On A Personal Note

Personal Thoughts and Notes from Kevin Snyder
The Power of a Perfect Moment

The Power of a Perfect Moment

For me, a “perfect moment” is a moment of calm, presence, and connectivity that results in a “nirvana-like” awareness.   It’s a moment that often comes out of nowhere and overwhelms me with an instant clarity of mind. It leaves me with a peaceful truth and...

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What’s the Point If You Aren’t Having Fun?

What’s the Point If You Aren’t Having Fun?

Many of us have felt “stuck” or in a rut at some point in life. Oftentimes it’s due to the fact we become focused on the “end-game” and not the journey. If your happiness is dependent on accomplishing certain goals, what happens if fate intervenes and outside events...

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Who’s Your Dado?

Who’s Your Dado?

I love being Dado. "Dado" is what my kids have called me since they were first able to talk. The name just stuck. I like it because it's unique, still identifies me as Dad, and just sounds fun. Being "Dado" is where I find happiness and purpose. It's one of the core...

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Flag of Our Fathers and Mothers

Flag of Our Fathers and Mothers

Today is an important day. Today we honor our American flag and for which it stands...indivisible...with liberty..and justice...for all. Our flag is the common unifier despite our differences as Americans. While we all have different life circumstances, experiences,...

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To Find the Real Gold in Your Life, Do This One Thing…

To Find the Real Gold in Your Life, Do This One Thing…

Stop chasing rainbows... Like many of you, between work and family, I have a pretty full schedule.  From the time the alarm goes off in the morning until my head hits the pillow at night, I am constantly on the go. Talking to other friends, family, and clients this is...

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Why Writing a Note Can Be the Best Gift Money Can’t Buy

Why Writing a Note Can Be the Best Gift Money Can’t Buy

The experience of writing a card or a letter is a powerful one for me. We’ve all received a note, card, or a letter in the mail that made us smile. Why is that? Of course, it is nice to know that someone is stopping their daily life to say “I’m thinking about you.” To...

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Make Less Resolutions and Eat More Elephants this Year

Make Less Resolutions and Eat More Elephants this Year

  Before you get too alarmed, the real elephants are safe. But you metaphorical elephants, watch out!  I know how to eat you...and I'm willing to share how. Being as it is the start of a new year, many of us are focused on dreaming big. So we create to-do lists...

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Why It’s Okay to Let Go of Your Parent Guilt

Why It’s Okay to Let Go of Your Parent Guilt

Am I doing enough? Am I spending enough time? Am I providing the best opportunities? Should I have stayed home to play boardgames instead of going on date night? Does this sound familiar? Parent guilt is a real thing.  Often referred to as "Mommy Guilt," all parents...

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Who’s Riding On Your Bus?

Who’s Riding On Your Bus?

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people with whom we spend most of our time. While I believe this to be true, I don't like it's numeric limitation.  With so many great people out there, I want to surround myself with as...

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Are You Building A Taj Mahal with a Do-It-Yourself Approach?

Are You Building A Taj Mahal with a Do-It-Yourself Approach?

How are you getting things done?  Are you a powerhouse of productivity or do you outsource for efficiency? The balance between being independent and seeking help continues to be an ongoing conversation in the Snyder family.  For both kids and parents. Completing our...

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A Letter to Aging Parents

A Letter to Aging Parents

Dear Mom and Dad, Did you know that May is National Elder Law Awareness Month? I know, I shouldn't need a special month to appreciate you as my elders. I love and appreciate you every day (although I probably should tell you more often). However, this month has caused...

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Giving Thanks By Paying a Legacy Forward

Giving Thanks By Paying a Legacy Forward

“Legacy is not leaving something for people, it’s leaving something in people.” – Peter Strople “The goal isn’t to live forever, it is to create something that will.” - Chuck Plahniuk These quotes are a great reminder to me that no one gets to where they are in life...

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Who Is Your Person?

Who Is Your Person?

My wife, Carolyn, and I have a saying: “thank you for being my person.”  I am not quite sure of its origins or when we first started saying it, but it has become a very meaningful and powerful synonym to “I love you” for us. But what does it mean?  For us, it goes...

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Be Better By Slowing Down

Be Better By Slowing Down

Like many of you, between work and family, I have a pretty full schedule with little time in between.  From the time the alarm goes off in the morning until my head hits the pillow at night, I am constantly on the go. Sound familiar? Add the constant distraction of...

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How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

My five-year-old daughter loves flowers.  She loves picking them from our front yard, choosing arrangements at Trader Joe's, and drawing pictures of them. Recently, she grew attached to a plastic Hawaiian lei from the Dollar Store. She called it her "flower necklace."...

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The Key to Happiness and a Good Life

The Key to Happiness and a Good Life

I don't know about you, but I often feel like I am perpetually in the fast lane. Life happens and whizzes by so quickly. The same is true for many others I know.  We shuttle the kids to school, go to work, go to after-school activities and sports, and then to bed....

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The Power of a No Limit Mentality

The Power of a No Limit Mentality

My call to action this month is to rise above limitations.  In my last "Personal Note," I discussed taking action to achieve desired goals. However, one reason for inaction is an acknowledgement of limitation.  While actual limitations do exist, most limitations are...

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Love Much, Dream Big… and Fail So You Can Succeed

Love Much, Dream Big… and Fail So You Can Succeed

We all have dreams of doing and achieving something great. Whether it is something long-term or more short-term, we are all striving on a daily basis to meet our goals.  But we don't always achieve them and our "to-do" list sometimes remains unchanged or simply gets...

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