17 songs for being laid off or fired

It’s been almost 4 years since I was abruptly laid off from a full-time job in Nashville, Tennessee and after another round of extremely unceremonious layoffs at this same company (lots of these folks I’m still friends with, so I hear about the drama weekly), I decided to do something completely unoriginal. There are plenty of these lists out there, but here’s my Spotify “Just Been Fired or Laid Off” playlist.

Hint: it’s basically all about the song titles. Enjoy!

End Of The Line – Traveling Wilburys

I’m Gonna Miss You – Milli Vanilli

Nobody’s Gonna Rain On Our Parade – Kathy Mattea

Take This Job and Shove It – Johnny Paycheck

Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) – Travis Tritt

Celebrate – Ingrid Michaelson

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

You Don’t Know How It Feels – Tom Petty

Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift

Delicate – Taylor Swift

Bad Blood – Taylor Swift

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Bye Bye Bye – *NSync

I Want You Back – *NSync

Always Remember Us This Way – Laday Gaga

No Tengo Dinero – Los Umbrellos

Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus

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A mission trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas

Hi there! I’ll try to keep this short! Back in 2018 my brother mentioned a missions trip his church from Orlando is making to a small island called Eleuthera, a few inches (on a map) east of Nassau in the Bahamas. With the hustle and bustle of holidays and holiday traveling, the invite to go with him got shuffled to the back of my mind. As the dates approached, though, it became forefront on my mind. Now I’d even consider this last minute because I wasn’t sure I should go until very recently and the trip is about a month away (March 17-22). After prayer, and way overthinking it, and discussions with friends and family, I’ve decided to go. This was not an easy decision because to make this trip happen I need help and I’m not one who typically seeks out help. Yet here I am.

Donate here through my Facebook fundraiser page.

This trip is all about the people of this island, serving through an organization called Camp Bahamas. We’ll be helping in ways that actually fit my personality pretty well… manual labor like fixing cabins, water systems, house foundations, and then with VBS which will include Bible studies, music, crafts, and sports. I’m very average in all these areas but still can’t wait to use this average-ness to make at least one person’s life better. I believe that Jesus wants to carry our burdens, I know he’s carried mine time and time again, and I want to share that challenge when I have the opportunity. Thank you for any support you can offer, and please message me for more information!

Removing Google search bar on Android

If you have an Android device like I do, first of all you’re awesome, and secondly, you may have noticed in a recent update there’s a handy dandy search bar locked in at the bottom of your home screen. As customizable as phones are, I hated to say “locked in” but that’s exactly the case! Take a look at my home screen and see what I’m talking about at the bottom.

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Something about it is just awkward. Maybe it’s too close to the 3 bottom touch buttons. Is it one of those things we’ll grow to like and then wonder how we ever survived without it being at the bottom? Time will tell, but one thing is for sure– without third-party help, SearchBarGate is a real thing and per to my conversation with Nokia support (I have a Nokia 6.1), the search bar cannot be moved, removed, or in any way fixed. Here’s the conversation.

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I have to give kudos to Nokia for having sympathy, and appearing to be as annoyed as I am with #SearchBarGate.

Also kudos to you for searching out my books on Amazon… great Christmas gifts for children you love, or even just sorta like.

Ok, there is a solution to this dilemma Google has caused. I found a message board that recommends Nova Launcher, an app that can be used to customize your phone’s home screen, apps, and most importantly, remove the search bar. I’ve downloaded it and so far so good. I’ll update more as the ongoing saga continues but until then, keep being your awesome self… and if you feel motived to make a change, voice your complaints in the social atmospheres using #SearchBarGate.

Any advice or tricks up your sleeve, share in the comments below!

-Out of the Wilderness

Making lyric videos

In the past few years, I’ve really taken a liking to putting together lyric videos using music by popular artists. One of the first was for NeedtoBreathe’s “Multiplied” which I’ll post at the bottom. But I’m so happy with how my latest project went. Equipment used: GoPro Hero3, Roxant handheld stabilizer, DJI Mavic Air, edited on Final Cut Pro X.

Here’s my take on Lauren Daigle’s “Rescue”…


and NeedtoBreathe, “Multiplied”…

Borking, anything but boring

Today is pretty historic in the confirmation hearings of a potential U.S. Sepreme Court judge, Brett Kavanaugh.

I’ve heard the term “borking” more in the past few days than ever in my life. It was used by Mr. Kavanaugh in his opening statement today, so what does it mean?

In a nutshell, it means an attempt to take a nominee down by way of character assassination. It’s why there is a confirmation hearing to begin with.

I’m captivated watching this play out on TV today. It’s clearly a battle of Democrats vs. Republicans, and the prosecution of “an attacker” (and/or facts about the alleged attack) almost doesn’t even matter. Here’s the heart of the matter…

Democrats work from emotion. Republicans work from logic. The only wrong is when one uses all of one and none of the other.

-Out of the Wilderness

Janice from “Friends” was also on “Seinfeld”? Mind blown!

I’m just now watching the entire Seinfeld series for the first time ever, and in the middle of season 3, who should appear? JANICE!!! Oh. My. Gosh.

Maggie Wheeler (Janice) plays a character named Cynthia, who regretfully dates George for as long as one episode.

And what’s even more of a riot… George comments on how much he loves her “mellifluence” voice. Years later on Friends, she is best known for her voice… but because of how annoying it is (and of course, her obnoxious laugh).

So Maggie Wheeler had roles in the 2 biggest sitcoms of the 90s, and perhaps in the history of modern television – Seinfeld and Friends.

-Out of the Wilderness

Florida State’s “turnover” backpack

Seminole football may be in the spotlight but for an embarrassing reason. Whenever the defense gets a turnover, one of the players involved “gets to” wear this Dora the Explorer inspired backpack. Tell me, Noles, do Chanel accessories conflict with your Nike deals?

-Out of the Wilderness