Brandon Reed

Design. Build. Tinker. Contribute…Create.

We’ve stopped creating. When was the last time you built something…from scratch? Maybe Shop class in High School? Maybe an evening pottery course that you got off of Groupon? I’d wager that most of us would be hard-pressed to remember the last time that we undertook a project where we had to think of a […]

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“That” Guy: Understanding Roles in Our Relationships

Which “guy” are you? The “funny” guy? The “ambitious” guy? The “sports” guy? The “practical” guy? The “movie buff” guy? As you think about your circle of friends, inevitably everyone fits into some kind of unique “slot” within the group. It’s a natural tendency we have to place people into specific roles. I think that, […]

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Financial Stewardship: The Forgotten Virtue

Why, in a world so hyper-focused on gaining and spending wealth, do we so often shy away from the topic of financial management and planning? We love to use money, but it seems that we don’t want to (or perhaps don’t know how to) have the conversation about how that can be done wisely. As […]

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Redefining Expectations During Seasons of Transition

Think back to the last big transition you made in your life. Was it high school to college? Single-life to married-life? A move to a new city? My guess is that as you reminisce on those memories you are flooded with both positive and negative emotions. The thrill of a new adventure, the anxiety of […]

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Serve & Let Serve

On some level, we are all constantly searching for a tool, system, app, service, etc, that will make their lives easier…more efficient. If I don’t have time to clean my house, I hire a cleaner to do that for me. If I don’t know how to change the oil in my car, I find a […]

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As the Fire Refines…

There are chapters in any gentlemen’s life that can be looked back on as seasons of growth. Circumstances and situations that all seem to culminate together to form rich lessons that inevitably become the “stuff” that our world views are made out of. As many of you know all too well, those seasons are often […]

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Steady As You Go

I am, of course, not the first to tell you that we live in a world full of distraction. As a modern day gentleman, you are, no doubt, very keenly aware of the frivolousness of so much of what demands our time and attention. Yet still somehow we find ourselves constantly in a place of […]

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We all experience seasons of our life where it seems everything is being thrown at us at once. You can probably remember a time in the not-so-distance past when you felt like all that you had on your plate left you completely under water. These periods of life are inevitable, especially for those who are […]

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Rest, Ye Merry Gentlemen

The Christmas season is upon us! You can feel it in the air! Admittedly, I love the “hustle and bustle” of the holidays as much as anyone else. It’s fun to see people out-and-about, shopping for loved ones and attending seasonal events. As much as we talk about “slowing down” in this blog, it’s important […]

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“Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.”

Victor Hugo