My Zen Garden Punched Your Zen Garden Right In The Nose

“No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden.” ~Hugh Johnson The space in which you inhibit matters - big time.  How we live, where we live, the bodies in which we live - it’s kind of a personal thing. As they say, one man’s weed is another man’s wildflower. Food for thought, huh? Think about your own environment - and ...

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DJ Your Own Life

DJ's. D.J.'s. Disc Jockeys. DJ's mix recorded records for an audience to enjoy. They take what is already existing - and make it enjoyable for themselves, and their fans. Great DJ's are translators, they are designers, they are engineers. They take raw material and turn it into something impressive, fun and danceable. They know how to  color amazing art within the lines - keeping to the beat - ...

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Spring Cleaning Your Life: The Spirit of Transition

Ah, March. It's a complicated month. It's muddy. It's warm and then it's cold. Sometimes it snows. Sometimes it rains. Sometimes you're walking outside and the sun's hot rays take you by surprise after a long winter. March is a time of transition. It's neither winter nor spring. It's one of those in-between months. In life, we all have in-between months, don't we? Times when we are neither here nor ...

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Learn to Love The Micro-Vacation

Tablets. Smartphones. Wi-Fi. Laptops. Flexible work-spaces. Emails. Text messaging. Good old-fashioned phone calls. Does it ever end? Today is Friday - and as we come upon another weekend, let's take a step back and think about what weekends mean. Beyond the literal meaning of the end of the week, the weekend functions as something of a bookend between weeks. What is the purpose of the bookend? Bookends hold up books; ...

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Finding Inspiration

What inspires you? What gets you out of bed in the morning? Coffee? Your dreams? Your dog? Your alarm clock? The thrill of making deals and making money? All of the above? At Hipster, we like to collect inspiration as much as we like to collect properties and friends. Inspiration for success is everywhere in our daily lives - from looking out the window at a beautiful tree to reflecting ...

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Order Your Property Like You Order Your Coffee

As real estate investors, many of us are used to working early mornings and late nights. If you're anything like us at Hipster, you probably drink a fair amount of coffee. Ah, coffee. We each have a certain way we like it. Cream. Sugar. Soy milk. Raw sugar. Agave syrup. Hemp milk. Coconut milk. Skim milk. Foamed. Decaf. Over ice. French Press. You name it. Luckily, the world today is ...

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Lifestyle design is all about living the life you want to live and doing the things that make YOU happy. Maybe working for yourself is key to your lifestyle design...maybe packing lots of travel in is also crucial for you. Perhaps your idea lifestyle involves living near a Starbucks and enjoying as many delicious lattes as you can in a day. Maybe living oceanfront, or camping oceanfront, is more ...

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Celebrate Your Investment Successes

As an investor, you're fairly used to flying solo. It's one of the perks of the job, right? You make your own hours and set your own time. If one week you'd rather be off in Colorado snowboarding down a black diamond run, as an investor - you can do it (although finding someone with a similar lifestyle to your own may be a bit more tricky). The bottom line ...

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When There’s Too Much Traffic in Your Life, Take the Bike Path; A Different Approach for Life and Investment!

We’re a few weeks into 2014 and a lot of us are starting to feel the time crunch.  Work, home, staying in shape, getting our finances in order, making time for family, making time for friends…oh, and remembering to stop and smell the roses from time to time. We’ve got a lot on our plates, don’t we? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Instead ...

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