My wife has three middle names: I’m Busy, I’m Tired, and Loren. Her parents gave her the third one while I gave her the first two. I thought when she stopped working, the I’m Busy name might no longer be relevant but I was wrong. Somehow, she seems even busier – at least in her own mind. Granted, she’s an awesome (and anal-compulsive) housekeeper as well as a tremendous cook.
I am on the train, returning from visiting Syracuse University with my son. It wasn’t a traditional junior-year college visit because he had already been accepted under “early decision” and had already committed. Nonetheless, the experience was probably pretty similar to the college visits many kids and parents embark on. For my son and me, it was truly awesome. Yeah, I used the over-used “A” word, because it perfectly captures the spirit of the past 24 hours best.
I’m on a train from Penn Station in New York to Syracuse University, with my son Aaron Sallan, after spending an amazing 4 1/2 days in New York City with his acapella singing groups from Calabasas High School.
They were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall by Deke Sharon who is known to be the Godfather of modern acapella. On the way to their performance (many more videos from the trip and rehearsals will be coming), this spontaneous event took place. All I had was my iPhone but I did my best to capture the incredible spirit of these kids.
And, btw, they ROCKED Carnegie Hall!
How many times have you “gone for it” only to find it worked? Sometimes, in life, taking a risk is the BEST option and the BEST way to go. Are our kids willing to take a chance, in the right circumstance? My son took a HUGE risk – which I wrote about – and it paid off in wonderful and unexpected ways. THAT is our topic this Thursday, April 2 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9ET.
I’m a firm believer that if you don’t take risks, you will likely not get many rewards. Life is tough. I even think it’s tougher today – for our kids – than it was for me/us when we grew up. I’ve written about the importance of taking risks before, but I have a very personal story to share now.
The Empty-Nest Syndrome. We all hear about it but when our kids are young we believe it’s so far away. Trust me, it happens in the blink-of-an-eye. We are a few months away from our second son leaving for college. Are you prepared for the empty-nest? Will your kids even be able to leave home? More kids are returning home – after college – to live than ANY time in our history – I believe it’s over 80% for extended periods of time! This Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET we will TAKE on the Empty-Nest for those in the throes of it and those that will face it – hopefully!