Category: Living on Purpose

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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

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On Why I Love Running: Part 1

Recently, I have gotten super into running memoirs (ask anybody that I have forced into conversation within the last two weeks, they’ll tell you), especially those that feature plant-based endurance athletes. Reading these memoirs have had unsurmountable effect on my psyche; reading about how others are so incredibly passionate about the things that I am also incredibly passionate about swells my heart with inspiration, … Read More On Why I Love Running: Part 1

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Don’t Put Me in The Box

“Many men go fishing all their lives, without knowing it’s not the fish they are after.” –Henry David Thoreau If you know me at all–if you have ever overhead a conversation I have had–you will be familiar with my obsession of The Box. I abhor, absolutely loathe everything that The Box represents. Perhaps that’s subliminally the reason why I am vegan, I believe so … Read More Don’t Put Me in The Box

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The Horizontal Line Approach

I am a planner. I do well with structure, but for the sake of spontaneity. I strongly dislike routine, but I depend upon a routine to be in place in order that I can disrupt it. I love to know my options, I feel comfort upon the dependency of others. Above all, I love to “earn things”. I feel so much satisfaction in going … Read More The Horizontal Line Approach

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What Surrealism Teaches Me

I am a self-proclaimed “hopeless Surrealist”. Wut. This reaction is okay, I understand completely. Surrealism isn’t a widely-recognized term. Unless you’re an avid art major or have seen a work of Salvador Dali, it’s hard to put together the term with a piece. So here it is, my reasons for my fascination with Surrealism.   sur·re·al·ism səˈrēəˌlizəm/ noun a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art … Read More What Surrealism Teaches Me

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Don’t Accept Exceptions

Goal setting is important. We should invest in a future that features a better version of ourselves, and goals are the host for such a vision. This is not to say that I believe the only way to accomplish such a happy future is to make lists upon lists of goals, categorized chronologically, with specific and in-depth instructions on how to go about achieving … Read More Don’t Accept Exceptions

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Musings upon Moment

“What day is it?” It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. My favorite day,” said Pooh.” ― A.A. Milne   Alright. Real moment here. Time terrifies me. The idea that someday, if God wills it, I will be rendered incapable of doing the activities that I love independent of assistance, such as running or exploring, because of time is an idea that stalks me. It’s an shaggy, … Read More Musings upon Moment

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Is It Hard Being Vegan?

If I had a peanut for every time someone asked, “Is it hard being vegan?” I would probably be able to fill about 20 jars with organic, hand pressed peanut butter. Crunchy, because it’s my favorite. I understand that this question comes from a good place. It’s either from genuine curiosity or some strange quasi-compliment that is supposed to respectfully acknowledge my “discipline” in … Read More Is It Hard Being Vegan?

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How Voting Can Lead to Happiness

I don’t have ground to rant about how you should “get your act together and be a real American citizen by voting!”; I’m not the greatest citizen ever spawn from the American clutches. I’m not the biggest fan of American capitalist economy, and I’m not the biggest supporter of some of the American “ideals”. So I don’t want you to hear “vote, or you’re … Read More How Voting Can Lead to Happiness

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A Tribute to Harper Lee: Her Impact Upon Humanity

I hold profound respect for Harper Lee. The ideas that leaked from her mind and her morals onto the pages of To Kill a Mockingbird leave me bamboozled every time at the exactness of the essence of human kindness that they capture. Written in this legacy are scores upon scores of essential quotes that, if taken seriously and by enough people, could mean an abrupt … Read More A Tribute to Harper Lee: Her Impact Upon Humanity