404 Exceptional Living | Tony J. Alicea

It’s Time To Go Outside

You can either be an astronomer or an astronaut. An anthropologist or an archeologist. A theologian or a living epistle. I’ve tended to be the former. It’s easy to study a subject and theorize all day without ever getting out to see it, touch it and experience it. At some point we have to put […]

How Do You Measure Success?

If grace and life transformation can’t be quantified, how can Christians gauge true effectiveness? I’m so excited to announce my latest article was published in Relevant Magazine! I’m talking about our culture’s view of success and how looking at it through the eyes of the Kingdom of God flips success on it’s head. I’d love […]

Why You Should Get Your Hopes Up

“Don’t get your hopes up.” Have you ever thought about why we say that? I mean, I realize that nobody likes to be disappointed. But is disappointment really the end of the world? I’ve prided myself on being a pretty steady guy. I’m a rock of stability, if you will. I don’t get too excited […]

When You’ve Forgotten

When I was a boy, I had a vivid imagination. I excelled in school and was typically the first to finish my assignments in class. I would look around and see the others still working, so I escaped off into my own world. This world came to life and the characters I created spoke to […]

How I Ruined My Writing

I’ve discovered the secret to writer’s block. Not how to overcome it…how to get it. It’s easier than you think. I just had to make one small change to what I was doing. When I started writing my blog over 2 years ago, I couldn’t contain myself. I was an open hydrant, the words were […]

Story 2012: Words And Pictures

I don’t have an elegant recap of my time at STORY 2012. I’m still processing a lot of what I saw, heard and learned. So I’ll share a couple of quotes and some images that are still running through my head.

I’m Going To Story 2012!

By the time you read this I’ll be in Chicago, fully immersed in STORY 2012. Story is a conference for creatives in every field including writers, artists, designers, film makers, musicians and more. Normally I don’t have an opportunity to go to these conferences because of the cost, including travel and hotel. But thankfully this […]

Present Tense Struggles

Why is it so hard to share our junk when we’re in the middle of it? This week I got real and shared something I’m currently dealing with. Not something I’ve already gotten through. It is something I’m dead smack in the middle of dealing with. And it was terrifying. But you know what? After […]

The Dangers Of Not Asking For Help

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those that never ask for help and those that always ask for help. How’s that for a generalization? Honestly though, that’s how I perceive it. If you haven’t guessed, I fall on the side of never asking for help. And it’s making me miserable.

The Letter That Changed My Life

My life changed with one letter. Two short paragraphs. The decision to hand over one sheet of paper marked the end of a season and the beginning of a brand new journey. In November of last year I handed in my letter of resignation. I quit my cushy job in corporate America with good pay, great […]