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The Power of Music

If I were ever stranded on a deserted island, the one survival item I would want to have with me is probably not the first thing you’d expect one would need to survive nature. No, it's not a pocket knife, matches, rope, or a tent. It's none of the standard, go-to things one might think [...]

De-Stress, Travel|2 Comments

Internal Time: Chronotypes, and the Best Time to Exercise

So there’s been a fair amount of discussion lately about “chronotypes” - what time you should do certain things to maximize the quality of your sleep, the effectiveness of your day, etc. But to demonstrate some of the limitations of online quizzes purporting to tell you all about yourself, I recently took this quiz from [...]

Fitness, Sleep|4 Comments

If Time is Money, Know When to Cut Your Losses

One of the hardest words to say or hear is often, “No.” As Jason Fried recently noted (click here to read Jason's article), the truth is, often times we do have the time to fulfill a request, but we don’t have the attention, which is in fact a much more limited resource. Jason recounts an [...]

Letting Go of Miss Independent

On Sunday evening at the Grammy’s, Chance the Rapper won Best New Artist. During that speech, he dedicated the victory to God and said, “I know people think that independence means you do it by yourself. But independence means freedom.”   I couldn’t agree with him more. While I consider myself fiercely independent, I realized a [...]

De-Stress|3 Comments

The Stressed to Strong Road Warrior’s Guide to Getting More Sleep

“The most basic shift we can make in redefining success in our lives has to do with our strained relationship to sleep.” Arianna Huffington, The Sleep Revolution   Do you travel for work and feel like you live out of your suitcase? I’ve lived like that for most of my career, allowing my job to [...]

Sleep, Time Management, Travel|1 Comment

Walking in Nature Helps Your Brain and Your Mood

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” John Muir, naturalist and conservationist   Muir extolled the virtues of walking in untamed environments and the effect on the mind and body in so much of his [...]

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Sausage Stuffing Stuffed Squash

From Pastured Kitchen For the month of January, I’ve been doing a Whole30 challenge (#JanuaryWhole30). What is the Whole30? The challenge is giving up certain food groups like sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes. That means eating only fruit, nuts, meat, and vegetables for thirty days. Think you can do it? I’m not going to sugarcoat [...]

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Just moved to a new city/town? First thing’s first: Find a gym!

How to find a gym in a new city I recently moved from D.C. to a small town in northern California. Staying fit and healthy is important to me. If it is important to you, let’s look at some things to look for in a gym so that you can find one that’s best for [...]

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The Stressed to Strong Guide for Moving from a Big City to a Small Town

The thought of small town life may sound undesirable for some – what do you mean there’s no Whole Foods in town? – but there are benefits to small-town living which may just have you packing up to leave the bright lights quicker than you can ask: ‘How’s the serenity?’ I have always been [...]

De-Stress|2 Comments

Are you really as busy as you think you are?

Few facts about present life seem more indisputable than how busy we all seem to be. A December 2015 Gallup poll found that 61 percent of working Americans said they did not have enough time to do the things they wanted to do. Some of us feel this more intensely than others: A 2015 Pew [...]