About www.jasonclause.com

Originally from the great state of Ohio, I relocated to the Bay Area to join the dot com revolution. I've spent the decade since helping local business leaders apply technology to improve their organizations. I also got married and started a family. I like to write about a lot of different topics and so I revised www.jasonclause.com to better organize my postings. The broad topics are listed above. Feel free to leave a comment or connect with me on your social site of choice. I hope you enjoy my blog.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

And just like that; everything changes

I woke up the morning of August 1st thinking it would be a typical Thursday.   I had no idea that by the time I laid my head to pillow Friday morning that I'd be a foster dad. 

But that's exactly what happened.  We got the call in the afternoon and the next thing I know there's two brand new, beautiful brown eyes looking up at me.

Given the situation, I think it's best to keep most of the details private, but the short of it is that our little girl is healthy, tiny, willful and strong.  Jen and McKinley and I are so happy and so blessed and also very, very tired.

We've already had a lot of help.   Thank you to everyone that has made us a meal and thank you for all your prayers and well wishes.  We are so blessed to be part of a community like ours.  I don't know what we would do without you.

I haven't really been able to stick to my plan of running every day and so I'm a little behind.  I did however get out on the morning of the 13th.  My plan was to resume my conditioning when Jen's mom arrived (last Wednesday Night) but I've been a little lax in keeping and commitment. 

I'll post more about our new arrival and about my progress with the run.  Right now, I just want to catch up on my  sleep.

Friday, July 26, 2013

A Story about Why

I'm just going to be honest. I really do not like running. I like setting goals and attaining them and I like the way I feel as a result of the exercise, but I'd much rather ride my mountain bike or play basketball.

But I'm not riding my bike in the "tour de freedom" or playing in the "shoot for freedom" Three on three tournament. I'm running in the "Stomp For Freedom" 5K run. So, every imagemorning I run and so far, I get a little closer to running 1 mile without stopping.  I’m pleased to report this morning was another personal best and I’m starting to feel stronger.  Thank you to everyone that has posted support on FB.  It’s really motivating.

Today I'd like to share a little more about why this is important to me. There are more than 27 million slaves in the world today. Men, women and many, many children that are property. They have no hope and no clear path out.image

I believe in freedom, I believe in hope, and I want to do something to help. But I don't know what to do. So I'm running and I'm writing and I'm looking for others that believe as I do.

I'm including a part of a success story from the Red Window Project. This is why I’m running.  I hope you'll give it a read.

Read Kara’s Story: (Not her real name)

"Seemingly destined for a path of permanent vulnerability, Kara is beating the odds. Just 17 years old at the time of her rescue, Kara already knows the burden of supporting her family, the pain that comes with hunger, and the humiliation of being exploited. Yet, she is remarkably fearless in her pursuit to overcome the challenges in her life."

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

A little bit better than the day before

imageI know I’m not gonna win any awards with this time, but it’s slightly better than the day before.

In other news:

My wife got turned on to the 90 day work out with.  A lady called the Bikini Body Mommy posted a whole bunch of daily work outs on Facebook.  You can check them out by clicking here.

I don’t really want a bikini body, but then again I’m not a mommy, but I’ve decided to support her by exercising with her.

And I’m not the only one.  Our 3 year old  joined in on our work out last night.  It was so cute to watch her attempting lunges and  high knees. 

If you haven't already, I encourage you to click here to read about why I'm trying to run every morning

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Two days, two miles

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So I did it! I got my lazy bones out of bed and I went for a run for the second day in a row. I know it doesn't sound like much, but for me it's a big mental victory.
The run itself wasn't very impressive (about a half mile of actual running and a half mile of run-walk). But like I said yesterday, “it's a start.”
I thought I'd write a little bit today about the work I did last night to set myself up for success this morning. The idea came from a book I read by Dan and Chip called "Switch" that outlines a framework for engineering a change in behavior or a "Switch".
One of the elements of the framework is called "Shaping The Path." The idea is anyimage behavior is typically a set of interrelated steps and that those steps will occur in a particular sequence or along a particular" path." Shaping the path then could be removing obstacles along that path that might obstruct one of the steps in that sequence.
For example, I want to wake up at 5:00 in the morning so, I need to stop hitting the snooze button on my alarm clock. The first way I can shape the path is to move my alarm clock across the room so that I have to get out of bed to turn it off.
The next step for me is to change into cloths that I can exercise in. So, the night before I put a T-shirt, shorts, and socks on the dresser beside the alarm clock and then I placed my running shoes on the floor below.
Finally, I needed to get some coffee in my system to wake me up. So the night before I got the coffee maker ready and set the auto timer.
I'm not trying to say that shaping the path made waking up this morning easy. The behavior took a lot of personal willpower. But doing a few simple things to shape the path prior to the alarm clock going off was a real help to reaching the goal I set for myself.
I think I'll write about other steps in the Switch framework in subsequent blog postings, but if you're interested in the book you can take a look at it by clicking here.
If you haven't read yesterday's blog posting I encourage you to click here to read about why I'm trying to run every morning

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A first run around the block

I woke up at five o'clock this morning and got myself out on the blacktop for a run. My near-term goal is to run 1 continuous mile and not feel like my lungs are gonna pop out of my chest. I want to be able to get to this point in two weeks time and I believe the key to achieving this goal is to consistently run every morning.

I did not run a complete mile today, I only made it about a half way and then walked the remaining half. I know, not very impressive at all, but it is a start.

I'm  embarrassed by my meager beginnings, but I think that a key to being successful is sharing my success and failures publicly, hence the blog posting. I intend to post a little bit every day and I hope that the two or three people that read this blog will help support me as I set off to achieve my goal.

Why am I running:

It is estimated that 27 million people are currently victims of Human Trafficking. International Justice Mission (IJM) has been successfully rescuing victims of trafficking and prosecuting perpetrators for years. With successful rescues came the problem of aftercare. Shelters and homes are able to take in many of these survivors but are not always equipped to effectively transition these young women to be self-sufficient members of society. Because of this and several other factors these survivors are frequently running back to a life of bondage and abuse, falling into a cycle of repeat trafficking.

Red Window exists to facilitate a process of economic, social, and spiritual reconciliation for survivors of trafficking and exploitation. Red Window is providing a revolutionary new approach to trafficking aftercare by focusing on training and equipping survivors to become economically self-sufficient and effectively re-integrated into society. They accomplish this by bringing together and supplementing existing services available to survivors in Cebu. Working with local aftercare homes, vocational training facilities, churches, counseling services, the business community, the social welfare department and other organizations they are able to coordinate holistic services that are capable of reconciling each trafficking survivor with God, the economy and their social environment. Red Window’s hope is to replicate this process in many locations around the world, ending vicious cycles of repeat human trafficking.

On September 7th, my church, Cornerstone Fellowship, in Livermore, CA is supporting a 5K run at Shadow Cliffs Park in Pleasanton, CA called "Stomp For Freedom" to benefit the Red Window Project.

I don't know if I'll be ready to run the whole 5K on September 7. But I'm going to be there and I'm going to finish.  I’m certain I can walk 5K.

Visit my Stomp For Freedom Donation Page:

I have a daughter and the thought of someone else's daughter suffering under this kind of horror is really disturbing. I hope you'll visit  my donation page and read more about why I want to run. If your so inclined, please consider donating to my fundraising goal.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Card Munch - turn business cards into LI connections and more

I recently contributed a post on a iPhone App that I use almost every day.  I've re-posted an excerpt here and included a link to the full post.

I was on student council in college. The job had a lot of perks. One was that every student senator got his or her own business cards to use when meeting faculty, administrators, city officials and the like.
They also came in real handy when I met a girl that I wanted to see more of. Most college undergrads don’t have business cards. At the time, I was pretty sure the ladies found the card and job description impressive. These days, I think they probably thought it was just weird.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Can’t make Jim’s Memorial say you? Maybe you can says I….kinda

 

I’m bummed that I won’t be able to make it back for Jim’s Memorial weekend and I’m sure that I’m not the only one. But just because we are separated by distance, doesn’t mean that we can’t share in the experience.

I asked Zifchak how I could contribute and he suggested I help gather quotes, well wishes and Jimisims that can be posted on the golf carts during the outing.

We’re asking that you consider a donation of $25 to send along with your quote, but times being what they are, we completely understand if you can’t swing it. SEND WHAT YOU CAN OR JUST SEND A QUOTE! Jim was all about brotherhood and I recon he’d be really irritated if a couple of lousy bucks kept anyone from participating.

If we receive enough responses, we’ll collect them in a booklet that event participants can take home from the event.

So, if you’d like to participate, please mail your quotes to:

Jason Clause, 1440 4ht Street, Suite B, Berkeley CA 94710

You can also send quotes by email to Jason@jasonclause.com

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!