404 Exceptional Living | Tony J. Alicea - Part 2

The Day I Flew Across The World By Myself

My eyes shot open at 5am like I was zapped with a taser. I didn’t know what time it was but I knew I was late, I could just feel it. I wasn’t able to fully sleep all night because I was afraid of this exact thing happening. My alarm was supposed to go off 30 […]

Shades of Gray: Movie Choices

Have you ever watched a movie and immediately regretted it afterwards? Yeah, me too. Probably more times than I’d like to admit. But that’s part of learning to navigate through gray areas. Today I’m sharing a story about a recent movie I watched that shocked me and even left me a little traumatized by what […]

Finding The Adventure In Ministry

From Tony: This is a guest post by Sam Werner. If you are interested in submitting a guest post, click here. It takes a unique person to be a missionary. If you’re a missionary and you’re not overseas, you’ll struggle. Your mind will wander to a life abroad. You’ll ache for the ministry God has put […]

Shades of Gray: Social Drinking

Today I’m going after what has been a hot topic in Christianity for years. Social drinking. But I’m not going to tell you what you should do about it. I’m going to tell you a story. I’ve noticed that when gray areas are discussed, most people are looking to be told what to do. Many […]

On Fear, Anxiety and Book Proposals

This week I began writing my first book proposal. The concept of this book came to me about 5 years ago but there was one reason that it’s taken me this long to get started. Fear. In those 5 years I gave myself plenty of time to feel anxious about this project. What if what […]

How To Apologize Well

“Forgiveness is more than saying sorry.” – Anna Faris in Just Friends Have you ever been on the receiving end of a terrible apology? I have plenty of times. The other person may as well have saved their breath. Nobody wants an apology given under obligation. But the chances are that you’ve given some pretty […]

How I Decided To Live A Good Story

My parents divorced when I was very young. My mom remarried shortly thereafter to an Air Force man. I became a military brat and my life was thrown into a whirlwind of moving to different cities, going to different schools and constantly meeting new people. All of the change and uncertainty made me feel out […]

More Than Motivation

From Tony: Today’s guest post is from my friend Juan Cruz. If you’re interested in guest posting, click here. Do you want to live an exceptional life? Exceptional living can take various forms. It might be writing the book, you’ve always dreamed of. Digging wells in Africa. Traversing the Appalachian trial. Feeding the hungry in […]

Dreaming Big Again

From Tony: This is a guest post by Jon Stople. If you are interested in submitting a guest post, click here. When I was a kid, I had big dreams. I dreamed of being a Broadway actor. I dreamed of opening my own baseball card store. I dreamed of flying in outer space. I dreamed […]

How To Live A Better Story

I love telling stories. When I read books, I read them out loud just to practice. Storytelling is an art and with an unskilled storyteller, a great story can turn into a boring one. Ironically, telling a good story isn’t the same as living a good story. Even great storytellers can live boring lives. In the […]