Passion & Fulfillment

How I Celebrated my 30th Birthday

A few days ago I celebrated my thirtieth birthday, in a way I had never imagined. Waking up before the sun, I made my way to the Conundrum Creek Trailhead just outside of Aspen, bag packed and headed off. A popular tourist attraction in the summer and fall months, the park authorities shut down the […]

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The Gift of Fear

The truth of adulthood is that few people care whether or not you pursue your dreams. Even worse, we rarely share these dreams with others. This leads to a complete lack of external accountability in matters we deem most noteworthy. Luckily, we come hard-wired with a tool to combat this: Fear. As much as the […]

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What the Wright Brothers Taught Me About Purpose

I spent the last week of August in Nags Head, NC, and had the most humbling opportunity to visit Wright Memorial Park. To stand on the field where Wilbur and Orville first took to the air, to see the landing sites of each successively further flight, and to read the inscription upon their memorial high […]

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We Are All Artists

Many, many generations ago, when man existed as wanderers across the land, and hunted in packs, societal acceptance was an absolute prerequisite to survival. Our very life depended on the acceptance of the group, and so we acted accordingly to ensure that we would remain part of that group, and be granted the benefits of […]

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My Birthday Manifesto

It was mid-July 2013 and I was on the tail end of a road trip with two of my closet friends. Departing New Orleans in the morning and driving through the day, weary, with tired eyes, we arrived at dusk in Fall Creek Falls, TN. Luckily, we arrived thirty minutes before the sun set, and […]

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Independence Day: Living Up to the Name

On this day 238 years ago, we declared our independence from the kingdom of Great Britain. There was a time when the states were recognized as individuals, and people would say “The United States are..”. Now we stand 50 in number and exist in a state of unity, as people now proclaim, “The United States […]

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Forge Meaning, Build Identity, & Allowing Yourself to Feel

Note: This post was influenced by the wonderful TED Talk by Andrew Solomon Imagine that you have the power to take yourself to an experience that you’ve had before. Where would you go? Your first kiss? Maybe the time you got your first acceptance letter to college? Or, how about the time you jumped out […]

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Impermanence: Building Castles out of Sand

Impermanence is a beautiful thing. Actually, more accurately said, Impermanence is that which makes every thing beautiful. All of the joys of the human experience owe their intensity to the ever-receding state of existence. Everything we love, we love all the more when we realize that both it and ourselves will not be here for […]

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Jesus was not a carpenter forever. Will you be?

While on the path of personal development one inevitably comes to the point where living for one’s self just seems too menial. This can happen at any age, but at a certain point you see that constantly focusing on YOUR concerns, trying to focus on YOUR problems becomes an insult to your existence. It becomes […]

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Your Life is a Blank Canvas. What Will You Paint?

Life is a blank canvas. In a blind stroke of luck, one evening (or day, I don’t know what kind of sex your parents had), your parents met up and decided to give you the empty picture frame that is your life. Your obligation, until the day you die, is to fill that picture frame […]

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The ‘Haves’ and ‘Have Nots’: How to find purpose in your life

Half a decade ago I graduated college. Upon being thrown into the real world, my friends and I began to start our careers. Five years later, we are officially “adults”. There has grown a clear distinction between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’. But this is not a distinction of money. This is a distinction […]

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The Fail-Proof Path to Happiness: Invest in the Process

Growing up, I was addicted to outcomes. As a hockey player I can remember my happiness in life being dependent on the amount of goals I scored and the wins or losses my team had on the weekends. If I scored a goal and we won, I was flying high, but if I went goalless […]

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Forgo Public Praise in Pursuit of a Better You

There exists an unfortunate paradox of being human: Our most valuable victories are those which go without praise When you win a game, you receive a trophy. When you perform well at work, you are awarded a raise. However, there are no trophies for the real victories in life. There is no external praise when […]

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Drops in the Ocean: What Will You Contribute to the World?

We are bound by the narrowness of our existence. Our empathy confined by only those experiences with which we have shared. We are quick to look at our lives in this moment, and begin to think that we have even the faintest idea of the footprint we leave on this world. There is an adopted […]

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The Pareto Principle: Accomplishing goals with purpose

While living our incredible busy, alarmingly finite lives we must be sure to use our time efficiently and effectively. This has been the focus of my study over the past few months as I have read anything I can get my hands on regarding the most important of topics, learning how to learn. I have […]

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