A Good Country Mile, Kevn Kinney & The Golden Palominos (2012).

I had the opportunity to see Kevn Kinney play a singer-songwriter set a few weeks about. I’ve always enjoyed Drivin N Cryin, but I only knew their hits.

I was struck by Kinney’s story telling in the songs that he played. I found him brilliant and comfortable on stage. He wasn’t trying to prove anything. He seemed like he was doing what he loved and was simply sharing his experience and feeling with everyone in the room.

Before the set wrapped up, one of the other performers told a story about Kinney. He said he was on tour with him and and woken up in a bad mood, hungover from the night before. He walked to the front of the bus, and Kinney was standing there holding little chocolate figurines. Kinney said, “Hey man. I was at the dollar store, and I saw these little chocolate figurines. They made me think of you, so I bought them for you.” The other performer said, “That’s the day I knew I would know this man forever.”

I couldn’t wait to listen to more of what Kinney had written.

I’ve been listening to “A Good Country Mile” frequently since that day. I’m in love with it. It captures a nostalgic feeling that I will try to explain:

It feels like sitting alone in a room, feeling the weight of all that’s good and bad, knowing all of that is for good, and knowing we are never really alone. I close my eyes, and I feel the room expand infinitely. There is so much space around me, and that weight I was feeling is off of me. It’s now in the air around me…expanding as the room expands. I open my eyes and the weight comes back to me, but not like a weight. Instead it is warm like a hug.

This is where great music, great art, great food, great books, and great conversation take me. It’s not sad. It’s not happy. It just is, and it’s right now, and there is so much comfort in that feeling. I wish I could sit in it always.



My mom made this soup for me as a kid. I was craving it, so I did my best to recreate if from the flavors I remember. It’s incredible how food tied to a memory feels exactly like love. I think it actually is love, so I am sharing it with you.

Bowl of albondigas


  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 chopped potatoes (1/4” by 1” strips)
  • 2 sliced celery stalks
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 smashed garlic cloves
  • 1 lime washed and halved
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 16 oz can of roasted diced tomatoes in juice
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.25 oz taco seasoning
  • 1.5 cups rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 jar Goya Sofrito
  • 4 tbsp oil


  • Goya Adobo
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Soup Base

  1. Heat a soup pot with 1 tbsp of oil on medium-high 
  2. Add onion and cook for 4 minutes stirring occasionally
  3. Add carrots and cook for 4 minutes stirring occasionally
  4. Once the carrots and onions are softened, move 1/2 cup of mixture to a mixing bowl
  5. Add potatoes, celery stalks, minced garlic, lime halves, half of the cilantro, half of the taco seasoning, half of the Sofrito, can of tomatoes, beef broth, and chicken broth. Cover and bring to a boil.

Meatball prep

  1. Combine ground beef, eggs, remaining taco seasoning, half of the remaining cilantro, and bread crumbs to the mixing bowl with the carrot and onion mixture until everything is evenly distributed.
  2. Set aside to allow mixture to thicken.


  1. Heat remaining oil in a medium pot.
  2. Add uncooked rice to heated oil. Cook, stirring occasionally until the rice turns light brown.
  3. Add smashed garlic, remaining Sofrito, and three cups of water to the pot.
  4. Once the water is boiling, cover, reduce heat, and cook for 18 minutes.

Finish soup

  1. Roll meatball mixture into 1 inch meatballs and add them to the soup.
  2. Allow the meatballs to cook for 15 – 20 minutes.


  1. Place rice in the bottom of a bowl, top with soup and meatballs. Garnish with cilantro.
  2. Brag to your friends.


Best of season one.

The team behind the Top Restaurateurs podcast and I published the season one finale which consisted of moments we loved from the show. It’s got me thinking about a new format with more commentary for season two of the show.

I love hosting this podcast because I love interviewing people who run businesses, especially in the spaces my companies products serve. It’s opened up doors to speak to and get to know people who I never would have met had our team not decided to start a podcast.

Take a listen, and do yourself a favor: go back and listen to all of the season one interviews.


It wasn’t about landing on the moon.

Prior to going to the moon, a computer took up an entire room. In order to land on the moon, a computer had to fit inside the cockpit of a rocket. In the end, they got it to fit inside a one square foot box.

If the goal was to make a small computer, I don’t think computers would have developed as fast as they did. But, the goal was beat Russia to put a man on the moon. Americans were scared of Russia having better technology and more power than the United States. As a result, the mission had purpose.

Now we have computers in our pockets that are more powerful than my first laptop.

Some of the best advancements, ideas, and achievements are the byproducts of working towards a goal.

So, pick a goal and work relentlessly towards it, and be sure to pay attention to the byproducts.


Move fast and make adjustments.

My approach to getting stuff done has always been to trust my intuition, move fast, and make adjustments.

Sometimes this creates a mess. Other times, I stumble upon something that I could have only discovered through taking action.

I would rather make errors of action than errors of apathy.


Working on an iPad.

I was reading through Day One posts from the past and saw this one.

Two years later, this is not the case. Once iPadOS came out, I switched back to my iPad as my only computer. I have not touched my computer in over one month. The browser issue is fixed. I can edit videos in LumaFusion. I can edit podcasts in Ferrite. I could use Affinity Designer if I wanted to, but I found Fiver and 99 Designs, so I don’t mess around with design any more.

I find I am more productive on an iPad because I stay focused. It’s not as easy to switch between ten open applications. Windows cover the whole screen so I don’t get distracted by something else that’s open. I love Shortcuts. I love iOS apps like Ulysses, Day One, and Things.

Most of all I love how easy how little stuff I have to carry and how light my backpack is as a result.

Ultimately, my dream is to have one device for everything, and that dream keeps getting closer every year.


Efficiency vs. productivity.

Efficiency is getting something done as quickly as possible.

Productivity is getting stuff done.

Too often these terms are confused. People say they want to be more productive, but what they are really saying is they want to get more done with less work.

The people I admire are people who produce. They produce good work, solid relationships, service to others. They are not worried about putting in less work. They are worried about making the biggest impact.

I want to be more productive.


One. Deep. Breath.

My wife came home from a training our church was holding emotional and mental health and couldn’t stop telling me about all the stuff she learned in a session with Dr. Jerome Lubbe. She found a YouTube video of a smaller talk he did, and it’s worth a watch.

Starting a running a company is hard. I feel like I have spent the last 7 years in fight of flight mode, but as Dr. Lubbe says in this video, “It’s not a bear.”

Spend 30 minutes and watch. I will be digging into more of what this guy has to say.


Turning luck into lessons.

Two of my team members and I recorded our season one recap episode for Top Restaurateurs this morning. It’s going to be a fun one to listen to.

Nate, our Director of Business Development, said something that jumped out at me during our conversation. He said one of our guests was very good at turning luck into lessons.

Too often we fail to look back at how we got to where we are. Often times, connecting the dots backwards shows us the things that happened while we were working. They are events that were critcal to our success, and if repeated, could continue to help us achieve our future goals.

We can’t assume it was just our hard work and continue on relying on more hard work. We have to take into account where we got lucky and then focus our future hard work towards repeating that luck.


Grit in my kids.

I took my three youngest boys to a trampoline park today. They have a feature there where you try to knock an opponent off a balance beam using a padded pole. At one point I looked over and saw my 12 year up against an older kid who stood at least a foot taller and 70 pounds heavier. We will call him Big Guy.

Big Guy must have knocked my son off the beam over a dozen times, each time swinger harder than the last. My son just kept getting up and trying again, listening to the taunting and laughing from his opponent.

Then Big Guy took a giant swing towards my son’s head. My son ducked down and stood back up as he returned a blow in the direction Big Guy was leaning. Big Guy fell hard off the beam.

Then my son walked over to where Big Guy was laying, said something and threw his pole down at him before walking away towards a crown of cheering kids.

When we left, I told him I watched the whole thing and asked him what he was thinking when he kept getting up. He said, “I was thinking, he is either going to hurt me, or I am going to beat him.”

This is what grit looks like, and he inspired me to up my action this week.