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Deception Pass State Park Camping Adventure

Alison and I headed up to Deception Pass State Park for a last-minute overnight camping adventure. We’ve gotten in the habit of going on overnight camping trips through the summer (OK, this is our third one!). Even one night of camping is enough to clear out the cobwebs from a full week of everyday tasks …

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Homeless Billionaire Nicolas Berggruen Prefers the Simple Life

Ran across a refreshing story today about Nicolas Berggruen, a billionaire who sold off his homes, car and many possessions years ago and lives a simpler life than most people with a fraction of his net worth. Granted, it does appear that he isn’t slumming it by any means, preferring to live in 5 star hotels instead of …

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The New Good Life by John Robbins: Book Review

I’ve ready several of John Robbin’s previous books, including Diet for a New America and Healthy at 100. Both were awesome, and his latest book, The New Good Life, is no exception. Robbin’s story is remarkable not just because he eschewed a life of privilege at a young age (he was the heir to the …

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Finding Ultra by Rich Roll: Book Review

My last two books were both written by vegan endurance athletes. Eat & Run by Scott Jurek and more recently Finding Ultra by Rich Roll. Both were enjoyable reads and inspiring. What I like about Finding Ultra is the focus on multi-sport athletics (triathlon). Rich also has a very unique background; having been a standout …

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Eat & Run by Scott Jurek

Read Scott Jurek‘s book Eat & Run last week. It is an awesome read, and it doesn’t matter if you are vegan or into running long distances. I thought I knew Scott’s story, but there is a lot in this book that was totally new to me. He had a tough upbringing and surprising stories …

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The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

I just finished reading The Pilgrimage, A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom, by Paulo Coelho. The novel follows Paulo as he goes on pilgrimage across Spain in search of a miraculous sword. It’s a story of  a man in search of spiritual development and mastery. The pilgrim’s path is a sacred one used by millions …

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The Value of Building Things Yourself

I just built a little raised bed in my yard. I needed more space to plant greens (I eat a TON of them!) and this part of my lawn was already destroyed from overgrowth and pine needles that killed off the grass. It was a simple little project, just arranging some rocks, adding soil and …

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Three Simple Meditation Tips

Meditation is something that anyone can do. It doesn’t require any type of special certification or training in a certain meditation technique. It just requires consistent practice. Here are three helpful tips to help you in your own meditation practice: Sit every day, no matter how long or short. Frequency matters more than length. Like …

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How will you measure your life? Another post.

I just finished reading Clayton Christensen’s new book, How Will You Measure Your Life. As i posted before, when I joined Microsoft as an intern over 12 years ago my manager handed me a copy of his then breakthrough best-seller “The Innovators Dilemma” (it’s still a best seller). I liked it for the way it …

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How will you measure your life?

One of the first business books I read (not counting college textbooks) was The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton Christensen. I was an intern at Microsoft 12 years ago and my boss had just read it. He handed it to me (along with a stack of printed revenue reports to review) and recommend I take a …

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The Happiness Project

Just starting to read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. I do truly believe that happiness is a choice, even in the most dire of situations. In the book, Gretchen accounts of her year of test-driving wisdom from various traditions and popular culture regarding how to be happier. I’m not expecting any breakthrough insights from …

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Oprah’s Lifeclass

I have always been a fan of Oprah. I never really liked her show (the topics didn’t resonate with what I cared about), but I did like how she acted as a person. In a TV world full of fear-mongers and drama-queens she held court during her afternoon talk show hour in a more upbeat …

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Growing My Own Food (some of it at least!)

I grew up in a rural community (the cows outnumbered the humans) and we had an acre of land, a large portion of which was planted with rose bushes, fruit trees or vegetables. I spent a large portion of my weekends growing up tending to the gardens. Tilling the soil, weeding, watering, planting, harvesting and …

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One Powerful Technique for Improving Your Diet and Health

Add in the good stuff. As much of it as you can. Whenever you can.  There it is, you can skip the rest of this post! Most diets are defined by what you CAN’T eat not what you CAN eat. Vegans are all about not eating meat or dairy or eggs. Paleo’s are about not …

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How to Get Along With People

I’ve had my fair share of challenging conversations over the years. It can be tough to deliver a challenging message at work, take critical feedback, deal with an emotional family situation or stand up for what you believe – even when it means going against the views of someone else. How do you deal with …

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Organic Food is Worth the Cost

Yesterday I watched a great documentary called FRESH about the merits of organic farming and the issues with the modern industrial food complex. You can stream it on Netflix. I highly recommend that you do so before you eat your next meal. Organic food is worth the cost. Organic produce has 40% more nutrition (on …

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Don’t Manage Your Time Manage Your Energy

Managing your energy is far more important than just managing your time. Keep a log of how you feel during the day based on your energy level. Over time see how hydration, nutrition, sleep, training and work schedules impact your energy. Then, make adjustments to maximize your overall energy level, and make sure that your …

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Your Stories Define You

The stories you tell yourself repeatedly will eventually define who you are and what you become. It is up to you tell stories that are either empowering or dis-empowering. Empowering stories give you the confidence and the energy to follow through – even in the face of adversity. Dis-empowering stories perpetuate fear and worry. If …

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U2 and Sticking with Unconventional Ideas You Believe In

I’m a big U2 fan and enjoyed watching “Classic Albums: U2, The Joshua Tree.” This one hour documentary from 1999 has interviews with the band members as they join their producers in listening to tracks from the album and reliving their creative process. It’s a pretty amazing thing to watch as Bono, The Edge and …

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2012 Race Calendar

Just posted my race calendar for 2012 on the right hand side of the site —> 6/15 2.4mi Friday Night Swim Race : This race is just a tune-up and a motivating force to get me in the pool during the spring. I’d like to swim 1:10 or so for 2.4 miles, which will be …

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