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Things you Need to Do and Things you Want to Do… and wondering when you could do the latter

There are 24 hours in a day. 12 hours are spent on sleep, meals, getting ready, traffic, routine… the nitty-gritty. And then there’s work, which consumes pretty much the rest – 8 hours spent listening to meetings, going from one place to the next, clacking away in front of a laptop. Sometimes (most times in fact), work stretches to 10 hours.

Which leaves to 2 hours. 2 hours for YOU.

Or is it really just for you?

There are house matters to take care of. Bills. That leak in the sink that needs to be fixed ASAP. Some of you may have homework to help finish with your kids. A baby that needs a new diaper.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you realize that there are things you need to do and things you want to do… and somehow there is never any time to do the latter.

Things like hitting the golf course, playing tennis, fishing, exploring Montana with the Mrs., reading a book – not to learn so much as to enjoy the play of words. Having a phone conversation with my son, Koby Bernard. Playing chess with nobody but myself, simply because I want to relish the silence being punctuated by the tap of the chess piece on the wooden board.

The irony is that we delay these simple pleasures to earn money. And we earn money to secure a better future and enjoy the finer things in life.

But when is it time to start the “enjoying” part? Now that the flush of youth has left me, in my senior years? My back too frail to truly enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle? My eyes too strained to read more than a few chapters?

Or should it have been years back, at the prime of my life, when I felt like I could conquer the world? When instead I chose to limit my world to the confines of work and routine?

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Neil deGrasse Tyson in Montana State University this March

I am looking forward to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s talk at MSU this coming March 4! His passion in science clearly shows in the manner he talks, and I would very much like to behold his passion in person. Though I have always found myself gravitating towards numbers and business-related topics, I feel that immersing myself in other fields from time to time allows me to expand my horizons, and stretch my mind.

Just a few things about the astrophysicist:

1. he has a doctorate in astrophysics from Columbia University
2. he was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by NASA.
3. he is a host of several science TV programs
4. he was last year’s Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host, for his show “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” (that he was chosen above shows like The Voice, and So You Think You Can Dance tells me the world has hope yet!)
5. He was named as one of the 10 most influential people in science in a 2008 issue of Discover Magazine Learn more about

Neil Tyson’s talk in Montana here

Other Related Montana State University results: Feb 12, Commented by Koby Bernard

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Grown Ups and The Great Outdoors

I had low expectations when a rerun of the Grown Ups movie showed on TV. That it was starring several big names in comedy suggested that it would be just one of those crazy movies that’s more slapstick and laughter than anything else. I was very pleasantly surprised though that while the movie did have its offensive moments, it highlighted something I feel strongly about:

The family that goes outdoors together, stays together

What is it about the great outdoors that brings you closer together? Sure, you can argue that you stay with your family at home, watch TV together, but there is something about nature’s display that makes the experience even more memorable.

In front of the TV, there is something that demands most, if not all of your attention – hundreds of images flashing before you at breakneck speed. They are for your personal consumption. They bring you to a whole new world. Even if you are beside your loved ones, giving out occasional comments, ultimately the experience is just you and the TV. It’s even worse now that we have all these gadgets around – the iPad for example. Apps are so engaging that you can enjoy without any other human companion.

On the very opposite end, the beauty of the outdoors seems to be heightened when you are in good company. A sunset is beautiful even if it is just you sitting down on a bench gazing at it, but there is something that makes you desire to be with someone – the urge to hold someone’s hand and revel in the glorious painting before you.

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What good is skipping rocks when nobody is there to skip with you and marvel at the distance? And what a waste is it to enjoy a cool dip in the lake alone when you can share the gift to others?

A barbecue meal is best enjoyed by the whole family, with everyone doing their part.

A big catch of fish should be celebrated by all.

A friend can help you row the boat.

A swing will not move by itself without someone to push it.

 

Nature compels you to love and to be one with everything and everyone around you.

The family that goes outdoors together, stays together

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The Toughest Job in the World

Are you ready to take on the toughest job in the world? The title is DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS but it’s so much more than that.

Here’s what to expect:
– no pay
– close to 24/7 work
– you will be constantly on your feet, bending over, standing
– high level of stamina needed
– there are no breaks available
– You can only have lunch when your associates are done eating their lunch
– negotiation and interpersonal skills
– a degree in medicine, finance and culinary arts

Is this even legal to demand something like this? Yes, it is. Find out more about the toughest job:

Happy Mother’s Day! And I don’t just mean this May 11. Let’s celebrate it every single day. Because our mothers never stop celebrating you and taking care of you, either

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Make Memories that are JUST YOURS

This summer, put your phone away for a few days.

Make some memories that no-one knows about.

Make some memories that are just yours

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I stumbled upon this image and just had to blog it because I feel so strongly about it.

And may I add that you try to engrave these personal memories in your brain. Not just through photos. Take mental photos. Enjoy the view – the sun, the sand, the sea – with your own eyes and not just the camera lens. I see people spending the whole duration of musical performances just taking videos and photos. What a waste! Try to soak in the experience with just your senses and you’ll be amazed at how much you will appreciate it.

Go out there and make your secret memories!

* This isn’t the first time I talked about technological distractions. Read about my proposal for an even better Earth Hour here.

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The Trick to a Successful Business is to Face Your Fears

Everybody dreams of having their own business. And with good reason, too. Aside from being able to escape the rat race of the 8 to 5, there is the opportunity to make a difference and to change people’s lives. Not to mention all the time you can save and use to spend time with family.

Here are quotes to inspire you to take that leap and set your entrepreneurial spirits aflame!

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The Beauty of Patagonia, Argentina

I can tell you through flowery words and poetic verses how beautiful Patagonia, Argentina is, but I’d much rather show you through photos. If you find yourself restlessly wading through all the errands and work that routine has to offer, consider taking a break and visiting a new world that can give you a fresh perspective on life.

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The photo above is from Erik Argotti and is featured on the official website of Estancia Laguna Verde (Donald Ray Bernard is the vice president of this piece of paradise)

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This is a photo of Mt. Fitzroy taken by Chris Ford and posted on his Flickr account. If you are the adventurous sort, consider hiking up this mountain for a truly remarkable view. A warning though: it is considered one of the most technically challenging mountains on Earth for mountaineers

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Sight Fishing 101

Both seasoned fishermen and those new to the sport of fishing should try sight fishing at one point or another. Simply put, in sight fishing, fishermen actually see the fish they wish to catch! That makes it a lot less frustrating than just waiting for a theoretical fish to get the bait, especially for those who wish to just get their feet wet in the sport (pun intended).

But like all other types of fishing, there are tips you need to consider for a very fulfilling day:

1. Keep your distance and be very, very quiet

Fishes get scared easily so make sure you maintain a safe distance from them and stay still

2. Invest in a good pair of polarized sunglasses

This gives you a competitive advantage of your targets because it not only helps ward off the glaring rays of the sun, but it also helps you see clearer details, allowing you to differentiate between the color of the water and the subtle shapes of the fish underneath

3. Be Patient!

Patience is an important virtue in fishing, even when you can already see the fish within your reach! Many get the urge to just put the bait down, wait mere seconds, then pull it back out. This may cause some fish to lose interest, so keep your bait in the water for longer periods of time and relish not only the idea of catching a fish, but also the anticipation of doing so! And if it doesn’t work the first time, try changing your bait, moving to a different location, etc.

 

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The Jurassic Lake in all its Glory

Sight fishing at “El Puesto” in Jurassic Lake. Cool breeze. Nature’s quietude. The perfect formula!

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Donald R. Bernard: Estancia Laguna Verde

As Vice President of Estancia Laguna Verde at Lake Strobel in Patagonia, Argentina, Donald Ray Bernard provides visitors the opportunity to catch large rainbow trout averaging four to eight pounds, although fish twice that size are not unusual. Due to the size of the fish it contains, the lake is known worldwide as Jurassic Lake. The 65-square-kilometer lake has ideal biological conditions to produce these gigantic rainbow trout. Far from populated areas,  the lake’s habitat remains pristine.

The Estancia Laguna Verde lodge sits on the south shore of Lake Strobel, providing comfortable lodging and delicious cuisine. Along with fishing in Lake Strobel and nearby rivers, guests can go bird watching, participate in trekking tours, and embark upon four-wheel-drive adventures. Warm weather at the lodge begins in December and extends through March. Fishing season lasts from November through mid-April.

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