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1
Jan

2018: Down to Basics

2017 was a very difficult year for me. Indeed, it was the first year since I started this personal blog that I didn’t do many articles.

 

 

I could go through a long list of things, but suffice it tay it was the loss of a long time friendship with a person who was very dear to me for 10 years, and then having that replaced by enmity, that shook me up, and had a pretty devastating effect in my Life for most of the year.

 

But I recovered from that, and it was an experience that showed me a few things I want to share with you.

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26
Nov

Relationships – The Most Important Thing

One of the most important aspects of a Full Life is relationships. For all the good we associate with them, there’s a concept that’s often overlooked in our pursuit of relationship happiness. This one idea can really supercharge your relationships and make them happier and more fulfilling. So let’s talk about it!

 

 

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19
May

How to Find Your Life Purpose after 40 (Or Any Age!)

Recently, I went to Malaysia to learn horseriding. I’ve loved horses since I was a boy, and to learn to ride and eventually flow with one, has been a dream item on my bucket list. So I’m elated to have started.

 

I also scored two firsts: tasting mantis shrimp and… undergoing a root canal! A marvelous combo that was! Finally, I made great strides in my meditating, so it was a really great holiday for me.

 

On the way home, I started reflecting. It’s been a long hard road: from divorce, near-bankruptcy, moving from rent to rent, to where I’m now doing things I want to do, have great relationships, and amazing experiences. And what’s kept everything together for me is what I want to share with you about:

 

Life Purpose, and how to find it.

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20
Apr

Quick Update: My Art Theme Progresses!

Wow time flies! And a quarter has passed!

 

I’ve been busy on a major personal project that I hope can eventually reach more people with the AA35 message, but here’s just an update on where am I for my theme for 2017.

 

Art

My original intent to learn to draw a beautiful face by end April, hands by end August, and a horse by end December is taking a lot longer than expected, primarily because of my major project. So I’ll be off a couple months for each.

 

On the other hand, my colored pencils have been making some progress! First I’m really happy with the Faber Castell Polychromos which for a beginner seems like a splurge, but I’m keen to really get into this, so I prefer to buy quality if I can. The reviews I heard of the Prismacolors were just too serious to ignore, with QC issues, sharpening frustrations, repeated breakages and so on. Not to mention wax blooming.

To ensure follow-through I bought a few of Ann Kullberg’s Jumpstart Beginner series and did these projects.

I thought I was progressing well. Then I took a beginner colored pencil course at La Salle and it was humbling. It was a real struggle and here is I think the main reason.

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