Humans Don’t Need a New Operating System

Mindful Wellness

Welcome to the first JRWI newsletter of 2019 😊 2019 marks the start of the fifth year of the JRWI blog 🙏 A LOT has changed for me since then. The blog and newsletter have evolved a lot too. The New Year is a time of reflection and resolution setting for many people. Along those lines, this tweet caught […]

January 7, 2019

Fear, Letting Go and Liberation

Mindful Wellness

Hi, I’ve experienced a cycle of fear, letting go and liberation over the past month. It’s left me feeling liberated. I feel grateful for this. It felt like a rough ride, though. It started with fear. The fear caused me to not sleep one night. I tossed and turned, alone, in a hotel room 1,000’s […]

December 9, 2018

Work Is Not Indentured Servitude

Mindful Wellness

Hi, Or at least it shouldn’t be. I stole the quote from a recent Fred Wilson post. I also started investigating the book Skin In the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. This quote stood out to me – Companies condition their employees to accept a loss of freedom….Conditioned employees are individuals whose personal identities are intrinsically […]

November 19, 2018

Getting Punished for Compliance, By Whom and Why?

Mindful Wellness

Hi, Who’s punishing your compliance? Maybe society’s punishing you. More likely, if you’re reading this, you’re punishing yourself. I wrote about how we get punished for compliance a couple weeks ago. The thought came up again today during a conversation with a friend, while we we out for a fall bike ride. My sense is most of […]

October 14, 2018

Who are the Dream Chasers that Surround You?

Mindful Wellness

Who are the dream chasers that surround you?What dream are they chasing? Are they chasing The Dream or their dream?How does their chase influence yours?I’ve been thinking about these questions a lot during a recent road trip. People chasing The Dream surrounded me for most of it. Some of these people were family, other were friends.This caused […]

September 2, 2018

Does Compliance Get Rewarded or Punished?

Mindful Wellness

Our society rewards those who comply. It punishes those who don’t.Live the dream pushed on us and sold to us. Then you’ll experience happiness.The dream defines that happiness for you too. That makes it easier to know what you deserve. Then you’ll know when experiencing happiness is appropriate too.What does happiness mean? The dream says happiness […]

August 19, 2018

Snapping Into Habitual Patterns is Easy

Mindful Wellness

Snapping into habitual patterns is easy. Breaking them is hard.Something my therapist said at our first meeting still resonates with me. She said she believes even the slightest shift in perspective could lead to big change.I believe this more and more as time passes. It also occurs to me how difficult shifting perspective can be.I […]

July 29, 2018

I Actually DO Have Enough Time, Do You?

Mindful Wellness

I’ve talked about setting a small number of daily priorities before. Most days the 6-7 daily priorities feel like enough. Once in a while, they don’t. Today is one of those days.I’ve learned my stress spikes to an unhealthy level when the number exceeds 7. Today I was tempted to add an 8th and maybe […]

June 3, 2018

So THAT’s What It Feels Like!

Mindful Wellness

I promise you that was not a clickbait email subject. It felt like one as I wrote it though 🙂These past few weeks I’ve been experiencing something. I can’t remember experiencing it before.It was subtle at first. Earlier this year, I found myself fighting it for a while.However, Tuesday I figured out what I was […]

May 13, 2018

Fitting In or Not and to What?

Mindful Wellness

Do you fit in?Do you want to fit in?What does fitting in even mean?Fit into what?What are you trying to fit into?Why are you trying to fit into it?What are you sacrificing to fit in?I’ve never felt like i fit in. one of my earliest memories reminds me of this. My friend’s grandfather took us […]

April 1, 2018


Mindful Wellness

I’m writing this to you on my flight home from Madrid. Weather permitting, I’ll be home by the time you read this.This week I joined a new project. It’s called Aragon. Aragon is a blockchain project. Our goal is to build tools that allow people to build their own ”unstoppable organizations”.I spent this week on-boarding with […]

March 4, 2018

Who Do You Have to Ask for Permission?

Mindful Wellness

This week felt hopeful. I’m not as exhausted at the end of it, as I was the past two weeks.This week I gave myself permission to take Thursday and Friday off from work. Yesterday I spent the day riding my bike with a friend. I spent most of today hanging-out with my 2.5 year old […]

February 16, 2018