“Did You Have to Drink Your Own Urine Today?” A Lesson in Contentment

Recently, I had the opportunity to go hear Aron Ralston speak in Fayetteville as a part of the University of Arkansas‘s Distinguished Lecture Series. If you don’t know who Aron Ralston is, you have probably heard his story: he is an explorer/adventurer who got stuck while canyoneering in Utah and was forced to cut his own arm off or die in the canyon. His story of survival was made into a full-length movie entitled 127 Hours. You can read the details of Aron’s story here.

Aron began his presentation in Fayetteville by saying, “While my story [having to cut my own arm off] may seem like a tragedy, it’s one of the greatest things to happen to me.” He then went on to share the details of his experience and his life since then for the crowd. Read more of this post

Money! Money. Money?

Play the song on YouTube while reading this post.


A lot of people get excited about money. They will buy lottery cards, fill out surveys, sit in front of slot machines, work extra hard, invent new devices, write business plans, and eat bugs in order to earn some cash. As a recent college graduate, a question that I hear often is “What do you want to do now?” I recently heard another college graduate answer: “I don’t know, but I want to make a lot of money.” So, why all the fuss over money?

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College Reflections: Advice

With the end of my college career approaching, I decided it would be fitting to write a series of posts reflecting on my years in college at John Brown University. The first two posts were about my experiences with School and Church. This final post in the series will contain some advice to those that are currently in college or will beginning that journey soon. Hope you enjoy!

I’d like to wrap up my College Reflections series with some advice that I have learned over the past four years.

  1. Prioritize: One of the hardest things for college students (and people in general) to do is prioritize things. Freshmen show up at JBU and instantly are presented with a plethora of activities, clubs, and friends to connect with and get involved in. As a result, many fill their schedules with 25 hours of activities in a 24-hour day. In order to really get the most out of the four years in college, it is important for each person to get his or her priorities. Of course, school/homework should come first for all students (if you don’t do well in school, you won’t be at school, and won’t be able to do any of the other stuff). Behind that, each person needs to decide what is most important and what they feel like will be the most fulfilling. For me, the list of priorities was school, church, internship at Harvard Avenue Baptist, internship at the Arkansas World Trade Center, JBUltimate club frisbee team, and everything else. Setting priorities makes it much easier to say “no” to certain things, prevents becoming overcommitted, and makes college even more enjoyable.    Read more of this post

From Light Bulb to Lamp


I have an idea @ home

“Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about” –Ashleigh Brilliant (English author and cartoonist)

Many times when we think of a great idea, we think of a person with a lightbulb over his or her head (a quick search on Google Images for the word “idea” will confirm this connection). It struck me this afternoon while I was doing laundry that a light bulb is an appropriate symbol for an idea. Now, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that a light bulb that is not connected to a power source will not stay lit. A light bulb must be screwed into a lamp (or other electrical socket) to be useful for its owner. It will be useless until it is put into a socket that gives it energy and purpose. Once it is screwed in, the light bulb brings light into a once dark or dim place.

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Business Up Front, Party in the Back: The Two Sides of Twitter


Multiple Tweets Plain

Twit·ter [Twit-er] (v.)- “a short burst of inconsequential information or chirps from birds”

That is the definition that inspired Jack Dorsey and several others to create a 140-character messaging service that eventually became popular social media website we know today as Twitter. Since it’s launch on July 15, 2006, Twitter has grown to over 180 million users who create over 65 million tweets a day! (Thank you Wikipedia) As a marketing student and social media enthusiast, I have enjoyed using Twitter for the past year and a half or so to find and share information about the things that I am passionate about (like #marketing, #socialmedia, #theology, #business) as well as be entertained by tweets from @ochocinco and several others. Aside from my personal profile (@LawsonHembree), I have also managed the Twitter account for the Arkansas World Trade Center (@ARWTC).
From my experience with these two accounts, I’ve always gotten to see more of the “business side” of Twitter. However, like a mullet haircut, while Twitter is all “business up front,” there is also a “party in the back.” This post will take a brief look at both sides.

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I recently had the opportunity to run the audio/video for a funeral at Harvard Avenue Baptist Church, the church I’m a member of in Siloam Springs. This funeral was different than most that I’ve been to. Though there was definitely mourning, there was an overwhelming peace that pervaded the service and several of the family members. Everyone that I heard talking about the man who had passed away had something positive to say about him. I had only met the man once or twice, but it was great to hear all that everyone had to say about him whether it was sharing Christ with them, giving them a hug no matter who they were, or using his job and life as a constant ministry. As I sat back in the soundbooth, I began thinking to myself “How will I be remembered: as someone who lived for himself or for others; for his own glory or for the glory of God?”

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This past week I had the opportunity to be an O-Group leader during new student Orientation at John Brown University. I had not been a part of Orientation since my freshman year (I am now a senior). After being a part of it again, I highly recommend it to any returning students, but especially seniors. Why is that? Orientation was a reminder of why I am at JBU and what it means to be a part of the JBU community.

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