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10 Books That Changed My Life

I’m going to tell you about 10 books that changed my life, which is tricky for me, right now. Most of the books that changed my life are not currently in my possession. My library is in storage in the United States, the last 1000 books I could not bear to part with when we moved to New Zealand, so the interesting part of this exercise is — I have to see what really sticks. In selecting my top 10, I want to scan my eyes lovingly over my [...]

By |November 9th, 2018|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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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1501, 2021

Email List Building Statistics For Success

Track Your Activity And Double Your Conversion Ratios Photo by SunnyGraph on iStock Many years ago, I was a car insurance salesman, and I was very unenthusiastic about what I was selling. I don’t like cars very much. They just get me from place to place. Lots of my customers thought about their car insurance the same way. They don’t really like insurance, they just know they need to have it. Setting up or changing car insurance is treated as an irritating chore. [...]

101, 2021

New Years Resolutions 2021

For 2021, my word is Ease. I want to live this year without struggle. Many of my greatest achievements - getting off the streets after being homeless for years, finishing a bachelor's degree after ten years of undergrad, moving to New Zealand - I achieved because I can handle struggle. I'm resilient and hard working, and these characteristics have brought me lifelong habits of toil. I am grateful to my illness for coming to me while I am still [...]

3112, 2020

Annual Review 2020

I know that 2020 was a challenging year for many people in the world, but for me, it was a HUGE improvement over last year. I am fortunate to be in the safest country in the world. In New Zealand, nobody is wearing masks, the pandemic is completely under control, and I realigned my business to work from home and never travel in January. My skills are suddenly in high demand, and I've accomplished a number of professional milestones [...]

511, 2020

How to Welcome New Subscribers With an Email Onboarding Series

Email is the virtual welcome mat to your business Photo by RTImages on iStock   The moment I stepped into the store, I felt something was wrong. My wife and I were strolling down Hawthorne Street in Portland, Oregon. Our young kids were at home with their grandmother babysitting, and we were on our first date in a long time. We entered a store that looked interesting from the outside. There was spiritual art hanging in the windows, displays of candles and books, [...]

3010, 2020

Sales vs Marketing: What’s The Difference?

Sales gets you where you want to go. Marketing is why you want to get there. Meme by Alex Bogusky Does selling feel sleazy to you? If so, there’s a good chance you don’t understand the difference between sales and marketing. Using the example above, these two signs give you very different reactions. In the split-second that you see the hitchhiker, you make a flash decision whether to pull over. That immediate reaction matters. Selling and marketing will give [...]

1310, 2020

Don’t Build A New Audience, Find An Existing Audience

It is much easier to find an existing audience than to carve a new one out of the crowd. Your future customers are already congregating somewhere. Go there and be valuable, make relationships, and gain customers. Photo by WoodysPhotos on iStock I think of marketing myself like I am a vagabond peddler. I have a selection of interesting trinkets in my bag. Going from village to village, I make trades (and offer value) that villagers don’t often see in their little town. But [...]

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