Category Archives: Motivation

Why Write?

pencil and paper

Why take on the challenge of writing 500 words every day for a month?

What do I hope to accomplish?

What’s my over-arching theme?

The truth is, I’m not really sure. When I started this challenge there was nothing specific I wanted to write about, or a project I had lined up to finish. The only tangible goals I hoped to accomplish were becoming a better writer, and writing more frequently.

There were two main factors driving these desires.  Continue reading

Just Live (Or Why I Haven’t Written a Blog Post In a While)

I’ve been a little stressed out lately.

Nothing major, but definitely more than the normal amount. Of course there are the standard issues like balancing work responsibilities, socializing with friends, and completing homework for a class I’m taking.

But add to that a flair up in my right knee that served as my biggest recovery setback so far, as well as the internal stress that comes from a self-imposed debate I’m having about future projects (I really am my own worst enemy sometimes), and I recently felt the need to pull back a bit and shut out the noise.

For me that means turning inward and recoiling from the world. Continue reading

3 Tips For World Domination

WDS sign

Photo credit: Armosa Studios

“How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world?”

This was the question posed to me and 3,000+ attendees at the World Domination Summit (WDS) last weekend in Portland, Oregon. The event brought together a wily group of entrepreneurs, bloggers, and big thinkers to mingle, listen to amazing speakers, and unpack what it takes to live a remarkable life. Continue reading

Note To Self: Stop Caring About What Other People Think

“You do not want to lie on your deathbed with the knowledge that things could have been better if you had not spent so much time making assumptions about what total strangers might be thinking.”

Jason Seib, Author, The Paleo Coach; Co-Owner, Clackamas Physical Conditioning and Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness

Note to self:

Get out of your own head.

Do things that make you feel good, and stop worrying about what other people think. Everyone is just as insecure and unsure of themselves as you are. It just appears like they have their shit together.  Continue reading

From People Pleasing to Conscious Eating: My Journey to Paleo


Orange tea mug

“Eat only when you feel hungry. Notice and feel your hunger. This is conscious eating.”

Deepak Chopra


I spit into the sink, wiping my tongue with my hands. “Do you know how many CALORIES were in that!”

It was a Saturday night senior year in college, and my roommates and I were throwing our annual “bathtub party.” Friends were over, music was blasting, and our bathtub was filled with ice and the finest 30-racks of cheap beer a few college kids could buy.

Needless to say, we weren’t at our best and brightest. Continue reading

Getting Started

Starting Line

“Making a decision was only the beginning of things.”

Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist

It’s amazing what happens when you acknowledge your circumstances, and just get started toward your goal.

For instance:

  • Six months ago, I was confined to my couch, unable to walk down the street
  • Six years ago, I was looking for my first job out of college amidst the toughest economic environment in decades
  • Sixteen years back, I was a chunky 10 year-old trying to prove my athletic worth to Little League coaches and teammates

The common thread to overcoming each obstacle? Accepting where I was, and getting started by taking small steps to reach my goal. Continue reading