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Chunking

Posted by in Productivity

Overwhelm happens to the best of us. In this hyper-connected world these days, there’s so much going on. There’s so much information coming in and we know, to the second, what every single person we know is doing, what they’re buying and where they are going. It’s hard not to get competitive with all these perfect “Facebook Lives” we see and push to attain all those things ourselves. That leads to one conclusion: overwhelm. We try to do everything. We try to please everyone. We try to be perfect like…read more

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The Problem with Long-Term Thinking in Action Mode

Posted by in Personal Development

I was running through a beautiful marsh area near my house on another marathon training run. My mind was wandering like crazy as it tends to do when I run. Things were slowly connecting like they usually do when I let my mind wander. Running tends to do that for me. I let it go and it will find interesting things and put them together. Sometimes they’re useful, sometimes they’re totally random. The challenge is remembering them by the time I get home. A lot of my thinking these days…read more

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Running the longest trail of my life

Posted by in Personal Development

Following Chris Guillebeau’s footsteps, I’ll be sitting down in a couple weeks for a few days and going over what I accomplished this year and plan out what I want to do next year. I sort of did this without really thinking about it last year and it worked wonders. Actually formalizing the process and focusing even more on a plan of attack for my goals will help me achieve them even faster. One of my goals for this year and next is to write as much as possible. It…read more

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Winter Challenge Roundup

Posted by in Personal Development

I’ve been trying to come up with a format for personal development posts that works for me. I’ve plenty experience learning new things and doing as much as I can to better myself but I’ve never really written about the experience. I wish I could remember in detail the first times I wakeboarded, snowboarded or rode a dirtbike. Joy comes to my heart when I think of doing those activities now but all I can remember from when I started was disappointment and frustration. I consider myself a fairly quick…read more

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Running in the Windy City

Posted by in Travel

By that I mean Wellington. Because of it’s position and the weather in the area, Wellington is an incredibly windy city. I got to experience first hand what the wind was like on my last run there. I was only going to spend one night in Wellington because I wanted to get moving North and have a few extra days in Rotorua. I ended up washing everything in my backpack because of my own stupidity and needed an extra day for things to dry out. I haven’t run much in New…read more

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The 39th Annual City 2 Surf

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Looking through some of the interesting things to do in Sydney on the web last week, something caught my eye. A running race. Here in Sydney. August 9th. 70,000 people. Wow. When I was planning the trip, I had done a quick look through some of the races that are in Australia to see if I was going to be able to attend but didn’t see much. I’m not sure how I missed this one. It’s only the biggest road race in the world. The City 2 Surf starts at…read more

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Newcastle

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Newcastle was much like Port Macquarie in that I didn’t spend much time there but had a fantastic run. The drive wasn’t long to get here so I had most of the day to wander and see what the place was like. The hostel was fantastic. A restored heritage building, it had high ceilings, big open fireplaces and lots of plush leather furniture. Although the fireplaces were gas it gave a nice cozy feel. The rooms were spacious and ours had an opening onto a deck with a fabulous view…read more

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Port Macquarie

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I wasn’t in Port Macquarie for long but I had a good time there, mainly because of the run I did soon after I rolled in. I always like to see what’s around the corner on a run, walk or hike and being in a brand new city makes it even more interesting. I headed down to the beach aiming to do an 8 or 10k run but there were just so many interesting corners and little paths to take. I landed back at the hostel after pounding the pavement…read more

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Lennox Head

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Lennox head is a little surf town 10 meters away from the water 20 minutes south of Byron Bay. I stayed at a friends here, which is the only reason I had heard of the place. It’s known for little else than the good surf and another place to stay that’s close to Byron. It sits right on 7 mile beach which is a gorgeous pile of sand. At the south end is a headland which frequently launches hang-gliders over the water, floating around for 25 minutes or more in the…read more

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Brisbane

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Initially I went past Brisbane and Surfers to get down to Lennox Head for a friends birthday but I made it back up to spend a couple days there and wander around. I had been told that it’s the least interesting of the big cities in Australia sorely lacking in things to do and see. I didn’t see much while I was there but there was certainly enough to fill a few days of sightseeing and running around. I have a fascination for cities that are on rivers. The paths…read more

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