On Goals, Calling, and Values

On Goals

We are part way into the second month of 2016 now (Didn’t we just start 2015?). Naturally, many of our conversations throughout the past month started with those very familiar questions. “What’s your new years resolution”? “What goals do you have for the year ahead”? If you are anything like me, then you are rarely prepared to answer these questions when they come. After all many of us only spend a month or two out of each year intentionally thinking about our goals, and what feel we should be pursuing with our lives. I am typically no exception, but this season was a little different. The nature of what I am looking for with my writings here had me starting to work through goals and calling as early as October when I began building this site.

The Mind of the Maker: Chad Floyd


In a maker market that is mostly driven by artists striving to make a name for themselves, Chad Floyd of Chad Floyd Woodworks is finding motivation in a different place.

If we are being honest here, he doesn’t even like having his name in the title of the business.

In fact, honesty is what really defines Chad and his products. He doesn’t have time for fluff, and is not trying to corner any market with the next best thing. He just wants to create an environment where he can be truthful with himself and others, and make the products that he enjoys making while he’s at it. Although he oozes humility, he does not shy away from sharing his story when asked. He understands the importance of his experiences and how they brought him to where he is today.

While You Wait

Inspired by one of my very favorite blogs, A Continuous Lean, I’ve decided to create a type of post where I share groups of online articles and the like that I have recently found interesting. Some of these may be relevant to this blogs concept, and some not so much. This is simply something for you to enjoy in the times between my own posts. See links below image.


Yuccies -Mashable

> The rise and fall of the “Hipster”  • Mashable • (Pictured)

> Origins of the taco • Smithsonian •

> The return of an American Classic • Automotive News •

> The great office supply merger (maybe) • The Boston Globe •


Transparency and Forward

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I don’t think I know exactly what I’m doing yet, but I’m on my way.

If you know me well, then you know that I have a tough time staying motivated with new ideas and ventures. I think maybe that I get so pumped about what I see for the end goal and all the possibilities in between, that the beginning finds me a little bored and impatient. I know this is actually a typical situation that my generation finds themselves in, and we could write books about how our current culture breads a desire for instant gratification (and it does). I’ll leave that topic someone else, however. Instead I’d like to start with myself, and how Copper & Smoke fits in.

About 3 years ago I started building guitar amps out of cigar boxes.…