Why Marriage is so Hard

Saying that marriage is hard is an understatement. Nic and I got along so well when we were dating and everything was so easy. We barely fought in the three years that we dated, we always had a good time together and there was a lot of love between us. There was no doubt in my mind when I said “I do” that he was my forever and ever.

Five years later and two kids thrown into the mix really shook things up in our marriage. Of course we had to throw in a cross country move and a complete overhaul of our lifestyle just to make it more interesting. Read more

How Money Controls Our Lives

For those of us who watched the Mayweather v. Pacquiao fight two years ago, we were sorely disappointed. We felt like neither side was giving it their all, and that at the end of the day they were both doing it for money.

I roll my eyes every time I see a new celebrity promoting Proactiv and claiming to have acne problems. From someone who really had a problem with acne, the photoshopped pictures of celebrities with bumpy skin claiming to be acne really hit a nerve, especially when I know they are getting paid ridiculous amounts of money for it.

The Kardashians probably have enough money to live a couple of lifetimes over comfortably without ever having to make another cent. Yet they continue to create apps and products to build up their fortunes. Read more

How to Rejuvenate Yourself

It’s been one of those weeks. One of those weeks where I felt like I was just running from one thing to another without the opportunity to pause and take in what I was doing, where I was at and who I was with.

It’s been one of those weeks where I feel physically and mentally exhausted. Where I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. Read more

The Story of the Mexican Fisherman

Many of us continue to work in jobs that don’t fulfill us with the hope of one day being able to retire and finally being able to live our lives the way we want. We acquire the new car, the new house and the chase after the job title because that’s what society has told us will make us happy and successful.

I believed all of this at one point. When I retire I could finally travel the world. I could finally write, take walks during the middle of the day and read all of the books I’ve been meaning to get to.

It was when I heard the story below about a Mexican fisherman that it struck me. I can have the life I desired right now. You can too. Read more

Be Childlike

Have you ever sat and observed children? Children are some of the most mindful people on the planet. Most of them can only focus on what is in front of them. They do not think about and sit in regret about what happened yesterday. They do not worry about what’s going to happen in an hour or tomorrow. They simply live in the moment. Read more

How to Practice Mindfulness

Last month we went out to eat in a cute downtown area in a Minnesota suburb. As we were eating I noticed that bells rang in the area every so often. It was nice at first, however they kept ringing more than I expected. I finally timed it and discovered that the bells were  ringing every 15 minutes. “Really?” I thought to myself. I get every hour or even half hour, but every 15 minutes was a bit much in my eyes. Plus it was continuously interrupting my dinner. Read more

Living in the Present Moment

I was listening to the Tim Ferriss Show episode where Ricardo Semler was the guest. One of the last questions Tim asks Ricardo is if he could put anything on a billboard what would it be. Ricardo’s answer, “Now”.

Semler goes on to explain that the majority of us are either living in the past or in the future, neither of which really serve us any good. Very few of us are actually living in the present. Therefore, this billboard with the simple word “Now” would serve as a reminder to enjoy the moment in front of you. Read more