My 2016 Goal, Focusing On My Family 

Happy New Year!

I think 2016 is going to be a great year. 

Can I tell you a little secret? I think every year is going to be great. Why? Because I go into every year expecting the best and look at the positive events. Every January 1st, I am pretty sure I proclaim this will be a great year. 

This past year ended with siding being blown off my house in a December wind storm. It looked pretty bad and a little less than a quarter of the siding came off the back off the house. From the look of some of the other houses in the neighborhood, we got pretty lucky. Other houses had roof damage and they lost siding on the entire side of the house. Right now, it’s covered and we’re working with the insurance company. 

I have one goal for 2016. That’s it. My goal is get my family and myself to the end of the year in one piece. For the next 365 days, I’m focusing on family. 

How can we communicate better?

How can we go longer periods of time without electronics?

How can the kids become more mindful?

How can the kids become more empathetic towards other?

How can I better help my kids work through some of the disappointments of growing up?

How can I build a stronger relationship with my kids and wife?

How can I be more available at home while working on the extracurricular activities I’m volunteer with?

How can I be a better person?

These are some of the things I’m going to work on this year. The list will probably grow. I know it will grow and that’s fine, adapt and change. 

Two things The Rookie Dad was going to focus on this year was patience and consistency. 

Everything else is secondary. Lots of other things can change. Family is forever. We are  stuck together whether we like it or not. 

Take care and be awesome and big sexy. 

Weekly Goals

What are your goals for the week?

1. 10k Fitbit steps a day. Going to 5k walk each morning.
2. Less sugar intake. Less soda and more water. At least 64oz a day.  I’ll track in the Fitbit app.
3. Crush my enemies, trolls and haters.
4. Be awesome.
5. Be big sexy.

What about you?
What are you working on this week to be a more awesome you?

I post my goals each week to hold myself accountable and to inspire other to do the same. Are you looking to make a change in your life? Think about the things you want to change. Choose one of two things you want to work on and move forward with it.

Don’t complicate it. Pick one or two things and work on those for the week. Let me know how you did!

You can also follow my progress on Twitter @BgKahuna and on Facebook.

Big Win Friday!




Big win Friday!

Did you have a big win this past week?

What is a big win? It’s anything you conquered this past week. It could be as simple as walked before work three days this week to you finally completed that task you’ve been putting off for weeks.

You don’t have to share it here. Be mindful of the goal. Be proud of yourself for completing it.

For my kids, I bet their big win would be completing another year of school and moving onto the next grade. In reality, it would be completing the school year and getting their electronic devices back. Yes, we are those parents.

For me, I did four pull-ups last night while on my walk. I’m also on day eleven of my 5k a day. I’m one day behind. I hope to make it up on Friday afternoon.

These may not be incredibly big wins for you. They are for me.

Have a great day!

Remember When…

On beautiful summer days, I like to think back to when I was five years old. Running and playing in the Mount Greenwood section of Chicago.
When my world was my house and the sidewalk path three or four houses in each direction. This was as far as me and my Big Wheel were allowed to go. As long as my mom was out front, I was free to roam the world.

We lived on the corner.

Head north, look around and back home.
Wave to mom.
Head east, look around and back home again.
I love summer.


Editors Note: This is from a writing prompt from the #ThinkKit15 project created by SmallBox. Today’s prompt was to share something that sticks out from the past. This post had a limit of 100 words. For more information about this project, follow @ThinkKit on Twitter.

The Podcast Thing, An Update

Jason and Leilan in their podcasting fort
Jason and Leilan in their podcasting fort

We are making progress on the podcast. There are a lot of fun things with this project. I am surprised with the progress we have made.

Had you asked me a month ago if we would have a website, a logo (thanks Aric) and one recording in the can…I would have told you that you’re crazy. I can’t believe we have one recording completed. We were planning on recording a second one. Unfortunately, we ran out of time.

If you are thinking about starting something like this, plan it out and go with it. One of the greatest elements that has contributed to this success is planning. Yes, creativity played a big part. But, by planning out what we wanted to do, things were easier.

We met a couple times and talked about what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it. Each planning meeting dug a little further at what we wanted from this wellness project. It is a coincidence that we were not that far off what the other person wanted from it.

We are still working on some programming issues. As we move forward with this project, we are getting better at that. It’s both exciting and scary to be creating this thing of ours. One tradition that came out of a recent meeting, every podcast recording starts with a game of four square. I love this.

Things we are working on: more podcasts, blog posts, cooking segments, and stupid Kahuna tricks. The last one had some fun projects pop up that we will be sharing with everyone shortly.

It you haven’t already, check out the podcast blog at

Thank you again for your early support.