32 Tips I’ve Almost Learned from 32 Years

32 Tips I’ve Almost Learned from 32 Years

Alas, I am 32, and like most birthdays, I feel the same. However, I have noticed myself feeling more anxious over the last couple of years. It took me some time to figure it out but eventually I realized what the problem is. As a pretty ambitious person, I felt perfect in my early 20's. After all, failures and set-backs didn't mean much. I had loads of time left. Now they do mean something, at least to me. One failure feels like 100. So, in learning to deal with that and to celebrate 32 years of learning about life, I thought I'd write out a list of 32 things I've "almost learned" over the … [Read more...]

Exploring Dhamma | My 10-Day Vipassana Experience

Exploring Dhamma | My 10-Day Vipassana Experience

(This 3000-word article is a brief summary of my 10-day Vipassanā experience. An experience like this is hard to put into words but I hope it gives you an idea what it's about and inspires you to consider trying it yourself) Ever since I heard about Vipassanā meditation from Tim Ferriss (I think he mentioned it in his book or on his blog) I knew I had to try it out. Ten days of silence seemed like such a massive personal challenge, not to mention the fact that I'd also be giving up writing, reading, and all electronics. Plus, I'd be meditating for more than 10-hours per day! Extreme? … [Read more...]

Buy a T-shirt and Make the World a Better Place

Buy a T-shirt and Make the World a Better Place

That's right. I started a clothing brand. The company is called COZ Apparel. What makes COZ unique is that we work with renowned artists to create limited edition designs to raise funds for wildlife causes around the world. Here's how it started. Back in 2013, my wife and I travelled through South America for three months. During our last two weeks, we volunteered at an animal refuge called La Senda Verde. Nestled near the Bolivian Amazon, La Senda Verde started out as a simple stopover for mountain bikers, but after a baby capuchin monkey arrived in a shoebox, La Senda Verde's fate … [Read more...]

Flight of the Butterflies | Experiencing the Longest Known Insect Migration on Earth

Flight of the Butterflies | Experiencing the Longest Known Insect Migration on Earth

(Note: Visiting the Monarch butterfly sanctuaries of Mexico was one of my 100 things to do before the age of 31 list. Ever since I learned about it, I wanted to make it happen. I've since been twice and have also completed all 100 things from "the list". Want to see the list? click here.) Deep in the forests of central Mexico's mountains, a natural phenomenon takes place each and every winter. The forests become absolutely smothered in colourful monarch butterflies that have migrated all the way from Canada. … [Read more...]

Speaking in Front of 100+ People

Speaking in Front of 100+ People

Two weeks ago, I got a message from my friend Steve asking if I wanted to give a talk at an event called Pechakucha. He sent me some links about the event and told me that the theme was about less. He knew I travelled for less and therefore would be a good candidate to speak. I always wanted to give a talk in front of a crowd so I said yes. Later I found out that I would be in front of over 400 people. My biggest talk prior to this was in front of maybe 35 people. Needless to say, I was both excited and nervous. Perfect. Pechakecha events consist of a slideshow presentation with 20 … [Read more...]