A Time For New Beginnings

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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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