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Lots of Rich, Successful People Don’t Work on Weekends. Here’s How to Take a Break

Article by Martha C. White | Found on TIME

Do you wind up being so exhausted by Monday that going back to work almost seems like a relief? Canadian writer Katrina Onstad thinks she’s discovered the secret to making weekends great again.

Her new book, The Weekend Effect, takes a look at how and why we over-schedule ourselves and how to reclaim the hours when we’re supposed to be relaxing.

 “It was a gradual decline of quality on the weekends,” Onstad explained to the Toronto Star. “There’s four of us in my house and we were all feeling burnt out and really had those cliché Sunday night blues.” Over the course of writing the book, she dug into the history of the typical weekend and how our attitudes and expectations have shifted as people shift to more of an on-call, 24/7, always-on work mentality.

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Exercise Is One Thing Most Successful People Do Everyday

Article by Jennifer Cohen | Found on

What do Cher, Warren Buffet, and OKCupid founder, Christian Rudder, all have in common? While you might have guessed that they’re professionals at the top of their game, it’s not the only similarity. The truth is that they all have an even bigger commonality among them: they all work out, and they all consider it integral to their success. They aren’t the only ones, either. Entrepreneurs like Richard Branson (who’s started over 400 companies) have long known that regular physical activity, be it running, lifting, or yoga, can provide you with up to four extra hours of productivity every day. Even President Barack Obama — a slacker until he began running three miles a day as a young man — to this day makes time for 45 minute workouts before assuming his duties. Working hard and working out go hand-in-hand, and here are five reasons why: Read more

How Much is Your Monthly Brain Food Budget?

Article By Andrew Griffiths | Found on

In business most of us are pretty good at allocating money for the bills, things that have to be paid, perhaps buying new equipment, new resources to use around the office, staff training and all kinds of fairly tangible expenses (as much as we might not enjoy paying them each month). But how much do we allocate each week/month/year for our own personal growth and development?

If we don’t budget for these things, it may be because we don’t see any value in them. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that the success of a business really is directly related to the state of mind of the person in charge. And we need to do everything we can to make sure our state of mind is as good as it can be, all of the time. Read more

Beautiful Hiking and Biking Trails Along the Oregon Coast

From epic views and Hobbit trails to boardwalk biking and strolls through quaint seaside towns, the coast is calling.

Article by Allison Jones | Featured on Portland Monthly Magazine

Neahkahnie Mountain

Searching for heavenly views? This 1,631-foot-high headland—which translates to “the Place of the Gods” in the Tillamook language—towers over Nehalem Bay and rewards intrepid climbers with panoramas of coastal cliffs and quaint seaside towns up to 50 miles up and down the coast. Skip the north access point from Oswald West State Park—which traverses a noisy mile of Highway 101’s shoulders—and opt for the densely forested, Sitka spruce–strewn switchbacks from the south trailhead, with frequent peeks of the roiling ocean and distant knolls. Round Trip: 3.2 miles; Elevation Gain:900 ft; Nearest Town: Manzanita; Distance from Downtown: 1h 45m

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Trail of the Month: Mosier Plateau

Wildflowers, waterfalls, and panoramic views—what more could you ask for? Plus 3 springtime travel ideas not to miss!

Balsamroot blooms at the top of Mosier Plateau.

Balsamroot blooms at the top of Mosier Plateau.

Occupying the sunbathed hillsides above the eponymous eastern Gorge burg, the Mosier Plateau Trail is a virtual garden bed of spring wildflowers. In fact, with more than 30 varieties of blooms—including yellow balsamroots, lupines, purple bachelor buttons, and pink corydalis—cropping up here, flower species may outnumber hikers. Officially opened in 2013, this scenic ramble is still too new to feature in many guidebooks, making it a crowd-free alternative to well-trodden wildflower beacons like Dog Mountain or Rowena Crest.

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