We Almost Hung Out With Justin Bieber on New Year’s Eve

Times Square on New Year's Eve may actually be the center of the universe. Hundreds of millions watch it on television, as I have most years, trying to catch just a smidge of the electricity surging through the massive crowd as the ball descends towards a new year. When the opportunity arose to actually go to Dick… Continue reading We Almost Hung Out With Justin Bieber on New Year’s Eve

The Hardest Part About Christmas Is Actually Being There

I have two goals this Christmas. 1) Eat my weight in Hawaiian Rolls 2) Be all there. The first one is obvious (and dangerously easy). The second is a challenge.  I really love everything about Christmas. Christmas movies, Christmas cookies, Christmas music, Christmas cookies, Christmas caroling, cookies... you get the point. As much as I get into the… Continue reading The Hardest Part About Christmas Is Actually Being There

The Time We Tried To Outsmart Santa Claus (and Failed Miserably)

On Christmas Eve in the Nations’ house, all four boys (before we adopted Abigail) would sleep in the same room as we collectively dreamt of the awesome new toys coming our way with the midnight arrival of Santa Claus and his reindeer friends. In the morning, we would call our parents on the landline (#ThrowbackThursday) and beg to go… Continue reading The Time We Tried To Outsmart Santa Claus (and Failed Miserably)

I’m Still Not a Great Encourager (But Will Be One Day)

On November 12th, I committed to being more encouraging this month by writing notes. My goal was (and still is) to write one more note than I did in October, a total of 5 by graduation day. As of right now, the scoreboard shows 2.  Real impressive. To be honest, throughout the process I've found… Continue reading I’m Still Not a Great Encourager (But Will Be One Day)

The Two Times I’ve Cried in College

I’ve cried twice in all 4 years of college. Once during the ending of Toy Story 3, and again at my first Florida State football game. No kidding. The Toy Story part you probably believe or experienced yourself. I doubt you have feelings at all if didn’t at least tear up Buzz, Woody and the crew were… Continue reading The Two Times I’ve Cried in College

How to Win Every Social Encounter

I love fights. More than that, I really love winning. Not that I’ve ever been in a real fist fight. (Though I did take a mean punch to the face once for executing an ill-timed prank on some friends, but never hit the guy back because I deserved it.) Nor am I particularly well-trained physically. I'd… Continue reading How to Win Every Social Encounter