Category: Life

What You Choose to Focus On

What You Choose to Focus On

| June 1, 2013 | Reply

I caught this picture this evening as the sun cut through the clouds over the San Diego bay.   The contrast between the overhanging clouds and the light was powerful for me. It reminded me that, in life, we have a choice of what to focus on. We can choose to focus on the dark […]

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Do Good Anyway

Do Good Anyway

| May 2, 2013 | Reply

One of my favorite short reminders of how to live life can be found written on the wall in Mother Theresa‘s bedroom of her home for children in Calcutta, India. It is a constant reminder to live by a set of principles that are grounded, unfettered by the whims of societal change. I wish I […]

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The Value of Staying Curious. Building your CQ (Curiosity Quotient).

The Value of Staying Curious. Building your CQ (Curiosity Quotient).

| April 26, 2013 | 1 Reply

I’ve really come to appreciate the value being curious, where curiosity is defined as a state of mind where one is interested in the how, why, what, when, or where of an event or statement. Curiosity allows us to challenge ourselves, challenge what we’re being told, see if things make sense (vs. blind acceptance), and […]

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Hand-Made and Heart-Felt

Hand-Made and Heart-Felt

| February 18, 2013 | Reply

I closed my eyes like she asked me to, and held out my hands. She came over, kissed my cheek, and placed something at my fingertips. I felt thick, velvety paper, rolled up like a scroll. I opened my eyes to see a hand-made valentines card, complete with a ribbon and adorned with heart-felt thoughts […]

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My Juice Cleanse Diet Experiment: Cleanse Your Body, Detox Your Habits

My Juice Cleanse Diet Experiment: Cleanse Your Body, Detox Your Habits

| January 28, 2013 | 1 Reply

I have a goal this year to  drop from 198 to 188. At 188, I feel better, my clothes fit a bit better, and I’m generally overall happier. To kick-start the year right, I ordered a 3-day juice cleanse from Catalyst Cleanse – a juicing company on the east coast. Honestly, I can’t remember how […]

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Break the Rules

Break the Rules

| January 27, 2013 | Reply

We were down to our last few dollars and I didn’t know how we were going to make payroll. Our business model wasn’t working the way we planned, and we were burning cash faster than expected. Something needed to change. Something big – and something now. The year was 2008 and TakeLessons was working to […]

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This Holiday Season, try this Scotch-Inspired Spiked Eggnog Recipe

This Holiday Season, try this Scotch-Inspired Spiked Eggnog Recipe

| December 17, 2012 | Reply

From The Macallan Holiday Handbook: Just a few simple ingredients can create the most indulgent of holiday beverages. The depth of The Macallan’s flavor adds another layer to the richness of traditional eggnog. Ingredients: 12 eggs 3 pints heavy cream 1-cup sugar ½ teaspoon nutmeg 1-cup The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Year Old Whisky 1 […]

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Support Zach Sobiech as He Battles Cancer Through Music

Support Zach Sobiech as He Battles Cancer Through Music

| December 11, 2012 | Reply

  Zach Sobiech is a 17yr old musician from Lakeland, MN that was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. Through surgeries, therapies, and biopsies, and months of chemo, Zach has used music to stay strong. He wrote and performed this song as a way to say goodbye to his friends and family. — […]

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DJ Coxie: Back off my beats, bro

DJ Coxie: Back off my beats, bro

| December 9, 2012 | Reply

  Having fun at the TakeLessons Holiday Party. While I did pay my way through college as a club DJ, I used records instead of MP3’s, so all the new stuff would take some getting used to!  

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The Confidence Loop

The Confidence Loop

| December 4, 2012 | Reply

I was chatting with a young employee over a beer the other day and we started talking about confidence and its importance. Here is a summary of the conversation along with a diagram on the cyclical pattern of confidence. What is confidence? Confidence is a state of mind. It is a lens that we choose […]

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Design Life. Drive Life.

Design Life. Drive Life.

| November 27, 2012 | Reply

Drive life. Say Yes more often. Challenge your barriers. Be comfortable outside your comfort zone. But, don’t just drive life. Design it. Design your outcome. And design time in between driving, to be still – to float. To explore. To be, without trying. To breathe, without thinking. And to surrender, without wanting. – Steven 2011.

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Getting There – A Thought on Love.

Getting There – A Thought on Love.

| November 21, 2012 | Reply

It’s incredible to get  “there” with another person. It means not thinking about the fear. Not thinking about inadequacies. Not thinking about where “there” is. It means not having to think at all. Just – being – “there”.        

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You have all that you need to create an incredible life.

You have all that you need to create an incredible life.

| November 20, 2012 | Reply

My friend Erin Mellinger posted this on facebook the other day. It’s so insightful, I wanted to share it with you: “There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; its what we do with them that’s important.” Wow! How powerful that is when you think about it. Every number ever produced is a […]

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What is your definition of success and what’s your relationship to it?

What is your definition of success and what’s your relationship to it?

| November 12, 2012 | 2 Replies

(Nadav is my buddy and CEO of Enlightened.org) Nadav Wilf asks on Facebook: What is your definition of success and what’s your relationship to it?? Stefania Andra I’d like to call our relationship successful so that answers the second part of the question as well 🙂 hehe Julien Brandt Easy: It’s strictly based on how […]

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Goals: Winning at the Little Things

Goals: Winning at the Little Things

| November 8, 2012 | 1 Reply

At the end of each quarter, I take a detailed look at my yearly goals to see how I’m progressing against them. Sometimes I’m ahead – sometimes behind. And what I’ve begun to notice is that I’m ahead on the items where I accomplish smaller tasks more frequently. There’s a concept in goal setting called […]

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