A Time For New Beginnings

by Lance Ekum on · 62 comments

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“Every new begin­ning comes from some other beginning’s end.” ~ Seneca

Today marks the begin­ning of new direc­tions at the Jun­gle of Life.  After much reflec­tion, I have come to the deci­sion (a heart-based deci­sion) to make some changes on con­tent and deliv­ery that hap­pens here. 

a jour­ney toward your true peak

The mean­ing and pur­pose of this site remains the same — to be a guide for you, as you jour­ney toward your own true life peak.  The thing is, I am only one voice, with one set of life expe­ri­ences.  Begin­ning today, that changes.  The Jun­gle of Life is now a multi-author source of inspi­ra­tion, guid­ance, and life strategies.

The focus will be around eight broad areas that make up this life we are liv­ing (some­times referred to as the “wheel of life”). 

Each month at the Jun­gle of Life will be theme-based (note the monthly theme dis­played in the upper right of the side­bar).  I’ll start each month off, intro­duc­ing the theme and writ­ing my own thoughts on what that means to me.  The remain­der of the month will fea­ture our eight authors, who will share some­thing along their area of exper­tise.  A new arti­cle will be avail­able every 3–4 days.

The Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter will also fol­low the same theme each month.  Sign up here, and get the twice-monthly newslet­ter in your email inbox!

Jun­gle of Life Writ­ers


Cre­ative Expres­sion ~ Tanya Geisler: Clar­ity. Action. Achieve­ment. Joy. Tanya Geisler is a CTI-certified coach (a.k.a. “cat­a­lyst, not ther­a­pist”) and speaker who believes that life is a grand production…and it’s time for you to step into your star­ring role. And radi­ate. Right now.

Fun/Recreation ~ Jason Kotecki: Jason Kotecki is an artist, author, and pro­fes­sional speaker. Jason and his wife Kim (a for­mer kinder­garten teacher) make it their mis­sion in life to fight Adul­ti­tis and help peo­ple use strate­gies from child­hood to design lives with less stress and more fun. Stop by www.KimandJason.com for more tips for escap­ing adulthood.

Career ~ John Spence: John Spence is the author of “Awe­somely Sim­ple – Essen­tial Busi­ness Strate­gies for Turn­ing Ideas into Action.” He is an award-wining pro­fes­sional speaker and cor­po­rate trainer, and has been rec­og­nized as one of the Top 100 Busi­ness Thought Lead­ers in America.

Health ~ Todd Dosen­berry: Todd Dosen­berry, aka “Pri­mal Toad,” is a pri­mal enthu­si­ast who is on a life­long mis­sion to inspir­ing mil­lions of peo­ple. You can find him on his blog, Pri­mal Toad, var­i­ous social media sites or pos­si­bly in your home­town as he is in the midst of a world travel expe­di­tion through 2020.

Fam­ily and Social Life ~ Jen Slay­den: Jen Slay­den finds her har­mony in West­ern Mon­tana with her hus­band Mark, their three kids, and an out­door lov­ing black lab named Cody. Stop by and check out her life in music, words, and edu­ca­tion at Find Your Har­mony.

Per­sonal Growth/Spirituality ~ Stacey Curnow: Stacey is a nurse-midwife and a men­tor who helps you give birth to your BIG dreams. You can find out more about Stacey here.

Rela­tion­ships ~ Jayson Gad­dis: Jayson Gad­dis, MA, LPC, CGT is a rela­tion­ship psy­chother­a­pist devoted to help­ing peo­ple awaken through rela­tion­ship and inti­macy.  He’s call­ing in a new par­a­digm of con­nec­tion, deep rela­tion­ship, and fam­ily. He’s a hus­band and part-time stay-at-home Dad get­ting schooled by his two kids.

Per­sonal Finance ~ Paula Pant: Thanks to wise money man­ag­ing, Paula Pant has trav­eled to 27 coun­tries, pur­chased a 99-year-old Vic­to­rian home near cen­tral Atlanta’s most beau­ti­ful park, and has never — ever — had a penny in debt. Her blog, Afford Any­thing, is based on one rad­i­cal idea: money should never hin­der your dreams.


For a more in-depth descrip­tion of our writ­ers, check out the Jun­gle Writ­ers page.


New begin­nings. 

“Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop prac­tic­ing what you’re going to do and just go do it. In one bold stroke you can trans­form today.” ~ Mar­i­lyn Grey

What new begin­nings are you starting?

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
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Adrienne September 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Hi Lance!

I’m so excited that your “new beginning” is here! Congrats on getting this rolling — really looking forward to seeing what you and your cohorts create. :)

~Much love, Adrienne
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Hi !!!!

And…thank YOU for your support, for listening, and for being a great, great friend!!

Big love,


Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker September 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Congratulations on the growth and changes you are making.
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Thanks Patricia!!


Jean Sampson September 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Lance, this is brilliant and very generous! Thank you and all of the writers!


Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm

It’s still evolving…and I like to think it’s on the brilliant side, too!! Thank YOU!


Jen September 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Dear Lance,
I am really looking forward to being a part of this jungle experience, from reading the amazing posts by a variety of very diverse writers, to contributing from my own perspective!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for providing such a creative and unique space for learning, listening, and contributing!
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

It is so GREAT having you on -board with this!! Your voice, along with all the other amazing writers, will provide so, so much to this space.

Love to you…always,


Evelyn Lim September 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Congratulations on taking the bold step for new beginnings! I look forward to being inspired by more articles on your site :-)
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm

It’s going to be great having these new voices here, and regularly sharing their amazing content!! Thank YOU for being here, and for all your support!!



Stephanie Quilao September 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Toasting to new beginnings! I’ve sure done plenty with my blogging over 5-1/2 years, and will soon be announcing what I’m working on now. Change is good. Evolution is good. It’s all good :-D

Wishing you and the team all the best of success and growth!
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

mmm…toasting!! Thank you – I’m excited about this new direction and the possibilities it offers – both for readers of this site, and for the writers who will be sharing in this space.

And..veteran blogger Steph…yahoo!!! So looking forward to what’s coming for you!!!


Angela Artemis/Poweredbyintuition September 1, 2011 at 8:26 pm

This is marvelous and wonderfully creative. I can’t wait to read the these fine authors!
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

…and these fine authors will begin sharing material here in just a few days!! I’m excited about the possibilities of having these wonderful writers sharing in this space!!

Thank YOU for all your support!!


Laura Neff September 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm


You know I danced a jig when I opened your email today! :D Love love LOVE watching your continued growth and evolution, and congratulations to you AND to your new contributors here. It’s going to be a gift for everyone…you all, as well as us, your readers, obviously!

Keep on truckin’, my friend. Massive thumbs up from NC, and a big, shining, glorious HEART hug!



Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm


Yay for dancing!!!

It’s so great getting this out there – and something you and I have talked about in the past. So, seeing it come to fruition is a real gift! I’m excited about the possibilities this brings to everyone!!

Hugs, hugs, hugs!!


David Stevens September 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm

G’day Lance,
Look forward to your ‘new beginnings’ and to ours.
be good to yourself
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Hi David!!
It’s going to be great adding new perspectives to the Jungle!!

Thanks for being here and reading along!


Cathy | Treatment Talk September 2, 2011 at 12:01 am

Hi Lance,

This sounds wonderful! I’m looking forward to reading the posts from your new writers. It definitely creates interest to change things up a bit! Good luck with your new venture.
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Thanks!!! It’s going to be great, adding new perspectives from some very amazing people!!

Great, always, having you along on this journey!


Thérèse Cator | ThereseSquared.com September 2, 2011 at 12:56 am

Amazing Lance! Congratulations!!! Looking forward to the next part of the Jungle of Life journey! xo, Thérèse
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Thank YOU!!! It’s an exciting journey…and these new voices will add so much to this space!

And…you know, maybe I’ll *finally* get to doing those things we have, ahem, talked about!!!



Hilary September 2, 2011 at 5:09 am

Hi Lance .. congratulations – the new site and posts will be so interesting to read. Wonderful that you’ve involved so many in your venture .. that’s great .. see you around .. cheers for now – Hilary
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Thank YOU!!!

And…this group of writers will really add such a wonderful new dimension to the Jungle!!


Megan Bord September 2, 2011 at 7:27 am

Awesome! You just keep evolving this site, Lance, and I love it! Way to be!
Looking forward to reading each of these new authors’ articles AND enhancing my wheel of life.


Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Let me just say…your *wheel of life* is way, way, say amazing already!!! (it’s great to have you along on this journey, though…I just feel your energy as I read your words…)

Big, big hugs of thanks!!


Alex Blackwell | The BridgeMaker September 2, 2011 at 8:25 am

Best wishes with your focus and direction Lance. Change is always good because it shows we are learning and growing.



Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Thanks Alex!!! Really appreciate having you along on this journey!

And here’s to change…and the learning and growth that comes from it!!


Holly Latty-Mann September 2, 2011 at 8:53 am

Great slate of talent, Lance, as you continue creating new ways to holistically feed our soul! It’s a much better world because of Jungle of Life!


Lance September 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm

You are so, so sweet – thank YOU!!! (and…now…I’m missing you, too…)

Big, big hugs…


rob white September 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

Ahh, a well balanced approach to blogging and life! Looks like you hav a winning formula, Lance. All the domains of the wheel can offer surprising discoveries about our unlimited nature. When we learn to manage them all we find we are living a wonderfully balanced life.
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Our life is not just one part of the “wheel”, is it. And so – my hope is that with these new voices at the Jungle, everyone finds news ways to evolve and grow.

Thanks, always, for your amazing support!


sarah September 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

It’s going to be a gift for everyone…you all, as well as us, your readers, obviously!
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Great to “meet” you!!

And that’s exactly the hope – that everyone takes something from this!!


Lynn September 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

What a fantastic idea – I’m so glad to be present for the beginning of this journey, Lance. I’ve got some career stuff going on right now – maybe some new opportunity.
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Hi Lynn!!
It’s great having you here, always!!

And…I’m excited for you, and what lies ahead!! Know that I’m thinking of you…


Stacey - Midwife for Your Life September 2, 2011 at 10:59 am

Woo HOO! I’m so very excited about new beginnings and sharing them with your community!!
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Yay!!! So, so awesome to have you are a part of this evolving here at the Jungle!! Your words are so meaningful and heart-spoken, and you are a gift to me, and to everyone who you reach…

Big love,


Jannie Funster September 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm


A very fine looking bevy of peeps for your new plan.

Today I am most piqued by creative expression, so I’m gonna pop on over there first to see how to radiate even a bit brighter than ususal.

A bit jealous of your Wisconsin cooling down. But I’ll try to get over it!

Congrats — I raise my donut in salutaion to you! (A little early for beer, but that may come tonight.) :)

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Lance September 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Mmmmm….donuts and beer!!! (and cool Wisconsin days…although today has gotten a bit toasty again!)

Come on up – you’re always welcome here!

Mmmm…creative expression. I think…you ROCK at this!!!

Thanks so, so much for being here!!



Erin Prais-Hintz September 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Such a marvelous new direction, Lance! I think that you have rounded up the most impressive list of authors. Looking forward to the fun beginning!
Enjoy the day!
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Thank YOU!!! And…I’m excited about this and how this place is continuing to evolve!!

So, so great having you here!


Jody - Fit at 53 September 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Looking forward to moving forward with you Lance! Very exciting!


Lance September 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Thanks Jody!!! I am really grateful for your wonderful support!


Galen Pearl September 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Wow, that’s a bold move! And exciting. I would be interested in hearing more about how you came to this decision if you would care to share. Your broad range of categories will certainly appeal to everyone, me included! I look forward to seeing what happens!
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Lance September 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm

It really just felt like this was the right thing to do. I guess I reached a place where I just felt like the material that I was sharing – that I wasn’t doing just to some life areas. That, coupled with a real desire to make this space even more community based. Of course, there is certainly the possibility that I’ll lose some of the followers of this site. Still, I believe there’s real opportunity to connect and learn – for those who take real meaning from what will be shared here. I’m also hoping that in giving each month a theme (focus) – this also helps everyone to be more focused on that one area each month (me included).

Thanks so much for your support – and for your thoughts today!


Sandra / Always Well Within September 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm


Best wishes for your new beginnings! May Jungle of Life continue to flourish and be a remarkable resource helping us learn and grow.
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Lance Ekum September 5, 2011 at 5:56 am

Thank you, Sandra!! I’m excited about what lies ahead, and the new voices here that will create even more meaning.

And thank you, always, for your very wonderful support!


J.D. Meier September 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Brilliant move and I like the focus on monthly themes. I often get my best results when I have a theme for the month and focus a little on the theme each day.
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Lance Ekum September 5, 2011 at 5:57 am

Thanks JD!!

And that’s the goal – that with a monthly theme, those who visit this space will focus more upon that area for the month – and see it from many different life angles…


Justin | Mazzastick September 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Hi Lance,
I believe that progress and moving forward is what life is all about. The new changes sound exciting and I will be looking forward to reading the content.
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Lance Ekum September 5, 2011 at 5:58 am

Thanks!!! While I can only venture to guess what the outcome of this will look like, I do know that it feels very good for me – to have it out there – and to share these other voices in this space.

Thanks for reading!


Andrew Walker September 4, 2011 at 12:39 am

Hi there. Thanks for sharing this. And the thing that catch my attention the most is, the photo. It’s really nice!
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Lance Ekum September 5, 2011 at 5:59 am

Thanks!!! And…I think that photo is pretty awesome, too!


Ewa September 4, 2011 at 5:54 am

Lance, I truly can’t wait for your new posts.
New journeys are always exciting, thank you for taking us with you.
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Lance Ekum September 5, 2011 at 6:00 am

Thank you so much, Ewa!! Know that I deeply value your support – and it’s great having you along on this new journey!


Melody | Deliberate Receiving September 4, 2011 at 11:53 am

Congratulations Lance!!! I can’t wait to start reading. Your site is going to become a one-stop-shop. :)

Huge hugs to you and your new “family”!

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Lance Ekum September 5, 2011 at 6:01 am

A “one stop shop” –> I *love* that!!!!

So, so great having you here, and for the love and enthusiasm you bring.

Much, much love to YOU!


Primal Toad September 13, 2011 at 7:33 am

I am very excited to be a part of this! Thanks again for asking me to be one of 8 writers! It’s an honor!
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Lance Ekum September 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm

It’s great having you as part of this new group of writers here – I know you’ll really add a lot of great material!!

Have fun in Hawaii!!


Sibyl September 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Lance: What a great idea. I have checked out some of the articles from the team of writers and they are all really good. I love the wheel of life concept;)


Lance Ekum September 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Thanks!! I knew I wanted to do something like this several months ago, and then upon having a conversation with a friend – the whole idea of the “wheel of life” came up…and I loved it, too!! I’m excited about this new direction and the possibilities!


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