December 26, 2019 3 min read

Welcome to this week’s edition of "Just a few things," a weekly blog dedicated to sharing a few thoughts on things I think you could find interesting as well as a few things I've been reading, learning or contemplating during the week.

Many of these things are inspired by my interactions with you via email or social media, so feel free to drop a comment and share a few things yourself!

What would I do if I could spend just 2 hours a week on Combat Flags?

I’d spend those two hours focusing on the people who make Combat Flags possible. From customers, to vets and military supporters, I’d talk with more people and learn their stories. There’s something in getting away from the “business” side of things that I always find appealing and rejuvenating. Conversations with people at events or via messages are often times the catalyst for all kinds of new content (blogs, social media, email, etc.) and take on a richer meaning.

Because this thing is largely a one-man-show, I spend my time doing business-y things that take away from the things I really enjoy. But it’s all necessary, so I definitely can’t fault myself for splitting attention like I do today.

Is everything fine as is, or am I making more out of nothing than I need to?

Definitely the latter. Life is good. Life is great. Family, friends, business, profession, I really can’t find a true fault in any of it. When I do, it’s always one of those “first world problem” moments. But, hey, I like to dwell. And dwelling takes the joy out of things.

How could I be kinder to myself?

To be kinder to myself is to give myself what I give most to others – grace. I hold myself to such a high bar that I end up not giving any grace to what I have going on. It’s all an obstacle that has to be completed exceedingly well. And that mentality zaps joy and meaning from life. 

Are my goals my own, or simply what I thought I should want?

Had I considered this question as I was ETS’ing or graduating college my answer would be quite different from today. Back then I was living up to the expectations of society. I was doing what I thought was the “normal” and expected thing to do. The path I chose was of my choosing, but it was heavily influenced by outside parties. Today I’m doing more of what I choose to do and in the manner in which I choose to do it. It’s paying off across the board. Combat Flags is a great example of that. In my professional (corporate) world I also see it paying off, too. It seems uncommon to ask the questions nobody wants to ask or to push back (respectfully) against a superior.

How can I better say no to the noise?

It’s a combination of things, but primarily I default to where my time, energy and passions are best placed. Using those 3 lenses as filters is a good start to blocking out the unneeded things.

That's a wrap on this week's edition! I encourage you to answer one of the questions posed above or share just a few things of your own either as a comment here, via a post on Facebook and Instagram (tagging @Combat_Flags, of course) or both.

I’ve also got lots of cool stuff up in the store. If you haven’t checked it out in a while, swing by and check out some freedom!

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