Blackbird – Chapter 11

I Believe in God WHEN I RETURNED to the office a few days later, my whole outlook changed. My inbox was full of requests for quotations and other administrative tasks, but I wasn't weakened to see the work that awaited me. I moved along and replied to each request with a smile. It took me... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 10

Resurrected Dreams AFTER MY GRANDFATHER'S passing, my life looked completely different. The love I found within my passion became lost in an external world surrounded by shadows of lonely dreams. The business idea my brother and I were building hit a dead end. The small business I was trying to grow was only producing modest... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 9

Personal Crosses IT WAS EASTER Monday when my grandfather checked in to the local hospital. It seemed like one of his routine visits, so I kept checking in on his progress to see what the medical staff had to say. Nothing looked out of the ordinary, and he was doing so well that my aunt... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 8

Reimagined Journey AFTER THE CHRISTMAS celebrations ended and the last few fireworks released into the night sky, we attempted to get back to our routine. I was working on a couple of projects for my small business and trying to get my book into the hands of anyone that would read the words that ignited... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 7

Tree of Life I CONTINUED TO further inspect these liberal ideas as my grandfather returned home and I prepared for the release of my first book. I even dusted off the bible my mother gave to me for my confirmation to see if I could find any more information to validate these theoretical claims. I... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 6

Accidental Discovery WHEN THE STABLE aircraft made its final descent through the broken clouds, I observed the rocky landscape surrounding the calmness of the Atlantic Ocean. With each measured kilometer dropped I could almost hear the harmonic waves pushing up against the shore. It's only desire was to move forward and gracefully flow as intended.... Continue Reading →

Open Eyes

"Every morning when you open your eyes and embrace your passion, encourage yourself to never fall asleep again." - Topher Pike Every morning you have a choice: awake to the sound of an alarm clock, or awake with a purpose. I fight every morning to never hear an alarm that has no idea of what... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 5

Embracing Change I WAS DOING absolutely everything I could to stay inspired as I continued to find my voice. I looked everywhere for opportunities to encourage or assist all the people that encircled my life. I bought breakfast for the person behind me when I picked up my morning coffee and actively searched for anyone... Continue Reading →

Wake Me

"Don’t reach out to me if you want to talk about the disappointment of yesterday. Only wake me if you are willing to attack today, and I will be by your side." - Topher Pike This quote came to me after a conversation with a friend who was going through some difficult times. After a... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 4

Continuous Progression THE FOLLOWING TUESDAY morning I found myself sitting in front of my most prominent client. I had a good relationship with him at the time, so our conversations were casual. At first, I hesitated to tell him about my plans for writing my first book but felt an urge to bring him closer... Continue Reading →

Attainable Goals

The eyes of a leader can be seen in all those who decide to listen and believe their goals are attainable." - Topher Pike Leadership skills have become a great characteristic for your resume. It has such a narrow connotation that most believe it is a trait held by someone in a corner office. Leadership... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 3

Rediscovered Passion WRITING HAS ALWAYS been a part of who I am. The first time I remember it surfacing was when I was an 18-year-old kid. Fresh out of high school I walked through my university campus trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. With many unanswered... Continue Reading →

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