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Below are the posts related to purpose. What is my purpose? How can I strengthen my purpose in life? What should I be doing? The posts below are all related to this self-discovery, and how to strengthen your sense of purpose.

Photo Friday – The True Meaning Of Life From The Dalai Lama – McLeodganj, Dharamsala, India

November 30, 2012

The True Meaning Of Life From The Dalai Lama - Taken 27-Nov-2012 - McLeodganj, Dharamsala, India

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What I’m Thankful For Today

November 22, 2012


This post was an afterthought. I wasn’t planning to write anything for Thanksgiving. Last night I realized how crazy it was that last year I was rescued from homelessness by Indians in Costa Rica, this year I’m in India.  But as I sit here in India, about to dive into a 3-day wedding festival of […]

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What Does “Helping People” Mean?

August 11, 2012

help wanted

This is a question I always have in the back of my mind and the answer has changed over time. Back as a naive nomad when first starting out on this trip, I thought any kind of volunteering was positive, any effort to alleviate poverty was good, and education was the key to breaking the […]

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A Career Narrative I Wrote 13 Years Ago

June 11, 2012

Me square

I called home one day in April, as my parents were packing to move to North Carolina, and my dad told me he found something really cool. It was my “career narrative,” some kind of assignment from my suburban high school to make me think about what I want to do in college and my […]

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How To Win The Lottery

May 21, 2012


I was inspired to write this article was I saw the frenzy surrounding the $640,000,000 Mega Millions lottery jackpot in the U.S. at the end of March. It was kind of disgusting, to be honest. It’s interesting that lotteries are so successful around the world. You part with a small amount of money with the […]

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Do You See A World Of Abundance Or Scarcity?

May 19, 2012

A Doll Embodying Abundance

I feel like the modern world is one based on scarcity and money allows you to buy pieces of the scarce resources you need to survive. Contrast this with a traditional way of living (still practiced by many) where everything you need is available and abundant. But these two different lives get at the heart […]

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Is Your Imperfection Covering Up A Superpower?

April 23, 2012


I’m not sure when I realized it, but at some point when I was a teenager I realized my left breast was bigger than my right one and I became horribly self-conscious about it. I was heavier then, so their size was bigger and the difference was more exaggerated. I wore really baggy clothes partly […]

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Yokoi Kenji – Bridging Two Cultures To Make The World A Better Place

February 15, 2012

Me And Kenji

When I was in Medellin, my friend there told me about an inspirational guy named Kenji. He spoke to her team at BanColombia and she loved the speech. He recently received an award from the Colombian Parliament for the work he is doing and I told her I would try to get in touch with him. […]

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Being Accused Of Theft In Venezuela- Saved By The Power Of Now

January 19, 2012

The Scene Of The Imaginary Crime

On my last full day in Venezuela, I entered a grocery store to buy a 1.5 liter bottle of water. It’s common in Latin America to have to store any bags or backpacks in a locker before going into the store. From their point of view, it reduces the chance of theft. From my point […]

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What Time Is It? Now, Always Now…

January 16, 2012

A watch

My impromptu trip to the beach to ring in New Year’s was wonderful, but literally right before we left to come back to Caracas something happened. I went to the bathroom and thoroughly washed my hands and arms to get the sun screen off of me. In the process I took of my watch. I […]

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The Money Flow In An Indigenous Community And Valuing Yourself

January 7, 2012

Cash Flow Tap Spewing Dollars

Jessica, the awesome Peace Corps Volunteer I stayed with in Chichica, Panama just wrote this amazing article about where the money flows in her community. It’s an insightful and spectacular analysis I highly recommend you check out. I like visiting indigenous communities because they have a very different way of life. Though the experiences I’ve […]

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Happy New Year – Now Take The Plunge With Me!

January 1, 2012

Take The Plunge With Me

Happy New Year! Before I begin, I wish you and your loved ones all the best this coming year and every year thereafter. On Christmas Day I invited you to start thinking about making a New Year’s Resolution related to taking the plunge. I hope the e-book I wrote and offered as a gift helped […]

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My Christmas Present To You

December 25, 2011

Happiness Plunge E-Book

As much as I despise how commercial Christmas has become, the underlying concept of giving is something really wonderful. But as I wish you a Merry Christmas, I am already looking ahead a week – New Year’s Day. I’ve never made a New Year’s resolution, but many people do. Instead of choosing a typical resolution, […]

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Learning About Gender Equality And Teaching About The Promised Land

November 3, 2011

male-female equality

Today I went to an event sponsored by ISD (Initiativa Social para la Democracia). I still don’t know how to process what I observed. But it was totally a kick in the pants to keep learning Spanish because I missed so much by not having stronger Spanish. Male/Female Equality The topic at hand was gender equality. […]

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A Heart Of Gold – Katsuhito Torii

June 25, 2011

Japanese Flag

Katsuhito Torii escaped the horrors of the March earthquake and tsunami, but he couldn’t sit idly while other people helped those that were negatively affected. Instead, the single dad sent his daughter off to his mom’s house and headed to the local school. As a carpenter, there were many things he could do to help […]

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Going Off Script With Life

June 2, 2011

Fork In The Road

Does the following sound familiar? I have to study hard so I can get into a good college. I have to get into a good college so I can get a good job after college. I have to get a good job to pay off my college debt and prepare for having a family. I […]

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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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