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Lacing Up My Skates For The New Year

Lacing Up My Skates For The New Year

An article by Erik Orten that was featured in the Washington Post, and a Ted talk by Matt Cutts that we viewed at our annual company retreat inspired me to try something new this year.  Erik Orton and his wife Emily are co-authors of “Seven at Sea: Why a New York City Family Cast Off Convention for a Life-Changing Year on a Sailboat.” Each year, they celebrate their wedding anniversary (January 2nd) with a New Year’s first – trying a new restaurant or doing something they’ve never done before, like shopping for a boat, which eventually inspired them

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The Value of Discomfort

The Value of Discomfort

This weekend, at our annual company meeting, we talked about excellence as a habit. Excellence doesn’t just greet you at the end of a finish line; it’s an ongoing process, a daily commitment to shedding bad habits and forging new, better habits. While it’s easy to jot down “exercise more” on a list of New Year’s resolutions, the much harder part is actually doing it when you’d rather sink into the couch after a long day. New goals are exciting, but then there’s the discomfort that comes with actually swapping your nightly Netflix routine for

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Bittersweet Holidays

Bittersweet Holidays

The holidays are, by definition, joyous occasions. We adorn our homes with Christmas wreaths, magically untangle yards of blinking holiday lights, and gather together to celebrate the season with our loved ones. But sometimes, in all of our merriment, we don’t realize that others are struggling with loss, grief, or depression. Last year, five days before Christmas, my mother passed away. She was the picture of vivaciousness, even at age 90, and she was masterful at connecting with people. This year, and I suppose every year henceforth, the holidays will be a little bittersweet. While I love being with

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Unexpected Connections on Veteran’s Day

Unexpected Connections on Veteran's Day

This Monday was Veteran’s Day, so to all of our former and present servicemen and women, thank you for your service. It was heartwarming for me to see so many Facebook posts from friends and family honoring the many veterans in our community. In the trucking industry, we are doubly thankful for our veterans – not only for the service that they provide our country, but also because many veterans go on to work in our industry upon their return to civilian life. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provided a $2.3

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Synchronicity and Small Miracles

Synchronicity and Small Miracles

Small miracles, safer homes. That’s the motto for WARM (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry), a local nonprofit that organizes volunteers, building materials and funds to complete urgent home repairs for low-income homeowners. In the wake of Hurricane Florence, they’ve been busy– and in need of some miracles. Here’s one story of how small miracle after small miracle  – from New Jersey down to the Carolinas – brought Matchmaker Logistics an opportunity to serve. It all started with Juicy Fruit Party Dragon, a uniquely-named charity located in Ocean County, NJ, with a fun mascot (right). The nonprofit, started by three friends,

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Wisdom From A Toddler: How To Ask The Right Questions

Wisdom From A Toddler: How To Ask The Right Questions

Inspiration can come from some of the most unexpected places – like a viral video on Facebook. In this clip (which already has nearly 300,000 views!), little Jake Boone, an adorable toddler with an endearing southern drawl, helps his mom put together an impressive grocery list. Strawberries, milk and cheese, sketti, taco stuff, ‘nanas, ‘tatoes, and so much more! All it takes is asking one simple question, over and over again: “What else?”   As entertaining and cute as this video is, little Jake Boone has some wisdom to pass on. He’s a natural when it

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Good Works in the Wake of Hurricane Florence

Good Works in the Wake of Hurricane Florence

“Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” ~ Daryn Kagan Tragedy and disaster come in many forms, bringing with them unexpected opportunities for ordinary people to step up and do extraordinary things. On the anniversary of 9/11, one of our nation’s greatest tragedies, I reflected on those who carve good works from tragic events. Today, I want to reflect on those who are helping us recover and rebuild in the wake of one of the

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Nothing’s More Thrilling Than Tanker Capacity

Nothing's More Thrilling Than Tanker Capacity

You might remember a recent article about Nutella and the trucking capacity crisis, which, in addition to making us all hungry for Nutella, discussed the idea of capacity in trucking. To sum it all up – there’s only a finite amount of trucks, roads, and people to drive them. And nowhere is that more true than with tanker trucks. Tanker trucks are a special subset of the freight vehicles we all know and love. Made to carry large amounts of potentially corrosive or dangerous liquid, with great limitations come great responsibility (to paraphrase one of

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Doing The Kiki Challenge

Doing The Kiki Challenge

Dangerous dancing and dentists.  Sounds like a crazy combination, but they’re both connected to the latest viral challenge.  You’ll never believe how I learned about the Kiki Challenge. It didn’t start dangerously. Internet comedian Shiggy posted a video of him busting some moves to the song “In My Feelings,” from rapper Drake’s recent album. Called the Kiki Challenge by most, the challenge gets its name from the song’s opening line: “Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding?” When you’re an internet comedian like Shiggy and your friends are NFL players like New York Giants wide

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Introducing Our Legion of Superheroes

Introducing Our Legion of Superheroes

You hear from me (via this Fuel for Thought column) or Mary (via Just Another Mary Monday) almost every week. But while Mary and I tag team with our Matchmaker musings, we’re far from the only ones who make things tick at Matchmaker Logistics. Every once in a while, I like to use this space to introduce readers to our elite All-Star Squadron of Carrier Sales Representatives and the Fantastic Force that supports them. You might remember previous entries about Reid Setliff’s recent wedding or his favorite sauce for grilling chicken. Perhaps you remember why airport security considers Kendra Rhodes a

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