The uncommon art of inspiring inspiration.

How to find your creative flow in art or business.

I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp. ― W. Somerset Maugham


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Work/Life balance isn’t about balance.

(and other things Chronobiology teaches us about life)


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Happiness is a lousy guide.

The secret to being happy.

It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness. | Victor Frankl


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Becoming less busy isn’t about slowing down.


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What Gossip Actually Does.

How critical talk has more to say about the talker than the target.


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2014: The Year of a New American Dream.

What it means to be wealthy, valuing time over stuff & getting rich.

After recording every regret I heard a dying person confess, there was no wishing they had larger homes or more things. Yet, among the top of their regrets were ‘I wish I hadn’t of worked so much’ and ‘I wish I kept in touch with my friends. - Bronnie Ware, a nurse to the elderly. (paraphrased)


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Busy isn’t respectable anymore.

Why busyness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and a challenge to put it behind us.

“The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” | Lily Tomlin


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You Will Never Fully Know Your Spouse.

The significant role that mystery plays in marriage.


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Work isn’t worth it.

A case for caring more about relationships than career.

“That John Denver is full of (it).” | Lloyd, Dumb & Dumber


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Success is overrated.

(or just poorly defined)

“The interesting thing about success is that our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own.” – Alain de Botton


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There is no such thing as “The One.”

Gary Thomas Debunks 3 Common Myths That Most Millennial’s Believe About Marriage.

After polling my online community about the most helpful marriage resource they’ve found, I was shocked to see a book title I had never heard of show up in 1/4 of their responses. That book was Sacred Marriage, by Gary Thomas.

Naturally, I tabbed over to Amazon, made the purchase, spent the next couple days reading, and then reached out to Gary for an interview.

Quickly in to our time, I was thrilled to realize that Gary was no typical marriage counselor and seemed to actually enjoy life & conversation – beyond just offering formulas and making points. It didn’t take us long to veer off topic, where we landed on some golden thoughts about common myths young people believe about marriage. I thought it to be too good not to share.

Press play to watch 10 mins of the interview or see my highlights below.

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Stop Protecting Yourself.

How to get beyond rejection to risk, connect & become a real advocate.

My friend put down his cup of coffee to tell me a story.

He began rolling up his sleeves, alluding to being betrayed by a former business partner, and emphatically expressing his desire to fight the world after being screwed.

He went on to tell me about the anger & pain he felt after being betrayed and how he began to notice himself living on the defensive. Never wanting to feel this kind of hurt again, he started making life choices inspired by simply protecting he & his family from others, no matter the cost.


Fortunately, my passionate-story-telling friend eventually made the choice to forgive – and not architect his life as a victim. But even then, he candidly shared how his instincts are still to withdrawal and protect at the first sign of mistrust.

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