Embracing A Slower Paced Life

How fast is your life moving? Do you ever wish you could slow it down? Ever wish you had a few more hours in the day so you could get everything done you need to get finished? What if, instead of always trying to do more, we slowed down a little and embraced a slower paced life. What if we didn’t try to do everything, but slowed down and concentrated only on the things that are truly valuable and important to us.989469_10102207133543530_1405538994_oEvery year it seems the pace of communication and expectations increase. As my life begins to go through a period of acceleration, I often feel the need to step back, evaluate and simply slow my life down. The faster paced life often leaves our health in ruin and our closest relationships drifting. A slower paced life introduces margin and gives us more awareness about how we spend our time. Slow doesn’t happen naturally. In fact, our lives tend to pile more and more on because we rarely remove commitments even if we add new ones. It’s almost like that old computer that just keeps piling on junk and virus’ until it gets so slow it needs a reformat or a trip to the trash can. Is your life ready for a reboot? Continue reading Embracing A Slower Paced Life

Athens, Ga – Best Town In The World

archI love to travel. I love to see new places. I love to explore, meet new people and take in the uniqueness of places that have their own personality. Athens, Georgia: whether you are just passing through, spending an amazing 4 years (or 5), or settling down- it is one of the most unique and memorable cities that exist. Although we have traveled tons of places spread over several continents, we always enjoy coming home. Where you live is one of the single most influential aspects of your entire life and one of the fundamental keys to lifestyle design. If you made a list of what you want in a city, what would it contain? Are you curious to know why anyone who has passed through loves Athens, Ga? What do you love about where you currently reside?

What Makes Athens Awesome?

Food – Honestly, food in Athens deserves its own article. But I’ll give it a go. Awesome food! Incredible diversity. Insanely inexpensive. I could make the argument that it has the best selection of any small non-tourist town. Every ethnic possibility, delicious farm to table and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Athens is home to several breweries, mircopubs, and even bike tours to local farms. Our favorite local restaurants include Last Resort, Copper Creek, Jittery Joe’s coffee, Mama’s Boy, Little Italy, Cali & Titos, Depalmas and 5 & 10. Continue reading Athens, Ga – Best Town In The World

Measuring The Good Life: How Well Do You Sleep?

How good is your life? How do you measure how your life is going? I think for years I’ve been asking the wrong question. I have spent quite a bit of time trying to establish what it takes to live a good life. But more than that, I’ve been working to figure out a simple question that would immediately give insight into exactly how well someone is doing. I tried asking things like, how’s school? work? the kids? life? But I found typical responses lacking. Even mine. But there is another measure that does a pretty good job of incorporating all of those areas of life into one singular concept.

MP900181418Sleep: A Measure of Overall Well Being
For many middle class Americans, how well you sleep can be one of the best indicators of overall well being. I like the concept and metric because it combines many different variables into one single measurable idea. I think it is more powerful than how much money, success, or stuff you have. Sleeping well is surprisingly complex and affected by many different things. In my life, factors such as exercise, stress, diet, security, job/income/housing and health all contribute to sleeping well. Continue reading Measuring The Good Life: How Well Do You Sleep?

The Irrational Gap in Price Between New and Used

Have you ever bought something used? Do you have specific things that you would only buy new? New sells in America. Rich Americans have a lot more perceived money than they do time. And rich individuals will pay extensively for ease, comfort, consistency and reliability. Often, price is surprisingly one of the least important aspects of individuals’ buying decisions. And this observation can be leveraged. Used goods are easier than ever to evaluate, obtain and enjoy. With modern retailers like amazon, ebay and craigslist, buying used can be equally as convenient as buying new. The traditional inhibitors of buying used have been reduced for everyone.

MH900104756It is rational to assume there would be a premium for new products. In business, assets are typically depreciated based on a formula that lowers their value over time. Sometimes we assume a consistent dropping of value and other times drop the value faster as items are newer. But for consumers, products have a dramatic and irrational drop in price as soon as they are purchased. For the savvy individuals, this provides a window of opportunity between the time when an objects’ price has been devalued but the useful life is still strong.

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