"Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation - what are they? They are the happiest people in the world." - William Lyon Phelps



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J Shogren is a singer/songwriter out of Laramie, WY currently with 5 albums out, his latest titled “Why So Blue Bird?” He is also a community theater actor, an economics professor at the University of Wyoming, and an environmental economist and was part of a team of scientists working on climate change that won a Nobel Peace Prize.  For more information on his music, go to http://www.jshogren.com.

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I had never been a fan of routine. In fact, if someone were to ask me on the street if I prefer spontaneity or ritual, I’d go with the former. It’s exciting isn’t it? Something new every moment grabbing your attention and desire into adventure after adventure? That’s the life we see people living in the news or on Instagram. We see the highlighted version of everything and it all seems to fantastic and desirable. We want it. I want it. It’s the allure of “making it”.

What I have found though, is that between all those highlighted moments cleverly posted for the world to see, is that there is a secret life behind all of these successes. And that life, is one of routine.