Red Hawk Coaching Partners to Support Baseball for Babies

Written By: Coach Jeremy Williams

Red Hawk Coaching owner, Jeremy Williams recently joined up with Baseball for Babies as a Platinum Sponsor. Jeremy believes that while our businesses are important, life means so much more. Baseball for Babies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing more babies home by providing financial aid to families and medical providers of premature babies.

Learn how you can bring more babies home by making a donation to Baseball for Babies.

Philip Humber – Former Major Leaguer and Rice Owl
Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals Third Baseman and Rice Owl
Lance Berkman – Former Houston Astro and Rice Owl

Coaching Lessons Found at 2018 Minefaire in Houston, Texas

Written By: Coach Jeremy Williams

Minefaire 2018 Houston Texas Red Hawk Coaching Coach Jeremy Williams

This last weekend, I took my son to the 2018 Official Minecraft Community Event – Mainfaire at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas. At first I thought to myself “nerdfest”, and that by attending this event with my son, it covered my responsibilities of raising him for the next year. I am a person that studies behavior and learns through observance, and what I discovered was I was smack dab in the middle of my next coaching case study. In the end, I had a greater appreciation of the “gamer” community, and I realized in the end Minecraft is one beautifully executed business.

Unspeakable Gaming Minefaire 2018 Houston Texas Red Hawk Coaching Coach Jeremy Williams

UnspeakableGaming, his real name Nathan, currently has 4.6 million viewers. So what you need to realize is that these individuals capitalize on the number of eyeballs that view their videos, and how they capitalize is through ad placement by major companies that benefit from the marketing associated with the videos. More views, more money. His estimated net worth according to one site on the internet, and we know everything on the internet is true, is just shy of $2 Million. Wow…for playing video games. Yet wait a second, is this guy getting paid just to play video games, or is there something more here.

The more and more I looked at these individuals, I saw successful business people that just happen to be playing in the gaming world; a mega industry across all age groups. Here are my takeaways:

  1. Passion and Fun – I heard this often from the stages and from the YouTube stars whether it was in word or their actions. It is hard to be successful at something if you don’t have a passion for pursuing it at a high level. It should not feel like work rather play. Are you passionate about what you are doing as a business owner?
  2. It’s About the Merch – It may or may not be as my guess is more money is made from a video going viral and ad sales. Though we dropped a quick $20 for the Unspeakable shirt to be signed by Nathan after waiting in a long @#$ line for over 2 hours. What it made me realize is that each of these individuals had multiple income streams. Yes their was the primary business of building content, yet many of these individuals were successful in creating other streams of income as a result of their ONE Thing.
  3. Be Humble. Be Kind. Share. – Every individual that my son was able to meet where humble people, kind, and they were willing to share what has made them successful. No wonder they all had such huge followings on YouTube. They were likable, and they were willing to pour into others that followed their passion of gaming.
  4. In and Out – Do these people have systems? Absolutely. In the meet and greet lines, systems were in place to move people through as quickly as possible while selling them lots of merch and each individual getting to meet the YouTube star. Without systems trying to accomplish something at this level would be a large cluster. I noticed throughout the day, everything operated off a calendar of events that were executed with precision. Getting people in/out indicated the importance of systems and planning.
  5. Deliver Value – Lastly, I noted the delivery of value. The value in this case was taking my son to a fun, family-oriented event that provided a place to learn and grow. My son said it was one of the funnest events we’ve ever done together. Obviously my son is a “gamer”. Are we delivering value at this level in our businesses? Are people saying, “That was the greatest experience ever”? Or, do we just offer enough to get by, and play the game of mediocrity? Always, always, always make sure your value level is where it needs to be successful in your business. 

There is always things we can take away from our experiences even events like Minefaire. My encouragement to those that have read this far is to be observant, be a student, and there is a lot that life can teach those who are open to the opportunity. Enjoy some of the other photos below from the event.

Minefaire 2018 Xylophoney Houston Texas Red Hawk Coaching Coach Jeremy Williams
YouTube Star Xylophoney
Minefaire 2018 Gizzy Gazza Houston Texas Red Hawk Coaching Coach Jeremy Williams
YouTube Star Gizzy Gazza
Minefaire 2018 YourMCAdmin Houston Texas Red Hawk Coaching Coach Jeremy Williams
YouTube Star YourMCAdmin
Minefaire 2018 NeoMcCreations Houston Texas Red Hawk Coaching Coach Jeremy Williams
YouTube Star NeoMcCreations
Minefaire 2018 Goldy RyGuyRocky TinaTheTiger Houston Texas Red Hawk Coaching Coach Jeremy Williams
YouTube Stars GoldyRyGuyRocky, and TinaTheTiger
Minefaire 2018 BeckBroJack Houston Texas Red Hawk Coaching Coach Jeremy Williams
YouTube Star BeckBroJack
Minefaire 2018 YouTube Fortnight Stars Jerome ASF Tewtiy Houston Texas Red Hawk Coaching Coach Jeremy Williams
YouTube and Fortnight Stars Jerome ASF and Tewtiy
Minefaire 2018 Logan Williams Creeper Houston Texas Red Hawk Coaching Coach Jeremy Williams
Logan Williams with a Minecraft Creeper

The Importance of Taking a Time Out – Galveston, TX Spring Break 2019

Galveston Texas Red Hawk Coaching Real Estate Coach Jeremy Williams

Written By: Coach Jeremy Williams

When coaching my clients over the years, I’ve stressed the importance of making sure leisure time and travel is part of your calendar. In fact, scheduling this time should happen before anything else, or you will never take the time out for yourself and family. As important as your work, if not more important, is being refreshed and slowing down to smell the roses. Following time out of work, you will find yourself more productive when you get back, and you will begin to look at things with a different perspective. So make sure you get your next trip booked soon. It may be the thing you need to happen to spark your business and take it to the next level.

Enjoy some of the travel tips I share below of our experience in Galveston.

Travel Tips for Galveston Texas from Spring Break 2019

My family has enjoyed spending a lot of time on Galveston Island over the years. As soon as you make it across the Galveston Causeway, you are officially on “Island Time”. The pace of life slows, the salt air feels your lungs, and the soothing crash of the waves on the sandy beaches will lull you to sleep. 

Galveston Texas Beaches Red Hawk Coaching Jeremy Williams Real Estate Coach

For Spring Break 2019, The Williams family headed for a townhome rented through VRBO located at Doc’s Quarters at Karankawa down on the west end of Galveston, Texas. Our townhome set 3 rows back with 2nd and 3rd floor balconies looking out over the Gulf of Mexico. While the first two days of weather allowed for beach time, a late cold front brought weather that kept us off the beach the last 2 days in Galveston. 

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Moody Gardens Galveston, Texas

Our family became members at Moody Gardens after our last visit to experience the Festival of Lights and Ice Land, and so we took advantage of our membership to get out of the weather. Our kids love the ropes course, Rainforest Pyramid, and the Aquarium Pyramid. Moody Gardens opened the Ninja Turtles exhibit, and we were sadly disappointed to only see 5-6 turtles. Below are some of my favorite photos from the Rainforest Pyramid. There are no walls/barriers between you and the animals providing an immersive experience. 

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Laurie, Logan, and Emma at Moody Gardens – Rainforest Pyramid
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White-faced Saki Monkey at Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid Galveston, Texas
Moody Gardens Real Estate Coach Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching Parrots
The color of the Macaws pop in the Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX.

Places to Eat in Galveston, Texas 

Cajun Greek

Cajun Greek Galveston Real Estate Coach Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching

One of our favorite places to grab a bite to eat is the Cajun Greek located at 2226 61st St., Galveston, Texas 77551. The kids enjoyed chicken strips, fries, and corn on the cob. My wife and I love their Tzatziki plate, a blue crab cake (loaded with crab), and hush puppies. The Cajun Greek offers a wide variety of seafood, and they provide great service, and will make you feel welcome. The Cajun Greek is off the beaten path away from the tourist traps.

Hubcap Grill – Galveston, Texas on The Strand

Hubcap Grill Galveston Real Estate Coach Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching

We’ve been wanting to try Hubcap Grill for sometime now. When we were visiting the island for the New Year, we did not realize most of the island is shut down on New Year’s Day. Hubcap Grill is located at 2021 Strand St. #3, Galveston, Texas 77550. Hubcap Grill offers a variety of hamburgers including the one pictured above; Sticky Monkey Burger – a fresh ground patty, crunchy peanut butter, bacon, American cheese and grilled bananas. For dessert, walk a few blocks down Strand Street to La Kings Confectionery.

Mario’s Pizza – Pirate’s Beach

Mario's Pizza Pirate's Beach Galveston Texas

You haven’t had pizza on the island until you’ve had Mario’s Pizza. There are other locations on the island, and we typically order pizza to pickup at the Pirate’s Beach location after a long day at the beach. The West End location is at 13708 Termini San Luis Pass Rd., Galveston, Texas 77554. One tip is to place your order at least one hour in advance of the time you plan to eat. Remember…”Island Time”. You can’t go wrong with anything from their extensive menu. Seating is limited if you plan on dining in.

More Photos from The Williams Family Spring Break 2019 Trip

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Change Your Business and Life by Hiring Jeremy Williams as a Coach Today

Are you needing to get clarity in your business? Do you feel like you’re all over the place and lack focus and direction? This is exactly why you should consider hiring a business coach to provide you direction and different perspectives on your approach to building a successful business. Learn more about the one-on-one coaching opportunity offered to small businesses (include real estate agents), and group coaching specifically designed for real estate agents at Red Hawk Coaching.

Author: Jeremy Williams is the Owner/CEO of Red Hawk Coaching, a business of JPW Business Consulting LLC. For more information about coaching opportunities with Red Hawk Coaching, visit www.RedHawkCoaching.com.

Date Night at White Oak Music Hall in Houston Texas with Tyler Childers

Laurie Williams Bellagreen Houston 
Texas The Heights Tyler Childers White Oak Music Hall

Enjoying dinner with my wife prior to a Tyler Childers concert at Bellagreen in The Heights

Written By: Coach Jeremy Williams

While it is important to commit time to your business, it is even more important to make sure you’re scheduling time to spend with your family. When managing your calendar, the first thing that should be blocked is time with family. Having a great business, and not spending quality time with family, means you don’t have a great business. If time management is a struggle in your business or personal life, connect with Red Hawk Coaching today to gain strategies on how to manage your time at a high-level. The investment of your time would be worth it to both your business and family life. Contact me today to set up a FREE business strategy call.

Tyler Childers at White Oak Music Hall

After a quick dinner with my wife at Bellagreen in The Heights, Houston, Texas, we made our way over to White Oak Music Hall to enjoy a Tyler Childers concert from the balcony overlooking the lawn. White Oak Music hall is located a couple miles north of downtown Houston hosting over 400 live music events a year. WOMH features a variety of musical genres including rock, country, hip-hop, R&B and more.

Tyler Childers hails from Lawrence County, Kentucky. His debut album consisting of 10 songs that reflect his roots is titled Purgatory. Tyler put on an amazing performance before a sold out crowd at White Oak Music Hall.

Directions to White Oak Music Hall (WOMH)

Directions to Bellagreen in The Heights, Houston, Texas

If you have dinner at Bellagreen before heading to a concert at White Oak Music Hall, make sure you drive down Bayland Avenue in The Heights, Houston, Texas. Beautiful live oaks line both sides of this majestic street.

Bayland Avenue The Heights Houston Texas Tyler Childers White Oak Music Hall Jeremy Laurie Williams

Change Your Business and Life by Hiring Jeremy Williams as a Coach Today

Are you needing to get clarity in your business? Do you feel like you’re all over the place and lack focus and direction? This is exactly why you should consider hiring a business coach to provide you direction and different perspectives on your approach to building a successful business. Learn more about the one-on-one coaching opportunity offered to small businesses (include real estate agents), and group coaching specifically designed for real estate agents at Red Hawk Coaching.

Author: Jeremy Williams is the Owner/CEO of Red Hawk Coaching, a business of JPW Business Consulting LLC. For more information about coaching opportunities with Red Hawk Coaching, visit www.RedHawkCoaching.com.

Finding Counterbalance with Work and Life | Jeremy and Laurie Go to Las Vegas

Laurie and Jeremy Williams Las Vegas Nevada Vacation

Laurie and I on the gondola ride at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

Written By: Coach Jeremy Williams

Seeking Counterbalance in Work and Life

As a business coach, I often have conversations with my coaching clients about seeking counterbalance with work and life. Finding a balance with work and life is a lie many have been told over the years. For those that seek “work-life balance”, it is chasing the unicorn, seeking the pot of gold, or finding that leprechauns are real. The attempt to be balanced in work and life adds unnecessary stress because no one can obtain it. You can not give both equal attention at any one time; it’s impossible. Counterbalance is what is realistic. Sometimes you will be more in your work world than personal world, and sometimes you will be more in your personal world than work world. It is okay to be in the extremes as long as you are aware, and that you swing the pendulum from time to time. When you are giving attention to your personal world, stay there and be present. The same goes for your work life, and in doing so you will get more done in the time allotted. Schedule a FREE, business strategy call with me today to learn how to achieve counterbalance in your business and life.

Seek counterbalance not “work-life balance”. Watch your results increase in your business world, and watch your personal relationships flourish.

Now for more about Jeremy and Laurie’s trip to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jeremy and Laurie Go to Las Vegas

On Sunday, we made the trip for the forth year in a world to Sky Ranch in Van, Texas to drop of our kids for a week at Summer Camp. (Note: If you have kids, and you’re considering overnight camp during the summer, I highly recommend Sky Ranch.) After dropping them off, we headed to Dallas, Texas, spent the night, and caught a morning flight out to Las Vegas, Nevada. While I’ve been there in the last couple of years, it was the first time both Laurie and I traveled to Las Vegas in 15 years. The strip had changed significantly in that period of time. Upon landing we caught a cab, and headed to our home away from home for the week; The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Located mid-strip, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas was a great jumping point for the activities pre-planned for the week.

Las Vegas Shows

Paranormal – The Mind Reading Magic Show with Frederic Da Silva

Magic Show Las Vegas Coach Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching

This show took place in a small venue located in Bally’s. I would estimate about 100 people, and there were no assigned seats. Frederic performed an hour of mind reading tricks that left us in wonder. The entire show was constant interaction with the crowd bringing up various people that volunteered; and that did not necessarily volunteer. Following the show, Frederic hosted a personal meet and greet, where you continued his mind reading guessing Laurie’s number of 77 picked from 1 – 100. We both still have no idea how that happened.

Michael Jackson ONE | Cirque Du Soleil Las Vegas

Michael Jackson Las Vegas Show Real Estate Coach Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching

This was the second time for me to see this show and Laurie’s first. The Cirque Du Soleil performers were awesome, and the dancing was incredible. The show took you through several years of Michael’s music. The venue was loud as speakers are built into the seats. The show continued for 90 minutes, and it was non-stop music and performance. It is a great show, and I enjoyed it even more the second time. This show takes place at Mandalay Bay.

‘O’ by Cirque Du Soleil Las Vegas

I had my doubts about this show because a over zealous waitress that said it put her to sleep. The show, which takes place at The Bellagio Hotel and Casino, was absolutely amazing. A majority of the show revolves around water stunts. The acrobats were some of the best I’ve ever seen. You do not want to miss this show the next time you’re in Las Vegas.

Absinthe by Cirque Du Soleil Las Vegas

This show takes place in a tent located in front of Caesar’s Palace. For the price of the tickets, I would have expected a better venue, yet the proximity to the acts and the show made up for the uncomfortable wooden chairs. A warning if you want to watch this show is you can’t be offended by some of the content that acts as filler between the acts; strong adult content. Also to avoid becoming part of the show, don’t sit within the first few rows of the stage located at the center of the tent. Laurie and I sat in the last row, which was only 11 rows back from the action. There are no bad seats. The acrobats were amazing, and again there are no bad seats so you’re right in the action.

Las Vegas Dining

If you’re a foodie, Las Vegas is a great place to visit. You don’t have to feel guilty about the calories with all the walking you will be doing during your time there. One day we cleared just over 11 miles making dinner at Gordon Ramsey’s Steakhouse guilt-free. Here are some of the restaurants we tried while in Las Vegas.

The Palms Las Vegas – Caesar’s Palace

Las Vegas Nevada Restaurants Cesar Palace

Gordon Ramsey’s Steakhouse – Paris

Gordon Ramsey Steak House Las Vegas Nevada Real Estate Coach Jeremy Williams

Eggslut – Cosmopolitan

Egg Slut Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Nevada

The Chandelier Bar – Cosmopolitan

Chandelier Bar Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Nevada Real Estate Coach Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching

Mon Ami Gabi – Paris

Secret Pizza – Cosmopolitan

Secret Pizza Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Nevada Real Estate Coach Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching

La Cafe Lle St. Louis – Paris

Lago – The Bellagio (While at Lago, I met Jerry Jones, Owner of the Dallas Cowboys at the bar. You never know who you might run into in Las Vegas.)

Jerry Jones Dallas Cowboys Jeremy Williams Real Estate Coach Red Hawk Coaching

Border Grill – Mandalay Bay

District – Cosmopolitan

District Donuts Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Nevada Real Estate Coach Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching

Learn How You Can Have More Counterbalance in Your Business and Life

Would you like to learn how hiring a coach can help you achieve counterbalance in your business and life? Schedule with a FREE, business strategy call with me today. From the call, you will receive a few strategies to address current challenges in your business, and I will also share with you what coaching might look like in your world. Take advantage of this FREE opportunity. It may be just what you need to change and accelerate you towards your business goals.

Onward and Upward,
Coach Jeremy Williams
Red Hawk Coaching

Texas A&M University Aggies vs Lamar University Cardinals

Written By: Coach Jeremy Williams

Logan Williams Texas A M University Aggies vs Lamar University Cardinals September 2019 Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching

My family and I made the hour and a half journey from Kingwood, Texas to College Station on September 14th, 2019 to watch the Lamar Cardinals vs Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. The final score was Aggies 62 and Lamar 3. The reason I post about my trip to the game on my business blog is that as a business owner, you need to make sure you’re time blocking for time to be spent with friends, family, and for the pursuit of your passion and hobbies. Having a great business should not be at the expense of living a great life.

Slow down, time block, and enjoy the life you’ve been given. The benefits of slowing down to smell the roses is abundant. You clear your mind, your thoughts favor the creative, you rest your body, and much more. Don’t try to find the time as time is elusive and finite. Schedule the time, and then honor the time you’ve been scheduled just as you would for your business.

Enjoy some videos and photos from our experience watching our Aggies #BTHOLamar 

Fightin Texas Aggie Band A M vs Lamar University Cardinals Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching

The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band is the pride of Aggieland.

Figher Jet Flyover Texas A M University Aggies vs Lamar University Cardinals September 2019 Jeremy Williams Business Coach Red Hawk Coaching

 Following the National Anthem, 4 fighter jets did a flyover of Kyle Field.

The Aggie football team running onto Kyle Field prior to kick off.

The Aggies in a scoring drive against the Lamar Cardinals.

The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band forming at the north-end of Kyle Field.

The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band in Block T Formation.

Your Guide to California, Dolphin and Whale Watching, Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood

Written By: Coach Jeremy Williams

Laurie Jeremy Logan Emma Williams Captain Dave's Dolphin Whale Watching Safari Dana Point California

As a business owner, and a coach of business owners, it is important to make sure your operating with counter balance in your life. There is no such thing as balance so stop chasing an elusive dream. Counter balance in my life is travel with my family. Our goal is two vacations a year with the intention to create lifelong memories. Our school district recently voted on a new calendar which provides students a week long fall break. Upon the news, we booked a trip to California to escape the unbearable Texas heat. 

I am often asked about my trips. What we liked. What we didn’t like. So to venture a little from business today, here is a post capturing a few of the moments on our trip. You can also click here to see my Google Reviews of the different places we traveled while on the trip. Enjoy.

Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching Marriott Newport Coast Villas California Pacific Ocean

The Marriott Newport Coast Villas

We flew into Anaheim, California on a direct flight with United from Bush IAH. Leaving on a Saturday, we encountered no lines at tickets and through security at Bush IAH, and when we arrived to John Wayne Airport in Anaheim, we easily picked up our bags, and headed out to where we would be staying for the week in our Hertz rental; a Dodge mini van. The Marriott Newport Coast Villas overlooking the Pacific ocean would be where we would stay for the week, and it was about a 20 minute drive from the airport.

The Marriott Newport Coast Villas was a huge development built into the sides of the hilly terrain overlooking the water. Our villa was in the 1100 building; room 1121 to be exact. The picture above was from our private balcony that overlooked the Pacific with Catalina Island in the background. The sunsets were amazing. I would highly recommend this place as it is away from the hustle and bustle, and centrally located to many different activities and small towns along with coast. Laguana and Dana Point were located south, and to our north was Huntington Beach which was hosting The Great Pacific Airshow while we were there.

Laurie Williams Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching The Marriott Newport Coast Villas Firepits

One of the things we enjoyed most while staying at The Marriott Newport Coast Villas was sitting by the fire having a glass of wine at the end of a long day of countless miles of ground covered by foot. The villas also featured 3 different pools, putt-putt course, basketball and tennis courts, and we even enjoyed a Magic Show by Anthony the Magic. A great way to get to know the property better is participating in their scavenger hunt. Beware. This scavenger hunt is going to cover some terrain with lots of stairs. Make sure you’re wearing a good pair of tennis shoes.

The Marriott Newport Coast Villas was centrally located to the activities we did as a family during the trip; with the exception of Universal Studios Hollywood which was an hour-and-a-half north from our location. Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari located in Dana Point and Disney where located about 30 minutes from where we stayed for the week.

Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari

On our first full day in California, we headed 30 minutes south along the coast to Dana Point to take a dolphin and whale watching tour with Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari. The 2 and a half hour trip took us about 5 miles off the coast where during our trip we saw two pods of common dolphins numbers in the 100’s. The catamaran we were on had a unique feature in that the pontoons for the boat were glassed in so you could see the dolphins beneath the surface of the water. I was highly surprised at the clarity of the water being from the Gulf Coast. I highly recommend taking this tour if your in Dana Point.

Disneyland, California Adventure Park, and Universal Studios Hollywood

The rest of our week was spent at various theme parks including 2 days at Disneyland, 2 days at Disney California Adventure Park, and 1 day at Universal Studios Hollywood. Getting to and from the Disney parks was fairly simple. The parks are about 30 minutes from The Marriott Newport Coast Villas. Most of the driving was on HOV lanes, and Disney had their own exit from the HOV lane allowing you to avoid traffic. To park at Disney was $25 a day, and there was a steady flow of buses to take you the few blocks to the park gates. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park are located directly across from each other and within walking distance of Downtown Disney.

The one ride we anticipated the most was Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. The area was well-themed, and the only challenge was this ride did not offer Fast Passes. The wait on the ride was a little over an hour of being stuck in a cruel cue. I say cruel cue because just when you think you’re there, the line enters another room, or it heads up a flight of stairs or ramps. We did enjoy the ride, and all of us agreed riding it once was okay to not wait in the line again.

Disneyland Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Ride Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching

One of the days, we paid to participate in the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney’s California Adventure Park. The ticket allowed us into the park at 3:00 pm, and at 6:00 pm anyone in the park not participating in Oogie Boogie Bash were ushered out of the park. They had several special activities throughout the evening including Trick or Treat Trails. Our kids loaded up on candy. The other benefit was that the crowds were greatly limited for the event. For all the rides in the park, the longest wait we had was 10 – 15 minutes.  My wife insisted on seeing the headless horseman ride through the park to announce the parade. 

One day of our trip, we made an hour-and-a-half drive north through LA rush hour traffic to spend the day at Universal Studios Hollywood (on the drive there look for the Hollywood sign and hotel). Most of the rides in this park immerse you into 3D/4D experiences so if you get motion sickness, this might not be your park. One of the best parts of the park was the Studio Tour. It is a 1 hour tour by tram through 400 acres of studios and sets that you will recognize used in many movies. The hours are limited for the Studio Tour so make sure you get it done sooner than later in your day.

Parking at Universal Studios Hollywood is a little cumbersome. Make sure you check the hours as there are some days that close by 6:00 pm.

Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching Universal Studios Hollywood

The weather was absolutely amazing in October at Universal Studios Hollywood. A little cooler at night, and you might carry with you a light jacket.

Overall the trip was amazing. It was easy to sleep most of the way back to Houston on the plane. On average we walked 10 miles a day. We were able to create several memories, and are already looking forward to our Norwegian Cruise out of the port of New Orleans later this year. While I coach up business owners to be productive, I also coach business owners to carve time out of their calendars to ensure time to travel and be with family. Having a great business is not worth it if you don’t also have a great life.

Get the Rest of my Reviews Here

See the rest of my reviews from this trip here.

See my reviews from a trip last year to Las Vegas with my wife.

Onward and Upward,
Coach Jeremy Williams
Red Hawk Coaching

Corona-Less Cruise Aboard the Norwegian Getaway out of New Orleans

Written By: Coach Jeremy Williams

While my blog posts are generally focused on business, every once in awhile, I like to slip in something about my family and travel. Our family loves cruises, and we just got back from a 7-day cruise aboard the Norwegian Getaway out of the port of New Orleans. The 5 and a half hour drive from Houston to New Orleans was well-worth the experience our family had despite the noise around the Corona virus (COVID-19). 

Before I dive into our experience, I would like to thank Chris Grum with Premier Custom Travel for putting together this family cruise including a surprise up an upgrade to The Haven that he kept secret along with my wife and daughter all the way up to the boarding process. They got me good. If you’re looking to book travel, you need to connect with Premier Custom Travel.

A Stop of Darrell’s on the Way to New Orleans

The road trip from Houston to New Orleans is about 5 and a half hours. One of our friends insisted that the best Po’Boy in Louisiana can be found at Darrell’s in Lake Charles. I have to say he was right. This was a nice break on our way to the cruise.

Darrell's Po'Boy Lake Charles Louisiana

An Evening in the French Quarter

If you are going to cruise out of New Orleans, I recommend tagging on a day or two before or after the cruise to take part in the food and culture of the city. The Creole-French influence can be seen in the architecture of buildings and in the food. Here are a few of the sights and food we took in the day before leaving on our cruise.

Coach Jeremy Williams Cafe Du Monde French Quarter New Orleans Louisiana

One of the must see stops in New Orleans is Cafe Du Monde. Enjoy hot, fresh Beignets and Chicory Coffee. Cafe Du Monde is located across the street of Jackson Square along the waterfront. Travel Tip: There is a location located at the Riverwalk in New Orleans. Grab some Beignets before getting on the ship, and you don’t have to wait in too long of a line.

St. Louis Cathedral Jackson Square New Orleans Louisiana

St. Louis Cathedral is absolutely gorgeous. You can see this in the background while we were touring Jackson Square. You can walk into the church, and you may even be able to catch Mass. The cathedral has significant meaning to our family as my wife’s Great, Great Grandfather attended school at St. Louis Cathedral.

Ralph Brennan Red Fish Grill BBQ Oysters Bourbon Street New Orleans Louisiana

Red Fish Grill, a Ralph Brennan’s restaurant, located on Bourbon Street near Canal is a great place to dive into Cajun cuisine. These BBQ oysters were amazing. My wife enjoyed grilled red fish, and I had a loaded crab cake. My son had his first oyster. The desserts were off the chart. Be ready to loosen up the belt after eating here.

Bourbon Street New Orleans Louisiana Logan and Emma Williams

Bourbon Street is the hot spot. Probably not the best family-friendly place after about 9:00 pm. The street is littered with restaurants, bars, shops, and more bars.

Some of the other places we visited while in the French Quarter was the ACME Oyster House (the line is always long so we did not partake this time), and we stopped by the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone (I’ve stayed here previously, and it is a great hotel).

We woke up Sunday morning to board the Norwegian Getaway. We found parking for the port a little difficult because of the construction. If you plan on parking at the port, make sure you read the website about parking. At this point, I still did not know that my wife was to surprise me with the upgrade to The Haven. I was about to get in the regular line to board the ship (if you know me personally, I despise lines), when my wife called me over to a roped area off to the side. There I had my temperature taken because of COVID-19 protocol for the port, and I passed. From there we were personally guided past all the lines directly to the check-in counter, and at this point I knew something was up. My wife finally broke down to tell me she made a few arrangements with Chris Grum over at Premier Custom Travel to upgrade us to a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom suite in The Haven. I underestimated what was to come, and I am grateful for the opportunity.

The Haven – Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian Getaway Port of New Orleans Louisiana The Haven

The Haven was a secluded part of the ship made up of suites, a restaurant, a bar (where literally every bartender knew your name and what you liked to drink), pools and hot tubs, a lower and upper deck over looking the pools exclusive to The Haven guests with amazing cushioned lounge chairs, a butler, room service, and much, much more. It was definitely cruising in luxury. Disembarking the ship at ports included a private escort down a utility elevator by-passing all the lines. Private escorts also included getting to events on the ship along with preferred seating. 

2 Bedroom Suite The Haven Norwegian Getaway

Pictured is the living area of the 2 bedroom suite. Every day we would come back into our room in the afternoon to a trays of sandwiches, fresh fruit, and desserts. The kids loved ordering room service when my wife and I went out to a few of the select restaurants on the ship. 

Bathroom Master Suite Norwegian Getaway

The bathroom for the kids was a fairly standard bathroom for a cruise ship. The bathroom for my wife and I was over the top (for cruising standards) with a tub and a separate shower overlooking the water, dual sinks, and a toilet with a closet (for those that cruise, you get the importance of this feature). The entire suite had controlled lighting that could be accessed from multiple locations, multiple thermostats, a mini-bar, and 3 televisions. With the concerns of COVID-19 and quarantine, I would have no issue being quarantined in this setup.

Private Pool The Haven Norwegian Getaway

This is The Haven Courtyard. A great place to relax or take a dip in a pool or spa.

Stop One – Cozumel

Unfortunately I did not take any pictures of our time in Cozumel. We went out on our own for our island excursion to Paradise Beach. It is about a 15 minute cab ride from Punta Langosta. Our kids enjoyed the fun pass giving them access to the inflatable water park, kayaks and paddle boards, and snorkeling. We saw absolutely 0 fish in our snorkeling outing. The bottom here is primarily sand. If you’re looking for a better place to snorkel from shore, I would recommend Chankanaab which has a nice reef system directly off the shoreline. 

Stop Two – Roatan Honduras

Roatan is a size-able island off the coast of Honduras. For this excursion, we booked through the cruise ship Maya Key. Taking an excursion through a cruise ship is a little like herding cattle so it felt this way at first prepping the group for the short tender from the pier to the island. The tender was approximately 5 minutes, and once at the island given a short briefing of what activities were available, and then they turned you loose. If it did not rain most of the day, I loved the stop.

The island activities included interacting with Capuchin monkeys, hand feeding a sea lion, touring an animal rescue facility, snorkeling, touring a replica of a Mayan temple, and the opportunity to support local artisans at the gift shop. The tour included an excellent lunch of chicken, coconut rice with beans, and banana chips.

The video shows our experience with the Capuchin monkeys. Upon entering the cage, the handler warned us that they really liked men.

Maya Key Roatan Honduras Conch Shell Logan Williams

You could find several conch shells in the water along the shoreline at Maya Key. Here is one that Logan found in the water.

Stop 3 – Harvest Caye, Belize

Harvest Caye is the private island for Norwegian located off the mainland of Belize. Typically the ship would tie up at the pier, yet due to recent damage, the ship required tendering to shore. Being part of The Haven, we did not have to wait to board a tender, and we could disembark at any time. The concierge would, like at all ports, take us down a service elevator to a separate line to catch a tender without wait. Yes, I felt spoiled not being a fan of tendering to begin with. 

After a 10 – 15 minute tender, we arrived at the island. The island offered beach areas, shopping, restaurants, and a large resort style pool. The facilities were well maintained, and you would find many of the amenities offered by an American resort except you are on an island off the coast of Belize. It definitely has a chill vibe.

Harvest Caye Belize Norwegian Getaway Private Island

Stop Four – Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya is located on the mainland of Mexico. This once quiet fishing village is now a thriving port. This is one of the longer piers on our trip so be prepared to walk. I did notice they had a shuttle to assist people to and from shore. Once we got to the shore, our first stop was to watch the Dance of the Flyers ceremony celebrating the Mayan culture.

Of course you can take a multitude of excursions from the port area, and since we only had a few hours, we chose to stay around the port. We enjoyed watching the dolphins, we did the Aviarius Vuelo en Libertad experience, and spent time relaxing at the resort style pool. After a few hours on shore, we walked back to the ship to grab lunch and a nap.

Entertainment and Dining on the Norwegian Getaway

Having cruised Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Princess multiple times, the entertainment on the Norwegian Getaway was by far the best. There was so much going on that it would be impossible to do everything. You definitely need to look at the Freestyle Daily newsletter and plan. The shows Burning the Floor and The Millionaire Quartet were excellent. We so enjoyed Million Dollar Quartet that we watched it twice. As a family we also enjoyed Escape the Big Top (an escape room game), the comedy shows (before 11:00 pm was family friendly), and Cirque Dreams and Steam. Once the kids went to bed, my wife and I enjoyed Howl and the Moon.

Millionaire Quartet Broadway Norwegian Getaway

Million Dollar Quartet is a Broadway musical inspired by the famed recording session the brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. The show was spectacular. Being a guy that loves guitar, the guy that played Carl Perkins rocked the house.

Howl at the Moon Sea Norwegian Getaway

Howl and the Moon, or in this case, Howl at Sea was a lot of fun for my wife and me. This sing-a-long for hours of requests that covered all genres was just plain fun. My only complaint was they did not know any Lyle Lovett, yet they were well versed in Baby Shark.

Cirque Dreams and Steam Norwegian Getaway

Cirque Dreams and Steam was a great show for the family. Our seats were right next to the stage, and the show featured many acrobats, knife throwers, and much more. The plated dinner lasted about 45 minutes followed by a 45 minute show. This show required an additional payment to attend.

Our kids spent hours on the sports deck especially utilizing the ropes course which included a zip line across the ship.

Outside of the buffets, the ship offered several specialty restaurants. The Haven restaurant was so good that we only ate outside the restaurant for two dinners. The specialty restaurants we ate at included Ocean Blue that featured seafood and Le Bistro a French restaurant.

Time for the Food and Drink Porn

The food on the ship was great especially in The Haven Restaurant. Here are a few photos from our trip:

Eggs Benedict The Haven Restaurant Norwegian Getaway

Eggs Benedict

Huevos Rancheros The Haven Restaurant Norwegian Getaway

Huevos Rancheros

Chocolate Cake The Haven Restaurant Norwegian Getaway

Triple Chocolate Cake – This one was so rich.

Old Fashion The Haven Bar Norwegian Getaway

Old Fashioned from The Haven Bar – The bartender made the best Old Fashioned Drink and the best Sazerac Cocktail I’ve ever had in my life. I might of had a few.

I wish that I had taken more pictures of the food from The Haven Restaurant including the surf and turf, prime rib, pork belly, and much more. It was first class dining along with first class service.

Meeting the Captain

Early in the week, The Haven guests had a special event meeting the captain of the ship along with the executive staff. Cool experience though we could not shake hands or touch the captain in light of COVID-19.

Meeting the Captain Norwegian Getaway

Ghost Ships and the Return to the Port of New Orleans

When we were in route back to New Orleans, we found out that at the request of the government that cruise lines shut down for the next 30 days because of COVID-19. Ships would disembark their guests, and then return back to sea with crew only. The last night heading up the Mississippi River, my wife and I witnessed something we will probably never see again. Empty cruise ships heading towards the Gulf of Mexico with crew only. The night was dark, the ships were dark, and the fog made it seem ominous. 

The Carnival Valor heading to the Gulf of Mexico for at least 30 days upon request of the United States Government.

Summary

Despite all the information and fear around COVID-19, our family felt safe on our trip to the Caribbean aboard the Norwegian Getaway. I highly recommend sailing on this ship, and to upgrade to The Haven. You will not disappointed, and once you experience The Haven, it will be hard to do anything different in the future. Contact my friend and Travel Agent, Chris Grum of Premier Custom Travel to book your future cruises. Even with everything going on currently, they are still taking future bookings, and I can only imagine there will be many deals. The cruise industry will be back and strong I am sure. My family is a cruising family, and the experiences and memories created over the years are many. 

Have you taken a cruise? Share in the comments your experiences. I would love to hear about them, and who knows, we may run into one another on a cruise in the future.

Corona COVID-19 Beer Norwegian Getaway Real Estate Coach Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching

BTW – The only Corona I got being on the Norwegian Getaway

Onward and Upward,
Coach Jeremy Williams
Red Hawk Coaching

Blue Angels Flyover Salute in Houston Texas to Frontline COVID-19 Responders

Written By: Coach Jeremy Williams

What an honor and opportunity to watch with my family the Blue Angels flyover salute in Houston, Texas to frontline COVID-19 responders. I captured this video in the parking lot in front of Jason’s Deli in Kingwood, Texas. What a magnificent site to watch precision flying by our country’s greatest pilots. The Blue Angels have been making their way around the country displaying strength and resolve in this challenging time. The Blue Angels are based at Forrest Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. 

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Here was the flight path of the Blue Angels over the Greater Houston, Texas area on May 6th, 2020.

Blue Angels America Strong Flyover Kingwood Texas May 6th 2020

Things Don’t Always Work Out as Intended – How I Met My Wife

Written By: Jeremy Williams

Warning…this one is a little longer than normal, and I trust this might impact you today.

Coach Jeremy Williams Red Hawk Coaching Laurie Williams

Things don’t always work out as intended…how I met my wife. You may be thinking…what? How does this apply to business? I guess you will have to keep reading, and I will share with you how things work in accordance with something bigger than our plans.

My dream had always been to attend Texas A&M University upon graduating from San Marcos. I even did a campus tour visiting with the Corps of Cadets. My plan was to graduate, join the Corps of Cadets, and graduate with a Computer Science degree. Guess what happened. None of the above.

I graduated from high school without the resources to attend Texas A&M University. Living in San Marcos, I made the decision to continue living at home, and I attended Southwest Texas State University. Instead of pursuing Computer Science, I declared a degree in Kinesiology. While attending Southwest Texas State University, I answered an ad to learn more about Christian organization desiring to form on campus; BYX. Months later, I along with 6 other men on campus launch BYX. Again wasn’t my intention, yet God’s plan was much bigger.

My first summer out of college, I was looking for employment, and one of the BYX founders, Travis Young, had me convinced to apply to be a camp counselor at Kanakuk in Missouri. I attended an interview with Joe White himself in Austin, Texas. I felt the interview went well, and in my mind I knew where I would spend my summer. I waited and waited and waited with no response back from the camp.

In the interim, another BYX founder, Brian Stone, said, “Hey, Jeremy, you should be a counselor at Camp Balcones Springs on Lake Travis outside of Austin, Texas.” Having not heard back from Kanakuk, I interviewed with Camp Balcones Springs, and only weeks later they called to let me know that I had made the cut. Though not what I intended, I committed by saying yes to Camp Balcones Springs.

Only a week later, Kanakuk called saying I made the cut. I told them that as awesome as the opportunity would be, I had already committed. Not what I intended, and I am also very big on letting “your yes be yes” and “your no be no”.

It would be at camp that I would meet my future wife Laurie. It was the following year that I transferred to A&M to be closer to her and to fulfill my original desire of graduating from that great university. Now I still graduated as a Kinesiology major, and I did not join the Corps of Cadets (both of my original intentions did not happen). Prior to graduating, I proposed to Laurie beneath the Albritton Bell Tower after watching a MSC OPAS Performance of Jesus Christ SuperStar. My roommates helped in the plan setting up an oak table with white linen cloth, a bottle of champagne, my Bible opened to Proverbs 31, and Laurie’s favorite dessert; a strawberry tart from Cafe Eccell (and most importantly the bling). She said yes!

My plan to attend Texas A&M University out of high school did not work out. I went to Southwest Texas State University. While in attendance, I was a Founding Father of BYX that to this day has impacted the lives of 100’s of college-aged men.

My plan to be a camp counselor at Kanakuk did not work out. I worked at Camp Balcones Springs. Camp Balcones Springs would be where I would meet my future wife.

My plan to graduate with a Computer Science degree and a member of the Corps of Cadets did not work out. Though I transferred to A&M after a year-and-a-half at Southwest Texas State University and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Business Management.

See, there are several things we want to work out, and in the end they fall apart. I don’t believe in coincidence, and I believe God’s plan for me is much BIGGER than anything I can imagine. It might not have worked out in my worldly comprehension, yet what if it didn’t happen as it did? I am married to the love of my life, Laurie, and we have 2 amazing children.

I have focused more on the personal side of my life in this post, and I could do an entire post on how this has shown up in my professional life and journey to being a coach.

When you look back, the dots connect. They might not have seemed to connect in the moment, and everything happened with a purpose. The same happens in business. In the moment, things may seem bleak, or you may question yourself as to why you are doing what you’re doing, look back at the journey that has led you to where you stand today.

If you look hard enough, you can start to see the dots connect. Enjoy the journey in front of you, and know that everything you are doing today means something. You don’t know what doors it will open, and sometimes, what doors it might close. Hindsight will tell the story.

For me the story was how something didn’t work out as I intended which led me to finding the woman of my dreams. Be encouraged today. Play big, and I can’t wait to see and hear your stories.

I work with small business owners helping them to be in the moment, to play big, and I challenge individuals to be their personal best. If you need this in your world, I invite you to a conversation. Let’s see if we can put some of the dots together in your journey. I can help you as I’ve helped many over the years.

Remember there is no such thing as a coincidence. If you’ve read this, and it is pulling you to have a conversation, don’t deny that small quiet voice. I look forward to connecting to see how I might be able to help you level up.