How to Build Your Own Trail

A few summers ago, I had the opportunity to help build a trail through a new camp donated to our local YMCA. In all my years of Scouting, I had never before built a trail. I’ve cleaned them, marked them, and hiked them, but never built them. In fact, I always thought that trails just happened from people walking the same path over and over. Not so. ┬áTrails are planned then built. Read the rest of this entry »

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What is your next step?

Last week I handled several concerns along the same lines from both adult and student clients. Those concerns sounded something like these:

  • I know where I want to go, but not sure how to get there.
  • How do I know whether to take a job or not?
  • I am not quite sure what to do now, but ultimately I know where I want to be. What should I do?

The answer to these is easy: do something. Take a step in the general direction you are heading, any direction actually will work. Even if it is not in a straight line toward your goal does not mean you should rather stand still. Just taking a step will help. Just like Newton’s Law of Motion–once you are in motion, you will tend to stay in motion. But if you are simply standing still, chances are it will be easier to remain still and just thinking about your goal rather than moving toward it. Read the rest of this entry »


Is College Worth It?

I hear a lot of questions about college. Is it worth the expense? How should I fund it? College costs are becoming more important to families. Working a private institution, we are those who negotiate how much they will for us to teach their son or daughter is becoming more frequent.┬áDave Ramsey has recently come our with a new college guide to help families learn how to get through college without debt. Dan Miller has recently written about the unrealistic salary expectations of college graduates. So where is the line? Is college still worth the expense? Read the rest of this entry »