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I’ve never considered myself a very creative person. I always associated creativity with art, making stuff, and using your hands.
But during a recent weekend with my coach we got the chance to explore creativity in all its forms and the nature of how we create.
This exploration brought up some unexpected feelings in me, especially when we were faced with various exercises. In the first exercise we were given fifteen minutes to create something using crayons or play dough. I immediately went into a sweat with this one.
The objective was just to create but my mind went to the “what” and the “how”.Read More »
“I took the college to corporate route but felt like my soul was quietly dying. After a quarter life crisis I started a business. Now I’m on a mission to create a movement of women to be audacious creators of their lives as I navigate the same!”
Mayan Tran | San Diego, CA
I just returned from a two-week trip around Europe, during which my wife and I visited Ireland, England, Scotland, and Portugal, stayed in 5-star hotels, and enjoyed VIP treatment in airport lounges.
Did I lose my mind and decide to blow all of my FI savings on one extravagant trip? No, not in the slightest. The trip actually didn’t cost much more than it costs to visit my family in Pittsburgh.
How is that possible? Two words…Travel Hacking.Read More »
“I’m creating an online income stream that allows me time & location freedom. Lately, I’ve met many down-to-earth people that have already reached the goal and that's made this all that more achievable and real for me.”
Marc Dragon | United Kingdom
While we’ve established that simplicity is a practice and not a destination, there are practical things you can do every day to simplify your life. And the good news is, there are practical things you can do quickly.
Set a timer for 10 minutes.
Choose any of the following tasks.
Stop after 10 minutes.
Then celebrate your simpler life.Read More »
“It is okay to stop. It is okay to slow down. It is okay to rest. It is okay to opt out. I did. I just wanted less - a lighter heart and a clearer mind. And you know what? The world didn’t end. In fact… It got infinitely better.”
Danette Joy Walker
I embarked on my first solo travel adventure only a short a week ago.
From the warm comfortable bosom of Australia to the mildly chillier but breathtaking New Zealand, I flew toward the unknown, scared but mildly excited…
Wow. How can just one week stretch to feel like a lifetime? One roller-coaster after another of conflicting emotions.
During such a time of drastic change (from one half of a couple to a complete loner) each day has to be taken as it comes, with no one day being entirely good or bad, merely a mish-mash of moments, some where you felt great, some okay, some terrible.Read More »
“I’m 61 and have the freedom to go/stay where I want - I’m really happy living and traveling around Europe in my van, pursuing my passion of hang gliding, and getting guidance from spirit!”
Paul Adams | Somewhere in the UK
To the dream-stealers,
We believed you for many years.
Our hearts sank and our shoulders slumped as what you believed was (im)possible formed our own prison walls. We *almost* accepted that the dreams we held so close to our hearts were… Unrealistic. Risky. For them, not us. Flat out fantasy.
Because you’re very convincing. And you’re everywhere. You tell us to get our head out of the clouds. Sometimes with harsh words. Sometimes with a teasing laugh. Sometimes with a pep-talk and a dose of well-intended advice.Read More »
“A girlfriend trip to Vegas - to celebrate her 50th birthday - we love adventure and don't let anything stop us from having it!”
Last year, my word for the year was “SURRENDER.” (Okay, to be more accurate, I didn’t pick that word I just actually surrendered. My word for the year was more like, “seriously I don’t give a f*ck.” Haha! True story). What happened was, I stopped doing anything that didn’t bring me joy.
I stopped marketing my business. I just worked with private clients that came to me by referral. I thought I was going to quit business altogether, actually.
From the space of truly letting go of any attachment to what I thought I ‘should’ want (or what the old me may have wanted at some point but which shifted), I came back to WHY I got into entrepreneurship in the first place.Read More »
“The true measure of success is how much of your day is spent doing what you love.”
Edee Gail | Golden, CO
Millions of people have watched and shared “Steve’s Dome Home,” a video on YouTube about a gorgeous dome house built for about $9,000 on an organic mango farm in the countryside of northeastern Thailand. Curious ourselves — okay perhaps “obsessed” is a better word — we reached out to the co-builder of this famous dome home and founder of Domegaia, Hajjar Gibran, to get the inside scoop.
ELSE: Hajjar, thank you in advance for this conversation — we’ve been secretly geeking out about it behind the scenes! So, how did you end up in the world of dome homes?
HAJJAR GIBRAN: It’s a 66-year-long story at this point. I’ll try to be brief.Read More »