Living Mindfully

In our effort to strive for continuous improvement over the course of the last several years, Sarah stumbled upon a podcast by Brenden Burchard that discusses habits of highly effective people. His book, High Performance Habits, discusses different habits to support an individual's performance. He created a daily planner/journal to plan each day perfectly and includes a scorecard for each day you use it. Over time, you can gauge how well you are performing. While I find his planner useful, I also find that some of the questions were redundant--or did not apply to my specific day. Additionally, in my…

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Consumed by Consumerism

You wake up sweaty and uncomfortable from a bad dream. No, a nightmare. It's dark outside and the cool breeze feels nice. No, the sunlight is creeping up through the clouds as it does at four o'clock each morning this time of year in Idaho. That's when you see it. No, them. All of them, with their red, beady eyes watching you in the dark--watching you sleep. You decide enough is enough. You get up and make your escape out of the bedroom. As you enter the hallway you can just make out more of them; more of it. Nothing…

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Defining Success

There is a small hill in Idaho Falls that looks out across the valley and down on its inhabitants. The land up there is arid and unusable. There are snakes, and every summer, the land is approached by wildfires. The closest living tree happens to be with the common folk at the bottom of the hill. This hill is where you'll find the Idaho Falls elite. The joke around here is that when a person becomes successful, they move out of the valley and up on the hill. These people measure there success by their perch upon this hill. Why…

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