Category: Living on Purpose

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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

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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