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I saw Courtney's talk live and her magnetism and impact loses nothing in the recording. You have to create a great connection to make that happen!
 
Maybe you already heard that +Courtney Carver's SimpleREV 2015 talk, The #BusyBoycott ,  is live on YouTube. But if you didn't know or haven't watched the quick 12 minutes yet ... we highly recommend it!

Our favorite part – although it's hard to pick – is when she told us, "When you live or work outside of your heart, there will always be a break-up, a break-down, or both."

You're amazing, Courtney!
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I'm digging this new Parents Who Podcast from +Sarah Wehkamp and +Christopher Wehkamp. And my favorite episode so far is this one about simplifying birthday parties.

There's some serious goodness packed into about twelve minutes and Sarah's honesty about making a cake for her boys’ five-year birthday party was refreshing.

I really resonated with just wanting plain and simple – just straight up vanilla or chocolate without the fixins’ – but then thinking, “What are other parents going to believe about me not going all-out for my kids?” They ended up doing what their kids wanted and everyone won.

You'll get some social commentary in this show, but not the standard "judge-y" kind in a lot of parenting circles. Kudos are in order for their words on external expectations, social norms, and our own internal pressure as parents.
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I've been committed to a goal setting and action plan for the past five years and it's made a world of difference. However, I don't know what sets successful entrepreneurs apart like +John Lee Dumas of EOFire does.

Thankfully, John has this groovy new Kickstarter campaign going for #TheFreedomJournal and it might help you set and accomplish your biggest goal(s) in the next 100 days. Who needs a whole year, eh?
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What do you do when it seems like all people want in their social media streams are images and you'd rather connect with audio or text? Is there still room for real engagement over shares without some kind of visual appeal?
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Boy, I hope so, Joel.
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+Jon Acuff had the opening keynote for World Domination Summit 2015 and it was a great combination of humor, insight, and vulnerability. His video is now live and the message to you and me was (I'm paraphrasing):

"Don't try to do so much and be a hero all the time!" and "Just because you can monetize doesn't mean you have to."

Jon's a master speaker and had people hanging on his words. The whole thing is great, however I most recommend time stamp 17:33 - 20:24. Here are a couple of quotes to give you context:

"That's the thing about dreams. You're only a verse in a long song and you don't get to see it completed until other people finish it for you ... Will I face the fear of today or the regret of forever?"

"If you're having trouble finding your voice, feed it some time ... My third grade daughter said, 'Dad ... why would you ever do something just for money? You already have some.' And I love that word – some. Kids think you need some money. Adults think you need enough money ... And what you learn is that enough's not going to come. And sometimes, when you get more money, it costs you your voice."

"Can I pay you not to write about the thing you love?" (Context: people chasing traffic and money because they focus on what "works," not what they love).
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How are you simplifying or building community this week?

Me? Oh. Well ... I'm working on a SimpleREV-wide survey, recording a podcast episode about bringing people together, and enjoying sun-filled snuggles with my dog and son in the grass.
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I just created my Nerd Fitness epic quest character and am simply in awe at what +Steve Kamb and Team NF have built. So ... are you going to turn your life into a super sweet role playing game, too?

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2016/01/18/create-your-free-nerd-fitness-character-now/

FYI: I'll add more quest categories and specific quests under the existing ones in the coming weeks and months.
I help create simple-living communities, podcast about smart and simple matters, and get you excited about spreadsheets.
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The +Simple REV team is giving their email subscribers an exclusive March 9-13 window to get a ticket to the SimpleREV 2016 event in Minneapolis on September 16-17. If you'd like a chance at one of the twenty-five tickets they have available, subscribe now.

Also, please share the news with any person or group that might want to get in on two days at the crossroads of #simplicity and #community.
Join thousands of others on the SimpleREV email newsletter for the first shot at future event tickets. You’ll also get insider access to the crossroads of community and simple living, plus the chance to shape SimpleREV from the ground up.
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How to Be Alive, +Colin Beavan's great new book, is now available – and so is my Smart and Simple Matters podcast chat with him about it. When you listen, you'll learn about:

* How to help people wake the heck up to their personal power (and what happens when we do).
* How the “monk and the merchant” paradox applies to you.
* How to participate in an eco-Sabbath – No Impact Project style.
* The false separation between being self-centered and other-oriented.
* How to save yourself to save the world, and save the world to save yourself.
* Why some people can’t be at peace until everyone has a good life.
* Why social security can be more important than Social Security.
* How to teach third-graders (or anyone, really) how to recycle.
* What a life-quester is and how to become one.
* Two major blocks that stop us from making positive change in the world.

Enjoy!
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I'm going to use the free Live Your Legend Goal Setting and Action Workbook for the 6th straight year. And get started before 2016.

What resource(s) do you use for goal setting or resolutions?
I am currently in Boca Raton, Florida on day 3 of a 6-day Tony Robbins event. Scott and I attended a different event of Tony’s about 8 years ago that drastically changed the trajectory of our lives. It caused us to look at the world and our paths in a completely new way, to focus on the few things we can control (our thoughts, how we treat others, our contributions to the world, etc.) and to be intentional with our actions rather than just being...
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The sunrise just stunned me into submission. Initially crimson with pink hues, fading into brilliant orange with pockets of light blue, and then peach with some purple overtones.

I didn't take a picture because I couldn't. I was simply possessed watching it develop. Nature ... you're the best!
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Love it! :)
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This is the only SimpleREV 2015 event podcast episode recap you're going to get (at least from a co-host and co-organizer perspective). If you've been curious about our participants, what we did for two days in Minneapolis, and what it takes to run a bootstrapped, non-commercial, sponsor-free event … well, I gotcha covered.

Some of the stories are "You gotta be kidding me!" types. But fifty-four other simple-living enthusiasts will tell you it all went down like I described it.

Enjoy the feature-length listen!
SimpleREV 2015 brought 55 simple-living enthusiasts together and the impact was big. Discover why we loved sticking 241 Post It Notes on a wall (and what we did with them), how one small clothes donation quickly changed a family's life, why you can't get a positive answer from a negative question, and the #1 thing that our participants wanted at SimpleREV 2015.
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Thanks for the HT +Joel Zaslofsky! Glad the The Power of Participation was so helpful for this event.
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I'm just a simple-living, community-building, convention-breaking dude who loves walking on frozen lakes. I'm also a father, husband, atheist, experimenter, and obsessive spreadsheet creator.
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I help create simple-living communities through SimpleREV, podcast about smart and simple matters, wrote the book on Experience Curating, and get you excited about spreadsheets. Let’s explore how to live intentionally, build authentic relationships, and have tons of gratitude. (No prior experience is required.)

And to discover more about me in 10 minutes than it would otherwise takes years to uncover, check out my Personal User Guide.
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    Communications, 1997 - 2001
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