Category Archives for "Happiness"
January 4, 2017
Location: sitting on my couch watching Better Caul Saul on NetFlix in my villa in Bali, Indonesia
Time: 7:51 pm
So it’s the 4th day of the New Year and all over Facebook you are seeing people posting about their “New Year, New Me” and all kinds of Resolutions…
This is pretty normal if you pay any attention to trends over the years. People get all jacked up and excited about the New Year and have all these crazy cool plans to be the best version of themselves for the New Year.
Hell, I wrote about it in 2011 lol… (You can check it out here –> New Year Activity To Find Your Core Identity, it will open in a new tab)
But, what happens after the drunken stupor from New Years Eve is over? It tends to be back to reality, right…
yeah, I know. The tequila was flowing and those dreams you want to happen just happened to spit out un-filtered. Gotta love the filter eliminator…
Okay so now it’s time for reality to kick in…
It’s time to get real.
Time to actually figure out what your dream life honestly looks like, and plan some action steps to building that life you have always dreamt about, but never wanted to tell anyone about.
Stop what you’re watching on tv, listening to on the radio, tweeting about, or whatever the current distraction is in your life.
and grab a piece of paper and a pencil.
…but Chris, I don’t want to.
Shutup past you. Just do it.
It’s a new year. It’s time for that new you that you’ve always dreamed about…and sometimes it takes some tough love to bring that guy/girl out.
Okay, so now that you have that pen and paper… you’re done!!! You win!
Your dream life is now a reality. You are now a millionaire who lives in the house you’ve always wanted and has the life that you’ve only ever dreamed about.
haha, yeah right.
We know its not that easy.
when you read that, did you think of anything? Maybe about the type of house you are living in now, the type of car you drive, the type of relationship you have, maybe the type of person you became?
There’s a good chance you didn’t. . .
but there’s also a chance you did.
For those of you who immediately thought of something, write this stuff down RIGHT AWAY.
For those of you who didn’t, don’t worry…most people don’t actually know what they want in life.
Only dogs really know what they want… these are 3 puppies that my girlfriend Sam and I were foster parents for for 3 weeks here in Bali…
I mean, all they wanted was food, water, shelter and a whole lotta lovin.. (Dukes front-left, Ernie’s in the back, and Gruber on the right)’
Now us humans on the other hand… we’re a little more complicated… and that SUCKS.
Or does it?
Well, honestly. I think it’s awesome because we have the ability to create the exact life we want.
The problem is that no one ever thinks about what it is that they want. They simply go with the flow, just doing what they’re told, day in and day out.
But what if life didn’t have to be this way?
Oh man, Chris. You’re a weirdo.
haha I know, it’s great.
Ok. Here’s where the fun begins.
On the paper you grabbed earlier, you’re going to write out “BE, DO, HAVE” in big lettering and leave some spaces underneath. Ideally you will have 3 separate pieces of paper, one for each of those words.
Weird uncomfortable moment time…
Under the “BE” category.
Who do you want to be?
When you’re brushing your teeth in the morning and staring yourself in the eyes… or looking at your sexy body… who do you want to be when you look yourself in the mirror?
This can be a very uncomfortable thing. But it doesn’t have to be.
Here’s a starter for you..
The beauty of this activity is that no one need to see this. For all I care you could put “the ability to drink tequila without losing all my clothes”. Seriously, it’s up to you. It’s your life.
You can honestly put anything. I really need to hammer this home, because this is your life. Want to be an author? Fuck it! Write it down!
Want to be fluent in another language? Write it down!
Go crazy with this! It’s your life! You could even write “The greatest pizza grenade launching champion of Eastern Europe” if that’s a real thing, I want to try it.
…okay, next step!
What do you want to do?
Want to become the “greatest pizza grenade launching champion of Eastern Europe”? Guess what, that’s something you can do! Well, it might not be. I’m still not sure, I just hope you’re getting the general idea here.
These are the things you want to do with your life.
Always wanted to see The Empire State Building? Write it down.
Always wanted to dive with sharks? Write it down.
(I highly recommend diving with sharks, it was one of the coolest experiences of my life, here’s the video of it Stuart’s Cove Shark Dive in Nassau, Bahamas )
This is the stuff you’ve always wanted to do. Scared someone might see the list? Do it while they’re asleep. Seriously. Write out everything you’ve ever wanted to do. It’s important, so you have something to plan out!
Now this is one of the things that once people see what it is they thought that they would like to have, they’re usually like “oh shit man, I’m crazy”…
and that’s awesome.
It’s good to be a little bit crazy.
But writing it all out allows you to calculate the exact costs of having every single thing on your “have” list.
If you don’t write it out, you’ll never create a plan to have it….and then when you’re all old and dying you’ll think to yourself “damnit, Chris was right… I should have done the activity he told me to”
So, what do you want to have?
Want a Ferrari? Write it down!
Who gives a shit what other people think about what you want. It’s your life remember. You get to choose what it is you want to have.
Want to own your own winery? Write it down!
Hell, when you own your own winery send me a bottle or invite me to visit it and we can sip on some wine while discussing how awesome life is.
Another thing is that most people don’t know what they want to have. One piece of advice is to think about all the stuff you’ve always dreamed about having and looking at it online to see if its still something you would be interested in. Maybe as a kid you wanted to have your own jetski…
It’s your life, so honestly I don’t know what you want. Only YOU can choose it…
that sentence reminds me of those Smokey The Bear commercials that were on TV when I was a kid… Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires.
As a kid I used to always think “yeah, and I can start them too!”… but that’s not important.
What do you want?
Write it down!!!!
With all of the negativity that seems to be taking over social media, it’s important to remember that there are good people out there.
People who want to spread happiness and joy and not just anger and hate.
I’m so happy and grateful that I’m able to share this video with you.
Honestly, these are just 2 normal dudes who decided to make a simple difference in peoples lives.
The look of pure surprise and joy that is experienced by the receivers of this makes me so damn happy.
Here’s what the guys on the page had to say
“We’re just two regular guys. Anyone could do this! Go make a difference today. We plan on filming more videos like this. Please leave your ideas in the comments.”
If you are reading this right now, there’s a great chance that you live a life of abundance and have more than a lot of other people do. Sure, you might be struggling a little. I’ve been there. Hell, I still go through it from time to time.
The thing is, it’s important to always find ways to give back.
Whether it’s your time volunteering, or just lending a helping hand or listening to someone who is having a tough day. This is something we can all do.
Thank you so much for watching the video. Be sure to share this on Facebook and Twitter. I’d love to see this video on other people’s timelines and spreading happiness instead of hate.
July 18, 2016
Location: sitting on my porch listening to the birds chirp while I overlook the ocean in the distance in Bali, Indonesia Time: 1:45pm
I can almost guarantee that you have dreamed about living your exact dream lifestyle more often than not. I know that for me, I used to dream about living the exact life I live now.
In fact, yesterday I flew back to Bali from a weekend trip to Singapore with my girlfriend. Right now, we’re living in Bali, a place that both of us have dreamed about for years.
The truth is that my life wasn’t always like this.
…it all started a few years back when I came across a few different mentors who helped me to get more specific about what I really wanted out of life. One of the messages they kept saying to me was that “If money was no object, what would you be doing with your life?”
I know, it’s pretty cliché. But, it works.
There is an amazing truth behind this question. It forces you to get very specific about your life and what you truly want out of it.
Have you ever actually thought about what you want out of life? Not just the “oh, I’d like to travel more” or “I’d like to make $100,000 a year working a job I love” I mean the exact specifics…
Here’s an example of what I answered with this question.
I want to live a lifestyle where I can do what I want, when I want and go wherever I want. To do this, I will build a business that allows me the freedom to travel the world and have my business grow on auto-pilot, whether I choose to work or not that day. My intention is to earn $100,000 a month in order to achieve my financial goals. I intend to be able to spend my time surfing when the waves are good, and not worry about my business while I’m out catching waves, knowing that it will grow on its own without me. My life will be based around doing things that I think are fun and adventurous, in order to create memories that will last a lifetime. If I hear about something that is a “must have experience” I want to be able to do that. (This happened a few months back when my friends invited me to the Thailand New Year Songkran Celebration) I want to love the businesses I build and be challenged when building them so that I can use my mind to overcome obstacles to create solutions to problems.
I was specific about what I wanted. It wasn’t just a generic answer.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably younger in your career (18-35) and are looking for an answer for “how to live your dream life“.
I want to introduce you to a video and audio from Alan Watts that addresses this question.
So now what? If you’re anything like me, you probably got a little excited feeling in the pit of your stomach. You know the feeling. The excitement. The joy. The air of mystery..
Well, what are you going to do about it?
Seriously. You have two choices. You can go back to your Facebook news feed and keep scrolling…. keeping your life exactly the same as it always has been…. OR You can do this exercise and start to change your life.
The exercise really is simple, just like the question it addresses. When you are answering these questions, it is important to go beyond just the shit you were taught to strive for…. you know the things.
Stuff that Hollywood makes you believe you want. For example, letting go of our ideas about ‘success,’ money, material goods, fame, etc. and instead looking at it like Alan says – if money didn’t matter and I could do anything right now… what would it be?
Don’t worry about the whole career or job thing right now, just begin with what you like. Then think about what you feel you can contribute to the world, whether it be to just one person or a whole community (or the entire globe!).
Educating others, contribution to a project, and bringing joy to others are all examples of ways you could contribute to the world.
The next step is to grab a piece of paper and answer these questions:
“What do I enjoy doing? What makes me tick or gets me excited?”
“What would my ideal day look like if I could do what I wanted to do?”
“What is my ideal job? What does it look like?”
“What are my favorite hobbies or things to do?”
(if you don’t have a piece of paper and pen, go grab one right now and do this activity)
(seriously. If you are still reading this and didn’t get a piece of paper and pen, get off your ass and go get them)
(yes, I said ass.)
Once you start answering some of these more basic questions, we dive into things like:
“Why do I like these things I enjoy doing?”
“What about them are interesting to me?”
How are you starting to feel after answering these questions?
This is going to help you to start understand the things you truly love to do and things you enjoy. It also gets you thinking about why you enjoy these things, which is the truly important thing.
What you just found out is what you value in life, and this is important because it will allow you to make a more educated decision about what you’re going to do with your life.
If something isn’t in alignment with what you want, you don’t do it. Or you do it until you can find a replacement.
For me, I believe Entrepreneurship allows you to eliminate the shit you hate, and focus on the stuff you love. It provides the replacement.
These little details are going to help you create a life that you absolutely love.
In the end, it’s all about doing the activities that bring you joy and ignite your passion, even if it’s only a few hours a week. ….and don’t worry if you can’t find your passion or purpose immediately, it takes time.
Just have fun with this and be playful about the whole idea.
As you get older, your answers will probably change a bit. I know mine have over the years and they will continue to as I get older.
It’s part of the fun of living.
Now here’s a gift I want to give you that will help some of you to start to pursue your dream life.
Yes, I said some of you.
This isn’t going to be for everyone, because let’s face it.
Some people are fu#*ing lazy and won’t do anything.
If you are reading this right now and are thinking “I can create my dream life” and “damnit, I’m not lazy and I am willing to work my ass off to build something to help me live my dream life”, then this might be right for you.
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Where do I even start with this?
Seriously, this place is unbelievable.
My girlfriend and I were going to be in Singapore during our Anniversary while we were in between Visa renewals from Thailand and I had always seen the Marina Bay Sands pool and knew I had to see it in person.
This past month I had the opportunity to do it and wow am I sure glad that I booked the stay!
Here’s a shot of me working from our room there (in board shorts and tank top of course)
****side note: I really need to make sure I remember to get pictures of my “offices” around the world. I’m so grateful to be able to build businesses that allow me to do this *****
Okay, so here’s a few shots of our suite in the Marina Bay Sands…
and one of the most caring things I feel that they did for us for our Anniversary, was they surprised us with a bottle of wine and a chocolate mousse cake. (They called to find out when we would be in our room because they wanted to give us a “gift” as a thank you for staying with them)
Wow, wow, wow. I love it when companies actually give a shit about their customers.
It seems like many companies ignore the fact that their customers are people and like to be appreciated, the Marina Bay Sands understands that and does a great job with it.
They even included a little note and a personal concierge for anything we needed throughout our stay.
This truly was a great example of how to build an extremely loyal customer for life, as I’ll be staying there again in the future when I’m in Singapore for sure.
Okay, so let me tell you about what my favorite part of the whole experience was…and that was the pool.
Yes, of course I’m wearing my favorite tank top…that says “Quit Your Job, Buy A Ticket, Get A Tan, Fall In Love, Never Return”….because that’s exactly what I did a few years back when I moved to Panama to pursue my online business full-time.
This is one of the top pools in the world, and for great reason.
Playing around in the pool and looking over the edge is just amazing. While it does have its safety precautions in place, you still feel like the edge just drops off.
One of the major reasons I wanted to visit Singapore was so that I could simply see the view from the top of the pool to see the city.
I’ve read a lot of people’s reviews and had heard stories of people “sneaking in” to the pool. In my opinion, if something is good enough for people to write tutorials about sneaking into something, it’s going to be worth it to just go ahead and book the place.
….and damn was I right.
Sam and I at “the edge” of the infinity pool.
As you might expect, being 57 floors up on a roof can be quite windy. The wind was pretty strong, but it felt good with being in the direct sunlight. The pool was a little cooler than I am used to (a lot of Costa Rica pools), but it felt good after getting warm in the sun.
Sam does a lot of journaling for her experience and shared her experience with me and one of the best quotes from her stuff is…
“This is the greatest hotel of all time.”
The rooftop at night
Okay, so this was another amazing experience that I highly recommend when you stay here..
head up to the roof and simply just enjoy the view. It truly is breath-taking seeing Singapore at night, all the lights and the light show. It’s a little weird being in the actual building that the light show is based around, as you don’t have the view that most people would be visiting.
I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to have stayed at the Marina Bay Sands and am extremely impressed with their ability to please their customers.
It truly is a great example for me, as I run a few different businesses and am always looking for ways to improve my customer’s experience.
I’d just like to thank the staff at the Marina Bay Sands once again, for an unforgettable experience.
Date: Sunday January 4,2016
Location: Windsor Suites Hotel Bangkok, Thailand
On New Years Eve we flew out of Chicago and flew to Dubai on business class with Emirates, which was an amazing experience. Spending 13 1/2 hours on that plane was quite the treat compared to normal flying.
When we arrived in Bangkok, Samantha got online and read through some reviews of what we should do in Bangkok while we were here. She stumbled across the Thai Tour Guide company and found some great reviews of their service so we booked a 9am-4pm day tour with the company and it was a great idea.
Here’s what we did according to their itinerary and below this you’ll see some pictures and my thoughts about each place.
The Royal Grand Palace & The Royal Temple are the perfect introduction to Thailand’s Architecture, Culture and Tradition, You will visit the highlight attractions around this complex such as
The Royal Temple (Wat Phra Kaew, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha), The Golden Chedi, Pantheon of the Chakri’s Kings, A miniature replica of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Coronation Throne Hall and Royal Reception Hall
Wat Pho (The Temple of The Reclining Buddha) is one of the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok and still an important center for Traditional Thai Medicine and Traditional Thai Massages School
Canal Tour, Take a long tail boat along the bustling Chao Phraya River and quiet Klongs (canals) Passing picturesque scenes of Thai River Life.
By the river see Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) is an important landmark located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The main shrine, decorated with glazed ornaments and ceramics, rises 67 meters towards the heavens. Built during the beginning of King Taksin era, the magnificent temple reflects the glory of the Thai culture. The highest Prang in Thailand symbolizing Hindu-Buddhist cosmology
Pak Klong Talad (Flowers & Vegetables Market), It is known mostly as a wholesale flower market serving everyone from flower vendors to florists, but it also has a good selection of fresh vegetables, which are bought in the pre-dawn hours to be transported to neighborhood markets around Bangkok for sale in the morning.
Pak Klong Talad is the most important flowers & Vegetables wholesale market in town
We started off with visiting The Royal Grand Palace & The Royal Temple.
This place was unreal. In fact, all of the temples that we’ve seen so far are just so detailed it’s insane to think about how much time it actually took to build and touch up everything. We were told that the whole thing took only 3 years to design but with how much was put into it, it’s almost impossible to imagine it only taking 3 years.
One thing that was pretty interesting is where the inspiration for a lot of these came. Many of the designs have a Cambodian style mixed with some Thai and Chinese influences.
Looking at the pictures right now it’s a shame that the camera can’t capture what it’s really like as good as I wish it could.
Every color just POPS and the gold shines so bright it’s unbelievable. I honestly wonder how it doesn’t all get tarnished.
We did go on a Sunday, so it was extremely busy and the fact that it’s immediately after a New Year made it even busier than usual according to our guide, Tao. He did a great job with a lot of the pictures and snapped them with a minimal amount of people in them, which was great.
Next up we went out on the Canal Tour. We took a long tail boat along the bustling Chao Phraya River and quiet Klongs (canals) Passing picturesque scenes of Thai River Life.
A lot of the little kids who were out on their docks with their parents waved to us when we went by them, which was great. Seeing kids from around the world is one of my favorite things. Seeing the joy that simple things can bring into their life helps me to be grateful and appreciate what I see even more.
After the tour we wandered around a bit and ended up walking through Pak Klong Talad (Flowers & Vegetables Market), It is known mostly as a wholesale flower market serving everyone from flower vendors to florists, but it also has a good selection of fresh vegetables, which are bought in the pre-dawn hours to be transported to neighborhood markets around Bangkok for sale in the morning.
Pak Klong Talad is the most important flowers & Vegetables wholesale market in town and holy damn is it enormous. It had more flowers in one spot than I have ever seen and for insanely cheap prices. Sam must have taken 30 pictures of just the orchids and the pricing for them.
The current conversion rate is 1 U.S. dollar = 35.9350295 Thai baht
That means the picture with all of those roses that was 60 baht costs about $2 USD…. insane, right?
Next up was visiting Wat Pho (The Temple of The Reclining Buddha) is one of the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok and still an important center for Traditional Thai Medicine and Traditional Thai Massages School
The third largest buddha in Thailand… our guide said it was about 42 meters long! Sadly, the symbol of Buddha laying down meant ill health and was said to be a representation of the end of life.
The details on this were unbelievable.
Massage students use to have to study these pictures, but after passing their tests they were able to practice anywhere in the world. Luckily now, they have an actual school teaching them!
Random facts we learned:
Surprisingly we were allowed to take pictures in here, although you can’t point your feet directly at Buddha so whenever you sit/kneel, you must place your feet in a direction other than directly at Buddha.