Gone Fishing!

Author of 5 books, podcaster, parent trainer, husband and father.

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I never would have thought that a commercial on the radio could bring me to tears, but it did.

And at 7 o’clock in the morning, no less!

There I was, a few days ago, driving to the grocery store, thinking through all the endless things I had to get done at work, when these words spilled through my car stereo:

Gone fishing. It’s a sign we’ve seen in windows of barber shops and corner stores for years. It means we’ve locked up and headed out to do something we love. A little sign that says so much: about a need to fill our lungs with fresh air. To stretch, to laugh, to simply get out and play. Luckily, there’s a state dedicated to those little signs. With hundreds of lakes, and thousands of rivers and streams begging you to hang up, ‘gone swimming,’ ‘gone camping,’ ‘gone sailing.’ Nineteen million acres of woods, ‘gone biking,’ ‘gone golfing,’ ‘gone climbing.’ And the world’s longest freshwater coastline, ‘gone rock-skipping,’ ‘gone hiking,’ ‘gone wondering.’ It’s too easy to get caught up wading through meetings and scaling mountains of paperwork. It’s time to play a little hooky.” [words taking from PureMichigan.org radio spot, Gone Fishing]

Life is too short to spend all of our time taking everything so seriously.

You and I already spend too much time working, and running, and trying to keep our head above water. There’s an entire world in front of us, begging to be explored. And I’m willing to bet, there’s a bunch of little wide-eyed adventurers living in your house (like mine) who are ready to go on a big adventure with you at any point.

This happened to me a week or so ago. I was pulling into my neighborhood after spending time out of town, when something caught my eye out of the right side of my car. I eased to a stop and looked up to see 3 of my children running toward me. They were with their oldest sister, fishing in our neighborhood pond. As I walked over they excitedly shared just how many fish they had each caught. Without a care in the world, they lit up as they explained the steps involved in baiting a hook, casting out the line, and then removing a fish and tossing it back after a big catch. Yep, wide-eyed adventure right before me!

As I stood on the banks of the pond, listening to their every word, any worry or care I had about the days ahead faded into the background. There was no place I would have rather been than right there with them. I’ve found that it’s the little moments, like that one, that take my breath away and bring needed reminders to my heart.

What I’m continually challenged with, I’ll share with you: don’t miss out on what truly matters most. Live your life to the fullest, embracing every moment. Love those around you with a crazy, reckless love that is unmistakable. Spend time with your husband, or wife, and children so they know they’re the most important people on earth.

Go ahead…call in to work today.
Leave a voicemail. Send an email if you have to.
Tell them,

“Gone Fishing.”

[reminder]Do you need to slow down and take a break? What’s stopping you? [/reminder]

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Mike and Kristin Berry are the Co-Founders of The Honestly Adoption Company and have been parents for nearly two decades. They are the authors of six books, and the host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is the executive assistant to Mike and Kristin Berry. And she is the best in the land. In addition to providing a warm and friendly response to the many emails our company receives on a weekly basis, she also manages Mike and Kristin’s speaking and meeting schedules, and makes sure that team events go off without a hitch.

Nicole Goerges

Nicole Goerges is a Content Contributor & Special Consultant for The Honestly Adoption Company. She works with Mike and Kristin as a recurring co-host for the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and co-host of Kitchen Table Talks, exclusive video content for Oasis Community, along with Kristin. She is a fellow adoptive mom, and former foster parent.

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Matt McCarrick is the Content Production Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. If you’ve loved listening to our podcast, or enjoyed any of the videos trainings we’ve published, you have Matt to thank. He oversees all of our content production, from video edits, to making sure the tags are correct on YouTube, to uploading new videos to Oasis, to hitting publish on a podcast episode, he’s a content wonder!

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is the Community Engagement Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends the bulk of her time interacting with, and helping, people through our various social media channels, as well as providing support for Oasis Community members through chat support or Zoom calls. In the same spirit as Beaver, Karen is also passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and supported. Karen is also an FASD trainer and travels often, equipping and encouraging parents.

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Beaver Trumble is the Customer Care Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. Chances are, if you have been in need of technical support, or forgotten your password to one of our courses, you have interacted with Beaver. He is an absolute pro at customer care. In fact, he single-handedly revolutionized our customer care department last year. Beaver is passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and encouraged.

Kristin Berry

Kristin Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Content Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends most of her time researching and connecting with guests for our podcast, as well as direction, designing and publishing a lot of the content for our social media channels, blog and podcast. She loves to connect with fellow parents around the world, and share the message of hope with them.

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Marketing Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. He spends the bulk of his time and energy designing and building many of the resources you see within our company, as well as social media and email campaigns. His goal is to use media as a means to encourage and equip parents around the world. He is also the co-host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.