is a body weight Tabata workout you can do indoors if you can’t be outside and not succumb to machine monotony!

Tabata is a form of high intensity work. Regular Tabata is 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest repeated 8 times with one exercise (Squats or pushups). However, that can be very tough and boring as well. Below is a modified version of Tabata using more than one exercise and increasing the rest time to make it a little easier. If you are well conditioned you can stick with the 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. Otherwise, I would suggest starting with 20 seconds of work and 20 seconds of rest. You will rest for 2 minutes after each full Tabata set, then repeat that whole set 4 total times with the full break after each set.

Untraditional Body Weight Tabata Workout:

20 seconds Speed Squat
20 seconds rest
20 seconds Burpees
20 seconds rest
20 seconds Mountain Climber (keep neutral spine)
20 seconds
20 seconds Speed Skips (in place) (lift knee above hip)
20 seconds rest
20 seconds Speed Squat
20 seconds rest
20 seconds Burpees
20 seconds rest
20 seconds Mountain Climber (keep neutral spine)
20 seconds
20 seconds High Knees (in place) (lift knee above hip)

– Rest 2 minutes after going through this set. Repeat the above work and the 2 minute rest 3 more times for a total of 4 sets.

A nice feature of the above workout is you can take it outside early or late evening when it is cooler. You just need a small patch of grass and some motivating tunes!

Make it the best day!