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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...

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...

My Moment of Change

My spiritual journey started about ten years ago, at an unexpected time and place. At the time, my focus was almost entirely secular. I had my dream job, and I thought I was living a dream life. I had a great wife, two young daughters, and I was working at a Silicon...

Chasing Your Dreams in 10 Minutes a Day.

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” – Stephen King Take one step, however small, today. Now. It works. Let me elaborate, I live in an isolated town in Northern British Columbia, Canada. We are best known for the manufacture of...

One Moment Can Change Your Life

I remember one night, when my life felt like it was crashing down and I was anxious, struggling with school, and had an incredibly hard time coping with stress. Life wasn’t so great for me…at least that’s the way things seemed. I felt awful; wondering why I had been...

Is There a Limit to Gratitude?

Renowned spiritual leader and Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast says, “Everything is a gift.” The first time I read that, I thought, “Of course it is.” I had been practicing gratitude for nine weeks, a lifetime record for me for any sort of practice....

Rediscovering Your Inner Teenager

We have some pretty negative stereotypes of teenagers, and honestly, that’s too bad.  While it’s true they can be moody, think they know everything, and have little respect for authority, those qualities often belie their strengths.  As a teenager, I remember feeling...

7 Dream-Killing Habits (and How to Break Them)

“Remember your dreams and fight for them.”− Paulo Coelho Do you ever feel like you don’t have what it takes to chase your dreams? I felt like that too, but here I am, writing for The Change Blog. Was it easy to get to this point? Nope. Was it worth it? Absolutely....

How I Became a More Positive Person

“I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain.” – Sylvia Plath I used to love Sylvia Plath. It always seemed like she understood me. There is something deeply beautiful and moving about the thread of sadness in all her poems. When I...

Why I Stepped Off the Beaten Path & Stayed Off

“Perseverance is impossible if we don’t permit ourselves to hope.” – Dean Koontz It all started when I was homeless.  There were seeds before that, those miserable nights of sleeplessness.  Dreading work the next day.  Pummeling myself to fit a certain form. ...

How Writing Makes You a Better Person

It’s easy for me to say that writing can make you a better person. I’m a writer. But I’m also convinced that the deliberate act of writing is a worthwhile endeavor for any person, no matter who or where—and certainly no matter why. Writing is mental and physical...