• What Would You Exchange Today for Deeper Relationships?

    An acquaintance once remarked to me “Who needs friends, when you have work!” That tongue in cheek remark was memorable because there was a nugget of truth embedded in it. So, why not face it rather than side step the fact that we are relational. Sure, some of us more so than others, but, we ...

  • Who Is On Your Support Team?

    Did you ever think about your team of support personnel? You probably have an accountant, an attorney, doctor(s), a hairstylist, a barista, and a trainer at the gym. I am sure that some of you may also have specialists such as nutritionists, tutors, and maybe even a sommelier or a plumber that you consider to ...

  • Life’s Thrill Terror Exchange Is Constant

    It was a perfectly calm, hot Montana summer afternoon. I was lounging in our sailboat’s cockpit, enjoying the nothingness that enveloped Lakeside Bay. The mainsail hung slack on the mast above me, as the boat veered aimlessly in the wake of passing ski boats. We had just finished lunch, and my wife was snoozing on ...

  • The Pitfalls Of Exchanging Your Principles

    It has become an all too common theme. Corporate principals are compromised at every turn: A bank rigs LIBOR rates. Principle is laid waste for profit. An auto manufacturer programs deceit into their emissions control software. Principle is exchanged for ambition in the race to be number one. A politician sacrifices a long held principal under ...

  • What Would You Exchange For More Revenue?

    Forget about how many carbohydrates you consume in that slice of pizza! Don’t worry about how much fat there is in your Greek Yogurt! Don’t take too long celebrating that record sales threshold your team just crossed! You can do more! Even if you’re presently #1, it won’t last. You see, there is a greater ...

  • The Life Long Benefits of Clarity About Your Passions

    The caption in a popular sailing magazine describing this dramatic photo of the Kaiko 50 ft racing sailboat “Merlin” passing Tasmania’s Organ Pipes during the 2014 edition of the famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Race caught my attention. The fact that the photo is stunning is the first allure. The second point of interest is that ...

  • Would You Exchange A Perfect Storm For a Joy Ride?

    There is a saying in the sailing community: “If you are even THINKING about reefing your sails...DO IT!”   It is a signal that somewhere inside, a sixth sense can see that winds are building, and you know that you could soon be overpowered into mayhem if you fail to act. Adjusting your life sails NOW will ...

  • Read All About It!

    My Brown Eyes and I summoned up the courage to match our motivation in the spring of 2015, and committed ourselves to trailer our Pacific Seacraft Dana 24, s/v GUST-O, to Florida, to sail there and then on to the Bahamas the following January. We would be accompanying our dear, and much more experienced friends, ...

  • How High Is Your Resilience Index

    How High Is Your Resilience Index? Laying in the V berth of our sailboat GUST-O in the Bahamas this spring, Brown Eyes and I were conversationally giving shape to our new life outside of the careers that had brought us to this point. During the previous two years, we had already experienced profound change from the ...

  • Your Commitment Must Cover The Cost Of Your Choices

    For some time now, coffee conversations between Brown Eyes and I have been feeding the desire to break away from the decades of our suburban routine. Business changes, health alerts, and an abnormally buoyant local real estate market provided the inertia to act, and finally break out of our orbit. For the last 18 months, we ...