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Our Resident Merchant Marine on Bushido

One of the things that's been really cool for me here at the blog is watching the crowd that hangs out here develop.

The big thing I set out to do with the site was create a place I'd want to hang out online. I hang out at some pretty good places, but I wasn't able to find anywhere that was unabashedly pro-victory, pro-winning, very expansive, practical, pragmatic, and says it like it is. There's plenty of places with good people online, but not too many where people are willing to take the heat for saying it like it is. I try to do that - say it like it is, even though you sometimes suffer for it.

The community's really responded - I think there's a lot of people who've been looking for something like this. I know I searched for it, couldn't find it, and that's why I started building. So it's been thrilling having all sorts of smart people write great letters and emails to me, great comments, great stuff happening.

I love it, I feel so blessed. The site's my site - it's got my name on it. But the community can transcend that, and that's why I'm so thrilled that I can feature great comments and letters.

One such talented person is Jess, our resident merchant marine. She's left a number of really insightful comments, and it's a joy to read her thoughts. She's talented writer and talented thinker. Here's some of her latest insights from a letter, reposted with permission -

Invest in Your Self and Don't Negotiate

On Life, Happening Now

There has been so much momentum, inspiration and growth just over the first 14 days of this #the100dayproject that today I take a break! I am completely exhausted from the "aspiring" portion of this phrenology diagram. Half-marathon training, and all this self-awareness and exponential growth - spiritual, physical, relational and emotional. I'm spent! Today I retreat into the domestic and creative depths of my mind, trusting that my active subconscious will go to work on all the information I've been researching, transform it into inspiration, and deliver it to me in power-packed motivation!

The balance of all our parts is so integral. As we approach burnout, our creativity will begin to run dry and we should seek recharge in creative perceptives, emotional nourishment, loving relationship, or spiritual reflection. Tonight, I've got some smooth R&B tunes on repeat, a nice glass of cab, a foam roller and some stretching to do. And later I plan on turning on a ridiculous comedy to watch as I drift into the domestic comfort of self-love and appreciation.

The balance of all parts of our self is so integral to the creation of a well-rounded and healthy state of being. Non-negotiable self care pays us back with inspiration and motivation ten-fold. Take the time to invest in yourself.

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