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What a Mess…

what a mess

Man, what a year. One for the history books, no doubt. Collectively, it’s been a big hot mess. Personally, it’s been one of the best years I’ve ever had. Sure, borders are closed. And I’m not allowed to travel. And the stupid Government keeps piling on more bullshit every chance they can get. But, for …

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WARNING: This Powerful Gratitude Quote Might Shake You to the Core

gratitude quote

Yesterday, I read a quote that straight up floored me. Or as the kids might say nowadays, hit me right in the feels. I.e., was potent, powerful, and poignant beyond words. Here’s what it said: What if you woke up today with only the things you expressed gratitude for yesterday? Seriously, what if? When I …

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Letting My Daughter Go

letting my daughter go

Yesterday, we brought my 3-year-old daughter to a Montessori school for the first time in her life. She’s never been in ‘school’ before. Heck, she’s never even been in daycare before. But with my schedule filling up and my wife studying, too, I needed to create some extra time to take on more projects. Or …

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Goodbye, Dan Manifest

dan manifest

After nearly a year of writing as Dan Manifest… I’ve decided to start writing under my real name: Daniel Paul Donovan. For one, I don’t even like the name “Dan.” But there’s actually far more to it than that. The real reason I’m changing back to my real name is that I’m growing sick of …

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A Little Tough Love

a little tough love

Time for a little tough love. The reason you’re not getting ahead in your life is simple: You’re not keeping your commitments. You’re not doing what you told yourself you were going to do. You’re not eating better. You’re not exercising more. You’re not waking up early and getting shit done. For whatever reason, you’re …

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The Luckiest Man Alive

the luckiest man alive

Right now, I’m sitting in my tent at a beautiful little campground in British Columbia. The wind is breezing. The birds are chirping. And I can hear the strong current of Kokanee Creek off in the distance. I’m surrounded by nature. I’m feeling inspired. I’m the luckiest man alive. My wife and daughter left to …

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