If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?

Mom, Dad — you’ve given us amazing lives. Worked hard at it. Sacrificed. Fought. Cried. Loved. Etc, etc, etc. Please NEVER hang your heads ever again. Be yourselves; the two people your three kids really, truly know. We want you back… From today, moving forward, it’s ALL about the future — those opportunities we’re going to be given to love each other. Please. Let’s all seize them.

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People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.

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In my opinion, travel is one of the greatest “life lessons” for men and women of any age. And when I write travel, it’s important to note that I mean that you must submerse yourself within the community/culture/lifestyle of one of the places traveled to, at minimum. A three week trip of Western Europe, spending two days at each stop doesn’t quite do it (although it does help regardless).

Moving halfway around the world with a little bit of money, knowing no one, not fluent in the language, getting a sense of how big the world actually is and how small we actually are, as individuals… it’s THE most humbling act one can do for themselves. And humility is a trait we’re seeing less and less of, unfortunately.

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Working with the #MakeItRightFoundation & an assortment talented men & women, we utilized two maritime shipping containers, connected them in an “L-Shaped” fashion, and transformed the old, beat up vessels into a beautiful, eco-friendly, two bedroom smart home. After spending a week at the LA Convention Center as the featured display for #DwellOnDesign, the new home was shipped to Montana, where it was donated to the Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

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H. E. Danieley III

H. E. Danieley III

A 35 year old gent living in LA w/ my dog Harley. I’ve spent over a decade as an interior designer. I love tennis, family, golf, reading, surf, & telling jokes.