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 →

Casting Judgement

"Don’t cast judgement until you are willing to judge yourself." - Topher Pike On your journey toward your new life, you will have many people stare at you with skepticism and tell you the life you want is impossible. They will say you don’t have the money, you are not smart enough, or your goals... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 2

Unlocking the Cage AS THE UNCLOUDED sun poked through the pastel shades enclosing my bedroom the next morning, I could feel my phone abruptly vibrating on the bedside table. I started to tremble in my lucid dream the moment before my sunken eyes opened for the first time. Reaching for my phone, I quickly notice... Continue Reading →

Powerful Wishes

"A thousand wishes unasked are worth nothing, but one dream surrounded with passion and purpose is powerful beyond belief." - Topher Pike   Have you ever dreamed of a genie who would appear in your darkest days in a haze of happenstance? A mystical figure who could provide you with three wishes that would change... Continue Reading →

Blackbird – Chapter 1

In the Beginning THE DAY WAS June 6, 2016. The smell of freshly poured instant coffee surrounded my kitchen as I reached for my morning apple. Looking inside the interwoven reddish basket placed beside the fresh homemade bread, I arrived at the one closest to my unsteady hand. With my first insignificant decision made I... Continue Reading →

Responsive Reflection

"If you look in the mirror and see failure, look again." - Topher Pike This quote came to me during the first day that I realized I needed to change the way I think and the way I choose to live. We all have days when we feel we are not enough. We hesitate to... Continue Reading →

Poem XVIII – When in Doubt

Thank you father, for another glorious day. When in doubt I am grateful for the crimson sunrise behind the clouds as an auspicious beginning is presented today within a dream of tomorrow. Thank you father, for the journey of life. When in doubt I am grateful you shall accompany me within the wind flowing wild and free above the ashes floating... Continue Reading →

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