Feelin Groovy… A love song for my tribe

In Awesomeness, Friends, Intro*Spec, Phantom Tollbooth Records, TheMrRogers Blogs on September 23, 2013 at 1:02 PM

 Pete Rock     Simon and Garfunkel



This is a love song… written for all of those that I love. My Family, My Tribe, My Friends. Cheers to the memories that made us who we are today. Thank you for the light you have brought to my life

When I was 18ish, I came up with this notion, an Idea, that I was a collector of people. I deduced this because at the time, I had many great friends who I considered to be the cream of the crop. Little did I know that this idea would lead to the collective awesomeness that is my tribe today.

I consider myself lucky, many of those people who I held so dear, from that part of my life, are still in my life. And many, many more have come since then! After a while I realized that the tribe of which I belong to, collected me and continues to collect the most amazing people, not the other way around.

So, what does this have to do with a love song? A while back I was FreeStyling in my truck (A.K.A. CloudKicker) when my favorite song “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin Groovy)” by Simon and Garfunkel flew out of my mouth over the top of one of my all time favorite beats”Get Involved” by Pete Rock. I enjoyed it so much that I actually laughed at myself, picturing Simon and Garfunkel’s disapprove at my use of their lyrics.

When I got home and found the house empty, I figured I would record it. Why not, it sounded fun. As I let my version take shape, floods of memories started to come to mind. I got all choked up, thinking of all of the amazing friends, that I consider as close to me as family, and all the many amazing memories we have made.

When I first thought of writing a blog about this song. I was inspired to write all of the many people who came to mind while I wrote this song. I decided against it for two reasons. First, because the list would be pages long and Second, because I don’t have their permission to list their names and I respect their privacy. That being said, chances are, if you are reading this, this song goes out to you and the many memories we have made and have yet to make together. I love you!



For more details on the song, Go to Phantom Tollbooth Records.

P.S. I don’t own the rights to this song or these images. Special thanks to Simon and Garfunkel! You got me through childhood!!! And Pete Rock, you are an inspiration! 

Finding an Awesome Job – Strategy Phase and Gratitude

In Awesomeness, Finding a Job, TheMrRogers Blogs on August 8, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Today is the day, where not having a job, has really sunken in. It is Monday and usually, I am shaking off the weekend and diving full force into business mode at the office. Instead I am at a coffee shop getting into, find a job mode. I must say that not having a job is a huge time for introspection! It seems like everything makes me pause and ask myself the tough questions. One really big question I am finding surprisingly hard to answer is “What would be your dream company to work for?” This is a question that a lot of recruiters start out with. I really don’t know the answer! I know I want to work for a big company, one that isn’t in the start-up phase. I know I want to do something in sales (because I am really good at it!) and possibly something in Management (I found a lot of joy managing a team of 30 employees). I really enjoy systems, tracking, training, being trained, and statistics… but all of this is describing a bunch of different jobs. Not my dream company or job. It is on my to do list to get clear here… I will get back to you on this… I have found it very intriguing how much I define my self and my success by having a job. And how not having one makes me question my self worth, my abilities and my past choices. I have spent the past few days organizing my house and life. I am pretty sure I am driving Mimi nuts! I have a hard time holding still and my OCD brain seeks order and consistency and since I am not at the office, it is happening in my house. I am truly grateful to have so many friends and family that are assisting me in moving forward!!! I am also grateful for the many lessons, experiences, and opportunities I have had over the years. Even though this roller coaster is at a gut wrenching drop, I am grateful for the ride and for the many people that are riding it with me! I have created a strategy and I am working with my EBS business partner, Justin, to stay focused and obtain results. Here is the game plan: Parameters:

  • 20 hours a week finding a job
  • 1 hour a day of physical activity 4 days a week
  • Meditate 4 days a week
  • No drinking on weekdays
  • No TV on weekdays


  • Find a new, even better job
  • Have rental properties fixed up and with tenants
  • Have house “To Do” list completed
  • Get current songs finished (Kill the radio, Brain on, Freestyle, Increase the Gain, Way we are, Evolutionarie)
  • Gain weight while losing stomach and love handles
  • Get it all done by September 9th – Plus one is getting it done by September 2nd


  • Going to Wendover with Justin and the guys


  • 20 hours and $100 in community service
I break the above into steps that are tangable and each have there own timeline. This way I can stay focused and know what I am doing each day to achieve my goals.
I have always been good at time management but my challenge is to make sure I focus on the important things. Right now my list seems huge but a week of chipping away at it, 8 hours a day, should have it whittled down pretty quick. Soon I will start on my resume and doing research for jobs that are out there. I will post my findings when I do. This post was all about the strategy. Having a clear start to ensure I end up with clear results! It is go time!

I am unemployed – Time to find a new job and get some awesome done!

In Awesomeness, Finding a Job, TheMrRogers Blogs on August 4, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I am unemployed… Jobless… no longer working at the office I have been a part of for 5 years… and I am going to blog about my experience of finding a new job… that is the short of it.

The long of it:

It didn’t come as a surprise and my wife and I were prepared for it. I worked for an umbrella company called Cerebra that currently owned 2 companies; Trendant and SyncCreation. I spent 90% of my time on Trendant as a Business Analyst, Consultant, Sales, Tracking and a whole ton of other random roles.

Trendant has struggled to keep its head above water. Its target market was small businesses and due to the economy small businesses didn’t have the resources and/or couldn’t afford our services. We hit some home runs and had some good months, but the down months were increasing and slowly killed it… and now Trendant is closing up shop.

I am very grateful for the many years, lessons, people, opportunities and all of the experience I gained while working for Cerebra. I will truly miss the people I worked with and hope they too find a job that is even better then the last!

I am also very grateful for the way I was let go. I can’t go into details, but I have some time to find a job without being financially stressed. My good friend and boss, Jeff, came in and got right to the point. “The time has come, we are closing up shop and here is a check. Let’s go to Pat’s BBQ, eat some meat and drink some beer… I am buying”.

SyncCreation will continue. In what form and for how long, I don’t know. But like I said, I only worked on that 10% and that wasn’t enough to pay my salary and keep me around. In fact, one person could run SyncCreation completely.

So, for the 3rd time in my life, I have found myself without a job.

Over the years I have coached many people in finding a job, writing resumes, etc. and I have to admit I am excited to practice what I preach and fine tune my approach to finding a job.

I am going to create a game plan and treat finding a new job like it is my job. Also, I am going to take some time to get our house in South Jordan ready to rent out, workout, create music, organize the basement, go biking and do some other things on my list that I haven’t had time to get to.

I am going to blog about my experience as I find a job. As I have prepped to write my resume and find a job, I have found many other resources, forums and blogs and I will post them for others to use.

I know many people that are jobless right now (or looking for a new job) and maybe I can save someone some time. Hopefully I can not only find a better job but also assist someone else in finding one too.

Life comes in seasons. It is time for me to start a new one… a better one… wish me luck!

(This is a picture of me from my wedding announcement. To find a job, I am going to tap into my superhuman self, as depicted, and find a job that lets me bring all of me to the table)

I have expertise in and I am looking for a job in:

  • Sales, Sales Management
  • Marketing and Social Media
  • Business Analysis and consulting
  • Employee Management
  • Job costing, proposal creation
  • Reporting, tracking, system creation
Please let me know if you know of a company that is hiring for a position that I might be a fit for. Also, if you are looking for a job, let me know and I will keep an eye out for you on my journey!