www.EnduringLife.com – My website!

April 7, 2011

My website launched two weeks ago.  I hope you find in resourceful.

At my website, www.EnduringLife.com you will find information to further assist you on how you can write your life story.  You don’t need to hire a professional, like me, though I certainly would be pleased if you did!

Rather, you can download the following materials to further assist you, which can all be found at my website http://www.enduringlife.com/content/freestuff

My eBook

Write Your Life Story in 5 Minutes a Day.  This will hopefully inspire and encourage you to write for 5 MINUTES A DAY about your daily life.  You are in fact creating your life story, your legacy through a daily journal.  To give you some encouragement, if you write for 5 MINUTES A DAY you will create about 120 pages a year (without pictures).  And write about the little things…what you talked about to your friends, family members, where you went, what you did, what you ate…the little things in life are the colorful pieces of your life’s canvas.

Personality Profile Template

You can download this Personality Profile to your computer and then interview yourself and other family members.  This is especially fun and enlightening to interview a child and do this every year with them to see how much they change – it’s insightful!  My actual Personality Profile has been completed and also located on my website, and this will provide some helpful tips.

Journal Template

This can also be downloaded for further assist you regarding this.

Good luck.

Write Your Life Story – Share to Inspire – Enrich All

Your Memories – Your Legacy – Your Enduring Life

Easy Steps to Begin Writing Your Life Story

April 7, 2011

The other day a person contacted me via my website and I called her back to dialog with her and responded to her questions about my services.

She explained to me that she wanted to write the life story of her son, A.J. who is 8 years old and has cancer.  I was obviously thankful she contacted and moved by her and A.J.’s story.

I proceeded to help her get started with a few tips that I thought would be useful for you as well:

First, create a chronological log.  To do this, put the year born, age and location.  For example:

1963 – Age 0 – Wilmington, DE.  Then continue with

1964 – Age 1  -Wilmington, DE.

Complete this to current year.

Second, start by collecting memorable photographs of those highlights of your life; birthday parties, funny pictures, graduations, weddings, etc.  Please also include photos of your ancestors, as you need to attack them as soon as possible.

Also, it is very helpful if you begin to digitize all these important photos NOW!  Again, not every photo needs to be digitized, just the ones of real significance.

Third.  Write about each photo.  Don’t get overwhelmed with this, just start with a simple paragraph.  You can always come back and add additional content when time permits.  After you write about a photo and have digitized the photo, place the photo in your document.

The most important thing is to just START NOW!  It will flow and become easier and more enjoyable over time…if you stick to it.  But you have to start.  The sooner the better!  You never know what tomorrow will bring…

Another suggestion is to use my “Personality Profile” which can be found on my website at www.EnduringLife.com under “Free Stuff”.  You can download this Personality Profile to your computer and then interview yourself and other family members.  This is especially fun and enlightening to interview a child and do this every year with them to see how much they change – it’s insightful!  My actual Personality Profile has been completed and also located on my website, and this will provide some helpful tips.

Also, do read my eBook Write Your Life Story in 5 Minutes a Day.  This will hopefully inspire and encourage you to write for 5 MINUTES A DAY about your daily life.  If you write for 5 MINUTES A DAY are in fact creating your life story, your legacy through this daily journal.  To give you some encouragement, if you write for 5 MINUTES A DAY you will create about 120 pages a year (without pictures).  And write about the little things…what you talked about to your friends, family members, where you went, what you did, what you ate…the little things in life are the colorful pieces of your life’s canvas.

My website also has a Journal Template and it also can be downloaded for further assist you regarding this.

If your child, or grandchild, is 8 years old by the time they go to college in 10 years you will have written 1,200 pages of your life with them!  Think about that for a moment.  Step by step, little by little, daily you are creating your legacy –

A family heirloom to be shared treasured for generations to come.  Your gift of a lifetime…yours and theirs!

Hope this helps and I appreciate the inspiration of A.J.

 

The Family Summer Vacation – Time To Journal!

July 10, 2010

It’s time for your annual summer family vacation!  Doesn’t that just make you think of all those great family vacations you took with your parents? Ahhh, the memories!

Most people relish those memories; they are some of our most enjoyable recollections of youth. Those family trips to the beach, to lakes, to National Parks, to mountains, to those far and away places that are never far from our thoughts. Wonderlust!

Likewise, for your children, your upcoming summer vacation this year will forever be some of their fondest memories. Do not let that wonderlust become “wonderRUST”.

If you can spend just a few minutes of your day during this family vacation writing about it, you will have a prized document memorializing all that fun! You and your family will forever be thankful you did this!

Now, many of you are already are taking plenty of pictures and creating great family albums digitally or using photo albums. I commend you. However, pictures by themselves do not tell the whole story – it is like an eating cake without the icing! By adding written content about that picture, then you are putting the icing on the cake and the richness now truly satisfies all the sense! People say “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I say, “Writing a thousand words makes a picture!”

Let me try to express the importance of this. I am a Personal Historian – I write others life stories. For all of my clients, we include a specific section of their life story dedicated to “Family Vacations”. This section highlights those family trips taken and covers the places, events and funny stories that transpired during these vacations. When I have finished my client’s life story memoir and give their children a copy, they mostly comment about how pleased they are to see that their parent has included details about their fondly remembered family vacations.

Since you probably have never written those memories from past family vacation down and documented them, maybe you should start with this summers vacation and write about it…while your there!

I know, you are thinking…I am not into doing this on my vacation! It will take too much time. Trust me it does not! Not to mention how much fun it is to do.

Capturing your fond family summer vacation memories this year can be a fun family effort.

 Here are some tips for you to engage which will ease your preconceived pain:

• Keep a pad of paper and pen with you at all times during your vacation. Write down events, places you go, funny things that are said and done.

• You will inevidentably be driving in the car a bit. This is down time, and a great time to write in your notes about those memories that have transpired. Get the husband, kids to pitch-in on their thoughts of the previous day. It’s great conversation and banter. Beats watching them play on the Gameboy and texting their friends!

• At the family meals, ask everyone what they remember about yesterday or the last portion of that day. It’s great dialogue and eveyone will pitch in and tell their stories and express their memories. Rich material to capture.

• Pictures, pictures and more pictures. I highly recommend you purchased the best and smallest camera you can. A Nikon CoolPix is about $130 (12 Megapixels), very small and can fit in your pocket or purse hardly without notice. Keep it with you at all times, except when swimming! Whenever something is happening, take pictures and more pictures. These pictures will provide a snapshot in time for you to remember and then write about. Of course, you can use your cell phone but the quality is just not the same. But, whatever works for you! When you have time, look through those pictures taken and write some notes about them. Make sure you put the camera picture number in your notes for you to refer back to them later and embedded these pictures into your finally family vacation document.

• If you take a laptop on vacation, find time to transfer your notes onto the computer. Unless you do this while on vacation, there is a high probability that it will not get done. Find the time! It is so worth it. If you do not have a computer with you, make sure you dedicate a day upon your return home to write your vacation story from your notes, as well as place those phones into this document. Do this as soon as you can upon your return. If you do not, time will slip away from you, the notes will be lost. And your family vacation will be left to that ever-fading goo between your ears.

• If you do not keep a journal yet, maybe this is the start of a newfound hobby, and passion. Journaling! You can check out my blog, which is dedicated to assisting others in this most noble cause of documenting ones life through journaling. Blog site: http//EnduringLifeDaily.wordpress.com

• As well, if you email me, I will send you my eBook Legacy of Love which provides further tips and encouragement on how to journal for 5 MINUTES A DAY and begin creating your written legacy. If you spend 5 MINUTES A DAY journaling, you will create 120 pages annually of your daily life and times. If you add pictures to this journal, it will be become even more treasured. It will be great summer reading for you on your vacation, as it will inspire you to engage in this most noble cause.

We all have a legacy.

The question is: What do you want that legacy to be?

You can do nothing and your legacy and it will fade away.

Alternatively, you can begin now, journaling and passing on to your children and grandchildren your legacy. It will become a treasured family heirloom to be shared for generations to come.

Think hard about what legacy you wish to leave behind.

Be safe, have fun and write about your summer family vacation.

Start NOW passing on your legacy. You and your kids deserve it!

Chad Harbour Personal Historian & Passionate Journaller ChadJHarbour@Yahoo.com

George Carlin – Philosophy For Old Age… Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take…but…by the moments that take our breath away.

May 8, 2010

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids?

If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re excited about ageing that you think in fractions. ‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on fire! That’s the key.

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead. ‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16! And, then the greatest day of your life…You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21….YESSSS!!!

But, then you turn 30. Ooooh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40…Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACHED 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE IT to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE IT to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Monday, March 01, 2010! (Chad’s note: funny, I copied this from an email into this document on this excate date! How cool is that?!!)

You get into your 80’s and every day is a complete cylce; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 p.m.; you REACH bedtime.

And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I was JUST 92’.

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’

May you make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

How To Stay Young

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them’.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever…Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the maill, even to the next country; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people that you love them, at every opportunity.

And always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take…

                                                      …  but by the moments that take our breath away.

 

Next Post: Don’t know yet.

Chad Harbour, Founder EnduringLife.com

Documenting your legacy. Memorializing your memories. Enduring your life.

Using “Headings” for your entries for Table of Contents – An Example Using My Journal From This Week – Palm Beach & Bone Fishing!

April 13, 2010

 Want to use this week to show you how I journal and how I use “Heading” in my journal. Also, this will show how this creates the Table of Contents in my journal.

So, here is my journal entries from last week:

I’m heading to Palm Beach to visit a great friend of mine and then on to the Bahamas to bone fish with more great friends of mine. What a great time this will be; I think I’ll use this relaxing time to actually show you my daily journal about this spring-fling trip. From this bonefishing journal, you will first hand, or second hard but some hand…how I use titles or “Headings” in my journal.

Always remember one of my key reasons, and motto, to journal: “if you write is down, it becomes special.” And, since I plan on this trip being very special, I’ll write a plenty for my posperity and to show you how it is done. Here is the real deal! Enjoy, because I certainly will.

These titles of my topics are in Microsoft Word, and they are found usually in the tool bar as “Headings”. I use these to highlight a topic, event, funny story, recipe…whatever you like. Remember it’s your journal, your story, your life.

I use them to highlight what a write about (see below blog about snippets, etc) but also use them so I can have them listed in a Table of Contents (ToC). This is especially helpful when you wish to go back to find something you had written. It’s difficult to remember when you wrote about some specific topic, but with this ToC, you can quickly scan this to find the topic and then go it is as it will be numbered in the ToC. This has saved me a lot of time when I needed to find something later in life.

March 19, 2010-Friday

(Note, I bold the date but don’t not use a “Heading” for this so it will not appear in the Table of Contents [ToC])

“Just Send Me A Darn Postcard!”

(Note: I try and make my “Heading” interesting. If they are not, interesting sounding, it will not grab the reader’s attention. So try and make them interesting or funny or anything to grab the attention. But, they should be relevant.)

In packing for my trip tonight, my daughter, 12, didn’t look very pleased about me leaving for 9 days of fun, sun and fishing. “Why can’t I go?” she wanted to know. I had many good reasons but none resonated with her, not surprisingly. She persisted all night long as she is prone to do; really digging into me and trying to make me feel her pain and attempting to force my guilty. Finally, I thought I would reverse the situation and dig into her a bit. I told her “Hey, you wouldn’t want to miss the snow in Dallas that is expected to happen on Sunday!” That didn’t go over very well with her and that was a good thing as that was my purpose. She extolded “and you’ll be in the sun, having fun and partying with your friend in the islands!” She stormed off yelling “Well then, have FUN! And, just send me a darn postcard!” My pleasure, and, have a nice day! I certainly will! Guess I should get her a trinket or something…like that’s really going to make up for her being excluded.

March 20, 2010-Saturday

My Vacation Begins – Selfish But Fun Nevertheless

(Note: More often than not, I will write about a topic and then, after I write, I will go back and name the topic with a “Heading”. I usually don’t have a “Heading” in mind, it just is created from the writing I complete.)

Got my wife up, and we drove to the airport. Rainy and cold day in Dallas today. The temperatures are suppose to continue to drop, and snow is actually forecasted for Sunday. What a shame. I’ll be in Palm Beach golfing, hanging, sunning and just enjoying the many charms of The Breakers Hotel and south Florida. Yeah for me…But I do feel a little guilt though. It will pass!

First Stop – Palm Beach To Visit Z

(Note: I use the “Heading 2” in MS Word for most of my titles. You can use “Heading 1” but I typically will use “Heading 1” for larger sections of my journal, such as, the beginning of the month, as in “March” or my “Blog” writings, or my “Historial” writing section. I put the “Historical” section at the end of my annual journal and then, at year end, transfer this “Historial” writing for that year, into a Master Historical Document I am keeping. In addition to my own “Life Story” I am writing using my 960 questions, I keep this “Master Historical Document” as my repository to add things I think about during the year. I will usually add to this whenever I remember something. So much has been lost and whenever it comes across my ever shrinking, cobweb filled brian, I jot it down.)

As I was heading to the Bahamas for the bonefishing event, thought I would tag onto my trip a visit to see my good friend and his family, JZ, who lives in Palm Beach, Florida. I had promised “Z” so many times to come visit in recent years, but it just never has worked out. Finally, a chance to re-connect with him, and his family, as I was passing through the area anyway to the islands.

Z was thrilled and scheduling worked out as such I would visit him prior to the island boning, fishing that is!

The Promise, The Purpose, The Passion, The Platform

March 22, 2010

 Many of my friends know that my mother died a horrific death fighting cancer when I was 17. Back in the day chemo, radiation where all new and the treatments were exploratory events. For my mother, unforunately, they worked to prolonger her excuriatingly painful death.

The Promise

When my first child, my son, was born I promised myself that I would begin to write about our life together. I wanted to ensure he had a document describing our life and times together. I did not want to leave this world without something he could have which highlighted our blessings. I wanted him, and now my daughter, to have my life story which is really their life story. Of course, I had a many memories about my mother, but mostly those are shining moments of special occasions and the like. But, as so many of us had come to find out, when a parent leaves us, many questions about our life with them are unanswered. We have a void in our lives much more than just losing a parent. We lose the answer to many unanswered questions. With their passing, so is the passing of so many stories left untold. The memories are vivid of what we can recall, but many of their stories of us with them are fading and will eventually be lost. How sad it that? Your wonderful, blessed life is passing as are your memories which will likewise pass and not be passed on.

So, my promise was to ensure the stories were captured, documented. My life story quest began.

The Purpose

As stated, my promise to my children became my purpose…to document our lives together so they would have a complete historical accounting of our lives together…and my love for them.

I started that day my son was born to write, to journal and create a daily account of my life and times with him, and now my daughter. Last year I wrote 300 pages of what we did, said, thought. That’s just the writing part. Adding in to my annual document, the pictures, which further crystal and bring forward so much color, and I produced about a 700 page document in 2009. It’s crazy, I know. But just thing of the rich content and memorial of their life I have and that they will have. They will never have to wonder about what happened to this or that…It’s all there. Hopefully, they will continue adding to this great life story of theirs. At the least, they have the structure to keep their life story going. Heck, I can only do so much as time is not on my side!

The Passion

As mentioned, I started to journal the day my son was born. I wasn’t very good, and I still don’t consider myself a good writer, but I soon found that I enjoyed this labor of love. It didn’t happen overnight. In fact it took about a year before the passion kicked in. When the passion did kick in, I started to add voraciously to my annual documents. I began to write more, with more detail. I started to include digital pictures, and jokes from the internet, notes from church sermons, or scanned articles I found interesting. I put in many things that float my boat. But in the end, they are all lessons for my kids; life lessons in some way.

The promise and purpose became a passion. And it shall for you also if you keep to it and don’t give up. It’s a most worthy cause. If you don’t believe me…try it. What have you got to lose? 5 minutes a day? Heck…enough of that. You know my feelings..but please just try it and I am confident you will see the magic and find the passion…And, not to put any pressure on you, your legacy depends upon it.

Passing On The Passion

When you develop a passion for anything, you want to tell others about it. You know how much joy you experience from your passion, and you feel it will also benefit others. So, you tell others in hopes they will also take up your cause and begin experiencing the joy you do. I feel so strongly in the many benefits of writing about your life (see my upcoming Blog: THANKS!) that I just can’t help but be seemingly a nuisance at my agreesive approach. I just want to share the joy; and although this joy may be somewhat guarded initially, if one can see past the present and peek into the future, your cyrstal ball will bring forth downstream generational joy. Those in the future, will know about their heir’s past; they will learn about you, your times and your relationship with their heirs. Can you see that far? Isn’t not easy, but you have to have that “vision”. I know if you begin this journey, this quest of writing about your life, that your end game will be filled with joy that you many not ever witness, but you will know it will exist. And, for that alone, you will receive the joy now and with great expectations for the future.

So, I feel this compelling need to pass on the passion. And, here’s now I plan to do this.

The Platform

Hence, now is the beginning of my second phase in my journey: to developing a platform to make this journaling / life story, documenting activity easy for others.

It’s easy for me to journal and write my life story. But, I know many who think it is laborious, time consuming and most don’t know where to start. If one can’t engage in an easy way, they won’t. And then, look what will be lost. My joyous passion will never be realized for others. So, I’m motivated to ensure all who wish do.

So, my life quest is to make this easy, fun and accessible to all. To do this, I need a platform.

I am confident my platform will excite you and hopefully, because of that, motivate you. It will provide the road less traveled to be the road many will travel.

But, I’m still working on it…sorry. But, God willing, it will be paved soon and be the platform this world needs to drive down a wonderful road which can be shared by many for generetions to come.

Be patient. It will be worth the wait.

Next Week: Using titles for your entries and Table of Contents

*** Journal Master – Chad Harbour, Founder EnduringLife.com ***

Documenting your legacy. Memorializing your memories. Enduring your life.

The Inter-Generational Social Compact – Preserving “Wealth”

March 11, 2010

 

 When people ask me what I do, I use to say that I am a “Personal Historian”.  I think more to the point is that I help others successfully preserve their family legacy and ensure that their true wealth – human capital and intellectual capital – is reaffirmed and readopted through inter-generational social compact for generations to come. 

In a nutshell, I write a person’s life story so they can pass on their legacy for betterment of their family’s “wealth” for the generations that follow.

It is a wonderful life pursuit and I feel blessed to be on this journey of helping others.  I recently visited with two of my clients, as they are cousins (I wrote both their mothers’ life stories).  They just wanted to tell me how much they appreciated my efforts and how much enjoyment their mothers have received from the books I produced.  It really made my day…

To further expound on Family Wealth and it’s true value of passing it on to the benefit of future generations, I wish to highlight some of the main points from James E. Hughes book, Family Wealth: Keeping it in the Family

  • Human and intellectual capital are the corner stones to ensuring preservation of finanical capital
  • Entropy will happen without the keen management of human and intellectual capital
  • Generational preservation of wealth in a 100 year process for members and then succeeding 100 year for a new generation
  • The proverb “shortsleeves to shortsleeves in three generations” is what family wealth preservation are working to avoid and all members must acknowledge and abide by a system of family governances, which reflected shared values.
  • One of the key problems is that family members fail to tell the family’s story.
  • The pursuit of  happiness should be the goal for all family members with guidelines in place to manage and sustain a balanced approach to this end
  • The need for a family to govern itself through clearly understood and executable governance policies and procedures.

I highly recommend this book.  Though one many not be a Rockefeller or Rothchild, one can always put these pieces in place to ensure preservation to wealth, happiness and general well being now and for future generations.

It has certainly helped me further define why I assist others

Next Week: The Promise, The Purpose, The Passion, The Platform

*** Journal Master – Chad Harbour, Founder EnduringLife.com ***

Documenting your legacy. Memorializing your memories. Enduring your life.

 

Journaling Stories – Snippets, Anecdotes, Homilies, Allegories

February 27, 2010

 Journaling Stories – Snippets, Anecdotes, Homilies, Allegories      Journaling is really just a compliation of short stories.  Short verbage of what you did, thought, or said.  And we tell these short stories every day to those we meet and know.  Some are mundane.  Others are more interesting and maybe extremely important, even life changing events.  But most likely the majority of them are simple events that happen and are, for the most part, uneventual. 

But if you write them down they became special!  So write them all down and then you will realize the legacy you are leaving behind, even for the most mundane thing. 

I sometime refer to these my journaling short stories as snippets, anecdotes, homilies or allegories.  Here are definitions of each of these:

Snippet:  A small piece snipped off; a small bit, scraps, or fragment

Anecdote:  A short account of a particular incident or event of an interesting or amusing nature, often biographical

Homily:  An admonitory or moralizing discourse

Allegory:  Symbolical narrative

Daily we tell these short stories to our family, friends and co-workers.   They are your daily body of work, your life in essence.  So it’s important to pass on these on and write them down.  When you do scribe them in your journal, some thought process will be triggered and you can then expand upon that.  Or, maybe you will remember something from your past that you wish to mention.  Or, as often happens, you may expound on this event and you will add more thought or emotions in your writing about this event.  

The more you write about these small short stories the more likely they will shine like gems for your generations to come to see the vast richness of your life, your times, your thought and mind.  Your legacy is the gem waiting to be a bright shining treasure for those generations to come.

Let you life and light shine and pass on your legacy for brightening the life of those in the future.

 Write to Live.  Live to Write.

Next Week: The Inter-Generational Transfer of True Wealth

*** Journal Master – Chad Harbour, Founder EnduringLife.com ***

Documenting your legacy. Memorializing your memories. Enduring your life.

February 22, 2010

Your Personality Profile – Use it on Facebook

February 13, 2010

I wanted to share the Personality Profile which is in my book.  Many people are now using this on their Facebook profile.  What better way to tell others about you in a fun way.  Please add and delete according to your pleasure.  I often add many bullets as I don’t just have one or two answers….I add bullets to list all I want to.  Towards the end of this post are my answers to these questions. 

This is great to engage with your wife, kids, family members and friends….It’s enlightening!  You will be intrigued at what you find out.  I try and do this each year with my kids.  It’s amazing how their interests/answers change through the years.  But you may wish to limit the number of questions.  I can assure you a 16 year old boy doesn’t enjoy this much…but he will when he reads this when he’s 30 or so!  

Today’s Date:

Full Name:

Place of birth:

Birthday date:

Age:

Nickname(s):

Occupation:

Family Members:

What are your hobbies?

What hobbies would you like to have?

What three words do people use to describe you?

I’m most proud of:

The best book I ever read is:

I wish I knew how to:

I get inspiration from:

The best advice I ever received was:

Nobody knows I

If I could travel anywhere, I would go to:

Who are your heroes?

What do people say about you behind your back?

What is something that few people know about you?

What is your dream job/career?

Describe your recurring dream or nightmare?

What is one thing you would change about you, your life?

Name the people at your ideal dinner party (currently alive or deceased)? 

Where would you like to live besides where you life now? 

Where do you find quiet time?

Do you go to church?  Where?

What is your goal in life?

What person(s) means the most to you and why?

Favorite food:

Favorite restaurants:

Favorite color?  (list top 3 colors or more)

Favorite car:

Favorite clothes:

Favorite vacations I have been on:

Favorite places I would like to visit:

Favorite TV show:

Favorite song (s):

Favorite holiday:

Favorite sport:

Favorite Movies:

Favorite celebrity:

Favorite place to shop:

Favorite computer game:

Favorite Cookie:

Favorite Drink:

Favorite College:

If I could be anything else in life, I would be:

Favorite animal

What I want for Christmas: 

Favorite Saying:

Favorite Seafood:

Last book read:

Favorite vacation place? 

Ocean or Mountains?

Is the glass half full or half empty?

What is your favorite time of day?

What is your favorite season of the year?

Favorite artist(s)?

Are people born good or bad?

What happens when you die?

What is your favorite temperature for outside?

Where do you go for peace and quiet?

Which do you prefer a circle or a square?

Favorite type of fruit?

So thought I would show you mine

Date:  February 13, 2009.

Full Name: James Chandler Harbour, II (named after my grandfather)

Place of birth: Akron, Ohio.   Akron General Hospital

Birthday date:  November 13, 1957.  I have never been supertitious about the number 13 and now you know why!)

Age:  52, and feeling younger ever year, next for my bad knee from running for the last 30 years.  But, I’m still doing it.  I know it will come back to haunt me, but until then, Run to Live and Live to Run.

Nickname:

  • Chad,
  • Chaddo
  • Jim-Chad
  • Ziggy (in college),
  • Pops (in highschool, ASIJ, from Mackie MacDonald)
  • Oh Chad… (my daughter)

Occupation: 

  • Personal Historian
  • Founder EnduringLife.com

Family Members:

  • Becky, wife. 
  • Grant Chandler (16). 
  • Jennifer Jo (12)

What are your hobbies? 

  • Spending quality time with my family. 
  • Journaling,
  • running,
  • basketball,
  • cooking,
  • videoing,
  • reading,
  • church,
  • travel,
  • photography…more like just taking pictures for my journal of my family and our times together.  But I would love to hone this skill and get able to take photos like Ansel Adams.
  • gardening
  • …and the list goes on and on….I have a lot of hobbies, just need more time to enjoy them.

What hobbies would you like to have?

  • Chess
  • Playing the piano
  • Painting

What three words do people use to describe you? 

  • A good person with a good heart

I’m most proud of:

  • My relationship with God
  • My wife and kids.
  • My honesty and intergity

The best book I ever read is:

  • The Bible. 
  • Anything by James Mitchner, The Drifters and Afganistan were two of my favorities.
  • The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown

I wish I knew how to:  

  • write in html,
  • speed read,
  • play the piano,
  • play chess
  • paint/draw,
  • sculpt
  • cook like Bobby Flay

I get inspiration from: 

  • The Bible,
  • praying,
  • from friends thougths and ideas,
  • business

The best advice I ever received was:

  • The grace of God has saved you through your faith
  • work hard and be honest, everything else will fall into place
  • It’s all good!

Nobody knows I:

  • believe my heart is more Japanese than American
  • have a bone for a pinky toe nail
  • cry during commerical and during Extreme Home Makeover and other simple things on TV or in a movie.

Few people know I:

  • Grew up in Tokyo, Japan
  • Have a passion for journalling and documeting my life
  • When I don’t workout I get grumpy

If I could travel anywhere, I would go to:

  • Heaven,
  • Tokyo,
  • Tahiti,
  • Italy,
  • Israel
  • Tasmania

Who are your heroes?

  • Jesus
  • Anyone who dedicates their life to Christ and his mission on this earth
  • My father and mother
  • Those who suffer a great deal and put a good face on it with diginity
  • Hard working people
  • Husbands & Wife that stay together and create a good, wholesome family life

What do people say about you behind your back?

  • He’s so losing his hair, he should just shave that fuzz off his top

What is your dream job/career?

  • Traveling around the world and telling others the value of journaling and documenting their life.

Describe your recurring dream or nightmare?

  • I have been blessed where I don’t have many dreams and nightmares.  I guess this is good.  I don’t sleep much so my mind doesn’t have time to develop these.  Or maybe I’m just forgetful and don’t remember them…that’s what my wife would say!

What is one thing you would change about you, your life?

  • Limit my intact of unhealth food, drink, etc.

Name the people at your ideal dinner party (currently alive or deceased)? 

  • Jesus
  • John Adams
  • Winston Churhill
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • Dennis Miller
  • Gengis Khan
  • James Hughes, Jr.

Where would you like to live besides where you life now? 

  • Tokyo
  • Paris
  • Carmel, California
  • Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket (just in the summer months though)
  • Vancouver Island, Canada

Where do you find quiet time?

  • In my house at 4AM when I get up and do what I do, journaling, reading the papers

Do you go to church?  Where?

  • Yes.  Richardson Baptist Church and Bent Tree.
  • Whenever I read my bible, I’m at church.

What is your goal in life?

  • Raise my kids in Christ
  • Help people to find the passion in journaling about their blessings in life.
  • Bring others to Christ
  • Get to heaven

What person(s) means the most to you and why?

  • My wife and kids, they are the most precisous gifts God has given to me.

Favorite food?

  • So many
  • Penny Hill Sub (Wilmington, Delaware now defunct)
  • Cheese Steaks
  • Japanese ubon and curry rice
  • My wife Chinese steamed fish
  • My Mothers goulash
  • Teriyaki steak
  • Unagi, cooked eel
  • Peanut butter
  • Japanese rice crackers
  • Pico de gallo
  • Caesar salad, with my homemade dressing

Favorite restaurants?

  • So many
  • Anywhere my Dad would take me on our world trips
  • Sushi Sake / Blue Fish, Dallas, Texas
  • Sullivans, Dallas, Texas
  • Mi Cocina’s, Dallas, Texas

Favorite color?

  • Orange when I was a kid
  • Blue, the color of my eyes, my wife and kid’s eyes and the color of the ocean

Favorite car?

  • Infinity Q56
  • Mercedes Maybach
  • Toyota Presidents Car (Japanese executive car, not sold in USA)

Favorite clothes? 

  • Tommy Banama’s
  • My running shorts with pockets everywhere, Columbia and Alpine

Favorite vacations I have been on?

  • Maui
  • Tahiti
  • Australia
  • Paris
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Anywhere in Japan

Favorite places I would like to visit:

  • Tasmania
  • Every city and town in Japan
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Fuji
  • Bimini and every island in the Caribbean

Favorite TV show?

  • Don’t really have one.  I’m not big on TV shows.  But,
  • Joel Olsteen
  • Fox News
  • Watching American Idol with my wife and daughter
  • History & Discovery Channels

Favorite song?

  • Remember When, Alan Jackson
  • You’re the One, Shania Twain

Favorite holiday?

  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Halloween

Favorite sport?

  • To Play:  Running and basketball
  • To Watch on TV:  Football and basketball
  • To attended as an spectator:  Basketball

Favorite Movies?

  • The Passion Of Christ
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • Lawrance of Arabia
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • The Happiest Millonaire
  • The Parent Trap, newer version

Favorite celebrity?

  • Denise Quaid, I like his passion for Texas and the outdoors and his cool house in Montana
  • Any star that is not shy about their Christianity; there are many of them.

Favorite place to shop? 

  • Nordstroms…  “All Hail”

Favorite computer game? 

  • Don’t have one, but I would like to learn to play chess

Favorite Cookie? 

  • Chocolate chip with peanut butter layered in
  • My daughters strawberry cake

Favorite Drink? 

  • Water
  • Diet Dr. Pepper
  • Sapporo Beer

Favorite College?

  • Virginia Tech, where I graduated from in 1980
  • Princeton, wish I could have gone there
  • Columbia, I enjoyed visiting Columbia when I lived in NY City
  • Ohio State – My parent’s went there.  Go Bucs!

If I could be anything else in life, I would be:

  • The world’s foremost authority on journaling and keeping historical documentation
  • A pastor in a small church

Favorite animal?

  • Dog.  I just love my Pomeranians –  Fluffy and Toodles

What I want for Christmas: 

  • I have everything I need
  • But….a library

Favorite Saying?

  • It’s all good
  • It is what it is (Shikata gani)
  • Thank you
  • I love you very much
  • The hope lives on, the dream will never die

Favorite Seafood?

  • Halibut cheeks
  • My wifes steamed Chinese red fish

Last book read:

  • The Worldwide Rave, David Meerman Scott.

What do you pray about?

  • God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, my family, relatives, friends, our country, our military, our leaders in government nationally and locally, teachers, those in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness or any other adversity, those seeking employment, forgiveness of sins, the church and it’s leaders, staff and missionaries.

Favorite vacation place?

  • Maui, Tokyo, Martha Vineyard or Nantucket, sking anywhere.

What are your three favorite colors?

  • Blue, probably because of my eyes and I love dark blue business suits.  When I was a kid it was orange and don’t know why…maybe the sun thing.

Ocean or Mountains?

  • Ocean, I’m most certainly a beach person

Is the glass half full or half empty?

  • The glass is half full and continuing to fill up!

Sunrise or sunset

  • Sunrise, I’m an early morning person and don’t stay up late at night because of this.

Favorite Letter

  • H, as in Harbour but when I was a kid I enjoyed practicing writing in cursive the letter Q and G. 

Favorite Number

  • 13, I’m not superstitious because I can’t be.  I was born on the 13th!

Favorite Date of the year

  • Of course Jesus’ birthday, Christmas but I also like the Longest Day, June 21

What is your horoscope symbol?

  • Scorpio

What is your favorite time of day?

  • Hard one, would say around 5:30 AM.  I’ve usually been up for 30 minutes and by then the sleepiness has evaporated and I’m in the clean headed thinking mode.

What is your favorite season of the year?

  • All of them!  But autumn

Favorite Holiday?

  • Christmas, Easter, Halloween and 4th of July

Are people born good or bad?

  • People are born good and can continue getting better with help from above and from those we love and from hard work.

What happens when you die?

  • You either go to Heaven or Hell.  I’m intrigued by this holding place that Catholics believe in – purgatory.

What is your favorite temperature for outside?

  • 68, no wind and no clouds.  The ideal day for running.

Where do you go for peace and quiet?

  • I can find peace and quiet anywhere when I’m praying.  It doesn’t matter.  But early in the morning is very peaceful to me as no one in my family is up, the roads have no traffic and I can get so much done in the early morning hours.

Which do you prefer a circle or a square?

  • I like them both but a circle is more inclusive and doesn’t have harsh corners.

Favorite type of fruit?

  • Japanese Nashi (pear/apple hybrid) and Japanese micans, Clementine oranges.

Moon or sun?

  • Sun, I am not nocturnal in nature.  But I do love the saying “I love you bigger than the moon!”

What gives you energy?

  • A good, hot (100 degrees is great), long run.  Any rigorous workout.  Laughing

When do you relax and how?

  • Working out.  I do love nap time though.

How are you inspired?

  • Reading the Bible.  Praying.  Journaling.  Helping others.  Laughing.

Next Week:  How Did You Spend Your Dash?

*** Journal Master – Chad Harbour, Founder EnduringLife.com ***

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