Hey, I’m Matt Boettger and thanks for taking a few minutes out of your day to learn a little about me and what I’m about. I am a teacher, speaker, and writer with a passion for helping people (particularly college students in my day job) gain perspective, purpose, and a plan for their lives.
The reason why I have this website is because I've made a lot of mistakes in my life (and still do, dang it!), and I want to share what I've learned over the years so that my mistakes may not be duplicated in someone else's life.
How I can Help You
**At the minimum, I hope to offer a space for every reader to truly reconsider how each one of us lives, labors, leisures and loves in the pursuit of a more "real" life. My desire is for everyone who follows this blog never to have to look back with regret. This does not mean not making enormous mistakes, but it might mean a paradigm shift on how we are currently living might be needed. Join me on this journey to toward living a more -real life-.
What I Blog About
Working with college student for more than ten years has revealed an important element in helping individuals live the most intentional, purposeful, and creative life possible: structure. In a world riddled with change, clearly defined steps are the key to one’s own greatest opportunity for success and growth.
To that end, I write on the ordered life, the creative life, and the organized life:
- The Ordered Life: These writings speak about the foundational importance to live a life of permanence, discovery, gratitude, and generosity. Only when we have begun to embrace these four principles, do we have the greatest opportunity for real growth in our own lives, opening the door to discovering our greatest potential.
- The Creative Life: These writings address the tendency to live busy but ineffective lives. Once the pursuit of order becomes a daily routine, the potential to live a more creative life becomes a real possibility. This is a life stripped of all things unessential, pursuing a more intentional life by not feeling the burden to be “all things to all people.” If you feel as if you are doing more than you have every done before but feel as if you have made no real progress in life (however you define that), then this area is for you and will be tremendously transformative.
- The Organized Life: Where most people begin, I end. If we are actively and routinely engaging the principles of an ordered life, have spent the time and energy discovering what are the real essential and creative elements in our life, then we are ready to approach the organized life most effectively.
For more information about these particular topics, please visit my start page.
A Little More About Me
If you interviewed my parents about me, I guess they would tell you a handful of particularly unique things about my childhood: 1. That at a very early age, I would get out a piece of paper and pen and map out my day hour-by-hour to ensure I maximized my opportunities for the day.
- That I would look through all my possessions, discovering anything that might be of value in hopes that I could make some money from it. Of course, I did this only to spend the money immediately on the next shiny thing. I’m not sure if this highlights my entrepreneurial spirit or exposes my material nature…
- My adolescent years were definitively marked by my desire to give the most precise times for when I would arrive to things. Nearly always I would say things like, “I’ll be there in about seven minutes,” or “See you in about thirteen minutes.” My rationale was that I had remembered being there once in six minutes and another time in eight minutes, so I would just average them and say “seven minute.” Looking back, I think it was kind of funny but I don’t think anyone thought it funny or cute at the time…
- One of the most awkward and random stories comes from when I was very, very young. The story apparently goes like this: My sister came up to me in the front yard and told me that one of her friends was coming over to visit me and I responded, “See me, see me”? From that moment on, I went by the name “Seeme” for next year or so. I have no idea…don’t ask.
- Oh, and I called my dad “mom” for a very long time…my bad.
Well, I’ve done some growing up, and now call my dad, “dad” which is great news. I also use my legal name “Matt” or “Matthew” now so hopefully no more confusion there. Because of adolescent and university years of mockery, I now round up like everyone else and say I will be there in fifteen or twenty minutes (even though I still think thirteen and seventeen minutes in my head). Other than that, everything roughly remains the same. I love making the most of my day and often am up at 4am to begin tackling the day!
I’m married to a beautiful and exceptionally empathic woman, and we are both blessed to have three sons: Kieran, Jude and Everett who keep us on our toes!
In my free time (when I have it), I enjoy reading, running, and having great discussions with friends over a great glass of wine or bourbon. I am also an active parishioner at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center in Boulder, Colorado.
Getting Connected with Me
You can contact me via e-mail.
This is my personal blog. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent those of any employer, company, or organization with which I am affiliated. While I firmly believe in the methods, practices, and tips I provide, I will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.