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10 Lessons From 10 Years of Marriage

My wife and I formalized our fairy tale romance and married each other ten years ago, on a Tuesday morning. There was no one else present; we rented a penthouse suite in downtown Portland, dressed in our sacred garb, and at the appointed hour, friends and family around the globe lit the candles we had sent to them, and wished us well as we said our vows to each other in solitude. From that day to this, over the past ten years, I have enjoyed a deep and meaningful connection with [...]

By |August 17th, 2014|Family, Introspection, The Good Stuff|

The Breath of the Neutral Mask

Who are we before we become the character? That is the question that the Neutral Mask seeks to answer. "There are three masks: the one we think we are, the one we really are, and the one we have in common." - Jacques Lecoq It has been years since I have studied the deep and subtle foundations of the theatrical art, and returning to its arcane depths has given me a creative revitalization that I desperately needed. Last week I went to a Neutral Mask workshop, taught by Sarah Liane [...]

By |November 9th, 2014|Adventure, The Good Stuff|

Ten Things I Really Miss About Living In Costa Rica

It’s been more than a year since I left tropical paradise, and wrote about the Ten Things I Will Not Miss About Living In Costa Rica. As absence makes the heart grow fonder, now I’m homesick for that wonderful place. Here are the ten things that I miss the most. 1. Wearing Tank Tops All The Time It’s sunny and bright in Costa Rica before 2pm nearly every day of the year. If it happens to be the rainy season, you might get a downpour for a couple of hours [...]

By |September 5th, 2015|Introspection, The Good Stuff|

My First Trip to New Zealand

It all started with LookSee Wellington. This program offered all-expense-paid trips for 100 people working in the Tech industry to come and visit Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. 48,000 people applied. Only 0.2% of those who applied were invited, and I was not one of them. Still, applying for a trip to New Zealand got us thinking about that place. And right now, the country I am in is a mess. We had some family members interested in leaving the US, and since the Huntress Clan has expatriated before, we [...]

By |June 12th, 2017|Adventure, New Zealand, The Good Stuff|

My favourite quote of all time is a misattribution.

When I was a young scholar, my life changed when I read this quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” I thought that Aristotle said this. For years, I ended my newsletters with this marvellous line, attributing it to the Ancient Greek philosopher and scientist. For a time, I even titled my newsletter ‘Habits of Excellence.’ I’ve been championing this quote because I admire both the content, and the poetic cadence, of the words. It was this very cadence should have [...]

By |August 24th, 2017|Excellence, The Good Stuff|

10 Daily Tools For Positive Thinking

By nature, I am not a positive thinker. I have to work at it. Positive thinking will not do anything by itself, but as Zig Ziglar said, “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” The success or failure of many things you do in life depends on how well you do those things - and if a few simple tricks can put you in a positive frame of mind, it can increase your effectiveness, as well as amplify your enjoyment of life. “We do not [...]

By |September 16th, 2017|Excellence, The Good Stuff|

One year in New Zealand

I've been extraordinarily busy over the past year. Today is the one-year anniversary of putting in our 30-day notice on the house we were renting in Portland. Within the past year, the Huntress Clan has: Packed all of our worldly possessions into a storage unit Moved temporarily into my father-in-law's house Planted the Fairy Godmother, a dogwood tree that has the placentas of all three of my children in its roots Separated for 2 months while I came to New Zealand to search for a job Attained a full-time job [...]

By |June 1st, 2018|Adventure, The Good Stuff|

The 2019 Desire Map Planner

I've been an avid fan of The Desire Map for years. The Desire Map Planner is a practical method of guiding your life and your task lists by what is most important to you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV0EFOqJ-uE In the video above, I recommended that you should go through The Desire Map process first, to discover your Core Desired Feelings. These 4 feelings become the guiding forces by which you steer your choices in life. However, this year the author, Danielle LaPorte, is including the Desire Map program with every purchase of the [...]

By |September 1st, 2018|Introspection, Reviews, The Good Stuff|

Natural Healing Remedies

As it turns out, working 60 hours a week for 9 months is not good for the body. I developed some startling symptoms recently, right about the same time I resigned from my day job, and decided to go back to running my business full time. To cure my symptoms, I used the natural healing remedies that have worked best for me: Qi GongNutritionBaths and SweatPositive ThinkingLaughter TherapyGratitude PracticesThe Naturopathic Principles The Healing Art of Qi Gong Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese moving meditation, and it has been used [...]

By |October 11th, 2018|Introspection, The Good Stuff|

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2403, 2020

Working From Home: Be Thy Own Boss

SQUIRREL! Did something just take your attention? Run after it, nobody can stop you! The greatest thing about working from home is your flexibility. But this is also a danger. You have the ability to pivot your attention at a moment's notice - and you don't have to check with a board, or a boss, or anyone (except maybe your spouse) about how you want to spend your time in working from home. This flexibility is the opposite of [...]

1203, 2020

Bill Murray’s Secrets of Stress-Free Productivity

Instead of working, I was curled into a ball on the ground. My morning plans were interrupted by pain, and the more I tried to work, the worse my pain became. So I stopped working for the day. I made myself a cup of tea, and went into my back yard, to ask myself: can I continue to work, or do I need to stop? I've always prided myself on being a highly productive person. Ten years ago I [...]

1802, 2020

The Hungry Magic of 3-Star Amazon Reviews

Have you ever had to feed a hungry toddler? They don’t care about what you, as a grown-up, think about cooking oils. They don’t care about the nutritional content of the food. They only care that they are hungry (and what they eat should taste good). If you ask a hungry toddler which kind of dish would be better nutritional content for their digestion, that hungry toddler will either a) get confused, or b) throw a tantrum because you haven’t [...]

1202, 2020

Research Your Competition for Fun & Profit

Have you ever been lost in the woods?The only way out is through, it's true, but not all directions are the same.Tramping one way might lead you closer to where you want to go; choosing the wrong direction could keep you lost, indefinitely.What is the surest method to find your way out?Find a trail.If you can find a path left by others, you can follow it to find your way out yourself.A trail is not created by people with nowhere [...]

2401, 2020

The Power of Free Samples

Have you ever been in a grocery store, and been offered a free sample? Maybe it was a bite of a bagel, or guacamole, or a little sausage on a toothpick. Something small. Something interesting. Something free. After taking a bite, were you asked to become a shareholder in that company? Were you asked to become a distributor for them and fill your garage with a warehouse full of their product, or to take out your phone and tell [...]

2101, 2020

The Challenges of Solopreneurship

Do you work for yourself? Are you your own boss? Do you make all the decisions in your business? Then you are probably a Solopreneur. The easy definition of a 'Solopreneur' is: a person who sets up and runs a business on their own. After 10 years of working with Solopreneurs, I've found they generally face the same 3 problems: Goals don't get completed. Because there's no boss or supervisor checking in on you, there isn't enough incentive to do [...]

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