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When the world won’t stop beating you down

Earlier this year: It was already an impossible week. After 60 hours at work and school, I needed to hop on a red-eye to attend another funeral. To make matters worse, A*, my then girlfriend, and I had a stormy sort of love. Before leaving for the funeral, I made a reservation for us atRead More

A mental model to boost happiness and productivity

“I understand there’s a guy inside me who wants to lay in bed, smoke weed all day, and watch cartoons and old movies. My whole life is a series of stratagems to avoid and outwit that guy.” – Anthony Bourdain These days I’m constantly under the gun. I’m working six-day weeks, and at least onceRead More

Harnessing the fires of anger

Earlier this month during a meditation class, the teacher asked, “What’s holding you back from living with a more open heart?” The answer popped lucidly into my mind, as though it were sitting just beneath the surface waiting for someone to ask. The unexpected answer was as clear as it was uncomfortable: anger. To sayRead More

Finding your path part 2: 7 questions to help you on your way

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to create a life worth living. This included learning to love myself, meditation, therapy, and a lot of time and money wasted on personal development and coaches. My most recent step has been learning to find meaningful direction with my career path. For mostRead More

Finding your path part 1: what it’s like to miss the mark

I’ve struggled to find my path in life. Prior to starting this blog, I moved from Washington, DC, to Colorado. I also stopped touring as a speaker, despite unexpected success and a 13 year career in the field. While writing this blog, I opened and quickly closed a leadership coaching practice, opened and continue toRead More

Five seconds for a fleeting burst of joy

I recently began a two-year course with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach to become a meditation teacher. During a retreat last month, Jack encouraged participants to practice “the stealth technique” while we were together. The stealth technique is simple: you look at someone – either a stranger or person you know – and silently wishRead More