From the monthly archives:

July 2013

World Domination? Maybe It's Just Conscious Living

As I write this, I’m soaring 33,000 feet somewhere over Montana on the final leg of my journey from Florida to Portland, Oregon for the third annual World Domination Summit (affectionately known as WDS).  By the time you read this, I’ll be immersed in the juicy mix of 3,000 bloggers, entrepreneurs, travelers, artists, nomads and seekers responding to the call of chief nonconformist Chris Guillebeau to live a remarkable life in a conventional world.

The Transformational Power of WDS

2012’s World Domination Summit was my first, and as I reflect on the incredible connections, powerful speakers and life-altering moments it delivered (more in my before and after posts) I can’t help but wonder how this year’s event will shape up and how it can possibly top last year’s. It is tripling in size, for one, from 1,000 souls last year to three times that many in 2013 and it still sold out six months ahead of time.

After having been a fan of Chris for several years plus hearing about the success of his inaugural WDS in 2011, I attended last year without hesitation but with plenty of trepidation. I ventured forth alone, knowing no one but finding it effortless and exhilarating to meet so many kindred spirits.

What a difference a year makes. One of those kindred spirits turned out to be [click to continue…]

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Being Yourself

Once upon a time, a luminous energetic being (you) was born into the body of a human baby. As disorienting as the process was, it felt miraculous. In those first few moments of your life as a person you had no self-awareness. You were simply being.

As the initial days and weeks of your life on Earth passed, you experienced the limitations and demands of your human body. It needed sustenance every few hours. It needed rest in the form of sleep. And it absolutely loved to be touched, held, spoken and sang to by other humans much bigger than you.

After a few months, you became dimly aware that you had some sort of identity – a label you heard people referring to as a “name”, a “gender”, and an “age” or some combination thereof. Soon you began to associate these labels with yourself.

Years passed, and for most of them you joyously lived in the moment. There was so much to explore on Planet Earth! So many [click to continue…]

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Charity Water Progress

Thank you to everyone involved in 2012’s Accidental Seekers for Charity Water campaign. As a result of your contributions we raised a total of $525. Although we fell short of my lofty goal of $5,000, the money we raised was sent to Rwanda and will contribute to Charity:Water’s (CW) ongoing projects there.

Almost 11 million people live in Rwanda, and about 35% don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. But Rulindo, where these projects are being built, is one of the poorest districts in Rwanda, and water access is much lower there — 70% of people live without clean water.

Thanks to you, CW’s local partner, Water for People, is hard at work on 7 large-scale gravity-fed systems with 106 tap stands that will serve almost 26,000 people. But the solution doesn’t stop at the tap. To ensure that water continues to flow long after they’re gone, these systems will be built and managed through an innovative public-private partnership.

Once their water projects have been fully completed, CW’s partners will go back and collect GPS coordinates, photos and other details about each community using their new water source and they’ll send all of the data to CW. CW will verify everything and create an online completion report so all of us can see the impact we’ve made.

I’ll keep you posted when I receive that information, but for now, thank you for your conscious and generous contributions to this cause. Water is so essential to life as to be synonymous with life. Let’s continue to spread life and love every way we can.

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