5 Steps To A Simple Christmas

5 Steps To A Simple Christmas

Blog Cabin, Nature, Simple Living, Simplicity
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we are officially in the typical busyness and rush of the holiday season. Like me, you may probably thinking, “I just want to slow down this season and really enjoy the beauty and meaning of the holidays. But how?”     Here are five simple tips to help you truly be in the moment and create with ease the most meaningful Christmas you've ever had.   The following is actually a great exercise in emotional health and well-being. The holidays can be a great time to get to know ourselves better as we reassess what really matters in our lives - like cleaning out a closet – what to keep and what to throw out or giveaway. And be aware as you follow these…
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The 40% Rule ~ Pushing Yourself for Personal Growth

The 40% Rule ~ Pushing Yourself for Personal Growth

Blog Cabin, Personal Growth, Self-development
The Navy SEALs have a term called “The 40% Rule”, which states that when your mind is telling you that you’re done, you’re only forty percent done. I experienced this myself during a backpacking trip through an organization called Outward Bound, the summer after my sophomore year of high school. Eight other teens and I, along with two instructors, spent a total of two weeks in the Gore Mountain Range of Colorado. We had no cell phones, no music, no connection to the outside world. We had only ourselves, and the wilderness. During this time I pushed myself further than I ever had before, gaining a much greater perspective for life. The program was designed in such a way that the instructors were only there to teach us how to…
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Why We Love the Mountains

Why We Love the Mountains

Blog Cabin, Mountains, Simple Living, Simplicity
        “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” ~ John Muir, Our National Parks   My wife and I share the same sad disorder. We LOVE the mountains! (That’s not the disorder). We love their beauty and just looking at the mountains. We love to visit the mountains, take our vacations in the mountains, and have plans to actually live IN the mountains, not just at the base of them in the foothills.  There is something so invigorating, soul-awakening, renewing, restoring, refreshing and healing about being in the mountains for us. (That’s still not the disorder). The disorder we have is the let down and sadness we feel as we…
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Personal Growth Strategies Through Nature

Personal Growth Strategies Through Nature

Blog Cabin, Creativity, Health, Meditation, Mindfulness, Nature, Personal Growth, Self-development, Simple Living, Simplicity, Well-being
So maybe you recently reached a new life stage or milestone, like a birthday, or perhaps find yourself thinking about the upcoming new year, and have decided to pull out all stops for becoming the person you want to be. You are ready to really make it happen this time! You’ve been here before and have tried and failed miserably. Or perhaps you have made a little progress but are not satisfied with your progress and want to strive for more. As you do so 2 questions should come to mind: Why didn’t it work before? What can I do to truly achieve success this time? Setting Yourself Up for Success First of all, if you believe that you truly made a decision to begin a new life, or start…
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Reinvent Yourself In 10 Steps

Reinvent Yourself In 10 Steps

Blog Cabin, Nature, Personal Growth, Self-development, Top Posts, Well-being
“Our self-portrait is merely a simple description that we have made of ourselves…we are in fact much more than this.” ~ Mario Alonso Puig There comes a time in nearly all of our lives when we reach a point where we wake up one day with the painful realization that we are not the person who we once thought we would be. At this point, something deep within has died, (or is dying), and we feel a need to bring to life a new and better self. This is a normal part of what it means to be a healthy, growing and fully-functional human. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs Self-Actualization is at the top of them.  Life equals growth and growth equals change. It is normal to resist change…
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