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Mindfulness and Marketing: A Conversation

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If you are old enough, or you’ve studied advertising, you were raised on the seductive lure of appealing to people’s fears: fears of not being included, of not being good enough, of being lazy or dumb, etc. It’s a list without end. Historically, this approach works. I really understand the vulnerability that comes from wanting to be a better version of myself than my inner critic thinks I am. It makes me vulnerable to promises made by marketers. Reality Check: How many un-opened [webinars, ebooks, tutorials] do you have on your computer or falling down into the depths of your Inbox? Read More

Do Your Goals Help You Feel Better or Worse?

goal post on a beach

A key element of doing social business mindfully, is the art of filtering. Social media, almost by definition, is about making noise! But in reality, noise does not create or foster relationships, which to me is key in using social for business. So when it comes to determining how you want to use social media, one place to start is in setting personal and authentic goals. These goals serve as a first round filter, to help you focus on A and B, so you can ignore C-Z. But there’s an art to setting goals, as those goals can build you up or take your down. Read More

Tell Me Your Interest in Silent Retreats

Sunrise Silhouette by Lee Scott on Unsplash

One of my all time favorite things to do is to go on retreat. If it’s a silent retreat? All the better!

I’ve given a few one day consciousness retreats, attended many silent retreats, and have done years and years of coaching on topics ranging from health, self esteem, spirituality, and of course web work and social media too. So I approach this idea as a geek, as a lover of consciousness, and as a person with literally decades of experience as a workshop leader and trainer.

Still, while I’ve led over 100 five-day trainings that I planned and executed solo, I am new to leading mindfulness and silent retreats. I have so much more respect for what it actually takes to create and facilitate a meaningful experience in this day and age of your brilliance, curiosity, and the pressures and preciousness of your time. So I’ve put together a brief survey to learn more about you and your interests.

Here’s What I Have in Mind

I envision a luxurious location with access to nature, simple and delicious food, and creature comforts for allowing your body to rest. I am thinking a minimum of three days and a max of five, for starters. Rest, music, movement, and writing will be core elements of the nurturing in addition to a commitment to personal silence. All activities are optional. It is a dogma-free zone, designed to give you private access to your own divine nature. The structure will be light-hearted, creating an environment of ease and at times even playfulness, allowing you to explore the inner depth of your choice. Read More

Launching the TEDxAIR Program, with Shane Robinson

Shane Robinson, TEDxAIR Honolulu artist

When Shane and I moved Bare Feet Studios to Hawai‘i, we were an easy-to-understand web company. We built web databases, designed blogs, set up podcasts, offered SEO services, and helped our clients craft digital strategy to grow their businesses.

But Hawai‘i has a way of seeping into your soul, calling forth desires and ideas that may not fit into neat little boxes. For the past few years we’ve added numerous skillsets and interests to our “studios” concept, keeping our “bare feet” vibe of staying connected and adventurous, soaking up the comfort and creativity that Hawai‘i offers.

All of which led to Shane being invited to be one of the first seven TEDx Artists in Residence. Shane talked more about the TEDxAIR program on his art blog. Read More

To Do and Forget: Managing the Incomings with Todoist

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Todoist Review

I’ve been using Todoist to help me manage my to do list. A key part is being able to capture things so I can forget about them until they are relevant.

I am the lucky winner of a life that involves managing or participating in many different projects, and many different styles of projects. I’ve noticed that just keeping track of the ideas and the assignments had become a stressor extraordinaire. I love and use Basecamp for a few of my “top level” projects, as I can track or organize my diverse assets, messaging, and assignments there.

But for all the other stuff — the messy stuff that is sometimes work-related, sometimes dream-related, and often just plain personal — I was as much a mess as my list was. I was using a combination of Reminders on my iPhone/Mac (love the syncing and easy access while out and about) or scraps of paper (yes, old school, yet super fast when I’m on the phone or something), and god forbid, some things were left in email limbo.

Yes, all that is a little embarrassing to admit in public.

But not enough to stop me from sharing Todoist. Read More