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2011 In Review and Lessons for 2012

January 19, 2012
Make Your Own World

2012 is well underway and I wanted to look back with a more thoughtful reflection on 2011, including all the joys and sorrows.

I wrote this (fairly long) post and included some bullet points at the end with key points, but I decided I would share those upfront in case you, dear reader, are in a hurry and just want the cliff notes.  In the event you are intrigued and want to know more, there’s plenty more below.

And by all means, I would like to hear from you on what went well in 2011 and what you are looking to improve in 2012.

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Being Present, and Saying Yes

November 11, 2011
Kids of the Gulf Team and Ian Somerhalder

The past couple of weeks have been some of the most intense, yet incredibly rewarding of my life. Mainly because of people I’ve met and experiences I’ve had out in the world.

In the online world of blogging, check-ins, status updates, tweeting, liking, sharing, posting, etc., it’s easy to forget that real relationships can be formed by putting our phones and laptops down and sitting face to face with people or bonding in groups.

Some people balance these two worlds well, but I struggle with this at times, and my silence here over the past couple of weeks proves to me that I have a lot of work to do in this area. Continue Reading…

Serving and Civic Duty

October 28, 2011
Flags

‘Juror number 20.’

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  Did the judge seriously call juror number 20?

Yes, he did.

Tuesday morning, I reported for jury duty, prepared to plead a hardship case on why I could not serve on a jury this week. Believe me, I had several really good reasons. In fact, you might even say that this week was the perfect storm of conditions that made one more commitment (much less one of this size) totally inconceivable.

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The Edge Of The Cliff

August 24, 2011
Brandon Sutton - on the edge

In late 2009, I became fascinated by the idea of living in Portland, Oregon. I had never been there, and didn’t have any close friends who lived there. But when I started researching the city and discovered the culture and sense of connection to the environment, I knew it would be an excellent fit for me.

In the nearly 2 years since, I’ve gone through some substantial changes in my personal and professional life. I went from working at an agency where I felt stifled and frustrated to shaping my own business based around helping change agents propel their work into the world. Continue Reading…

Stillness

June 2, 2011
Jacks River - Cohutta Wilderness

I’m at 36,000 feet over Idaho on the way to Portland as I write this.  As is often the case, a conversation with a good friend yesterday yielded a meaningful reminder of an audiobook that I had yet to read.  Eckart Tolle – Stillness Speaks.

Somewhere during the first hour of the flight, I realized I had it with me and immediately started to listen.

I drifted in and out of a light sleep as I listened to the calming voice of the author, whose work I greatly admire.  As a side note, if you haven’t had a chance to read any of Tolle’s work, I highly recommend it. The Power of Now is one of the most insightful books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.  Continue Reading…