Stolen Time ⏰

There used to be all of the time in the world. Then I started a business. Then I got married. Then we had two kids. Now, … time is the most valuable thing there is.

A few years ago, I was headed out on a business trip and my daughter didn’t want me to leave. I asked her if she’d wake up early with me the next day so we could squeeze in some more hang time and go see the sunrise at the beach before I left. I’m not much of a morning person but *spoiler alert*, I kind of am now. We stole some time, and it was most excellent.

Every day, you can steal a little time. It’s as simple as waking up a little earlier or going to bed a little later. My good friend, Lance Curran, and I have a standing agreement where either of us will get up early on any day and meet each other to go do something outside together like kayak or paddle board or skateboard… Or swim in a frozen lake, then stand by a fire.

It’s all right there waiting for you to take it.

Today it’s my kids who ask me to wake up early.

Nearly every day they ask. I can’t say no to them, even though it’s so hard for me to wake up early. They push me in a way I love and appreciate. Some days we pack up my truck and set up a full-on kitchen at the beach to cook pancakes and bacon. We set up a tent, a dining area, … we run around exploring, dance to some phone speaker music, jump in the water, and just hang out together talking about how everything is going. There are millions of people in Chicago and during the spring/fall/winter when the beaches are closed hardly anybody goes to the water. It’s right there.

Steal some time for yourself, or with a friend, or with your special someone, or your pet, or kids. It’s free, and it’ll create some of the best memories you’ll have. Take them.