Author: Micha

In Service? | 4 Books to Help You on Your Path

You feel called to lead a life of service and/or focus on mission-oriented work? What a wonderful calling it is, but the road is not always paved with smooth stones. Following are several books I either stumbled upon myself or was referred to by dear friends as I honored a life-long calling and entered into a new life a few years ago – to start a socially conscious, mission-driven organization, The MiA (Made in America) Project; to train as a life and executive coach; and to partner with my other Wolfie half to present the global gift of Of The...

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Challenged Body, Liberated Mind | The Class by Taryn Toomey

Last spring, when I was in New York for a short visit, I met up with two amazing women – one, Shanley Knox, who is now a contributor and long-distance friend of several years, and her best friend, who I did NOT meet through her but through a former roommate of mine. This is the beautiful swirl of interconnectedness of life when you’re receptive to it. We were talking about the somewhat unpopular full embrace of trauma, grief and some of its rawer offshoots – by women but really society in general (breaking things, irrational screaming, and the like)....

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Crop Swap | A Revolutionary Idea Harnessing Local Gardening Communities

Written by Kona Morris All photos courtesy of Dan McCollister Three years ago, Dan McCollister was just another L.A. musician trying to make it. His band City City found a bit of fame after being featured on “Loveline with Mike and Dr. Drew” and MTV, as well as teaming up to produce a record with Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric) and Greg Turkington (Neil Hamburger) as the Yellow River Boys. He continued working with Tim as a part of his studio band and played on an album that would was named to VICE magazine’s “Top 50 Albums of 2013.” With...

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Interior Design: The Importance of Our Inner Worlds | Talismans Edition

Envision the room you’ve felt the safest in, one you could loiter in for hours. How is it constructed? What totems does the room contain that make you feel safe, inspired, whole? What care was taken to construct this room? It doesn’t have to be a room of your own. It could be housed within a museum, a rented cabin, maybe a friend’s. Now what of the room of your mind, housed within your body. Our mind is also filled with architecture – that of our vision of the world, our neural pathways forged through habit and learning, and...

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Failure or Feedback: What’s the Difference? | 3 Ways to View It

Failure: a state of inability to perform a normal function; lack of success; a failing in business; a falling short. (Webster’s Dictionary) My, how I’ve seen the conversation around failure change over the last 5-10 years. This seismic shift in perception became a part of my consciousness around 2010, when a new marketing client of mine, non-profit social accelerator PopTech, hosted a global conference around the theme “Brilliant Accidents, Necessary Failures, and Improbable Breakthroughs.” As you might deduce, each world-class speaker tied their presentation to the concept of learning – and succeeding – by failing, and it was three...

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