I hope you donâ€™t mind, but Iâ€™d like to get away from writing about custom home design and construction today to discuss something else. I want to know how youâ€™re grounded. When youâ€™re stressed out, or when youâ€™ve had all you can take at work, or when youâ€™re out of town on a business trip, how do you clear your head? What keeps you grounded? For me, itâ€™s running. I love it. Iâ€™ve been running for 24 years now, and I would love nothing more than to stay healthy enough to keep running as long as I live. I go running in the mornings. Iâ€™m up early, before the sun. Iâ€™m lucky enough to live about a half mile from a wealthy community where I see one home every 10 acres. On most morning runs I never encounter another human; not in a car, not on a bike and not on foot. Itâ€™s great. Here's a picture of the road. I can get so close to deer eating on the side of the road I swear I can tackle them if I wanted to. I try to pick out all the different bird songs I hear. I say hello to the cows grazing on the one remaining farm in the neighborhood. That farmerâ€™s ancestors at one time most likely owned all the land where I see beautiful mansions today. Sometimes I hear a pack of coyotes yelping in the distance and I try to determine how close they are. My favorite game is guessing how close I can get to the raccoons feasting in front of me on the eveningâ€™s road kill before they spot me coming and run away. Here's a picture of the barn on the farm. When Iâ€™m out of town on business, I go for morning runs because it makes me feel great. I donâ€™t drag my feet while walking the trade show floor if Iâ€™ve run that morning. If nothing else, running makes me feel less guilty about all the calories I consumed the day before during convention-center lunches and business dinners that always begin way too late in my opinion. Donâ€™t restaurants open earlier than 8 p.m. when conventions are in town? Here's one of the homes in Barrington Hills. When I miss a morning run for whatever reason, I feel off balance all day. On those days when Iâ€™m in town, I get jealous of runners I see on my drive home after work. What grounds you? Whatâ€™s your passion outside of the office? Whatâ€™s your hobby? What makes you feel like yourself when youâ€™re out of town? What keeps you focused? Tell me. Send me an email. Or, tell everyone. Join RD&Bâ€™s LinkedIn group and post your comments for other members to see. LinkedIn is free to join and you wonâ€™t get e-mail spam if you join. We have almost 300 members in the RD&B group who you can network with. Check it out.