WHAT THIS SITE IS ABOUT

What is Your Ikigai?

Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept meaning “a reason for being“ I first came across this term when researching the Blue Zones of the world. If you’re not familiar with Blue Zones, they are 5 distinct areas and communities around the world where people live the longest. These areas are vastly different from each other, but have commonalities in their foundations… Read more →

A Short Story About A Long Lesson

As he stood there pondering his future, wondering what lay ahead, he took off for the water, dove in and started swimming. Though just a young man with his entire life ahead of him, he had heard about a magical beach miles upon miles into the ocean and was determined to get there. The beach was full of sunshine, relaxation,… Read more →

The 1 Relationship Trait That Changes Everything

Emily and I have been married for just over 5 years, and we dated for 5 years prior to that. That’s a decade of trying to figure out how this whole relationship thing works. Like any couple, we’ve had good stretches and bad stretches. Ups & downs, and thankfully more of the former than the latter. But with everything we’ve been… Read more →

The Power of Intention

Take yourself back to high school for a minute. Imagine a scrawny sophomore named Timmy. Timmy is 5 foot 5” on a cowboy boots kind of day, and 145 pounds sopping wet. Timmy is a nice enough guy, but for the most part he goes unnoticed. He’s one of the many high school students that don’t stand out in the… Read more →

Conversion

All 7+ billion people on this planet have beliefs. We have political beliefs. We have religious beliefs. We have social beliefs. Beliefs, both big and small, and we all have them. Beliefs are a good thing for the most part. They give us a sense of belonging, a compass of guidance & something to lean on. But beliefs are also… Read more →

Filling the Glass

Put a glass in front of you. Fill that glass with muddy or murky water. Look through the glass and try to see through to the other side. You can’t. There is simply too much stuff in the way to do it. The glass is our mind. The water is our thoughts. The murkiness is any negativity that we let… Read more →

Bounce Not Break

From the time we first bang our toddler noggins into a piece of furniture we realize that the world can drop us on our head sometimes. We don’t know it at the time, but we’re learning the early and minor versions of “the world is not all sunshine & rainbows”. As we grow older the drops on our head get… Read more →

Selfless

Selfless - concerned more with the needs & wishes of others than with one’s own   She carries you in her belly, with back pain, nausea & sleepless nights to boot. As hard as it is, she knows it will all be worth it. She is selfless. She battles for hours to bring you into this world. An experience only another… Read more →

The Author, Editor, and Publisher

“If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for years to get it, you wouldn’t cry at the end when he drove off the lot, testing the windshield wipers. You wouldn’t tell your friends you saw a beautiful movie or go home and put a record on to think about the story you’d seen…… Read more →

Everyone Is A Genius

Imagine a fish. Let’s call him Bob the Fish. Bob the Fish lives by himself in a small stream in the jungle, just below some tall trees. Bob the Fish has lived his whole life in this small stream, watching the monkeys above him swing gracefully from branch to branch & tree to tree. He dreams of the day he can do the… Read more →