Effortlessly Golfing

Yesterday I had my first lesson in golfing.

I went to Ed Hipp, who is one of the best golf coaches in town and that really makes a difference!

Ed didn’t start with teaching me the correct golf posture. Instead, he talked about the mental aspect of golfing.

He said we have to peel away the extras that we add in to try to control each situation. If we let the club swings naturally, effortlessly, then we can play very well. So, there’s a lot to learn for personal growth.

Coach has all the golfing equipment, so I don’t have to bring any. He even let me borrow a club so that I can practice swinging at home.

Judging from my touch-n-go kind of learning style, I probably wouldn’t last long. But it’s just nice to be exposed to many things and learn whatever I can. I don’t expect to be an expert in whatever I learn, but I’ll make sure I have fun and as long as I enjoy what I do, I’ll continue to learn and grow.

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Just started working out – going to gym, yoga at home, running. I hope to sculpt my body to be more lean and yummy.

Back to my meditation routine as well. 20 minutes a day. It’s good for the mind!

Went for a jog last night, from home to Lamson Wood Park and back. The weather was so hot that I could only start jogging at 8pm. It was still bright outside. Gotta love summer.

Stopped by the park to pick some mulberries. Super fresh and sweet mulberries, went straight down to my stomach. :)

After twenty minutes of break, my muscles were back to normal temperature. It was somewhat painful to start jogging again. I thought of stopping, but it would have taken me double the time to go back home by walking. So, I kept at it, kept jogging. It took me a few minutes to warm the muscles up again, then I felt fine. It was good to give muscles a shock like that, in order to work the muscles more.

I am not a big fan of listening to music when jogging. I like to be alone with my thoughts and breaths, plus the sound from the nature.

My body definitely feels more awake after three days of working out. I love it.

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In the pursuit of englightenment

I desire simplicity, but why do I do the opposite?

In the pursuit of knowledge, something is added every day. In the pursuit of englightenment, something is dropped every day.” Lao-Tzu

I get a temporary high when I acquire new stuff. After the high wears off, I am left with stuff that I don’t need.

We recently sold our South Court property and have moved all the stuff to our current S.2nd home. The garage is now filled with stuff, basement too. I am amazed at my ability to accumulate stuff.

It’s been a while since I rolled back my sleeves and sorted through the junky treasures that I’ve collected over the years.

In the pursuit of enlightenment, I am ready to tackle this long overdue garage sale! Wish me luck.

Last Day in Melbourne & Travel Tips

Melbourne fun video for day 4, 5 and 6 is now available on YouTube.

Some tips on visiting Melbourne:

- If going in autumn, be sure to bring enough clothes for layering. You could experience four seasons in a day.

- Melbourne participates in Daylight Savings. So, do check the time before you go. When I was there in early June, it gets dark at 5:30pm.

- There’s luggage storage service at the Southern Cross tram station. There’s also a Travelers’ Aid center at the station that offers services like shower, internet, guide book with coupons, etc.

- Most shops at Brunswick Street open late (11am, noon). There’s no point going there early.

- Public transportation is the way to go. There’s no need to rent a car in the city. Get a Metlink card and you can use the same card on the tram/bus.

- Melbournians are friendly. Open your mouth to ask for directions, and recommendations on eating/drinking places.

- Hotel accommodation can be expensive. Homestay is a great option to save some $$$ and learn more Australian culture from the locals.

- Don’t rush when traveling. Don’t feel like you have to cover a lot of places in a day. Slow down and relax.

- Travel with someone close to you. Happiness can multiple when it’s shared.

- Melbournians say “No worries” A LOT!!

Travel, see, feel and have a good time!!

Fairfield, Iowa Welcomes THE Happy Bus

Dear Delivering Happiness Team,

Fairfield, Iowa welcomes you.

Some people describe Iowa as a “no people, only cows and corns” state. Is that a myth or fact?

As far as I know, there are about 10,000 special species living in Fairfield. They disguised themselves as Americans, Chinese, Indians, Hispanics, etc among the cows and corns.

We want to be cool and enjoy driving with audio books, but there’s no traffic and it takes five minutes to drive to work.  We want to shop till we drop, but there’s no shopping mall here. So, we have no choice but to think about “other things” in life.

We are passionate about sustainable living. In fact, we’ve been featured in many publications as a model for sustainability. We build wind mills, run non commercial radio station (kruufm.com), practice meditation on daily basis, promote community supported agriculture and we just like to have fun. :rtdance1:

Some of us got bored and decided to run multi-million dollars companies.

Species Sky Factory is one of the winners of the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces competition (see INC’s June issue). David Lynch has made a movie (School of Thought) here. Big River Man Martin Strel visited us.

Fairfield is a hidden gem. You’ll have to stay here for a while to discover its beauty. We welcome THE Happy Bus to come visit this heartland of America and share our source of happiness. You might be able to bust the “no people, only cows and corns” myth after all? :ohidiotsmile:



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