Fun times in Dallas with Michelle Sedas

One of my favorite connections on the Social Media Adventure is most definitely Michelle Sedas.

The short version of the story is that Michelle was one of the funniest participants ever in the “text Joseph to keep him awake while he’s driving” game. (The long version would take a book… so, we’re writing a book together)

Why You Should Love Michelle Sedas

Michelle is an amazing woman. According to her website:

Michelle Sedas is the author of Welcome The Rain, Live Inspired, and the coauthor of The Power of 10%. She is the cofounder of Running Moms Rock and the host of the Inspired Living Cafe. Michelle graduated from Texas A&M University in 1999. She is a member of Mensa International and Toastmasters International and lives in Texas with her husband and two children.

Michelle Sedas

Michelle Sedas

What her website doesn’t tell you is that she has probably one of the most powerful minds on the planet today. Not only is she incredibly laser-focused & brilliantly creative, she has a heart of gold. (Evidenced by how sweet her children are… Oh, and not to mention the number of times she has been published in various Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Her life is the stuff that inspires those sweet Mormon commercials and Foundation For A Better Life billboards.)


Even though we’ve been working together on various writing projects for nearly 6 months, we still hadn’t met in person. After I told her about my recent life changes and plans to go to Costa Rica, she invited me out to Dallas to meet her and her family for a few days before flying off to Paradise.

What a great idea!

Meeting The Sedas Family


Michelle’s family is absolutely adorable. As soon as I entered the door to their home, Isabella (4) ran up to me, wrapped her arms around me and sweetly refused to let go. (Yes, I cried…)

Herbert & Michelle Sedas

Me in Texas with Herbert & Michelle Sedas

Her son, Diego (7) took a few more minutes to warm up to me, but after we played catch in the back yard, he became my best buddy and followed me around asking me the most insightful questions. (Sorry for not having all the answers! lol) He even became famous when the three boys went out for ice cream. I checked in on foursquare, posting his picture… The good folks from Nestle Toll House spotted it. They loved the pic and asked for permission to post it on their FB page! (Yes, that is a good example of social media marketing)

Most of all, I have to give credit to Hebert, Michelle’s husband. A true gentlemen to let me into his home and share time with his family. I could go on for pages about how much I respect this man, but let me leave it at this: Thank you. For everything.

(I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how awesome Michelle’s parents are as well. Having dinner with them was exactly what I felt a “true Texas experience” should have been. Thank you Mayberry family, I had an absolute blast being in your home and playing in your yard with the boys)

Don’t Forget The Partying…

I can dance if I want to...

I can dance if I want to...

Like any reunion, it was necessary for us to get out and party. :)

So, we “got all hookered up” and hit the town. (It ain’t what you think… “hookered up” is Sedas slang for dressing to the nines. I’m not sure where it came from, but it’s already been integrated into the Ranseth vernacular)

To our pleasant surprise, we found a bar that had an outdoor 80’s party featuring a cover band that could only play hits from the 1980’s. (I’m not sure if anything in that last sentence should be sarcastic or not…)

Michelle, like all the other brides-to-be who were celebrating at their bachelorette party, got up on stage and danced like a maniac. Michelle was different from the other brides-to-be in 2 ways though:

  1. Michelle wasn’t a bride-to-be celebrating her bachelorette party
  2. The other girls weren’t asked to leave the stage immediately because they danced better than the lead singer.

Yeah, like Napoleon Dynamite would have, Michelle owned that stage.

(insert non-abrupt ending here)

Yeah, that last sentence was intentional. That’s how I roll.

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  • Thank you so much, Joseph, for this wonderful post. You are too kind. Yes, we sure did have some fun times, eh? (How’s my Canadian accent?)

    In that pic that Bob/Dominic took, all three of us look quite lovely & hookered up. :-) (throw that one in!) :-)

  • Thank you so much, Joseph, for this wonderful post. You are too kind. Yes, we sure did have some fun times, eh? (How’s my Canadian accent?)

    In that pic that Bob/Dominic took, all three of us look quite lovely & hookered up. :-) (throw that one in!) :-)

  • oh, blimey! Why do I always double post?!

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