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Catching Up Day.

A living cell requires energy not only for all its functions, but also for the maintenance of its structure.  ~Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Doug thought we should spend some time working on our foundation today, instead of writing a new post. I agreed with him… Our blog is growing much quicker than I expected. I wanted to […]

Gratitude Is The New Monkey Attitude.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. ― Epicurus Gratitude is saying thank you and meaning it… It’s a mindset that feeds our talents and enriches our lives. You can feel gratitude for anything and […]

Monkeys In the classroom?!

Confronting the unknown and dealing with discomfort is how growth happens. It’s not something humans (and monkeys) naturally enjoy, but it’s a necessary part of learning and becoming the best monkey you can be. Doug and I left our soul sucking municipal hell job to pursue contentment on a path of our own choosing. While […]

Climbing A Different Tree…

The unknown is a scary place. We build it up in our imagination, telling ourselves that we’ll fail, we’ll look stupid, or we won’t know what to do. Basically, the unknown is a giant bogeyman upon which our inner critic can project our fears. Doing something new, or even the thought of it, often paralyzes […]

Monkeys To The Rescue!

It’s a great feeling to finally know what you want to be when you grow up. It took me 42 years, but I think I’m ready to move out of Mom’s basement (just kidding, my mom has passed on to monkey Nirvana, and she didn’t have a basement). At the rate I’m going, I should […]

Be Brave, Little Monkey.

Following your path is frightening as much as it is exciting. Using your skills and talents to improve your life takes determination and courage. Everyone has a talent that they can be using to live a happier, fulfilled life. But it’s easier to sit back and dream about “one day” when everything will be better, […]

Am I Going In The Right Direction?

Monkeys are not known for being systematic and organized. Anyone who poops in their hand to throw it at a frustration clearly has not thought the process through… It’s time to review what we’re learned about ourselves and our desires. There’s more work to be done, but a bit of pulling together and distilling of […]

Whatcha Got Already?- Part 2

Doug and I now have a list of our skills and abilities, and have defined ourselves as a “thinker who creatively defines solutions”. To inspire connection creation and uncover potential future paths, we’re taking each skill and thinking about how we can turn it into a career. We’re not trying to plot out any paths […]

Whatcha Got Already?

Today, Doug and I are taking stock of the skills and abilities we already possess. We’re making a list of current skills, and will look at them with a fresh mindset. This list won’t tell us much about our future path, but it will show us where we’ve been, and where we’ve expended our efforts. […]

Imagine You…

What would we be doing in life if reality wasn’t in the way? This is what Doug and I are thinking about. If money wasn’t an issue, and we could just do and be what we wanted, what would that picture look like? Certainly it wouldn’t look like our last “career”, driving around with a […]