Pucker up Butter Cup: The Trojan Horsification of Coffee

Can you remind me why we’re putting goat colostrum in our coffee again?   I’ll come right out and say it – I’m in LOVE with coffee. I love buying it, brewing it, smelling it, and the feeling I get when I (regularly) dink too much of it. I’ve read every book on the history of coffee and coffee house culture, taken a barista workshop, and own 12 types of coffee makers ranging from the simple trendy AeroPress to the shiny handmade vintage Italian La Pavoni manual espresso machine. I even made an online course on alternative brewing methodologies [true …

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Is the Internet Making Us Dumber?: Prognosis Negative

I recently jumped back into wordpress after a hiatus and discovered some surprising new features. Namely, the readability analysis.  This addition to the Yoast plugin crawls your content for sentence structure and essentially prompts you, via realtime feedback in the editor panel, how to improve your post’s readability. (The current readability for this post thus far states, “needs improvement” and is ranked: frowny face):  Suggestions offered include: Flesch Reading Ease: The copy scores 45 in the test, which is considered difficult to read. Try to make shorter sentences, using less difficult words to improve readability. Transition words: Only 20% of the …

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The Beginner’s Mind: Podcast Episode #001

    What is The Beginner’s Mind? It’s all about letting go of preconceive notions that we have about ourselves and that others may have of us, and giving ourselves full permission to suck. It’s the notion that approaching something as a true beginner paradoxically sets the stage for greater progress then if we were to approach the same activity with the mentality that says, “I have to be a pro, or an expert”or just “take this seriously.” Those thoughts can be stifling, limiting. Nothing crushes childlike curiosity more that an adult sense of obligation, and preservation of appearance as …

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On Having Fun and The Flip Side of Health

I thought I’d start off the New Year with this post about the important (but often overlooked) role that FUN plays in performance, health and life. Up until a few years ago, I always focused on getting healthy or improving my health so I could have more fun. Then at some point, I’m not exactly sure when, I realized that my level of health was already sufficient enough to do any number of the activities (surf, travel, paddle, camp) that I really enjoyed. And I had and still have great fun doing them. Still, I found myself hungering for something. …

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10 Signs that You’ve Joined the New Rat Race

As I write this, I work in a co-working space. I find it ironic that there are so many people (myself included) who have ditched office culture and checked out of the rat race, only to build new offices and perhaps, join another race? Here are 10 signs that you may be a member: You’re marketing an online course on how to market online courses You sell ebooks on how to sell ebooks You’ve logged enough hours to have built a career from learning how to escape the trappings of having a career The number of books you’ve bought on …

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How to Reclaim Your Life (10% at a time)

You didn’t sleep. You’ve been on the move. You’ve given so much to your work, family, friends, and daily routines. You wake up each morning, check your browsers, check your email, your facebook feed. You do your due diligence. Comment. Like. You keep up to date on current affairs. Forty in your inbox. Six new invitations. You spend time responding, money consuming, energy working, brain power thinking. You recoup it on the weekends, or so you try. Socializing, sleeping in, dancing with stars and staring out windows. Another year goes by. Nothing has changed. So you invest in a therapist …

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Ben Ahrens on Uplifting Vitality, Self-Optimization & Sustainable High-Performance

In a recent interview, I had the pleasure of joining Alex Charfen of CHARFEN and identifier of the Entrepreneurial Personality Type (EPT). In this interview, we discuss the role of vitality in healing, recovery and life at large. Vitality, as I’ve come to define it as “the capacity to create”, is the most valuable and at the same time underappreciated resource most entrepreneurs possess. My aim is to fix that. Check out this fun interview: EP.25: Ben Ahrens Shifted the Paradigm of Medicine and Health with One Deep Breath0 Sep 24, 2015 – show notes: Ben Ahrens began his entrepreneurial …

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