October 2018: Digital Life

Alexander Reben

The amount of time you spend on screens is directly related to your level of anxiety. Extensive social media use leads to depression and isolation. At least, that’s what I think someone said they heard from a study that may or may not have been published in a reputable journal and/or website. In a new normal, where all news is fake and all personal truth is fact and everything is […]

Organization Challenge: How to Clean Out Your Home Office

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This month we are excited to work in a room that is near and dear to our hearts: the home office! We use a process called 5S when we work in any office. 5S is an organizing method that allows you to maintain order and eliminate waste in the workplace by reviewing office items and minimizing clutter. The 5 S’s are Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain. For […]

The Case For the Enthusiastic No

Jackie Battenfield, Ginko, 2018 48 x 210in.  Laminated Glass MTA Arts & Transit, Avenue P, Brooklyn, New York Permanent installation

I recently received a wedding invitation in which the bride and groom had taken the opportunity to have a little fun with the RSVP card. In addition to being able to reply with the usual “enthusiastically attend” or “regretfully decline,” options to “regretfully attend” and “enthusiastically decline” had also been listed. I checked off the first box, opting to save my bad behavior for the main event. Weddings are meant […]

September 2018: Streamlining Your Business

Jackie Battenfield, Azurous, 2018    acrylic on Mylar panel 40 x 60 in.

If you’re running a business, you are probably doing a lot of extra work you don’t actually need to do. Every business is full of waste. Even one-person businesses and side hustles suffer under the weight of an overabundance of ideas, messages, strategies, and tactics. If you’re lean and mean and moving fast, you can’t afford to be weighed down. There’s no way you can surge past your competitors while holding onto the […]

The Opportunity of Transitions

Travis Somerville

Humans are saddled from birth with the double-edged sword of writing our own stories. From the first sparkling moments of awareness we are faced with a paralyzing morass of choice. We find ourselves bolted in for the performance of our lives, often moving at speeds too fast to consider the gravity of the sharp turns the road may take. The pauses we take in life not only help identify the […]

Nomad Living

Rodney Ewing, Half-Immigrant, silkscreen and dry pigment on paper, 2017

We tend to think of our goals in life as a place, a set destination. Calendar dates become oases, the sensations of completing a major project take on an almost physical definition. We follow “roadmaps” to promotion and advancement. These are the reference points many of us use to define our lives. When the word “travel” is entered into a search bar, the computer screen will explode with a full […]

The Fires of Inspiration

David Howard Hitchcock, Halemaumau, Lake of Fire, 1888

The earliest record we have of human creation dates back over 40,000 years ago, to a red disk in a cave in Spain. On the other side of the globe in Indonesia, a few hundred years later, humans stenciled their hands on a cave wall. Roughly 5,000 years later, the first recorded animal depictions began to appear. Human agriculture would start some 20,000 years later, around 9,500 BCE, nestled between […]

Is Your Business Making You Boring?

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How are you? When is the last time you responded with anything other than “busy?” For all the conveniences our modern world has given us, it has also raised our expectations, forcing entrepreneurs to perform like corporations to remain competitive. Marketing a small business once consisted of offering a good product or service at a fair price and relying on the reputation you built. Our clients were once our neighbors; […]

10 Ways to Continually Recharge Yourself

Charles Heppner: Prayer Rugs

The other night I went to an acoustic guitar event at KGB in NYC and realized it was my meditation time. I was completely in the moment—free from to do lists, networking events, and schedules. I was completely present, doing nothing other than connecting to the beautiful music pouring out from the guitar and the smiles, laughs, and body movements of the musician against the red velvet curtain. This was […]

Thrivers Strive for Inefficiency

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The efficient use of your time may be costing your health. While most would agree that being physically active is an important part of leading a vibrant, healthy life, most of us also flounder when it comes to finding the time to do it. Ironically, one of the best and easiest ways to get more active is to be as inefficient as possible. Now, I know all you type-A’s out […]