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About GLL+

A blog about giving more, loving more and living more. Finding better ways of doing each of these everyday. A journey through self-discovery.

Lessons from my younger me.


I’ve heard people talk about their high school years as though it were the golden age of perfection. My mother would say to me,”Enjoy those [high school] days. I had some good, clean fun. You’re going to miss them when … Continue reading

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Unfair Expectations


I expected my friends to support the things that I did because they’re my friends (the good things, of course).  I think that I’m a pretty good friend and I deserve the same type of loyalty and commitment that other … Continue reading

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Jackson of all trades and a mastodon of none


or: A jack of all trades, but a master of none. Since about middle school, this phrase has haunted me. I didn’t want to admit it, but I have held myself back from doing other things because I wanted to … Continue reading

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Keeping it Real


So, I haven’t been completely honest with.  While that sounds bad, lemme clean that up a bit: I haven’t been exactly authentic as I used to be.  When I first started this blog over 5 years ago, I was writing … Continue reading

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I am just a man.


I used to think of myself according to the above sentence. I felt like,” I’m doing the best I can; I’m just a man.”  If you think about it, it’s just a way to rationalize mediocrity. If I see myself … Continue reading

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when there just isn’t anymore


I find that people sometimes treat friendships like a pencil. In fact, like their favorite pencil. A fresh, new pencil is sharpened.  You anticipate that the abrasion on the paper will be sharp and crisp.  You love the new pencil. … Continue reading

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when do you know the dance has ended? (part 2)


Well? Do you know when? Would you say it’s when the song begins to slow down or when it fades out? I’ve taken some time to really think about this, but not from the angle you might think. There are two people in a ballroom. One person asks the other to dance.  The other agrees. They […]

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when do you know the dance has ended? (part 1)


Well? Do you know when? Would you say it’s when the song begins to slow down or when it fades out? I’ve taken some time to really think about this, but not from the angle you might think. There are two … Continue reading

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the Art in my Heart (part 2)


Happiness. Happiness is the only word I can use to describe that night. For a split second at the airport (en route to Charlotte), I thought, “Is this totally crazy?  Like, what gives you the right?  This is just a … Continue reading

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the Art in my Heart (part 1)


Recently, a dear friend named Arthur was opening a new studio named Haven. He’s a talented guy and painting is just one of his many talents. I’ve known him for over 20 years. I think we met in middle school. … Continue reading

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