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Do You Suffer from L.I.P.S.?

WHEN I THINK ABOUT taking a big trip somewhere (big = flying), I get caught up in the daydreaming, investigating, and planning. I love to check out different places to stay, what sights there are to see, and any adventures that await me. I get butterflies in my stomach and can't ...

How To Navigate Inspiration Overload

THIS WEEK, I've been reaching out to people whose work I love, trust, and respect to ask them to read an advanced copy of my new book and, if they are so inclined, provide an endorsement. As I considered who I wanted to ask, six or seven people immediately came ...

Fear + Excitement = Winning Combo

A COUPLE years ago, Melissa and I were walking through a village in Belize on our way to breakfast. While talking about where we planned to go hiking that day, Melissa pointed out that the trails were behind a place that offered a zip lining tour through the jungle. "What do ...

The Secret Ingredients for Conquering Your Wildest Dreams

I had thought about writing a book on clutter for years but it wasn't until I was given a deadline by my publisher that it got done. Each stage of the process from the first draft to final manuscript, from the book outline to the marketing plan, I've had deadline ...

Are You Foolish Enough to Chase Your Dreams?

How much weight do you put on other people's opinions? When you're making decisions, are you wondering what others will think? Are you paralyzed at the thought of judgy comments you'll have to handle or dodge? This mental clutter can be powerful enough to stop you in your tracks as ...

When Daydreaming Is No Longer Enough

Do you dream about doing something and quickly dismiss it with a "Yeah, right. That'll never happen?" Whether it's taking a trip around the world, telling someone you love him or her, moving to a new country, or taking a day off from work every week, I bet you have a ...

Choose Good Fuel To Get Back on Track

This past weekend, I got together with a group of high school friends for an early St. Patrick's Day celebration. Kristen welcomed us into her beautiful home, all decked out with shamrocks and streamers, lined up a fun craft for us to do -- painting wine glasses -- and put ...

Let’s Make Some Sweet Lemonade

A couple weeks back, I wrote about a conversation we had with the contractor working on our tiny house. We were unsatisfied with some of his work and he agreed to come back to fix everything to our liking. We were pretty pleased with how well he responded. Unfortunately, things didn't ...

A Powerful Valentine’s Day Gift

The contractors we hired to frame our tiny house finished up their work last week. It’s an indescribable feeling to see it finally take shape and look like a house – door, windows and all. Because the project is so particular (every inch matters), Melissa and I spent as much time ...

The Gift of Time

This weekend, we celebrated my mother's 80th birthday with a party at my niece's house. My siblings and in-laws who live nearby did a beautiful job orchestrating the day to be just what Mom wanted -- a house filled with her family and close friends, beautiful flower arrangements, delicious food, ...

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