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The Happiness of Pursuit

logoI had the most enjoyable evening at the Chris Guillebeau book signing event (Sept. 30, 2014). First of all, the book store hosting the event is located in the psychedelic Haight/Ashbury area of San Francisco. And it truly lives up to its groovy reputation.

I enter the quaint book store and instantly feel the positive energy that can only come from a gathering of “Questers” (People who are on personal “quests” to bring fulfilment into their lives.) While anxiously awaiting the arrival of Chris Guillebeau, Questers are exchanging stories of wild adventures and exotic travels. It’s quite thrilling hearing all these amazing and inspiring stories… And just when  I thought it couldn’t get any better,  someone brought treats!

I take my seat and immediately begin talking to the guy next to me. David is his name. He’s this really cool guy from Ireland.  He’s a traveller, and has already visited 61 countries. I asked him what motivated him to start travelling, and he replied, “Well… When you’re stuck on an island, all you want to do is ‘go'”. I love his answer.

An extremely friendly and funny guy seated behind me was this young kid (early 20’s) who happened to be a travel hack guru. I didn’t know much about travel hacking, if I’m to be honest, but man, did I learn a lot! (Travel hacking is basically the art of racking up points with various companies. These points can then be used to book hotels, pay for plane tickets, rent cars, and much more!)

Chris Guillebeau, author of “The Art of Non-Conformity”, “The $100 Start-up”, and most recently,  “The Pursuit of Happiness” is a quester’s guru. He’s travelled to every country in the world. He inspires and motivates through his books, his blog, and by example.

In his latest book, “The Pursuit of Happiness”, Chris shares stories and lessons from his travels and from other questers he’s met along the way. The moment you start reading this book you are instantly inspired to pursue your happiness.

I encourage you to check out his blog if you’re longing for some inspiration.  ChrisGuillebeau.com


Two Rock Bands, A Drug Bust, A Road Trip, & Vegas… Finally, I’m Inspired.

So, it’s been a while since my last blog post. Truth be told, I haven’t been feeling very adventurous lately. Therefore, no anecdotes to tell. I work part time at a department store, and quite honestly it is the last place I would ever think of when I think “inspiration”. But it happened. Twice! 

On two separate occasions I spoke with customers who really got me out of this funk. The first guy was buying a suit.  I asked him if it was for a small special occasion. He said he was actually going on a 28 day road trip,  and the adventure was to end in Vegas. They wanted to get all decked out for Vegas… Hence, the suit.

The moment I heard “road trip” my ears perk up. I was instantly hooked. We talked a bit more about our various travels,  and he just reminded me why I started this blog, and why I want to go after my dreams of seeing the world and meeting new & different people. This guy really spoke to my spirit. It was all I could do to keep from begging if I could join their posse. But I refrained. The inspiration was enough. But we talked about making time to see the world, and creating special moments with friends. It was a great conversation. Really inspirational.

Now, the second guy I met inspired me with a completely different type of story… This customer bought a heavy full-length coat in the middle of June. So, I asked him where he was going that he needed such a heavy coat. He said he was in a band and it gets pretty cold late at night when he’s performing on stage. I asked about his band, and he asked me if I heard of the group “Sublime”. I said,  “Forgive my ignorance.  I’ve heard the name, but I can’t remember any songs.” To which he said, “You probably on heard the name because of TMZ.”

“No. I don’t watch that show. Why were you on TMZ?”

This customer goes on to tell me the funniest Rock ‘not Roll story ever! Apparently, Sublime was touring with Linkin Park.  After a show Linkin Park was resting in their hotel room while Sublime was “relaxing” in their hotel room (with some pot). Supposedly, Linkin Park didn’t like the aroma wafting from Sublime’s room and called the cops. Sublime was pissed when the cops took their pot away.

Now, I’m not condoning illegal drug use, but what a great rock ‘n roll story!


This Is A Story About Control…

Working out to some old school Janet Jackson this morning when her song, “Control”, started erupting through my ear buds.  I’m still a huge Janet fan, but this song in particular always gets me motivated.  What I love about this song is that it is a Declaration!  


“This is a story about Control.  My Control.  Control of what I say.  Control of what I do.

And this time I’m gonna do it my way.”


She knew what she wanted to do, how she wanted to live, how she wanted to be treated, and she declared it in this song.  Nobody was going to tell her what to do or how to live.  She controlled her career, her personal life, and her joys.  She didn’t rely on anyone else to make her happy.  Nor did she work her ass off to make someone else’s dreams come true.  She knew what it was going to take to achieve her goals.  She declared it.  And she went after her dreams!

I believe it is important to declare our dreams, our goals.  Write them down.  Make your ideas and thoughts tangible so you can see them on daily basis.  Declare who you are, how you want to live, what you want to do, and what you’re willing to do to achieve your goals.  You must be clear and specific.  You must work at it everyday.  And never take your eyes off your prize for you may find yourself working you ass off for someone else.  

This song, “Control”, motivates me to stay focused on my goals.  This song encourages me to live my dream life.

What is your declaration?  What are your goals?  What are your dreams?  Are you living your dreams?  I want to know.  I hope I’ve encouraged you to go after your dreams!  Please feel free to tell what you’re doing to accomplish your plans.  I’d love to hear from you.