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January 09, 2020 3 min read 4 Comments

Welcome to this week’s edition of "Just a few things," a weekly blog dedicated to sharing a few things I've been doing, thinking, reading or learning throughout the previous week. Many of these things will be inspired by my interactions with you via email or social media... so feel free to drop a comment and share a few things yourself! Let’s get to it:

  • Someone I met: This week I met someone in person who I've been texting with for over a year. It's an amazing story and one I'm excited to share in more detail later on. For now, though, know that I met with one of the strongest human beings I've ever known, Vonda Rodgers. Vonda is a Gold Star Mom who lost her son, SGT Joshua Rodgers, on April 27, 2017, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. SGT Rodgers was a team leader with C Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, out of Fort Benning, Georgia. Vonda and I came in contact by way of Returning the Favor and I'm so very happy to have come to know her.
  • Something I read: Sometimes Twitter actually provides valuable content, not just angry people :) Earlier this week I stumbled across a tweet linking to a story in the New York Times about two Auschwitz survivors who fell in love in the camp, but who were separated at the end of the war. They both went on to live extraordinary lives and found each other again after 67 years. Their paths after leaving Auschwitz are things novels are made of and their determination to live their best lives is something we should all strive for. Give yourself a quiet 10 minute and read this story:
  • Something I'm working on: In the spirit of constant improvement, I'm still working to fully transition order fulfillment from me to a veteran-owned fulfillment center. After Fox Business I quickly learned that I'm not capable of doing everything 100% myself, and order fulfillment was the first area I looked to outsource. It's an added cost for sure, but when I think about the amount of time I spend packaging and shipping AND thinking about packaging and shipping, it seems like a no brainer.
  • Something I'm thinking about: As I write this news about Iran firing rockets at our troops is still fresh in my mind. I remember seeing the initial invasion as a teenager and feeling a rush. But as an adult the news about the launches struck me quite differently. We're a nation at war, and have been for nearly 2 decades now, but this one hit differently. Maybe because it's the first "attack" since my boy was born or perhaps it's because the action could be the start to something bigger... I'm not sure. Regardless, I'm worried about our servicemen and women out there fighting the good fight on our behalf.
  • Something I want back: Ugh, getting my routine back! Between the holidays, moving homes, Combat Flags and the day job, my routine is all out of whack. As a person who thrives on a good routine, this is crushing me. 

Alright, that wraps up this week's edition of Just a Few Things. Feel free to drop a comment with a response to one of the "somethings" I talk about here, or drop a comment with your own win/loss/lesson/thing from the week.

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4 Responses

Rob Beidleman
Rob Beidleman

January 10, 2020

I know what you mean about routine- I feel like I have been out of whack since the end of October and I have felt and feel very agitated I don’t know somethings not right –
Very cool about expanding your operation and being able to outsource the fulfillment- plan it out and make sure you add P (+P) for plenty when you transition. I bet if you gave Nick Palmisciano at RangerUp a call or text he might be able to give you a few pointers

Michael Wright
Michael Wright

January 10, 2020

Hi Dan,

I feel your pain. The holidays are a blitzkrieg at best and it can really throw you off. Don’t know about the weather in your part of the country, but I have recently revived my morning 2 mile walk that I fell lapse on after daily for 9 years. It’s dark, and quiet, and all I hear besides my steps and breath are quiet thoughts. I solve problems, de-stress, and plan my day all while getting valuable cardio. It feels very refreshing to finally manage to reach the stairs home.



Mark A. Hallowell Sr
Mark A. Hallowell Sr

January 10, 2020

Hi Dan

Like your messages. I think all active duty and veterans alike share your concerns about the Iran/Iraq situation.

I think the waving of the flag and taking out the bad guy was the correct approach, however it has again divided the country.

Actually I think we are in two wars. The physical one in the sand and a subliminal war of the American press that continually tear down the country in every way they can. Instead of uniting the country, they divide no matter the cost and all those that are in their way. I sat back and watched for many years, however I have now chosen to fight in a peaceful approach, getting the facts and truth out so people can make an informed decision. I am just one and my battle maybe limited, however I move forward where I can to inform. If we want our children to grow up in the America that our founding fathers and others have bleed and died for we need to take a stand, no matter how small. I have four children and 6 granddaughters and My wife and I start with them, by teaching them to look at both sides of a story and decide where the rubber really hits the road. They are never to young to talk about these things if done properly. Well I am off my soapbox. Thank you for serving brother

Mark A Hallowell, Sr
US Navy Retired

Mildred Johnson
Mildred Johnson

January 10, 2020

Yes it has been a Very hard week to wrap your head around.How can so much happening in just a few days?We can only take it day by day.The world is a changed place.Yes this one is truly different.God Bless America.

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