August, 2010 Archives


Inspired Interview: John Barnard

Inspired Interview: Tim Storm

Inspired by Vitamix

For the last month I’ve been consulting on a project for one of my favorite companies- Vitamix. I’m helping them compile a book of inspirational stories to celebrate their 90th Anniversary. When I was first approached about the project, I have to admit my first thought was, “a book about a blender?” Boy, did I have a lot to learn! I recognized the name from seeing them at Costco or at the fair, but I’d never taken the time to stop and listen to the presentation, let alone sample the wonderful concoctions they create in the Vitamix. I flew back… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Karen Paquette

Searching for the Meaning of Success? Love Life

My success continually astonishes me. I feel very blessed in my life. So I ask myself, what does success mean to me? What does it look like, feel like, and especially, how does it feed me and those I influence. To be in love with life itself: that is success to me. I feel successful when I am in the state of thoroughly relishing all that the menu screen of life reveals to me. I feel successful when I can laugh at the crazy dishes that life presents. A key to being in love with life itself is to live… Read more.

Friendly Reminders from a Montana Huckleberry Patch

Living in Montana definitely has its perks- especially this time of the year- during huckleberry season. A few days ago, my son, his girlfriend and I went into the mountains of Montana in search of huckleberries. We drove for a few miles up a dusty, dirt road, then parked the car and hiked into the woods. For those not familiar with huckleberries, they grow on bushes usually not more than 18″ off the ground and produce a somewhat tart berry, most closely resembling a blueberry. As usual, I couldn’t help but relate this experience- in this case berry picking- to… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Jon Vroman

Today’s Brilliance from Michael Bungay Stanier

I’ve got 500 words. I’ve got 12,258 days. I know that because I’ve sat down and calculated when – statistically at least – I’m going to die. I know this may strike some of you as a tad morbid. But a memento mori is a time honored tradition – if you see a skull in a 17th Century painting, that’s what that’s all about. But back to me. September 15, 2043 is the big date. Let’s say that gives me 33 years or so left to kick around this planet of ours, with 42 years already under my belt. Stewart… Read more.

Inspired Interview: Following Up with Michael Bungay Stanier

How Big is Your Smilebreaker?

Today I’d like to offer you the opportunity to participate in a challenge with me. It’s something I’ve been playing with for the last few days. I’ve named it…. How big is your smilebreaker. It’s a little game of self-awareness that helps me reflect on my own level of happiness. Please, allow me to explain. For the past week or so, each morning as I wake up, I consciously start the day with gratitude. Rather than focusing on the problems that I need to deal with that day, I envision all the things in my life that I’m truly grateful… Read more.

Inspired Interview: David Neagle

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