A Month of Writing to my Brother

Bay of Fundy Coast

Scenery near where my brother lives (I took this when visiting him about a month after we finished writing to each other).

Last Christmas, a gift that I received from one of my brothers was an offer to do one of my upcoming month projects with me. I accepted, and we did something together in April.

Since my brother lives a 16 hour drive from me, it had to be something that didn’t require us to be in the same location. My brother had a few other conditions also, one of them being that what we decided to do couldn’t affect his family (he was volunteering only himself – not them also).

Here’s the list of ideas that we came up with together: [Read more...]

A Month of Singing

Black 3D Music NoteI’ve never been able to carry a tune, and have always been terrified of anyone hearing me sing. Those facts, along with some of my experiences at the Inner Journey Seminar, made me decide to take singing lessons for the month of March.

Near the beginning of the month I recorded this video on a karaoke website to document where I was at at the time (I know, it’s pretty bad, but looking back I actually did alright with hitting some of the notes in the chorus!): [Read more...]

Inner Journey Seminar Review

Spiral Shell

At the end of February I did a 3.5 day personal development “retreat” (*) called the Inner Journey Seminar which is designed to stretch/grow participants in all directions. I found it highly worthwhile and will explain a bit about my experience here.

The Basics

On my Inner Journey (IJ) retreat there were 14 people: 6 men, and 8 women. There was also a staff of I think about 30 supporting us who were almost all volunteers.

We lived (slept overnight) at the retreat location for the 3.5 days. It’s an intense and experiential retreat; there’s not much sitting back listening to talks. Most of the time, we were actively participating in a diverse range of activities.

For more detail on what it’s all about I suggest reading this page which explains it better than I can.

What I Can & Can’t Explain

Before I tell you about my experience, let me explain [Read more...]

A Month of Therapy & “Inner Journey”

Lucy the therapist (from Peanuts)

In February I did some inner work on myself, which consisted of therapy (I visited a counselor a few times), and a 3.5 day retreat called the “Inner Journey Seminar”. I’ll describe the therapy below and the Inner Journey in a separate blog post (coming soon).

Why Therapy?

I’ve been considering therapy for many years, but never done it due to the cost, and because I was reluctant to admit that I might need it. [Read more...]

A Month of ? And a New Schedule

Schedule IconUnfortunately, for reasons that I can’t explain, I can’t explain what my official “month project” was for January.

So instead, I’ll explain something else that I did in January: I changed my work schedule. That may not sound exciting, but it significantly improved my quality of life.

I’ve been working from home for years, and with the exception of occasional meetings or emergencies, I have complete freedom over when I work.  I’ve never [Read more...]