About Forrest

Forrest is a lover of books, blogging, the wild outdoors, deep mysterious conversations... and coffee.

From Confinement to Freedom


Yesterday I heard the story of Sri Aurobindo. If you go look him up on Wikipedia, you'll find a few brief sentences about his conversion from politics to philosophy and spirituality, but I was told a more detailed account of this conversion. We'll pick the story up at his imprisonment Aurobindo, at one point in his life, received a sentence in jail. While in solitary confinement, a radical shift in consciousness occurred. Sri began viewing the prison guards (who held him captive) as deities. They were once THE obstacle to him... and they become the freedom. Can you imagine? Your worst enemies... [...]

From Confinement to Freedom2019-07-24T15:06:02-05:00

Ineffable Thing(s)


There's this ... "thing"... we're all after as human beings (perhaps beyond our own species, even). What do we call it? Happiness? Reality? God? Meaning?Joy?Fulfillment?The Universe?Purpose?The Answers? I don't know. I do know that I find it everywhere (when I pay attention). "It" is somehow hidden, yet ubiquitously occupying obvious places. But we walk through life so blind, don't we? We're like fish looking for water. (Speaking of... if you've never checked out David Foster Wallace's commencement speech to Kenyon College class of 2005, perhaps now is the time). If you don't have time... Here's the gist of the introduction... "There are these two young fish swimming [...]

Ineffable Thing(s)2019-07-01T09:25:23-05:00

Blogging Tools, Investments and Resources


If you're ready to start blogging, and you need an experienced leader... I would recommend any of these courses below I also list several free tools, (and paid tools), and there are affiliate links included in this post-- I'm sharing stuff I use and have found helpful. Be sure to read how to start a blog, and how to write a blog post. The Tool Kit for Accelerating Progress Learning How to Blog Create and Go's Launch Your Blog CourseTracie Forbe's LearnGrowEarn courseUberSuggest (free keyword research) The Pinterest Traffic Avalanche CourseSEMRush  (Use this link for a 7-day free trial)Get Simple Pin [...]

Blogging Tools, Investments and Resources2019-07-25T12:40:26-05:00

How to Write a Blog Post


In reality, learning how to write a blog post is easy. You just write. And you get better. What you wouldn't know about the internet if you just arrived here, a full-fledged writer with exceptional talent is how to write things people want to read. This is where Keyword Research, Search Engine Optimization, and Content Strategy come in. Open a new tab with UberSuggest <-- (by clicking the green link), and let's get started learning together. Type "how to write a blog post" into the search bar and hit Enter. You should see something like this: In this blog post, [...]

How to Write a Blog Post2019-07-24T14:58:28-05:00

“The Way It Is” by William Stafford (There’s a Thread You Follow)


There’s a thread you follow. It goes amongthings that change. But it doesn’t change.People wonder about what you are pursuing.You have to explain about the thread.But it is hard for others to see.While you hold it you can’t get lost.Tragedies happen; people get hurtor die; and you suffer and get old.Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.You don’t ever let go of the thread. From Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems. Graywolf Press (January 7, 2014).

“The Way It Is” by William Stafford (There’s a Thread You Follow)2019-07-04T11:30:22-05:00

How to Start a Blog (in 15 Minutes)


There are a few types of thoughts that come up for me when I think about starting a blog: Inspirational Thoughts (and feelings) Strategic Thoughts (macro/big picture) Technical Details (microfocus) Futurist Mindsets (possible futures) All the tools and resources I use I'm specifically writing this post for a few friends who I've spoken to in the last couple of weeks, who either have business ideas or personal voices they want to manifest into the blogosphere. I'm thinking about the mother of two, who has journeyed through a rollercoaster in life and is ready to release her wisdom into the world, and [...]

How to Start a Blog (in 15 Minutes)2019-10-07T20:52:28-05:00