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The Power of Listening to Your Loved Ones

"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say." - Bryant H. McGill For a large chunk of the English speaking world, 2016 has been a divisive political year.  Between the Brexit vote in the UK and the American presidential...

How My Father Brought Me Back to Life

“The future turns out to be something that you make instead of find.” - Lewis Lapham I lost my father unexpectedly. My father suffered from a brain aneurysm and passed away immediately. My father was my rock, my world. I was crippled.  He was the only person in my...

How Changing My Location Transformed My Life

It was on my daughter’s third birthday that I decided my life just had to change. At the time, my wife and I had four young children. We were living outside London, and I was commuting into the big city every day to work. Each morning, I would get up while the rest of...

Change is an Acquired Taste

"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." - Arnold Bennett I hate coffee. I hate beer. I hate alcohol. I especially hate bourbon. I hate talking to new people. I hate working hard. I hate studying. I hate time...

How Losing a Job at 50 Boosted My Life

In the film industry where I worked for 20 years, being 50 is not a plus. It’s a business that rewards youth, on screen and behind the scenes. When I lost my job at that age, I anticipated challenges but had no idea how brutal the road ahead would be. I was at a...

How I Chose to Reframe My Failure

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill At 29 years old I found myself broke, living at home (for the third time), unemployed and a failure. I had spent the past two years of my life going through...

How and Why I Meditate

"The meditation cushion is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough." – Unknown There exist countless varieties of meditation.  Depending on what one seeks, there is probably a meditation for it.  Common goals include stress reduction,...

How My Worst Fear Became My Greatest Strength

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” ― Albert Camus I was fourteen years old, sitting in the doctor’s office with my eyes closed. My heart was pounding with anxiety, as I was waiting to hear the outcome. I had school myopia, a...

How Running Changed My Life

Most of us, myself included, probably don't embark on a new hobby and think that it'll change our lives. When I began training for my first marathon in 2007, it was strictly a bucket-list thing, something that'd surely be “one and done” because who would want to keep...

3 Tips That Helped Me Lose Over 100 Pounds

It’s amazing how small changes in your life can cause a ripple effect. These ripples also touch other areas of your life, some in small ways, and others in big ways. My journey to losing over 100 pounds did not happen overnight, and this isn’t a story about how I...

Becoming More Me Through Meditation

“The thing about meditation is: You become more and more you.” — David Lynch The thing about my meditation experience is this:  I was terrified of what it meant to become more me.  When I agreed at the urging of a very patient therapist to at least attempt to...