It’s hard to understand who we really are: what we want, how we feel and why we react as we do. This lack of self-knowledge can be trouble, for it makes us get into the wrong relationships, pick unsatisfactory jobs or spend money unwisely. No wonder Socrates summed up all the counsel of philosophy in just two words: ‘Know Yourself’. -The School of Life

I don’t remember ever having a complete vision for my life. Never locking into the idea of a certain job or industry to work in, where I would live or really what I would be doing…


My Dad, and Son.

I first came across the concept of a teachable moment in a parenting book I read four and a half years ago. It’s something that has stuck with me since, and with two young boys, it’s something that I utilize quite often. The idea is rather basic, recognize the chance explain something, provide details, show (teach!) someone rather than simply go about your day. A teachable moment is the recognition and action upon the opportunity to offer value, rather than an unproductive, ineffective, hallow, lame, pathetic, inadequate or no response at all, almost any scenario situation .These unplanned moments happen…


“Jockey riding horse” by Keith Luke on Unsplash

The derivation of the word “career” dates back to the 16th century, originally meaning “racecourse”, for a wheeled vehicle (wagon at the time) or for a short gallup by a horse. Through time, of course, it’s evolved from Latin, to French and later English, settling on a closer version to what we consider a career today.

From Merriam Webster:
Jousting required knights to ride at full speed in short bursts, and 16th-century English speakers used the noun “career” (from Middle French carriere) to refer to such gallops as well as to the courses knights rode. …


At some point in the last decade, there was a dynamic shift in the amount of time a person had to spend with themselves, introspectively, versus the connected culture of today, primarily in consumption mode. With the ability to stream and scroll so readily available to suck attention from within, the lack of mental capacity for intellection, genuine time to sit with one’s thoughts in reflection and wonderment, has created a fracture in the relationship with our intrinsic selves.

How is it that we can know and understand our natural intentions? What we really care about, and deeply desire to…


Time flies, eh?

How are those New Year Resolutions coming?

I hope you’re crushing it. Me? I can’t believe we’re on the back-end of it already… What have I done so far in 2018?

Sure, I schedule things and can pop into the calendars and check out photos and different time tracking apps and silly tools to see what I did and when, but all this seems to do is make us feel in control of what we’ve been doing with our time.

Well, it is a midsummer, and you can almost feel it, the dog days of August looming…


I’m sure your initial reaction to hearing the word, “wellness” is similar to mine: Food. Health. Vitamins. Candles. Yoga. Acupuncture.

For me, when I dig to a more personal-level,the idea of wellness connects to: feeling good, meditation, hiking, focus, lifestyle, balance, accomplishment and opportunity.

Wellness is a marriage of mental and physical fitness, a sense of productivity and movement that results in an emotionally healthy mindset.

For me, a healthy mindset is a space where I have time to shift between worlds of consumption and creation, input versus output.

A sense of clarity, and a controlled energy of intention to…


The below piece is from a journal written, not so long ago while reflecting on a pivotal moment of uncertainty in my life. Now, as I find myself in another period of unknown, job situation changing, as well as being between homes, I’m searching for the mental thread that gave me a positive and encouraging outlook I need today.

On a day to day basis, the connected dots of one’s life are rarely examined. When a routine is broken, mistakes made, or “luck” strikes, transitions from one thing to the next can be difficult. Besides, “where do I want to…

JeffPossiel

“Writing is like the life of a glacier; one eternal grind.” — John Muir

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