Archive for April, 2011

[Guest Post]Create.

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

‘Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.’ ~Albert Camus

Post written by Leo Babauta.

It’s amazing how many people I talk to who tell me they want to create a new blog, write a book, start a new business, change careers, make something new.

But they keep putting it off.

Does that sound familiar? (more…)

[Guest Post]How to Stay Calm and Effective When Chaos is Swirling Around You

Monday, April 18th, 2011

There’s a photo on the wall in a restaurant near the Grand Canyon. It shows a rubber pontoon raft in the middle of a rapid on the Colorado River in the Canyon. It’s in the process of flipping over, and inside are a bunch of folks about to go for a swim. This is not the photo, but it looks something like this.

I’ve had the opportunity to go on a number of rafting trips down the canyon because one of my best  friends is Brian Hansen, who has been leading river trips down the Canyon for 30 years.

Brian is one of the coolest cats I know. You have to be pretty steady to drive a rubber boat filled with passengers of all ages into a monster rapid such as Lava Falls, one of the biggest rapids on the river. A lot of things can go wrong, not just on the river, but on land as well. Brian recently told me about one of the most severe situations he’s had to deal with down in the Canyon.

It was a calm, placid day in the Canyon, and Brian and his river rafting passengers were camped out on a beach on the river. Suddenly it started to (more…)

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

When I moved into my current house, four years ago, I was still riding the remodeling high I had been on for 6 months.  My cousin and I had torn up my old home – refinishing the hard wood floors, previously covered by wall-to-wall carpet, remodeling the kitchen, etc.  The living room, dining room and bathroom were freshly decorated, thanks to the show “Designed to Sell.”*   I sold the house within a week of its being listed.  It was awesome to finally have a perfect house, but I only enjoyed it for 2 weeks due to the closing date and business travel.

So, I moved into my “new” house with yet another outdated kitchen and white walls in every room.  I was NOT going to live in a house for another 8 years in these conditions.  I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.  To save money on the kitchen remodel, I did all of the painting and cabinet refinishing.  I painted the living room, dining room, den and bathroom; however, at some point pure exhaustion or a need to just unpack my life (more…)

How Playing Angry Birds and Marketing are a lot Alike

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Last week my friend was showing me his new iPad 2 and the video game Angry Birds.  Of course, I know that this game is very popular, but I had no idea why it was so addictive until I started playing.  For those who have not seen Angry Birds, or who have no idea what I am talking about . . . the objective of the game is to sling shot an “angry bird” up and across to knock out a bunch of squeaking pigs.  Yes, you do want the sound turned up. (more…)