“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.”
~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Welcome to Mind the Good Life, a community of sensible people seeking to liberate from convention and live with extraordinary intention. Topics range from self-discovery and personal development to entrepreneurship, habits, health and fitness with an overarching focus on self-education.
Minding the good life is about unleashing your unique genius into a world of creativity, control, happiness, impact and a big fat sense of content. It starts with changing your mind frame with minor shifts. From the inside out, from the mind to manifested reality.
Mastering your mind is the beginning. Fine tuning, developing and living an optimal life doing what makes your belly’s tickle with fear and excitement is the lifelong expedition. I’m here because it makes my belly tickle with a sense of purpose and enthusiasm to share and connect with those ambitious to make a dent in the world – consciously living, writing and breathing with aligned intent the best I can.
This site is dedicated to those who mind the good life in their own way, and supports all with ambitious goals and desires. I hope to host a growing community of people sharing stories and inspiration on minding the good life.
Who’s Behind All This?
“Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.”
~ Brian Tracy
I loved being a kid, hated seeing it pass, struggled through the transition, hated on the world, then realized analyzing wasn’t helping me or anybody else. That’s when I switched up the game plan and resurrected my life through learning, travel, action and growth. The most profound thing I realized – people around the world are living the good life and it has nothing to do with engraved modern stereotypes.
Happiness, habits, success, productivity, health, possibility – all stem from our minds and flourish when we embrace that passionate, creative, playful inner essence born free within all of us. I’m living a life around these principles and loving it. I just want to connect with others and help them realize theirs. It stirs me up inside to think what wonders people would achieve if they learned to take control of their mind – to take control of their life.
My youth had its fair share of poor decisions, diet, habits and disregard, which led to bold life transformations resulted from deep personal investment and solo journeys through the world. Experiencing those changes, I saw the full potential of our minds and developed a steadfast dedication to apply what I know so far, continue learning and forge ahead with intent.
There are a few central topics I’ve found paramount to be mindful of:
Aside from these, health and fitness are a major part of my life and will uplift anybody. Research indicates good health leads to greater happiness and vice versa. My approach here aims to increase subjective well-being, which refers to how people experience the quality of their lives including both emotional reactions and cognitive judgments.
I post once or twice a week, but can be unpredictable. I’ll also feature stories from Good Life Community members and occasional guest posts to provide you with a wide perspective of extraordinary happenings and wisdom. You’re welcome to join the community, stay up to date and get your story in the conversation.
If you’re still interested in me, see my whole story here.
Why the Blog?
“To the extent that we put our efforts out there for good motive is correlated to the tendency to come to life beyond our wildest dreams”
~ My Mom
There’s always a reason behind someone’s actions and I’ve learned it’s wise to question it. After months of restless nights, however, starting this blog felt predetermined.
My life wasn’t tracking in a favorable direction. I was lost. All the conventional signs pointed to dead ends. I knew time would either die pursuing meaningless ends or come alive with zeal. I wasn’t going to let life choose my direction for me any longer.
I committed to take life by the reins and create a world alive with purpose, autonomy, creativity and growth.
Writing had evolved into a passion as I drained pen after pen in journals, went digital, and wrote a novel. Everything that ignited my energy and released through writing was directly related to pursuing a life of purpose and meaning with intent, which led to discovering a world of people who felt the same and a commitment to enabling others was born.
So here I write and I want to here from you, too. This is a community for remarkable people seeking to live extraordinary lives beyond convention, where stories are featured from community members. Feel free to drop me a line and share yours or say hello.
What’s the Purpose?
“You write in order to change the world … if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.”
~ James Baldwin
My goal is to help you Mind the Good Life – to provide you with tools and inspiration to liberate from convention and and live on your own terms. We’re building a community of sensible people with the courage to forge extraordinary lives.
It’s an opportune time in history to create a life around your personal zest. When you do, the world fills with enthusiasm. My vision is more people living with that intensity.
This blog is a culmination of years of ideas, research, experience and life-experiments. I’ll touch on my background and cover the present as the future unravels, covering successes and failures to provide perspective that I hope connects with you.
Topics will include, but are not limited to:
- Self-discovery and personal development
- Forming auspicious habits
- Goals, priorities and productivity
- Social dynamics
- Health, nutrition and fitness
What’s in the Name?
“The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible. For the fainthearted, it is unknown. For the thoughtful and valiant, it is ideal.”
~ Victor Hugo
Throughout my life and travels something struck: the happiest people, whether eking out a life of scarcity or squandering abundant resources, all shared similar universal human traits taking root in their perspective, their mind.
Further, the genuinely successful greats share similar characteristics of mind that mark their success.
In both cases, the good life is not related to superficial tags applied and validated by society, but of authentic humanness innate in us all.
We all have the capacity for happiness and greatness, it’s just been distanced from our psyche. It’s time to get reacquainted.
We can all make life as extraordinary as we wish, as long as we’re willing to work for it. The great thing is, the work is play.
“With better awareness you can make better choices and when you make better choices, you will see better results.”
~ Robin Sharma
It all starts in our mind. When we envision what the good life means to us and boldly explore creating it, we’re sure to take a few wrong turns, but with resilience and perseverance, progression is inevitable.
The journey is the destination. Through the smallest of steps we make progress. We learn from failure as much as success and both prove to ourselves that “impossible” bears no meaning.
If we navigate the world with intuitive intent we’re led by genuine purpose. Followed with action and resolute will, results are inevitable.
I cannot claim everything will help you, but if you seek, you will find; if you want change, it will come and tips and tools on this site will help you.
How to Get the Most Out of This Site
“Every single person-at their core-is an inventor, and possesses the ability to invent an extraordinary business. This business does not simply exist to make a profit, but exists to solve a problem in our world-the exact problem that the inventor is most passionate about solving.”
Zen philosophy is based on the principle that we ourselves makeup our world, where self-knowledge is central, but action is what counts. Consider your intentions before reading to bring clarity and follow with action.
In the past I wasted days of time browsing engaging streams of media, loving them and feeling great. Then I’d instantly click to something else, pick up a new book and move on without analyzing and acting on anything.
That mistake taught me a valuable lesson. Now I take notes, analyze and form actionable steps to take. By prioritizing what matters, I have the time to absorb what counts. Moving ahead with action gives clarity to decisions.
If you engage with a post, consider dropping a comment and sharing it with friends who may also benefit. Join the community and surround yourself with others inspired to live in a world alive. Jim Rohn was dead on when he said “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Environment is fundamental – we try to keep it fun, too.
Feel free to shoot me a message; I’d love to hear where you are in life, your goals, ideas, struggles and success.
“Every generation needs a new revolution.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
Thanks for reading! If you made it this far, we have a lot in common. I’d love for you to stick around.
The world awaits your creative expression; it needs it more than anything.
One world. One people. One love.