Monday Motivation: favorite articles from 99U

99U is a site that

1) The 1-Step Plan for Super-Productivity:

2) Make Your Side Projects Wildly Successful: Treat Them Like Experiments: 

Make Your Side Projects Wildly Successful: Treat Them Like Experiments

3) The 6 Fundamentals of Client Building:

4) The 5 Common Characteristics of Ideas That Spread:

5) Never Stop Talking: How Small Teams Stay Great When They Grow:

6) How Effective People Handle Email:

7) Nobody Knows What The Hell They Are Doing:

8) Do Designers Need to Go to College?

9) Rohan Gunatillake: You Are Not Your Work

10) 10 Productivity Apps Every Freelancer Needs

11) How to Disagree (Without Being a Jerk)





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Monday Motivation: know thyself

…besides listening to the voices inside of your head how else do you get to know yourself??

In the spirit of getting to know myself, I’ve been feeling, noticing in myself how it is now time for change. I’ve been threading water for a long time, on my own for over a year —and that’s not counting my time in China.

It’s not that I don’t like being by myself it’s in being by on my own that I’m learning to understand myself and have been able to discern that it is time for change. It is now time for me to join a team. Because of this I’ve been reaching out to people, not many, just the ones the Universe sends my way.

The Universe recently brought to my attention a sweet little startup up called Think Space. Through my awareness of this remarkable business I discovered a couple of great resources to help me better understand myself. They are free assessments found online.

The first one is called the DISC assessment, it was interpreted by none other than Tony Robbins and is meant to help you further understand your personality. This simple & extremely intuitive test helps you to better understand what drives you.

What drives you?

You can learn more about yourself by taking the DISC test, here. This particular assessment will only take 15 minutes to complete and comes with a complete —comprehensive— super detailed results PFD.

The second intuitive assessment to help you better understand yourself is called the GRIT assessment. Knowing your level of GRIT can help you to better understand how much fuel you have to do the things that drive you. This assessment was created by the human known as Martin Tobias. It takes about five minutes to complete yet knowing your GRiT score is utterly invaluable for your entire lifetime. You can find the GRIT test here.

GRIT is so important to develop, nurture and grow. It is that thing that keeps us going towards reaching our goals. When you have the proper amount of GRIT nothing can hold you back.

How do you nurish your grit?

How do you keep yourself fueled?

To learn more about GRIT watch this interesting TED talk, “Grit: The power of passion and perseverance” by Angela Lee

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Monday Motivation: questions

What are my priorities?

In this day and age it’s so easy to get lost, not so much in what we should be doings, not in the what if’s, but in the nothings.

In the hidings. We hide from our true selfs, we don’t ask the right questions, we don’t forgive ourself, we get lost in the nothings.

What should I be doing right now?

It’s okay to take breaks.
It’s okay to not be “!on“ all the time.
Still what should I be doing right now to best suit my soul’s needs?

After all isn’t the harmony with our own soul the main priority. How do we create harmony within our selfs.

What creates disharmony?

Not listening to our selves. Getting lost in the nothings.

What are you doing? Nothing. I’m just checking Facebook… nothing I’m just watching TV… nothing I’m just going to work.

I refuse to do “nothing” —everything I do serve s a purpose for my soul.

My soul and I are best friends!

My soul sings to me via my heart beat.

My soul lights up my existence via my breath.

My soul and I carry a harmonious relationship. We are not nearly doing “nothing” we are doing something and we strive to do it well.

What does it mean to do something “well”?

Well is when the Soul is in harmony with the self.

I don’t fully know and I am doing something to find out because I’m tired of doing nothing.

Nothing gets me nowhere. By doing nothing I’m still doing something, I am hiding from living my best life.

Is it even possible to live your “best life”

Yes. As a child learns to walk, you too can learn to be harmonious within yourself —no matter how many times you stumble and fall it is not the end until you stop crawling.

If your still crawling it’s not over. It’ll be over when you can run, when you can win the race against yourself and fully enjoy it.

Then it’s all about embracing the blessings. Truly enjoy this life, your life.

Is that not possible? Is is possible. Once you allow yourself.

I give you permission. Though you may not need it, I still give you permission to grow and blossom into your truest self. The you that stems from you heartbeat. The you that dances this rhythm of life, it’s time to dance in harmony with your own inner beat.

Don’t dance for others, not even your parents. Though that may be wonderful and all well meaning your beat is not the same as theirs. Your beat deserves to be drummed.

It’s time to sign your own song and dance your own rhythm. Your parents will learn to like it.

And if they don’t?

Don’t live in fear, embrace your truest self. After all the trials and self imposed tribulations all is well.

Love is there.

Great appreciation & forgiveness is given as long as you live your own life you can find true happiness otherwise you’ll always be battling yourself for not living your true life.

If you’re lost, fnd yourself. Now your never far from your own heart beat.

Do something.


sing it loud, sign it proud.




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Monday Motivation: favorite website

On last week’s Monday Motivation: wash your bowl, mind your thinking post I mentioned that I discovered the HighExistence  website, but I didn’t talk about it. is one of the coolest websites I’ve StumbledUpon.

I discovered the HE website almost a decade ago. It had only a few articles. I devoured the first few HE posts. Now this site has grown to have hundreds of great articles, a book, magazine, Podcast, a worldwide Enlightenment challenge and upcoming retreats. Pretty nifty for a website that got started by a bored and curious college student. He built HighExistence from scratch as a place to compile a bunch of the things he was interested in —much like I’m building deydreaming, though not entirely from scratch… I only hope to inspire and motivate individuals to live a fuller life. Much like HE has inspired and motivated me to enhance my own.

If you just learned about HighExistence I invite you to check it out and start with the following articles.

Top 5 HighExistence articles:

  1. The one that started it all: 50 Life Secrets & Tips. I loved this article so much that I immediately emailed it to all of my friends then made a huge calendar poster of it in one of my classes back when I was in college.
  2. Why the Examined Life is the Only Life Worth Living. This article was also sort of a life-changer, I may have shared it with a few friends when I discovered it yet I discovered it at a time in my life when I was forced to shut everything out and focus on my inner self —coincidence?
  3. This is just such a neat little living-life-to-the-fullest activity: How To Install a Power-Up Button On Your Body. I liked this article so much I made my own mock HighExistence Podcast on SoundClound.
  4. Another article I turned into a podcast on SoundCloud is 8 Ways to Get a Morning Headstart. Really are eight great ways to get a morning head-start. I recommend reading and listing to learn them and solidify in your memory.
  5. The last article I recommend for this site talks about 11 Benefits of Marijuana That Make it Medicine For Humans Who Are Not Sick. In light of the recent multiple States legalization this post shines a clear perspective on the benefits and adequate usage of marijuana.



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Monday Motivation: can you name five women who inspire you?

Mother Nature is abundant. Mother Nature is all around us. Mother Nature feeds us and in many ways shelters us. We are here because of Mother Nature. Gaia is a She and she gets so little credit, she gets so little gratitude for what she continuously gives us. Gaia gives us female energy. Female energy nurtures and creates, it is the compliment to the yang. We need both yin and yang, both moon and sun, to make the world go round.

Culturally we are lacking Yin. We are lacking female power, female recognition.. we don’t show enough gratitude for our sisters. Within some women circles there’s even some competition and a lot of cattiness around. Personally, I look at other women not as competition but as role models. I like to learn from them. I am fascinated. I am intrigue. I am inspired.

Here are five Inspirational Women who’ve inspired me.

Can you name five women who inspire you?

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Monday Motivation: get lost in a book —15 “fiction” books that changed my life…

Every book is a new adventure. Some adventures go beyond the story, and straight into your heart.

Here is a list of 15 “fiction” books that strung my heart and changed my life.

  1. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach, first published in 1970.
  2. Running Out of Time is a novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix, published in 1996.
  3. Where the Red Fern Grows is a 1961 novel by Wilson Rawls.
  4. The Giver is a 1993 American novel by Lois Lowry.
  5. Anthem is a novel by Ayn Rand, first published in 1938.
  6. TheMetamorphoses a Latin narrative poem by the Roman poet Ovid
  7. Plato’s Republic written by Plato around 380 BC.
  8. Veronika Decides to Die is a novel by Paulo Coelho.
  9. The Alchemist by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho which was first published in 1988.
  10. The Little Prince first published in 1943, is a novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
  11. Ishmael is a 1992 novel by Daniel Quinn.
  12. The Pilgrimage is a 1987 novel by Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho.
  13. The Fountainhead is a 1943 novella by Russian-American author Ayn Rand.
  14. The Hunger Games (trilogy) by Suzanne Collins.
  15. The Forty Rules of Love a 2009 novel by Elif Shafak.

Some of these books I’ve re-read —I’ll re-read all of them again some day. I’d love to design each of them a cover as well!

In the meantime, I wonder how many more great books I’ll find.

Do you have any suggestions.

What more great books can I add to this list?

Have you read any of these books.

[clicking on any of the links on the list will lead you to the Author’s Wikipedia page —I encourage you to do your own research, find out WHO makes the things that you consume]

If you haven’t watched these 100+ shows & movies you’re missing out

show series

  1. WordWorld

  2. Little Einsteins

  3. Sesame Street
  4. The Magic School Bus

  5. Arthur

  6. Planet Earth (2006)
  7. Captain Planet and the Planeteers
  8. Avatar – the Last Airbender
  9. ZOOM 

  10. Life (2009)

  11. Schoolhouse Rock!

  12. Full House
  13. Cosmos
  14. The Legend of Kora
  15. Star Trek
  16. Mr. Bean

  17. Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

  18. Bill Nye the Science Guy
  19. Boy Meets World

  20. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

  21. Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

  22. Heroes

  23. Fuller House
  24. Once Upon a Time
  25. Parenthood
  26. South Park


full-lengh movies

…nearly every Pixar Movie, then:

  1. Winnie-the-Pooh (2011)
  2. The Land Before Time (1988)

  3. The Lion King (1994)
  4. Pocahontas (1995)
  5. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  6. Toy Story (trilogy)
  7. Tarzan (1999)
  8. Santa Claus (1959)
  9. Mary Poppins (1964)

  10. Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)

  11. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

  12. The Secret Garden (1993)

  13. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  14. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
  15. The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)

  16. The Karate Kid (1984)
  17. Free Willy (1993)

  18. Angels in the Outfield (1994 film)

  19. The Santa Clause (1994)
  20. Metropolis (1927)

  21. Zathura (2005)

  22. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (film series)

  23. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

  24. Mortal Kombat (1995)

  25. Matilda (1996)

  26. Secondhand Lions (2003)

  27. Jumanji (1995)

  28. From Time to Time (2009)

  29. La Famille Bélier (2014)

  30. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

  31. Harry Potter (film series)
  32. Tomorrowland (2015)

  33. Jurassic Park (film series)

  34. La Vita è Bella/Life is Beautiful (1997)

  35. Casper (1995)

  36. The Princess Diaries (2001)

  37. Blank Check (1994)
  38. Star Wars (film series)

  39. HIM: Más allá de la luz (2010)

  40. Pay It Forward (2000)

  41. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)

  42. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

  43. El Laberinto del Fauno/Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
  44. Interstellar (2014)

  45. The Witches (1990)
  46. Peaceful Warrior (2006)

  47. Thank You for Smoking  (2005)

  48. Waking Life (2001)

  49. What the $@%# Do We Know?! (2004)
  50. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
  51. Men In Black (trilogy)
  52. Happy (2011)

  53. The Opus (2008)
  54. Zeitgeist (film series)

  55. The Secret (2006)
  56. Inception (2010)

  57. Independence Day (1996)
  58. Instructions Not Included (2013)

  59. 3 Idiots (2009)

  60. The Babadook (2014)

  61. Jackie Chan (filmography)

  62. No Men Beyond This Point (2015)

  63. Planet of the Apes (film series)

  64. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

  65. I Am (2010)

  66. X-Men (film series)
  67. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2016)

  68. The Hunger Games (film series)

  69. Armageddon (1998)

  70. The Compass (2009)
  71. Million Dollar Arm (2014)