How Airbnb Kicks Off Your Bucket List Travel AND Income Goals

For the past year I’ve met cool people from around the world (one of my lifetime life list goals!) by renting a space through Airbnb (fulfilling another life list goal to have a rental property). I’ve stayed at Airbnb rentals and have played host to 50 or so guests. Here’s a bit of what I’ve […]

Resolution #1: Make This Your Best Year (and How to Do It)

What if this year you made ASPIRATIONS instead of RESOLUTIONS?
What if you focused on things you want to DO and experience rather than a narrow set of problems? For the last 13 years, I’ve done just that. I start each year with a big hairy question: “How can I make this the best year of […]

Want to make this your best year? Here’s how I do it.

Originally posted in December, 2006. It’s New Years. Time for resolutions? Or time for something different? What if this year you made ASPIRATIONS instead of RESOLUTIONS? What if you focused on things you want to DO and experience rather than a narrow set of problems? For the last seven years, I’ve done just that. I […]

The Flight is Half Empty (A Negative Plus a Negative Equals a Positive)

After one leg of a recent flight so jam packed I had to gate-check my tiny suitcase, the next leg gave me pause: The flight was half empty. Wahoo! Then I wondered – is being half empty sometimes more positive than looking at something as half full? Half Full vs Half Empty Your tummy being […]

Want your next trip to be full of surprise? Let synchronicity be your guide

I get an invitation to spend a few days on the beach in Florida, a trip I really want to take despite being on a budget. Having more time than money, how can I make the most of this junket? To keep the possibilities wide open I buy a one-way ticket to Florida. First, what […]

Paint the Perfect Future By Projecting Forward to Backtrack

When one door gets painted wrong… There I am painting a beautiful new wood door with the bright blue that seems to be my theme lately. I’m clad in an old sweatshirt, I’ve cleverly turned inside out so the paint gets on the inside instead of outside, so I can still wear the sweatshirt out […]

Rediscover Life’s Magic by Talking to Strangers

I’m in a cafe and hear these three guys talking about shipping kilns and how their container is held up at the port, due to some customs snafu. Only moments earlier I’d been driving across the San Francisco Bay Bridge with some visitors, pointing out those very same container ships that transport cargo around the […]

Rekindle a Relationship by Looking to the Past and Future

The Oakland Museum of California asked the public to full out a survey to learn what works and the survey filler outer’s vision for the museum in the next decade. As a fallen member but with warm fuzzy feelings about the museum, the question helped me analyze what brings me to the museum and what […]

Famous Artists Talk About Their Goals

All your favorite performing artists and other creative talents didn’t make it by chance. They had goals, especially Lady Gaga. See what some very successful folks had to say on their goals… “My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art.” – Jimi Hendrix” “I’d wanted […]

Life List To Do’s The Day the World Ends

If you’re like me you already live each day like it’s your last. So the day the world ends really isn’t that different from any other. I’m pretty confident we will be here tomorrow and for many years. So are most experts on the world-ending matter. But say that day did come. Here’s my short […]