The Importance of Narrative

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The stories we tell to ourselves and each other matter a lot.  I don’t know where I read it, but I remember coming across research that said humans’ thought processes evolved first and foremost to win arguments rather than to understand the world for exactly how it is.  In that sense, our minds are more political than they are scientific.

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Portland, Oregon-based Flannel Guy ROI is a working dude and family man that likes flannel shirts and wants to achieve financial independence a little sooner than most, particularly by making smart spending decisions and living intentionally. 

His overall idea is to look at spending decisions as investments: what decisions will return the most value to you over time? 

Each scenario is evaluated over a 10-year horizon with the following summary statistics:

Present value – what is the total value of your investment and expected returns in today’s dollars?
Return on investment (ROI) – how much of your original investment will you make back?
Payback period – how long will it take you to recoup your original investment?

Learn more at www.flannelguyroi.com

The Ultimate Question: What is Enough?

“Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.” ~Epicurus

Freddy Ehlers, Ecuadorian Minister of Buen Vivir, sat across the table from me at breakfast. I ate with not only Freddy; but also Bill and Lynne Twist, two of the co-founders of the Pachamama Alliance; and Freddy’s personal videographer, Enrique—not bad company.

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Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, Pachamama Alliance programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. www.pachamama.org
 

10 Ways to Stop Being So Mean to Yourself

by Christine Arylo and Amy Ahlers

We’ll never forget the day when we realized that we had a mean girl living inside our heads. Just like a mean girl on the playground, she could make us feel left out, lonely, and like we didn’t belong. Or like the mean girls we had encountered in our corporate jobs, manipulative and competitive, our Inner Mean Girls loved to drive us to work really hard (to the point of exhaustion), compare us to people who were ‘farther ahead,’ and make us keep adding more to our already full plates.

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Amy Ahlers, the Wake-Up Call Coach and bestselling author, is on a mission to stop women from being so darn hard on themselves. Since 2000, she has been an International Certified Success Coach, the CEO of Wake-Up Call Coaching, and co-founder of Inner Mean Girl Reform School with Christine Arylo, Visionary Ignition Switch with Lissa Rankin, and Find Your Calling with Lissa Rankin and Martha Beck. Her newest passion is supporting moms to embrace the whole truth of motherhood, messiness, and magic with the Mama Truth Circle.

Amy has been a featured expert on lots of TV & radio shows, and for media outlets like ABC, FOX, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. She loves lighting up the stage at events where she wakes people up to the voice of their Inner Wisdom and helps them cultivate the courage to act on it. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter, inspiring women to find the everyday sacred.

Her first book, Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves: Ditch your Inner Critic and Wake Up Your Inner Superstar (New World Library, 2011), shot up to #1 in several categories on Amazon, including Self-Help, Happiness, and Self-Esteem. Her next book,  Reform Your Inner Mean Girl: 7 Steps to Stop Bullying Yourself and Start Loving Yourself, she co-wrote with Christine Arylo and is due out in April of 2015 from Beyond Words.

A 2010 recipient of the Women Who Dare Award from Girls Inc., she holds a BA from the University of California, earned the CPCC designation from The Coaches Training Institute, and is a Master Coach Equivalent. Amy is known best for her unconditional love, relentless enthusiasm, and kick ass truth telling. You can often find Amy in the San Francisco Bay Area holding hands with her husband, Rob, as they run after their firecracker daughters, Annabella and Evie Rose.

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09/04/2016
Intro: The stories we tell to ourselves and each other matter a lot.  I don’t know where I read it, but I remember coming across research that said humans’ thought processes evolved... read more
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“Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.” ~Epicurus Freddy Ehlers, Ecuadorian Minister of Buen Vivir, sat across the table from me at breakfast. I ate with not only... read more
extremely upset woman screaming
05/09/2015
by Christine Arylo and Amy Ahlers We’ll never forget the day when we realized that we had a mean girl living inside our heads. Just like a mean girl on the playground, she could make us feel left... read more
Sepia tone of woman reading a book on the beach.
09/04/2016
Intro: The stories we tell to ourselves and each other matter a lot.  I don’t know where I read it, but I remember coming across research that said humans’ thought processes evolved... read more
black and white image of women with shopping bags in front of sign SALE
07/24/2016
“Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.” ~Epicurus Freddy Ehlers, Ecuadorian Minister of Buen Vivir, sat across the table from me at breakfast. I ate with not only... read more
extremely upset woman screaming
05/09/2015
by Christine Arylo and Amy Ahlers We’ll never forget the day when we realized that we had a mean girl living inside our heads. Just like a mean girl on the playground, she could make us feel left... read more