Category: Living on Purpose

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Lesson One from Austria: The Comfort Zone

Last night I climbed Schloßberg–the picturesque “mountain” looming over the city of Graz, Austria–with my beautiful Ukrainian roommate, Vika, to watch the sun set behind the mountain ridges surrounding Graz and eat some fresh-baked Austrian Pita Brot (pita bread) with Grecian hummus and sautéed Roma tomatoes. (View over Graz from Schlosßberg) Vika is a pretty magical, wonderful human. She currently sits at 18 years … Read More Lesson One from Austria: The Comfort Zone

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How to Not Lose Your Mind: 8 Days and Counting

My plane leaves the bustling metropolis of Manhattan, KS bound for Graz, Austria in t-minus 8 days; before this time, I need to solidify financial matters with ESU, settle bank affairs, find documents, figure out logistics of living in the EU, revisit Austrian-German basics, contact with the Austrian girl meeting me at the airport, and 23 other check-list items. Oh, and pack. I’ve got … Read More How to Not Lose Your Mind: 8 Days and Counting

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Can I Tell You About My Day?

I love watching a play-by-play of the day from someone. I love watching the face twist in the initial confusion over being asked what they did that day, the eyes roll up toward the right hand ceiling as the narrator remembers the minute details of the morning. I love to watch the light click on and the smile appear when they conjure forth the … Read More Can I Tell You About My Day?

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Living Without Committment to the Unfinished Laundry

There exists a fallacy that a fulfilling life requires extravagant amounts of daily adventuring amongst the Redwood Forests of California followed by short hang-gliding rides to the lake pockets surrounding the volcanoes of Hawaii for quick dips. That a fulfilling life requires scores of decently behaved biologically-related children spitting out more and more genetically-similar offspring, that hopefully return to the old family farm at … Read More Living Without Committment to the Unfinished Laundry

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A Positive Fascination With Control: How Badly Do You Want A Happy Life?

I’m not quite sure when the connotation of “control” became so negative, but it seems to currently provoke images of raged, hormonally middle-aged humans with heat-damaged straight hair, unnaturally taunt facial skin and a noticeably viscous outer-layer of spray tan shouting nonsense about unfair prices in the co-op Whole Foods Market to the poor dreadlocked employee. (Furthermore, due to the nature of our unfortunately … Read More A Positive Fascination With Control: How Badly Do You Want A Happy Life?

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But It’s Daylight and It’s Today

If you are in the market for some wholesome life motivation, I highly recommend checking out The Happy Pear‘s YouTube channel. These Irish twins are fostering a movement for wholesome living in Ireland, down to the bare bones of feeding your body with things that makes it happy from a neurotransmitter level. They spend their days leading 4:30am sunrise dips in the Irish Sea, … Read More But It’s Daylight and It’s Today

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The Greatest Gift You Can Give

Alright, so it might not be the greatest gift you can give someone…I mean, birth, salvation, a new puppy, a copy of Fight Club on Blu-Ray…those are probably greater gifts. But there is something that ranks pretty closely. Before I give you the answer, let me show you how I arrived at this conclusion and dangle you through this post. Sorry, friend. As a … Read More The Greatest Gift You Can Give

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Prep + Priority = You Can Do Anything

“Over-Preparation + Prioritization = You Can Do Anything” sums up this entire post, so if you have anything better to be doing with your time–feeding the cat, swatting the mosquito off your arm, returning your books to the library–I recommend you go ahead and take one more final glance at the title of this article, feel encouraged, and then proceed onwards to accomplishing your … Read More Prep + Priority = You Can Do Anything

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The Daunting Art of Meditation

  If you are interested in much of the literature and podcasts that I am, you’ve probably been bombarded with the idea of how beneficial and absolutely necessary meditation is to a well-balanced life. This is overwhelming. I  understand that meditation helps one to connect with onesself and the surrounding world , but the idea of spending 20-40 minutes in quiet, contemplative form is … Read More The Daunting Art of Meditation

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We Respect Those Who Respect Us

“We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other’s opposite and complement.”  –Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund   This week was spent in musing over why it is that there … Read More We Respect Those Who Respect Us

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What I Learned When I Shook the President’s Hand

Oh, the President and I go way back. Waaay back. By that I mean to Friday, May 20th at approximately 11:47am. Oh, and by “President” I mean the President of Costa Rico, not the President of the United States. And also by “go”, I mean I shook his hand and promptly fashioned him a sandwich when he blessed our humble local Bakehouse with his … Read More What I Learned When I Shook the President’s Hand

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Simplicity is Beautiful: People > Stuff

Do you ever get in those intense cleaning moods, where you’re fed up with the amount of clutter in your space and all you want to do is hose it all in gasoline, light a match and scream, “Let it burrrrrrrrrn!” with wild frenzy? My mother and I both got in that mood, and tore through our piles of unnecessary materials from 9:30 until … Read More Simplicity is Beautiful: People > Stuff