Who I Met Today

Everyone has a story – Collecting & sharing interesting info, life lessons, & fun things to see & do from the wonderful people in our world

Category Self Study

Max Hawkins – Randomizing His Life

I suppose I always think it is the older folks who get stuck, slip into a rut, and need to reboot their lives. Those people tired of their 9-5 commitments and finished raising their kids and wondering how much longer they have to find their passions. Or those who are just plain bored. And then I met Max Hawkins. From outward appearances, the methodical twenty-something seemed to live in a

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Judy Freedman – Loneliness To Loveliness

Perhaps you’ve read about negativity bias – the human brain’s tendency to focus on what is wrong in our life, rather than what is right. Some days, I fall squarely into this pattern.  I fixate on the silly remark I made to a friend – replaying it over and over again – and completely forget about the many things I managed to do well.  Judy Freedman has completely revamped the

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Kathy Schultenover – Book Club Enthusiast

One of the things I missed most about leaving Houston was my monthly book club meeting.   Our group was much more than lively conversation, often on topics far beyond the book we were meeting to discuss.  Book club prompted me to read books I might not normally choose and to explore topics I may not dig into on my own.  It forced me out of my box. Parnassus Books,

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Ryan Black – Tai Chi

A hard-nosed, young Navy diver, Ryan Black was assigned to deep sea salvage and rescue missions in southern Japan.  While stationed in the country, he set his sights on learning kendo, the sword fighting martial art.  However, when he went calling at the kendo temple, he was informed –  and not at all politely – the group did not care to have an outsider in their midst. Not one to

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Dr. Bill Bellet – Happy Self and Relationships

Personal happiness is a hot topic these days.  We can find loads of books and podcasts on the subject. Checklists abound for what we need to do to be happy – count our blessings, get plenty of sleep, meditate, go to church, keep our homes organized.  According to Dr. Bill Bellet, many of us work WAY too hard at seeking happiness.  Chatting in his Nashville office, I get the slightly

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Dr. Bill Bellet – A Positive Perspective Exercise

The 21-day project, outlined by Dr. Bill Bellet, seems simple enough.  Perform four, relatively easy, tasks each day.  If you skip one of the assignments for the day, you must start over with the entire three-week cycle. Helpful to clients in Dr. Bellet’s Nashville clinical and organizational psychology practice, this “challenge” is composed of four daily components.   Every day, for three weeks, you: Write down three things you are

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Mo Houston – Walking The Camino De Santiago

Boarding a flight to Madrid, Mo Houston shoved her only piece of luggage, a backpack weighing less than 18 pounds, in the overhead bin. Carefully packed and meticulously arranged, it contained 2 changes of clothes, a pair of shoes, flip flops, a rain suit, a head lamp, bandana, and not much else.  These were her supplies for the next month. For hundreds of years, people have journeyed to the Apostle

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My New Thing For Today Project

Two years ago today, on my 57th birthday, I embarked on a project. I pledged to do one new thing – every single day –  for the next year.  As it turned out, one year of novel activities, both large and small, rolled into two years of something new every day.  Now, 730 days later, I realize what a gift my experiment turned out to be. Just as my grown sons

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Lauren Lowe – Full-Time Attorney, Part-Time Tarot Reader

Tarot card readings?  I think of women in flowing robes. Heaps of bracelets on their arms and rings on every finger. Giving off touchy-feely vibes in candlelit rooms and making predictions about the future I’d rather not hear. “Not necessarily so,” says Lauren Lowe.  Many people believe tarot readers, with magical powers, peer into the great unknown and advise us what to do or not do.  Their actual task is

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Sandi Swiridoff and Reagandoodle – Bringing Awareness and Support to Foster Care

In a world where the daily news brings horrific headlines and distress at a pretty steady clip, Sandi Swiridoff finds a way to warm hearts and make people laugh out loud.  Just when you think there can’t possibly be anything cuter than the puppy’s antics in her imaginative photographs, she adds a towheaded, bespectacled little boy to the mix.    Capturing beautiful moments between the two, she had no idea

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