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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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2107, 2020

Sharing Screens on Zoom for the Visually Impaired

Do you know what a Zoom webinar looks like in a Screen Reader? That was a trick question. It doesn’t look like anything. It sounds like something. (U.S. Air Force photo by Civ/Nan Wylie) A Screen Reader interprets website and application elements, and translates those elements into audio sounds. This enables a blind user to navigate a web page using their keyboard and their ears. For many blind and visually impaired people, a Screen Reader is the primary tool they use to [...]

2506, 2020

How to make a Lead Magnet

Once upon a time, you faced a problem. It was a minor inconvenience. You didn’t want to pay somebody to fix it, but you were willing to do a little bit of research to figure out how to fix it yourself. After going to Google for a few answers, you discovered that this problem is actually much more complicated than you thought. This might be a big project, so you settled in for a few minutes of research. You have [...]

1606, 2020

Remote Culture, Communication, & Collaboration

My next Masterclass, Remote Culture, Communication, & Collaboration, is divided into three parts: Remote Culture Remote Communication Remote Collaboration (The agenda is in the title! Why didn't I think of this before?) If I was smarter, I would have named this Masterclass Remote Connection. At the center of Culture, Communication, and Collaboration is Connection. Over the past few months, I've been doing a lot of training with agencies and organisations who found themselves...suddenly remote. Leading a virtual team, and keeping remote [...]

1005, 2020

4 Smart Books For Solopreneurs To Study

These 4 books will help you make better decisions. Solopreneurs wear many hats. I have been a Solopreneur, on and off, for ten years. I find the ability to decide what I want to spend my time very liberating. At times, however, it can also be very intimidating. Most companies can distribute decisions through a larger team. When your team is one person, all decisions, good and bad, go through you. How to spend your time, what you should [...]

304, 2020

Homeschooling, Unschooling, and Deschooling

Parents, I want to confess something to you. I have been a vocal homeschooler for years now, but I have not revealed how radical we are in our philosophy of educating our children. As we enter the long haul of quarantine, you may find this confession helpful. In the Huntress Clan, we may call ourselves homeschoolers, but we more properly belong to a radical branch known as ‘unschooling.’ The unschooling philosophy does not require schedules, or lesson plans, or worksheets, [...]

3103, 2020

Why all the work-from-home tips are helpful and generous

Is this *another* article about how to work-from-home? No. It's an article *about* all the articles. The current glut of 'how to work from home' content comes from a place of generosity. People want to be helpful, and this is a time when helping matters. Currently, there are two camps of workers online: people who have been working from home for a significant period of time, and have figured out a few things; and people who are suddenly working [...]

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