My 12 year old just released a new rap single


So proud of this kid. He broke his right arm last week, but he didn’t let that stop him from performing live for the first time last night. He said, "Not today satan!!"

He recently had a powerful, life-changing encounter with God and he’s been on fire ever since! You can follow him @iamjrapmusic - I know he’s encouraged by the support he’s been getting from you guys!

You can download/stream his new single, "From The Dust", on your favorite platform. The song was inspired by his recent encounter with God.

You can watch JRAP's live performance here: (starts about 1.5min into the video)

On My Way to Losing 25 pounds!

wisdom moon at title boxing

End of last September (2017) I started on a journey back to health, after many years of living an healthy lifestyle, and joined Title Boxing. Since then, I've lost 21 pounds through the hard work of High Intensity Training (H.I.T.) through boxing, and incorporating a healthier diet. 

I was recently featured on Title Boxing's website as a "success story". Here's an excerpt from it:

Wisdom Moon, member at TITLE Boxing Club Franklin/Cool Springs, TN, had a very successful moment this month! He was able to sign our 10 lb weight-loss bag. Signing the weight loss bag not only signifies that you “lost weight”, but it is a visible display of your hard work and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle. TITLE Boxing Club Franklin/Cool Springs, TN is not just a boxing gym, we are a full support system with internal tools that can help you transform your body and your mind.

Our trainers act as class/group leaders, but they are also available to help you one one in our private training sessions. We focus on sculpting the body by utilizing a boxer’s workout in a group fitness setting. When you are a dedicated member, you will reap the benefits of our workouts – increase in confidence, more calories burned, stronger muscles, and an over healthier lifestyle. Wisdom decided to turn his old lifestyle into a new one, by joining TITLE Boxing Club Franklin/Cool Springs, TN. 

Over the past several years my lifestyle has been very sedentary due to working a desk job. I would work 60+ hours a week and by the time weekends came around, I had very little energy left for my wife and four kids. I was ALWAYS tired. I had known about TITLE Boxing Club because I lived in Kansas City for 7 years before moving to Nashville 4 years ago. There was a TITLE Boxing Club 5 minutes from my house and right next to my favorite taqueria! I was curious, but I never stepped foot in it. I had many excuses for not trying it out – the biggest one being that I was too busy and I didn’t have time for it.

Well, back in September 2017 I got tired of my unhealthy lifestyle and decided to stop making excuses. Around the same time, I discovered that TITLE Franklin/Cool Springs was near my office. I tried out a free class and immediately signed up on the spot for a whole year! I was pleasantly surprised by how fun AND challenging it was at the same time, not to mention it’s a great stress reliever! I’ve been very impressed by the staff and trainers. They immediately made me feel a part of the club

Click Here to read the full article.

If you've been wanting to be more healthy and fit, I hope my story inspires you! It's hard work, but well worth every sweat!

A Live Worship Album You Don't Wanna Miss!

There are countless worship albums you can find on iTunes and Spotify these days - your options are truly endless. It's awesome because God is worthy of all those songs of praise and worship!

I want to encourage you to listen to a brand new live worship album from my brother from another month, Dustin Smith and his band, Here Be Lions. I promise you it will be hard just to listen to it - you will want to worship along with it!

Click Here to listen on your favorite music app.

Dustin and I have been close friends for about 10 years now and I can tell you, he is the real deal.

You can watch the videos for the new album, Only A Holy God, here.

Power When We Worship (Official Live Video)

Sharing Marketing Insights on Full Circle Music Show

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the Full Circle Music Show by Seth Mosley and X O'Connor is one of my favorite podcasts.

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I was recently invited to be a guest on the podcast. It was a lot of fun getting a tour of their studio and then sitting down with them to talk about my journey of starting worship resources and self-learning marketing and owning a company. We also went live on Instagram, impromptu, during the interview and I got to answer questions about marketing from the live viewers. 

Take a listen to the interview here:

(view the show notes on the Full Circle website)

If you have comments/feedback, I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or shoot me an email.

How to Make a YouTube Custom Thumbnail

On this blog, I've mainly been sharing my thoughts related to life in general, but going forward I'll be sharing some marketing and podcasting tips as well. I hope you find them helpful! Here's one for those of you who have a YouTube channel:

If you're just starting out with YouTube, this is a great video that shows you how to easily create a nice thumbnail for your video. I cannot emphasize enough how important your thumbnail is. You need to make sure it's eye-catching.

If you have any other suggestions or hacks, feel free to share in the comments below this blog post!

Be A Lifelong Learner

Always be a learner, even if your job doesn’t require it or encourage it. Learn new skills. Learn new concepts and perspectives. It will keep you relevant and valued in your market.

Two of the main ways I continue to learn are podcasts and audiobooks. For some of my favorite podcasts check out this post and this post.

Here are two audiobooks that I'm currently listening to in an effort to grow as a leader and a marketer: (click on the title to preview on Amazon)

Taking People with You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen by David Novak

The Conversion Code: Capture Internet Leads, Create Quality Appointments, Close More Sales by Chris Smith


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Turn Off Your Smartphone Notifications

4:05am - notification for new mail for work
6:31am - notification for new comment on Facebook
8:27am - notification for new like on Instagram

Sound familiar?

I’ve found over the recent years that notifications on my iPhone are one of the biggest distractions in my life. If I had notifications turned on for every app on my phone, I would literally be distracted by new notifications multiple times per minute.

So, a while back I decided to turn off notifications for most things…because my life cannot revolve around notifications for new emails, new comments, new videos, etc. 


There are only a handful of apps I have notifications turned on for: 
-phone calls (obviously)
-text messages (obviously)
-FaceTime (obviously)
-Reminders (because I ask Siri to remind me of stuff)
-Google Calendar (so I don’t miss meetings/events)
-Verizon (in case our data is running low, I’d like to be notified)

The first three are the only apps that I have sound alerts enabled.

There are numerous studies out there about the negative effects of notifications and social media. Here are just two of them I found. You can find many more just by Googling “how phone notifications affect our brain”.

-Why We're All Addicted to Texts, Twitter and Google
-How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting. And why that's dangerous.

One other crazy thing I did the other day is delete both Facebook and Twitter apps from my phone. If you know me well and you’re reading this, you’re probably shocked.

More and more, I’m realizing how much of a distraction social media can be (as well as any other app on your phone).

As I enter 2018, I want to be focused, not distracted. Purposeful, not aimless. I want to pursue the things of God more than ever before. I want to make each day count.