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Posts from the ‘Reflections’ Category

Something Old, Something New: An Update From Shafer…Power!

When we launched Shafer…Power! back in April, 2012, we really didn’t know where it would take us.  Although we did create some fairly specific goals when we started the blog, the reality is we were simply trying to inject a little fun and adventure into our children’s growth and development. Read more

7 Short Miles, 7 New Ideas

As part of my training for a 25k trail race I’ll be doing later next month, I ran 7 miles this evening around Lady Bird Lake (Austin, TX).  And while I typically listen to inspiring music to keep myself motivated, this time I elected to change things up a bit to see where my creative juices would take me;  specifically, I decided to see if I could come up with 7 ideas for new businesses – or 1 new idea per mile.  Keep in mind, this gave me between 8-9 minutes to come up with a new concept…all while become more and more fatigued.  And if you’re asking yourself what this has to do with “A Family’s Journey of Entrepreneurism,” I would tell you that you always need to be thinking of fresh, new ideas.  (Photo courtesy of The Trail Foundation) Read more

What do you want to be when you grow up?

It’s a question we all ask our kids.  I’m not sure why, but it’s just so darn exciting to hear what they’ll say.  Maybe we’re hoping they’ll say Tiger Woods.  Or Britney Spears.  Then again, maybe not.  Yikes. Read more

5 Really Cool Things We’ve Discovered Together as a Family

It’s been just over five months since the launch of Shafer…Power! and it feels like a good time to check in to ensure we’re making satisfactory progress toward our goals.  Personally, I feel as though we’ve made great strides together and are really just starting to gain momentum in our journey of entrepreneurism.  In fact, I thought it would be a fun way to evaluate our progress by writing about 5 really cool things we’ve discovered together as a family.  Without further adieu: Read more

The Back to School Challenge

It’s that time of the year again…New outfits being purchased.  Stockpiling of supplies.  Sleep schedules re-adjusted.  Summer days drifting away.  And that’s just for me.  I won’t even mention the list for the kids.  Yep, it’s time for back to school! Read more