Pursuing Our Dreams, Not Theirs

Ideas on balancing entrepreneurial drive with wellness, bringing to life new ideas, while living well ourselves, and making space for what matters in a well-balanced life.


I feel grateful to each of the JRWI newsletter’s ~625 subscribers. At the same time, one frustration of mine has been how to continue spreading the JRWI message.

625 isn’t a small number. It’s stayed consistent over time. This also feels very important.

My gratitude to each of you for this.

Yet there are more of us out there. There are more than 625 people who would rather chase their own dream, rather than “The Dream”, pushed on us by others.

Like it or not, taglines are a necessary communication tool today. As Seth Godin says, we skim much more than we read today.

So I’ve been thinking about the JRWI tagline. The title of this issue is what I’ve come up with. To me, it best represents how JRWI’s evolved into a community of us chasing our dreams, not “The Dream.”

So JRWI is about chasing our dream, not theirs.

What do you think?

Love it? Hate it? Have another idea?

Please let me know by replying directly to this email.

Catch you next week,


Semi-Random Thoughts

I feel like I’m going through another work shift. It initiated from a place of fear and anxiety last November. This episode of my intermittent podcast captured what I was feeling at the time.

The work shift feels positive. At the same time, I’m more aware of the grasping than ever before. When things feel like they’re going well, my instinct is still to grasp for and make them solid. I’m learning this is a root cause of suffering. Stay tuned for more on this as it evolves…

If you like house music, I’d encourage you to listen to the Music of the Week. It’s a playlist of house music I grew up listening to. It helped me feel hopeful and optimistic, throughout a childhood during which those feelings didn’t manifest often on their own.

Current Reading List

The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan by Andy Couturier

The Abundance of Less has 133 ratings and 29 reviews.

Music of the Week

House Music I Grew Up On in New Jersey in the 80's and 90's by Chris Remus | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Stream House Music I Grew Up On in New Jersey in the 80’s and 90’s, a playlist by Chris Remus from desktop or your mobile device.

Podcast of the Week

Reboot Podcast Episode #86 - How Have You Lived Your Life? - with Parker J. Palmer