Hard, Fun and Beautiful – Calming Tea Edition

atlas-HFB-small-border-2Where we are free to talk about the hard, the fun, and the beautiful of our work week. The best way to learn from our experiences is to step back, be honest, and reflect on pain and joy of our work week.

Using my blog to meet amazing people has been a huge perk. I’ve interviewed Steve Pavlina (Personal Development Master), Jonathan Field (Career Renegade), Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos) and many others.

I’m saying this because I’m interviewing someone else that I’ve admired for a long time. She is an amazing writer and business woman. You’ll find out very soon. I can’t give it away yet. A little suspense is good for the soul.

Without all my hard work this never would have happened. None of these interactions would have happened.

We create our own luck. The harder we work, the more opportunities arise.

Let’s begin…


Getting things just right.

I love the idea of being a perfectionist. I read all the stories of artist who pour hours over one small detail to make sure everything looks…well, perfect.

I’m not that person. I’m an idea guy. I love coming up with new ways to tackle a problem. I love writing from fresh angles. I’m not good at refining my posts until they come out perfect. I know that I need to do it and I do the best that I can, but I don’t enjoy it.

I do what is needed and a little more, but then get back to being creative.


Preparing for my interview.

I picture myself on the phone with this person, talking about all kinds of ideas. I have my questions planned out, but hope to go off track and really let her lead the way.


My afternoon cup of green tea.

There is something magical about tea that I haven’t put my finger on quite yet. Besides the small caffeine energy boost. There is something calming about sipping hot tea that keeps me relaxed and balanced.

With coffee I get anxious and grumpy after the caffeine wears off. I never have that feeling with tea. Maybe because there isn’t as much caffeine, but whatever it is, it’s a gift from the heavens.

What about you?

What has been hard, fun and beautiful in your life? I’ll see you in the comment section.

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13 thoughts on “Hard, Fun and Beautiful – Calming Tea Edition”

  1. hard – living in the snow after living in Florida for 22 years.
    fun – living in snow after living in florida for 22 years. 🙂
    beautiful – my pups waking me up every morning at exactly the same time with wet kisses. 🙂

  2. I know a friend who let tea become his artistic passion. In San Francisco, it’s an easy obsession, and one he schooled me in. I was fascinated by the various ways steeping, pouring and sipping can affect a tea’s taste. Wow!

    This week:
    Hard: Accepting that I’m the new kid on the block in a job that I just want to quantum leap my way to the top of the class in. (Patience, young grasshopper!)

    Fun: Friends — they’re ALWAYS my fun outlet, and tonight I’ll be surrounded by ten of them in a crazy wild working session that will be filled with laughs, love and big JOY!

    Beautiful: The blue sky I saw this week, and the sunshine that made my little corner of the world sparkle.

  3. Hi Karl! The hard/fun/beautiful are like shape shifters throughout my life – ever changing. Right now it’s
    Hard – Having the house to myself all day
    Fun – Having the house to myself all day
    Beautiful – Enjoying the quiet in the house all day

  4. Hard- Not rushing to save or please anyone
    Fun-A Quiet hour yesterday. A good battery recharger.
    Beautiful-currants. I found some the other day at the grocery.

    Karl- I have a love of tea. Right now I am loving red tea. It doesn’t give you a rush and drop like coffee. Although, I still have 1 cup each morning.

  5. Hi Karl

    Wow I had no idea you interviewed Steve Pavlina – I will have to go through that interview as I generally speaking really like his methods to “life”. What I like most about him is his frankness – he just says it like it is and is not afraid to “upset” people. I am working up my way to being more like that, but with respect and compassion always.

    Okay so my week:

    Hard: LOL…learning how to deal with sticking to my standards and honoring what I stand for, even if it may upset someone else.

    Fun: Going for a nice long body massage treatment. (well that will be later today) Nothing like finishing off the week off with some nice R & R.

    Beautiful: Experiencing the kindness and care of a group of special friends, who really helped me out, when I really needed their input this week 😉

  6. Karl,
    Creating your own luck – that’s it! And what great examples of that you have shared! Very cool!

    Hard: Working through all the details for a big event coming up on in about a week. Lots of things to make sure are getting taken care of, and that everyone is doing their part.

    Fun: A conversation with a long-time reader, and really just connecting at a new level. Very fun!

    Beautiful: Continuing to build a deeper connection with a group of middle school kids my wife and I work with.

  7. Hi Megan, I have a little studying to do on my tea techniques. I dink various kinds (white, green, black and some Mata too), but I always make it the same way.

    I’m glad you found a job. Awesome. Patience is the key. Sometimes we get a little too excited, but we can’t conquer it all, especially in one day.

    Ahh, the blue sky. I’m also a big fan of the moon. I love going for night walks with my dog.

  8. Hi Evita, Interviewing Steve was an awesome experience. He is too smart for his own good. 😉

    Sticking to our standards can be tough. We want to be open minded, but not too open minded that we lose sight of what we believe in.

    Have fun at your body massage treatment. Remember to breathe deep and release that tension.

  9. Hi Lance, Big events are tough because you never know if you have all your ducks in a row. Good luck.

    I love conversing with long time readers. Makes all the effort worth it.

    It’s nice to hear you are helping middle school kids out. They really do need guidance. They don’t want it directly from their parents so having other level headed adults to help out is important. The quote, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

  10. Cool post Karl – a joy to read – let me take a bite…

    Hard – Staying focused and persistent while writing my ebook.

    Fun – Exploring other people’s blogs and learning so much.

    Beautiful – Going outside during a clear night and getting overwhelmed by the view of the stars and moon.

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