Author: Israel

Just Shia It.

Tonight I felt completely like not writing. But since the practice has become more habit and less conscious choice, I started anyway. I learned tonight – again – that the hardest step is the first one. Typing the first sentence

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Relax. It’ll Get There.

Today has been a cruisy one. We had a delightfully lazy start, despite the fact we were moving on again. We relocated to Darwin, setup the bus, and went for a swim. I’ve just finished a relaxed effort of 500-some

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Keeping My Balance.

For the longest time, especially during my worst depression, I just couldn’t seem to find any balance in my life. I would oscillate wildly between full-on work, then full-on fitness training, then full-on creative projects that earned no money, then

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All I Wanted To Do Was Sleep.

It’s true. All I wanted to do tonight, instead of writing, was sleep. We hiked with the kids through Litchfield National Park for most of the day. We swam in waterholes, jumped off rocks, and let waterfalls cascade over our

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Growth Takes Time.

Things that are worthwhile rarely happen instantly. They take time to grow and develop. At least, that’s what is going through my mind as I continue the journey of writing this book. I added another 500 words to the book’s

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Take One Step Forward, Each Day. Repeat.

I’ve noticed a shift in how I’m feeling about the act of writing. For starters, I’m getting more excited each day about my writing time. I’m no longer resisting sitting down to write. Instead, I feel increasingly drawn to it,

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The Integrity Breach Alarm.

It was bound to happen, I just didn’t expect it on the fourth day. I broke my commitment. I didn’t write at all yesterday. Not on the blog, not in my journal, not in my manuscript software. Wanna hear my reasons? It

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Every dark tunnel has a light of hope.

My writing feels like a dark tunnel, today. And I need to confess something. I haven’t even written anything for my book yet. My hope is that writing a blog about my day will fire up the muse and get the words

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The warmth of beginning something new.

Goethe penned a fantastic quote (stuck on our refrigerator) which goes something like: Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. * (* Turns out this may

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That which you cannot ignore.

Occasionally, I get headaches. Or stomach cramps. Or bizarre middle ear infections, but only in my left ear. Lately, I’ve had all three. This is a sign, to me, of something my soul needs to do that is being denied.

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When all else fails, create something.

I learned something this morning. Well, re-learned, actually. Pamela Slim gave me some great advice at the first MisfitCon in Fargo in 2013: When all else fails, CREATE SOMETHING. This morning, I woke up feeling heavy and depressed. I planned

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What’s the point, anyway?

Well, what is the point? Of what, you ask? Oh, you know… life, work, anything… For some reason my subconscious threw me this question as I started to write. I figure something in me needs to see this answered and

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The hustle and the reward. 

In any endeavour, there is a point at which one must overcome the inertia of being still and, through sheer might of will and force of effort, drive the whole enterprise forward.  A complicated way of saying that sometimes you

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Being kind to myself.

On mornings like these, when I wake tired after a late night’s work, I am learning to be kind to myself.  But not in the way that you think.  “Being kind” to ourselves typically has the connotation of taking it

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Reflecting on days past. 

How often do you reflect on your days? How regularly do you stop and think and ponder and wonder and unravel things in your mind – or even let your mind unravel? It’s important. Really.  I’ve learned so much today,

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Seeing the pattern.

  A while ago I did a self development course that focussed on helping people see the underlying – and unconscious – patterns of their behaviour. The idea is that once we become aware of a pattern, we can begin

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With any luck. 

   With any luck I’ll get that promotion. With any luck I’ll become fit and happy. With any luck I’ll experience the life of my dreams.  There really isn’t luck. Stuff happens or it doesn’t. You are ready and willing

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If only.

Today was the first day I’ve yelled at my kids in what feels like weeks. I have resolved that I don’t want to be a yelling parent any longer. I’ve been running and meditating most days for a while now,

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Resilience

Resilience looks like this: Imagine waking up and hearing your wife and kids talking in the kitchen. Mostly it’s friendly banter, but because your son got up early he’s now past the point of needing food and has crossed over

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Change. Holiday.

There’s a saying: “A change is as good as a holiday.” I posit that the reverse is also true. A holiday is as good as a change. I have been absent from publishing these IQs for several weeks now. I

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The aim of art

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle There is a joy, a rapture, that I find in projects that are creative and for people I like. I got

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