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  • The Goosebump Legacy

    Do you ever have that experience where you see, hear or read something and you get gooseflesh? I recently experienced a wicked case of goosebumpiness on a summer holiday trip to the UK. I get the 'bumps when I encounter something ancient, deeply poetic, soul-wrenching or insanely true. Even my goosebumps were getting goosebumps on my recent trip. A performance of 'The Curious Incident of the

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    Want the Truth? Look Inside.

    Woke up this morning pondering the nature of truth. Yep. It's truly the kind of stuff I think about. C'mon, you know you do, too. It's just human to wonder about these things. Many years ago I attended a profound personal development workshop. Posted prominently on the front wall was a large sign pretty much screaming: TELL YOUR TRUTH. Being writerly inclined, I silently pondered: Shouldn't

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    Headlines from 1970

    Clans have been gathering in the summertime since time began.  These events can be a strange mixture of reconnecting, reminiscing and regret that can sometimes bring on a sort of bewildering vertigo. The vertigo results from being suddenly flung backward in time into one's ungainly 12-year old self, and when the time travel trigger is one of your first true loves, the journey is a cocktail

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    Let Happiness Get Your Attention

    What is #everyday happiness? Everyday happiness is a notion and it is also a conversation. The notion is that it is life’s ordinary moments, small victories, and day-to-day joys that provide an infinite source of contentment and delight. That these incidental happenings, moreso than big occasions, epic wins or brass bands trumpeting our achievements, are what sustain us and give us hope and

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    Multipreneurs: Moodling By The Pool

    “The imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering.” - Brenda Ueland. I would say that multipreneurs need moodling, too. Moodling is a term coined by writer, Brend Ueland in her book So You Want to Write. In it, she describes the state of moodling as a state necessary in order to truly create. Moodling offers a sort of incubation or 'baking

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    An Equation Where Work Equals Joy

    One of the questions that frequently comes up in coaching sessions is: How do I discover what I am passionate about? My answer is pretty straightforward, and, in true coaching fashion comes as another question: How do you spend your time when no-one is paying you? There's a passion. What usually follows is brainstorming and a little homework before the next session. For

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    Of Alleys and Entrepreneurs

    When I was little, one of my favourite places to play was the alleyway behind our house. It was the sixties, and pretty much everybody had an alleyway. (Not a faux-alleyway either, which seems to be a Johnny-come-lately residential planning response to the blight that is sprawl. Oops. Ranting. Note to self: don't be a ranter). The alley is where I learned to ride my bike, played skipping

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    Mindful Monday: Meditation Made Easy

    I was reading James Altucher's book Choose Yourself this morning and in it James relays a story about Gandhi where he tells his compatriots that he needs to set aside one hour a day to do meditation. They exclaim, "Oh no, you can't do that! You are too busy, Gandhi!" They were, after all, trying to free a nation. Ghandi replies, "Well, then. I now need to set aside two hours a day to do

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    Dancing at the Edge: The Crossroads of Fear and Excitement

    Multipreneurs are much admired. I don't just say this to be smug. People often marvel at how much we get up to and the sheer number of diverse projects on the go at any one time. For us, it's basically just the state of the nation. How it is. The way we live and work. Most multipreneurs I know are usually finishing a project, starting a project and in the middle of a project (or projects) all

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    Three Ways To Turn Back Time

    Updated: April 2017 I meet many in midlife who  exclaim, "I wish I could turn back time!", lamenting about lost opportunities or the lack of consciousness they had about the possibilities life would hold. For many self-employed entrepreneurs, our skills were late-blooming ones. We started out in typical nine-to-five jobs on a career track, or with businesses focused on a specific

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