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May 2011

The Most Important Kindergarten Lesson We Never Got

May 31, 2011


As a child, how many times were you told “If you don’t have something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all?” A dozen times? A thousand? I guess it depends how bad you were as a kid. But what if the teachers and adults in your life had said “If you have […]

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Can You Really Make A Difference?

May 29, 2011

Can You Really Make A Difference?

This was a question Holocaust survivor Hilde Back probably asked herself in the mid-70’s when she donated to an organization that helped pay the schooling fees for poor Kenyan youth. Hilde had no idea just how much of an impact she would be making. Hilde’s donation sponsored the education of Chris Mburu. Chris’s family could […]

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Learning What’s Important As Your Plane Crashes

May 26, 2011

plane crash hudson river

Too often we realize what’s important after it’s too late. But what if you could jump into the future, figure out what’s important, and then come back to the present day? That’s how Ric Elias, passenger on the US Airways plane that crashed into the Hudson River, described the experience. In the TED video below, […]

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Live For Today – Carpe Diem

May 24, 2011

A watch

We’ve been told that being responsible means saving for retirement or for a rainy day.  Sure, you need to be responsible.  But you also need to live! This doesn’t just apply to money.  It applies to everything.  As you maximize experiences and minimize things, really do your best to experience life. If it’s a nice […]

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What Is Your Purpose?

May 22, 2011

What Is My Purpose?

Have you thought about what your purpose is in life? Too often we go through life purposeless and wonder why we aren’t then satisfied with life. How can you be satisfied when you have no purpose? Against what can you measure your progress, happiness, and satisfaction? What greater good are you working toward? Happiness From […]

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Pour Love Into Everything You Do

May 20, 2011

My plant in March

As I have said before, love is one of the few things in life that you have an infinite amounts of. You can give out as much love as you want and you won’t run out it. So why don’t we pour love into everything we do then? For example, cooking is not a chore. […]

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Happy Nomad Tour Update 19-May

May 19, 2011

The Happy Nomad Tour

The Happy Nomad Tour is only 84 days away. I’ve tentatively and arbitrarily picked August 10th as my departure date. It could change plus or minus a few days, but I will leave around then for sure. I haven’t planned much for the actual trip yet. This is intentional though. I am a master at […]

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How To Erase $70k In Debt

May 18, 2011

man carrying bag of debt on back

Yes, you read the title right. Though I already wrote a post about getting out of debt, this story is truly remarkable.  Let it serve as inspiration if you are personally struggling with debt! To me, debt is the opposite for freedom. Too often we don’t pursue our dreams because we can’t afford to take […]

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The Happiness Plunge Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

May 15, 2011

Marathon Runner Crossing Finish Line

There have been two posts recently about marathon runners.  The first was about Clarence Hartley, an inspirational man defining perseverance.  The other was about Gladys Burrill, the oldest marathon runner in the world.  Their stories are inspirational on their own, but there’s a reason why I looked at marathons as a source of inspiration. Life is […]

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What Is Your Anthem?

May 13, 2011

Musical notes

Do you have one? Do you have that one song you can always turn to for inspiration, fortitude, or calm reflection? If not, think about that today. What is your song? Although this is naturally not as important as figuring out your passions and taking the plunge, music can be one of the many supporting […]

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Get Away For The Weekend

May 11, 2011

bed and breakfast

Fancy a weekend getaway?  Sick of the same old scenery day in and day out?  Sounds like you need to get away! I can’t tell you how important this is for me.  I am someone who needs constant mental stimulation and when I travel there are areas of my brain that light up that are […]

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If At First You Don’t Succeed…

May 8, 2011

Pancake end result

I am not much of a cook.  Ok, I don’t really cook at all.  But I thought I’d challenge myself yesterday.  I went to the store and bought the ingredients for whole-wheat pancakes.  Yes, simple pancakes.  I figured it would make a great addition to my limited repertoire of culinary offerings.  Plus, I love pancakes. […]

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Avoiding The U-Shaped Happiness Curve

May 5, 2011

U-shaped happiness

I recently read this article this article, shaking my head the entire time.  The findings were scientific and I don’t doubt the results of the careful analysis. But… I reject the premise that it’s normal for your happiness to dip in the prime of your life The article says that the dip in happiness happens […]

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You’re Never Too Old To Run – Secret To Happiness From World’s Oldest Marathon Runner

May 4, 2011

Old lady finishing marathon race Gladys Burrill

How old were you when you ran your first marathon? For Gladys Burrill, it was at age 86!  The former pilot and mountain climber hasn’t stopped since then.  She regularly walks 45 miles per week and shows no sign of slowing down. In December, she ran the Honolulu marathon making her the Guinness World Record […]

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Caroline Casey – Overcoming Adversity and Taking The Happiness Plunge

May 1, 2011

Caroline Casey - Pursuing the Impossible and overcoming adversity

Caroline Casey’s story is inspirational and perfectly demonstrates The Happiness Plunge process. She was born with a condition known as ocular ablinism, which rendered her legally blind.  However, it wasn’t until a trip to the eye doctor’s office at age 17 that she found this out.  Her parents had shielded her from the truth.  You […]

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