Happiness is All About Balance

A good life is all about balance. To be happy we must purpose to achieve that balance in all facets of life. That's what the 52.7 plan is all about. Betsy and I were talking about it today as we hiked a section of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail through the beautiful Appalachians. You need to take time each day to nourish yourself in all areas of your being - if you want to reach balance, … [Read more...]

Surroundings Matter

Do you let yourself dance a little every day? Do you live in a depressed area? How about your work environment? Does it sream CREATE or does it feel more like a prison? What about your home, do you surround yourself with things that foster ideas and growth? It matters! Your music, your pictures, your decor, your friends - they all matters! Everything you choose to surround yourself … [Read more...]

Get Things Done With Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk (RTM) is a to-do list app for use on your computer, iPad, iPhone, Android phone, and more. For years I had a hard time deciding which to-do list app to use, and also struggled to turn it into a useful daily habit. I'm happy to report that I've found a system that works for me, and am hopeful it will work for you too. As always, the trick is to take a holistic … [Read more...]

You’re The One

You know that situation in your life where something should be done but no one's doing anything about it? Guess what? You're the one who needs to make a move. You're the one! You know why? Because everyone else is afraid to take charge. They're afraid to put themselves out there. But not you. Right? Right? Go do it man! Go do what needs to be done. Go lead. People need … [Read more...]

Stop Complaining Start Serving

Charity to Curb Taxation CHARITY, n. Love, benevolence, good will; that disposition of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow men, and to do them good. The highest exercise of charity, is charity towards the uncharitable. Concept We should be cautious to implement political polices requiring compulsory redistribution of income or wealth through taxation, lest we … [Read more...]

Read Or Be Average

The goal of this article is to help inspire you to read more, and invest and act on your ideas more often. Question One Do you learn more from television or reading? Of course it depends what you watch and read. Turn off The Kardashians and turn on something that will help generate ideas. Remember: Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss … [Read more...]

Know When to Put Mobile Phones Away

Tonight was date night with my beloved. Part of my 52.7 plan is dates with her at least twice each month. Such a cool thing to mark off my to-do list! We enjoyed jerked meals at Nine Mile while swaying to Caribbean beats, followed up with world class desserts at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. It was a great date! During dinner the couple next to us kept their "smart phones" atop … [Read more...]

To-Do Lists Can Change Your Life

So, I'm not the best at getting things done. Betsy is much better. It makes sense, she stresses about everything, I stress about very little. Traditionally, she's the one with the to-do list, I'm just the guy cracking jokes in the corner. But even though I have a harder time getting things done, I still like getting things done. So what can people like me do? Though I don't have the … [Read more...]

Choose Ye This Day Your Attitude

Betsy had a hard day today. She just said to me, "Today's just not my day. I'm having a bad hair day, I have a hole in my sock, I locked my keys in the car, I shattered a glass bowl all over the kitchen floor, and I just dropped pizza on my white rug." Not only did she lock her keys in her car, but had to wait two hours before I could come get her. (At least she was at the mall, so killing … [Read more...]

52.7 – Holistic Personal Peace

So, I'm into pretty much anything "holistic." What the heck is holistic? Characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical Characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. Why it makes sense? Think about it. The word … [Read more...]