David was brought up with the idea that “money flows.” It comes in, it goes out. That’s the nature of life. While you have it, use it.Read More
The blog is my Whole Self Home Base,
where all the aspects of my life come together through my writing.
It’s like a bread recipe - bring a wide variety of ingredients together and create something way better than the individual parts.
You’ll find riffs on community and connection, musings on baking and fermentation, reflections on travel experiences and much more.
We all admire the Big Leaps. Quitting your job to sail around the world. Going 100% Vegan all at once. Getting off the couch and running a marathon.
But I'm a fan of the little leaps. Small steps. The next small stretch.Read More
The more we learn, the less we know. It’s a universal truth, but it still stings a little. I’m more ‘aware’ than most, but I’m still stunned by how hard it is for ordinary folks to have a big impact. I’ve got nothing but admiration for the people who know it’s hard and do it anyway.Read More
When we’re bootstrapping a business or starting something new, money is often a constraint. More money will help us do more, faster. With out it, we feel stuck.
We have more assets than money, however. Often, we just need to be creative.Read More
What would happen if world leaders, especially those who we disagree with the most, sat down with a set of paints and a piece of fresh, blank paper and make a sketch? What would they draw? What would it look like?Read More
Consider the following: You're struggling with a problem that you just can't figure out, so you ask a friend for help.
You then proceed to defend every assumption, every decision and every design choice you've made.
It doesn't work because the starting question is wrong.Read More
It's been a good week. But you know what? Every week’s been a good week. It's just that this week, I made the effort to listen. My wish for you is that you'll take the time this week to listen as well.Read More
If I look a little pale, it's because I'm dealing with subscription fatigue. If you are trying to simplify your life to the essentials, subscriptions can help, up to a point. But too many subscriptions become a burden that you don't want to bear.Read More
When my friend Kelli recommended a tiny book called Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life I must admit I was more than a little skeptical. Did I really need to another book recommending I eat vegetables? While the book is about living a long time, what grabbed me is the advice for having a happy time doing it.Read More
We're the people who are always fascinated by the world around us. The ones who watch TV with a tablet beside us to search Wikipedia for more details on what we are watching.
We're also the folks who look as deeply inward as outward, trying to understand why we feel that way or what exactly excites us about knitting or the snowshoe hare or photosynthesis.Read More
For those of us who want to build something that matters, there's a big piece missing in most goal statements. I call that the Because clause. It's the place where you get to articulate why the project is important at an emotional, big P Purpose level.Read More
If I've done a good job as a dad, Ben knows he has many more options available to him than I thought I had 30 years ago. Both real, tangible options along with the mental freedom to pursue a variety of things. When I was 23, I was told the goal was to get a job with a pension plan (any job with a pension will do) and stay there until retirement. Ben would find that idea laughable.Read More
From the price you set to the metaphors you employ to the typeface you use in your newsletters, every item you send out in the world sends a signal. However, each signal runs through a filter before it is received. And that filter is the worldview of the receiver.Read More