A Writer’s Manifesto On Living with Passion and Purpose

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I’m tired of seeing people live halfheartedly, without purpose or passion (myself included). It is too easy in our Western, consumer-driven society to cover our lack of meaningful living with the pursuit of more things. Shopping, eating, sex, TV, social media- we gorge ourselves on superficial excess and then fall into desperation from our meaningless existence.  All of that striving and buying and hooking up (to people or technology) just leads to more of the same until we finally stop[Read more]

On Being Resolute and Writing a Book in 2016

This year I am writing a book.  There, I’ve said it.  After taking a few months(?!) off from blogging and intermittent breaks from my greatest distraction in life (Facebook), I have found my desire to write is stronger than ever.  To think I have dreamed of becoming a published author for thirty years but not achieved it yet is confounding to me. This year, I aim to change that, once and for all. Fiction or Non-Fiction? I have been writing[Read more]

To What End Do We Simplify Our Lives?

In the past several weeks, I have immersed myself in the knowledge of simplicity, of minimalism, and of letting go.  I have already given away half of my clothes, all but two shelves of my books, countless papers, and a small load of kitchen utensils.  But, to what end? Is it a matter of pride?  “Look at all I have discarded, how organized I am!”  Yes, in part, I think it has been that.  Is it a matter of control? [Read more]

How I Completed Jeff Goins’ Potty Train Your Passion Challenge (#PTYPC)

This Saturday, while resting on our back patio with a slight stomach malaise and soaking in the welcome warmth of the sunshine, I found Jeff’s Potty Train Your Passion Challenge.  Just moments before, I had been reading his new book, The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do, and I was compelled to forge ahead with a dream I was holding back on.  I took a couple of first steps, discovered his challenge, and[Read more]