I Am Monkey!


Doug and me…

Welcome to the monkey house!

I’m John and the fuzzy(er) guy is Doug. We’re Gen X monkeys making our own path in life. Gone are the days of working one place your whole life, and retiring with a pension. This has left us Gen Xers (and others too) in treacherous waters.

We bought into the old ways, white picket fence and all. What do we do now, when old models don’t work anymore? We’re glad you asked…

Doug and I are exploring ways to be self sufficient, creating a new career path and sharing what we discover. Along they way we’ll be talking about all things creative, because creativity is the basis for all worthwhile pursuits.

We’re creative problem solvers, and creativity can be applied in most situations. We’re even creative spiritual monkeys… Stay tuned for more about that!

Are you unhappy with you life and/or your career? Follow along with our Finding Your Path In Life Series. In it we present our own story and easy to follow exercises so you can pin down exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life.

So you think Doug is funny? Please. don’t encourage him… Here are the drawings I do of Doug, and the photos that he poses for…

Need help with career decisions? Look no further!

Explore the topics we have listed in our header, above. We add new content almost every day… Ok, six times a week,at least…



Here’s our Linkedin page, in case you need some extra monki-ness to up the creativity quotient of your endeavors. We’ve developed our skills from an eclectic background and a drive to create.

Doug likes Pinterest too, so humor him with a visit…


  1. V.A. Farria · · Reply

    Hi Doug,
    Thank you for visiting and following my blog! I’m going to snoop around your site. it looks like fun.

    Love, light and blessings

    1. Thanks for dropping by! I check my reader often… I’m looking forward to reading your posts.

  2. inkspeare · · Reply

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Best wishes on your exciting journey, and many blessings along the pathway πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! I wish you the same.

  3. so much fun to read!!! and funny and creative πŸ™‚ can’t wait to read more of your posts, thanks for the insightful thoughts and sharing them with us

    1. Thanks for the great feedback! I’m having a lot of fun creating the posts… I’m enjoying looking through your blog as well.

      1. Thanks Doug! I am a rookie but practise sure helps!

  4. Great blog, Doug. I’ve got some reading to catch up on here! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Michael! I’m happy you’re looking it over.

  5. Thanks for checking out our blog (www.The-Coach-Approach.com), Doug!
    Looking forward to reading your posts along the path too πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Doug I found you from reddit! This blog is great!

    1. Thanks! I hesitate to go near Reddit, but give it a try sometimes… I’m not sure it’s my crowd… But at least it led you here! Thanks for following…. I just looked over your blog… Very funny and insightful.

      1. I’m mostly a lurker on Reddit, I just read and don’t reply or post much. Thanks man, I’m not the most experienced at this blogging thing, its my second month but I’m learning slowly lol

      2. Me too! New at blogging, that is. I started September 3rd… I’m still learning as well. It’s fun though.

      3. I started September 2nd! OOOOOOH SHIT, newbie bloggers up in here!

      4. We may be new, but we’re on the fast track to success. Look out Oatmeal!

  7. I’m about to post a picture, dedicated to anyone who has a little monkey inside us…

  8. i'm hot but i'm human · · Reply

    Thanks for the follow Doug! I’ll keep an eye out for your new life explorations.

    1. Thanks for dropping by. I’ll be following along with your blog as well.

  9. GSOH. I like. πŸ™‚ Definitely keen to read about your adventures with spiritual creativity.

    1. Hey Nicholas- I’ll be branching out and writing about this, and other topics, once I finish this series about finding your path in life. Thanks for reading…

  10. Doug and John,

    I have nominated your blog for The Versatile Blog Award : ) To see the post, visit: http://willowscabin.com/2013/10/29/versatile-blogger-award/

    I love “Finding Your Place in Life”! Thank you for sharing your talent!
    Willow ~

  11. Hi John, Hi Doug,
    Thanks for stopping by, glad you liked my post on 666 πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks for stopping by in return!

  12. Hi John (and Doug),

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! And for introducing me to yours – it’s such a creative take on dealing with the questions and struggles of what it is to walk a different path. I am looking forward to following your adventures as you carve out a new path for personal and professional fulfillment.

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Doug and I will keep chipping away at the obstacles on our path and sharing it here.

  13. jharker40 · · Reply

    Great blog! I love your originality, a rare gift in today’s world. Thanks for visiting my blog! You are now being followed by one more person. (Don’t mean to sound as if you have stalkers).

    1. Thanks for stopping by.I’m glad you appreciate my efforts, and the efforts of the monkey…

  14. Hi Doug!

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats! Please follow the link: http://freedomoftheheart.com/2013/11/10/versatile-blogger-award/

    Thank you for being such a source of inspiration and support,

    1. Thank you for the nomination!

      1. Very Welcome Doug! I enjoy your blog! The Monkey is a definitely cool effect πŸ™‚

  15. mentalbarf · · Reply

    hey, thanks for the like.

  16. You guys have got it MADE ! creativity is IT in this new era. As in the Piscean age “time was money” – in the Age of Aquarius – “time is Art” co-creation is what you’re doing. FAB JOB !

    1. Thanks Julie. We’re trying. We just need to figure out which direction to head in…

  17. John, Thank you for the “Like” to my Blog. New to the Blogging arena and have connected with some wonderful people so far. If Doug is reading this, thank him also. I will tap the “follow” button, look forward to ‘which ever direction’ you guys are heading.

    1. Hey Craig- Thanks for stopping by. Doug’s passed out but I’ll pass along your thanks in the morning…

  18. boobooda7 · · Reply

    Doug, there is more to life than the 9 to 5, you are so right on that score. I’ve been blessed at times to have had a true path…and then I’ve had times where I’ve been adrift. Working my way towards creativity and a better life as well. Wish you luck my friend.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck to you, with integrating creativity into your life once again.

  19. Hi Doug, Thanks for stopping by and liking my photo.

    Have a good day.

    1. And the same to you!

  20. Hi John and Doug. So glad to meet you, thank you for liking my post. I like and belive what you said about creativity: creativity is the basis for all worthwhile pursuits. May I quote that on my blog? You are awesome! Have a good day!

    1. Hello! Of course you can quote us… Thanks for stopping by,and nice to meet you as well.

  21. Thanks for my first official WP +like! XD I see you’re a dude after my own creatively-obsessed heart. Happy experimenting, and may you never lack for concepts to toy with. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

  22. andy bray · · Reply

    Hi Doug,

    Thanks for looking at my blog post this week and ‘liking it’. Sounds like you have an amazing journey ahead. Best of luck and look forward to hearing about your journey.

    1. Hey Andy- Thanks for dropping by. I’m trying to get this journey on the road!

  23. Hi doug! Thanks for checking my blog out. Just getting into the blogging game πŸ™‚ should be fun! Your blog seems really interesting and unique πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Darsini- Thanks for stopping by. It is fun, but hard work too. I didn’t know what I was getting in to! I love doing it though…

  24. Thanks to you and Doug for visiting our blog, John. Blogging can be a full time enterprise, that’s for sure. I probably spend at least 4 hours a day working on ours (along with running an etsy shop and a dog boarding business!). Knowing the time consumption I really do appreciate that you took the time to visit us. You have a very cute and inspirational blog. Stay with it!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. The bronze horses in your post caught my eye. I was a bronze caster for many years and still appreciate the medium.

  25. Thanks for stopping by my blog, hope you enjoyed it, I shall be looking around your site and get to know you a little better. Tony

    1. Hey Tony- Thanks for dropping in.

  26. Hi John and Doug, thank you for checking out my blog Starlight Affinity. I appreciate the time you took to visit, and liking my most recent post. As another gen-X’er, I totally relate to the topics on your blog! I’m inspired! Cultivating a spiritual life and meaningful work takes dedication and lots of exploration. Keep up the wonderful work!

    1. Thanks Tina,and thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ll find some useful bit here…

      I see from your Gravatar you’re in AZ. I was only there once… We flew into Phoenix to spend a few days in Jerome. I love it out there!

  27. Hey Doug and John – thank you for stopping by and ‘liking’ my post. I love monkey business – can’t wait to follow your posts!

    1. We get up to plenty of it, monkey business that is… We’re glad you’re coming along with us!

  28. Thank you for visiting my blog recently. I love what you are doing here! I got some good ideas from you manifesting and visualization posts. I look forward exploring your blog more and to seeing more great content from you in the future!

    1. Hi Steve- Thanks for stopping by. I;m glad you found some of our posts useful.

  29. S.D. Kreuz · · Reply

    Love the drawings of Doug. Super cute and imaginative πŸ™‚

  30. Hi John, I have nominated you for the ‘3 for the price of one’ award – Blog of the Year, Lighthouse and Sunshine Awards. You can see the link here: http://qualityofbeing.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/more-awards/

    1. Thank you Penny!

  31. I have nominated you for two awards. Please check:

  32. Merry Christmas John and Doug! Stay creative monkeys!

    1. Thanks! Merry Christmas to you too.

  33. thanks for visiting Belly of a Star Blog. Much appreciated. Cute monkey, I liked your Facebook page, too. πŸ™‚ Much light and many blessings.

  34. Thanks for visiting. Very interesting blog here….

  35. lilly29 · · Reply

    Hi! You and the monkey, makes it look like you guys are fun people to be around. Have a happy monkey new year.

    1. Hey Lilly- Thanks for stopping by. Happy new year to you as well.

  36. hi guys,
    thank you for visiting my blog a liking my poem.
    wish you a lot of power and fun by your creativity

    1. Hi Majka- Thank you, and well wishes to you too.

  37. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking a post!! Love your blog and site–can’t wait to read more!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Welcome to the monkey cage!

  38. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog John πŸ™‚

    Have a nice day.

    1. I enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.

  39. Say hi to doug,thanks a lot for visiting my blog. I enjoyed your story.

  40. I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award. Even if you don’t pass it on, please go to http://seezooeyrun.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/good-day-sunshine/ and read my tribute to your blog~ Cheers, Gail

    1. Thanks Gail! We appreciate the nomination.

  41. Alissa Kirkwood · · Reply

    Your blog is brilliant πŸ˜€ I love it, you’ve got yourself a new follower!

  42. Hey Doug!

    Thanks for stopping at my blog today, I love yours and will be putting you on my weekly read list. For the record. I love monkeys!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by… Doug is a very monkey-ish monkey.

  43. analyticalperspective · · Reply

    I’m glad you found me, Doug…John…monkeys!
    I love your idea, just don’t develop a converging personality πŸ˜‰ I look forward to reading and observing your work.

    1. We already had that… Now we’re diverging again.

  44. Hi Thanks for liking my post on the ant .I like your monkey Doug he’s cool:)Good luck on your blog Guys:). Eat and Be Merry;)From a Gen X Cook

    1. Thanks! Doug and I both love good food…

      1. Food makes the world a better place guys:) Take care

  45. Thanks for stopping by blog.

    Doug is now the wisest monkey I know. Love your sketches of Mr. Fuzzy.

    1. You must know many monkeys then! Doug does try though…

  46. DWPhotoworks · · Reply

    Thanks for dropping by my blog page. I’ll be poking around your page as well. It looks like great fun.

    1. Thanks for stopping by.

  47. […] Doug Does Life – A creative monkey on how to find your path in life […]

    1. Thanks for the award!

  48. Adding a little Sunshine to your day with the Sunshine Award. Details in my post

      1. My pleasure! πŸ™‚

  49. Thanks for taking a look at my page, http://www.sandyshopefulroom.com and my book review on Warrior Mother. I have taken a short poke around your page, but I have a dr appt. I’ll be back to read more of what you have to say. I like your outlook. Tell John I said hello!

    Be blessed

    1. Thanks Sandy- I’m glad you’ll be returning later.

  50. Hello there! Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog! I’m glad I’ve taken a look at yours. I really like what I see here!

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you stopped by.

  51. nicholas marinelli · · Reply

    excellent monkeys

    1. Thank you Nicholas!

  52. Love your blog, I feel the same way. We have to make our way in the world. I love sock monkeys, I was going to insert a photo of me in my hat but it will not let me

    1. Thanks Dill- I see your hat in your Gravatar image… It’s just like mine!

  53. Being a Boomer means I’m looking forward to rocking chair on the porch retirement. NOT! We are never too old to reinvent ourselves. Happy discovering!🐡

    1. Thanks Cricketmuse!

  54. Thanks for visiting my blog. I like yours and will be following as well. I look forward to your posts.

  55. Greetings! Awards time, fellow blogger!
    I nominate you for The Cracking Chrispmouse Bloggywog Award.
    You can check. http://wp.me/p32YrK-1tx for more details.
    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you for the nomination! Doug and I are honored…

  56. nicholas marinelli · · Reply

    extremely cool.

  57. Great site… πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by on my blog πŸ™‚

  58. Greetings! Awards time, fellow blogger!
    I nominate you for Being a Light in the World Award.
    You can check .http://wp.me/p32YrK-JC for more details.
    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you for the award!

      1. You’re most welcome. πŸ™‚

  59. Hi John,

    Thanks for following and supporting my blog. I love your original approach in this blog. Keep up the creativity πŸ™‚

  60. Hi Doug:

    I will be interested in following your posts as you apply your creative problem solving approach to those things we call career and living.
    I wrote a post entitled ‘Freedom’ where I attempted to explain how I finally made my break towards self-sufficiency. And I wrote another post called ‘In the Beginning’ that serves as kind of the run up story to try and explain from a personal perspective of why some of us seem almost predilected to become risk-takers in their pursuit for freedom.

    Best. mexsandalguy

    1. Hey mexsandalguy- Thanks for stopping by. I’ll take a look at your posts… Self sufficiency is something we’re all to have to become familiar with in the future. at least, that’s how it seems to me now.

  61. Hi Doug – thanks for stopping by my blog with an encouraging ‘like’ for my recent post. I love your creative approach to the exploration of the true self. All the best!

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you stopped by.

  62. I love Doug! So cute! Thanks for taking a look at my blog, and for the advice! I look forward to reading your blog!

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

  63. Hello Doug, thanks for your like of my post on materialism and mysticism. Very best wishes, Phil Stanfield

    1. Thanks for stopping by Phil…

  64. Hi Doug! Thanks for stopping by and liking my recent post. Love what you’re doing here.

    1. Thanks Sherrey! I’m glad you stopped by in return…

  65. Hello monkeys!
    Thanks for reaching out into cyber-space with a like for my latest blog post. A new working week has started down here near the bottom of the world (Melbourne, Australia) and I’ve stepped into a gloomy day with morning coffee and a read of Doug-Does-Life. I feel like I’ve just met up with a friend and I’m ready now to launch with positivity into the creativity required to bring my dreams to life today.
    Thank-you, thank-you. I look forward to more chats arriving in my inbox and catching up on what’s here.
    Blessings, Chelle

    1. Hi Chelle- Sorry for taking so long to reply. I’ve been out of town for almost a week.

      I’m glad you found Doug and I to be interesting and maybe a bit helpful. that’s why we write this blog- To inspire others.

      We’ll be back to regular posting starting today, now that we’re back home… Stay tuned!

  66. Cool blog. I like blogs that are so positive!! Looking forward to reading through yours more!! Tina

    1. Thanks Tina- ‘m glad you stopped by.

  67. […] to John and “Doug Does Life”Β for bringing this “quotable” to my […]


    1. Monkey chow for everyone!

  69. Great post – made me smile! Thank you so much for visiting my blog!
    cate b πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks for stopping by Cate!

  70. Thanks for the visit, John and Doug. Best to you and your monkey business.

    1. Thanks Sally!

  71. First time I’ve had time to visit some of my followers, you where one of my first, so dropped in and found your fabalitious blog! Keep up the good work – watch me hit the follow button! πŸ™‚ Mx

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

  72. mrheslop · · Reply

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I like your monkey, and your sweetly anarchic, Gen. X take on modern life!

  73. Thanks for visiting my new blog. Yours is a great read. Cheers!

  74. Hey guys! I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award : ) I love your blog . . . and your inspirational articles! Thank you so much for all that you do! http://willowscabin.com/2014/08/13/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

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