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The one powerful thing I’ve been doing all wrong…

I was sitting down at my desk trying to figure out what I should work on next. Refreshing my five email accounts every 30 seconds waiting for that next message I was sure was going to pop up. The one that was going to change everything. It was during one of those times when I then went to refresh my Instagram feed and a quote from one of the folks I read often (Jesse Itzler) popped up and smacked me in the face…. “People are always waiting for something to happen before they change their lives. But they have it…

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And.. They are back. Let that school bell ring!

The town has never, in its history, owned school buses, so streets are designed to ensure that every child can walk or bike to school. It is August 11th – the day the kids have secretly waiting for (they won’t tell you that though). It’s time for them to go back to school. In our house, that means the youngest hits kindergarten, the middle in 3rd Grade and our oldest in 6th. Wow. One of my FAVORITE parts of the school year is the 7 or so minute walk I get to take with my boys as we hoof it…

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It was Sun for Dayz in Downtown Edmond.

When it comes to murals – Downtown Edmond HAS to be the hotspot these days. This past weekend, the Sunny Dayz Mural Fest took over the streets of my favorite district and… it was INCREDIBLE. First, a bit about Sunny Dayz from their own lips: The first-of-its-kind in Oklahoma, Sunny Dayz Mural Festival exists to empower, elevate and celebrate female and nonbinary artists and muralists through the creation and advocacy of public art. Sunny Dayz seeks to uplift and support artists who have been subjected to inequity based on age, race, and gender. Our core values include a commitment to…

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Long Time No See

Hey friends. It’s me. Jason. It has been a LONG struggle to figure out how to get that dumb SSL Certificate re-installed so that this site would load and I finally get it done. Finally. You remember when “blogs” used to be easy? You know, you’d jump over to Blogspot or something and post away?? Yeah – that is not how it works now. Anyway, happy to have it up and running and I’m sure you both are ready to hear more from my rambling mind. Tons has happened since I last wrote and I’m trying to get some posts…

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It wasn’t a party without coffee. Right?

What is more “specialty coffee” than coffee catering? It was this time of year that each year that was the beginning of what I called the long season. While I loved the holidays, it also meant the start of 7 day work weeks that started crazy early and ended crazy late. (One of our custom built, folding coffee bars) EVOKE was built on a coffee catering platform and we loved doing it. We were good at it. We had it down to both an art and a science. We could get set up quickly. We could serve lots of drinks…

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It wasn’t about the food but it absolutely was.

This is a place for transparency right? Sorta? Well, here is the truth…. EVOKE was never about the food. In fact, I did not even have much vision for the food side of this new thing we were creating. Jenni did (luckily). I knew I wanted it to be simple. Approachable but interesting. Repeatable (for our crew). Good. Here is more truth: the food was really important. But how were we going to have good food but still be the coffee focused bar that we wanted to be? That was where the challenge came in. Our first menu was based…

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Believe it or not… this is OUR Downtown Edmond

It was late 2011 when we made the drive from Automobile Ally in Downtown Oklahoma City to Downtown Edmond – a drive that I knew was going to be such a waste of time. When we got into town, it was late in the afternoon and things were already shutting down for the day (maybe 4:30p or so?). Cool buildings and potential all over the place but no real life – at least not the street life we were hoping for. Let me tell you something – that is not the case anymore. I am sure you have heard about…

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Own it. Then get to work changing it.

Here is some truth for you. I’m crazy passionate about certain things. I speak what is on my mind. I talk too much. I have strong opinions. I like to have a path forward and to the top. I’m owning it. Now it is time to start making some changes. No, I do not want to change who I am but I DO think it is time to change how I operate. To be better at being a part of the team. To be more supportive. Happier. To receive a dose of what I preach and starting taking a bit…

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I’m on the fence overlooking two green pastures… maybe.

On October 12th, the residents of Edmond, OK (well, at least 9% of them probably) will be hit the polls to vote YES or NO on a temporary tax increase. This tax will be used to purchase land that has long been the subject of pretty hot discussion. To develop or not? Commercial or residential? Those are the big things that always seem to be at stake with this piece of land just south of the City’s coveted Hafer Park. I’m on the fence. This post should be WAY more in depth than what I’m going to write but people…

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