How Do YOU Start Your Day?

The morning ritual. 

Most of us are aware of the benefits involved with starting your day with a consistent morning routine. Morning rituals help us frame our day, prime our brain, and prepare our body for a successful day.

Without question I have noticed that when I hold myself accountable to my routine that my day flows in a more positive direction and I also tend to get more accomplished. This is especially true as we dive into the dark days of winter, a season I always struggle with. The cold temperatures combined with less sunlight and general seasonal stresses can wreak havoc on my system.

For the last few months working through some version of the following routine:


Love Oregon Contest Series Introduction

❄️ It’s February, the month of love, and to celebrate we will be launching our contest “Love Oregon” on our Facebook page! ( Love is all about connections, whether it’s with each other, the outdoors, or our community.

? We love Oregon and we are excited to share with you some of the reasons why. We are also looking forward to hearing what you love about it as well!

? We will be stopping into a number of local businesses over the next two weeks that we love and believe to have made an impact on our community. We will be chatting with the owners & customers about what love means to them and the things they enjoy the most about our community. You will see these videos periodically on our Facebook page throughout the next couple of weeks and we will be giving away prizes from each of these businesses!

To participate and spread the love for Oregon, visit our Facebook page and find this video!

#loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

20 Ways to Fill Your Day with Gratitude

gratitude jarWe’ve heard it time and time again that gratitude can be a key to happiness. People who practice and express gratitude tend to be healthier physically and mentally, have more positive relationships with others, handle stress more easily, and find more opportunities leading to success.

If we know these benefits then why don’t we all practice gratitude more frequently?

Often people don’t know how or where to start. So let’s make it simple. (more…)

Thrive | Eat More Bacon | Define Your 2016

readingThis time of year we all tend to reflect a little. We try to take in life, to focus on the important things, to plan for a more successful and enjoyable future.

Last year we challenged you all to Thrive in 2015 in reference to the book written by Arianna Huffington in which she encourages us to re-evaluate our definition of success to include our well-being, sense of wonder, and capacity for compassion and giving.

Previously Jeff committed to eating more bacon simply because bacon is good and makes him happy. With simple pleasures come the best moments in life and these moments ultimately add up to happiness.


The Seed

SeedPassion, purpose, happiness.

A sense of meaning in life and work.


In some way we are all in search of these things. Both our personal and professional lives provide opportunities to explore these ideas that mean so much to our human experience. Yet, many of us struggle truly find things like passion, purpose, or balance. They are lost in the run around of business or the search and striving towards certain definitions of success. How do we find our purpose? How do we live our passions? (more…)

Did You Eat Your Frog Today?

eat frog

What if the first thing you did today was eat a live frog? How would the rest of your day go from there?

There’s an old saying that says if the first thing you do when you wake up is eat a live frog then nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day.

With a variety of different responsibilities creeping up on us throughout the course of a day or week finding your frog and eating it first can help you become more productive and efficient.

This week we encourage you to prioritize and find your frog. Eat it first. We believe you’ll find the energy and momentum from completing this task will help carry you through the rest of your day.  (more…)

Grit From the Eyes of a Navy Seal

navyGrit and resilience are two key traits that determine the differences between success, mediocrity, and failure. We all face challenges in life and it is our reaction and response to adversity that ultimately determine the path we follow.

Eric Barker, author of the blog Barking Up the Wrong Treediscussed grit, resiliency, and persistence with a Navy seal. The following is what he found regarding surviving life’s toughest moments.

 Purpose & Meaning

Having a clear purpose and meaning puts things into focus and is essential when working through challenges. Intrinsic motivation is more valuable than extrinsic motivation.

Make it a Game


Eat More Bacon

baconWith every new year comes a slew of new resolutions for personal improvement. Weight loss, time with friends, or quitting bad habits tend to make up a high number of these resolutions.

While some research shows that just 8% of people actually keep their resolutions, I’ve vowed to be stronger than that.

That’s why in 2015 I resolve to eat more bacon.  (more…)

Thrive in 2015

ThriveWith the holidays in full swing and the new year nearly upon us we are in the midst of the season for gratitude, giving, and self-reflection. Over the last month as we build our own goals and success metrics in preparation for 2015 we’ve been reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington as inspiration for our next steps.

Society sends a strong message relating to success on a constant basis. Historically money and power have been the main metrics used in judging success. Busy is good. Money is good. Titles are good.

But how does the societal definition of success really fit into a successful life?

Huffington recognized the need for this reflection when exhaustion caused her to collapse. The result was a broken cheekbone, gash on her face, and newfound outlook on the true meaning of success. (more…)

Choose Your Hard

Choose Your HardChoose Your Hard. This motto has become a rallying cry among the fitness community. But if you put weight loss aside for a moment you’ll see it applies to everything you do.

We all have choices to make on a daily basis. Quite frankly, more often than not we tend to choose the easiest less painful choice. Not only is it hard to make the choice that is best for us, but it’s also hard to live with the consequences. (more…)

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