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    Learning a New Skill Until It Means Something to You
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    There are 100 Days Left in 2014: A Writing Challenge
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    Kayaking Lake Atitlan and People That Experience The Mysterious
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    The 2/3 Rule: How to Choose & Turn Down the Right Projects
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    Know Thyself: 6 Ways to Grow and Discover Just Who That Is
    There are many reason I'm in Guatemala - to learn Spanish, to experience a beautiful place and culture - but most importantly, to spend time with myself. Know thyself. Giving yourself the time and space to learn and build upon...
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    A Collection of Thoughts: (#2) Pain
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    A Collection of Thoughts: (#1) On Who You Are vs. Who You Were
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    "Life is finite, yet knowledge, and our search for it, is infinite," said my friend Jing.
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    These Are the Conversations I Live For
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    Reaching the "It's That Time Again" Point: 9 Additions to This Next Stage of my Life
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    A Grand (£1k) Adventure: 8 Microadventures Around Latin America
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    The River by Scott Robertson: Thoughts on a Destination Unkown
    Today I'd like to share with you guys a beautiful poem called The River by Scott Robertson. This poem isn't just about nature and the outdoors and all that it can do for us when we spend time among...
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    100K People Tweet #Adventure4Good: A Don't Just Watch Project
    Is it possible to inspire 100K people to retweet #Adventure4Good in 24 hours? In this next Don't Just Watch Project, which is happening today, Tuesday December 18th, myself through Outdoor Minded Mag, and Asa Firestone, founder of BEYONDgear are...
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    For The Doers Out There: Nathan Agin Gives Me a Life Audit
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    I'm Turning 25: Accepting Dares to Start This Year With a Ridiculous Bang!
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    Meeting The Strangers That Become Your Life-Changing Friends: A Tribute To My Friend Ray
    I wrote this post several months ago, but until recently, I for some reason wasn't ready to start writing publicly again. I recently said to a few friends that maybe it's time I get back to writing for The...
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    When You Got Rhythm You Hate
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    The Switch: Would It Be Cliché if I Said Right Now is All There Is?
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    The Groundbreaker Roundtables 2: Citizen Of The World Edition
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    I Have No Special Talents. I Am Only Passionately Curious.
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    To my fellow Mad Ones who are living each day like they’ve got a reason to be here, this is a bit more of a letter from me to you. I try to be as real and as true...
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    ANNOUNCING: A Mad To Live Project - A 50 Mile Walk For Tomorrow's World Changers
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    The Only Book You’ll Ever Need to start a Passionately Curious and Successful Business
    First up, I'm excited to tell you that in this post you'll be getting Chapter 1 FREE of Renaissance Business, perfect for all you mad to live and do people out there with a knack for entrepreneurship. You'll also...
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    LIFE EQUATIONS: The Only Answer You'll Ever Need to Life's Wild Questions
    Let’s be serious here… people who think they know it all are especially annoying to those of us who do… ;-P As I normally do during both my spare time and any form of transportation while traveling, I begin...
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    Your Life Pursuits: A Quest-like Adventure or a Bloody Uphill Battle?
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    Finding Timeless Wisdom When I Ate Dead Insects In China
    I ate a handful of fried bees in China once. Right after that I ate that I swallowed down an enormous fried worm the size of my ring finger. And following that I of course took a gigantic swig...
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    How Drinking Local Beers on a Road Trip Inspired Your Next Mad To Live Passion Project: A Local TED Talk
    The delicious delicacy of local craft beer has taught me three very importantlife  lessons since arriving in California to begin this Mad Life Roadtrip of the West Coast sponsored by FoxRentCar: 1.) Passion and deep interest can be found anywhere and...
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    A Mad Project: The 50 Mile Walk Begins!!!
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    FACT OR FICTION: When You're In Bed You're Dead
    If I were to ask you what’s your definition of truly living your life to the damn near fullest you could ever possibly live it, what would you say? Would you say something like, “If I’m really going to live...
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    Don't Be A Passion Hoarding Shmuck... How To Change The World With It.
    “So, you want to change the world? Who do you think you are? Do you know how much awful crap is going on in this world? People are starving, killing, beating, dieing, thirsty, overly fat, overly skinny, hopped up...
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    Adding To My Story: Me + A Motorcycle + Riding Around The World = BADASS CHICK
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    Sit Downs With Mad Ones: Lach Cotter of The Art of Audacity
    Welcome to Sit Downs With Mad Ones, an ongoing series with the worlds most renowned world-changers, globe-trotters, business-starters, change-creators, and definition-of-"Cool"-bar-setters.  It's 15 questions from witty to serious, and you'll only find the greatest human beings here.  Today, please...
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    Do you have the GUTS to ask yourself THE Question?
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    I'm Holding a Funeral For Your Untapped Potential Unless You Stop Me
    Okay, I'm just going to go ahead and say it... I don't care how much "untapped potential" you have. It means nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero. Your "untapped potential" means less to this world than the daily lives of those...
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    I’m Going on a Sponsored Road Trip of the US! Who's Coming With Me?!
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    Living for 32: LIFE after 4/16 at Virginia Tech
    Author's Note: There are some things in life we'll never really understand why they happened. I'm not sure why I decided to write this piece.. it just sort of happened.. but I think part of it was to try...
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    The Final Ultimatum: Leave Tonight or Live and Die This Way
    You know that feeling within you that ignites during those serendipitous moments when you really see what it means to be living. You think to yourself, “Man, life is good to me. And I’m doing THIS. I am doing...
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    Traveling Philosopher's Roundtable: The World Is Your School Edition
    Welcome to the almost weekly series on The Mad To Live: The Traveling Philosopher’s Roundtable: The World Is Your School Edition. Each week a group of hand picked world-traveling, life-inspiring, dream-pursuing bloggers from all walks of life will share their...
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    Let's Color Our Lives with the Chaos of Trouble
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    Your Journey's Moving Boxes: Hold On's, Take Along's, and Goodbye's
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    How To Ignite Imagination In Pleasantville
    This post was inspired by this perfectly mixed montage + music of the movie Pleasantville. The imagery and meaning behind it speak volumes. Lately in my life I’ve been discovering a lot about who I am and what I...
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    The 10 LAWS You Must Never Break In Order To Avoid Changing The World
    Between ourselves and the rest of the world there are a lot of voices out there telling us we can't do BIG, wild, crazy meaningful things with our lives. But when we look at the naysayer's point of view...
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    What's Your Destination's Destiny? PART 1
    Being that this blog is all about how to “Live the Wild, Crazy, Meaningful Lives We’re All Meant to Live” I guess you could say that I’m talking a little bit about our destinies here. The things we’re meant to...
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    The Traveling Philosopher's Roundtable: Message In A Bottle
    This Week’s Roundtable Discussion: Message In A Bottle Introduction: When I was in Vietnam I found an empty vodka bottle on a deserted beach I kayaked to in Ha long bay. I took that bottle back to my my little...
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    Memories Of Life's Travels and Why They Are Bitter Sweet
    Do you ever think back onto some of your most treasured memories of your life and suddenly that bitter-sweet feeling that nostalgia can be starts to become a bit more bitter than sweet? Not because it was bad or anything,...
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    The Traveling Philosopher's Roundtable: Into The Wild Edition
    Welcome to the 1st of the weekly series on The Mad To Live: The Traveling Philosophers Roundtable. Each week a group of world-traveling, life-inspiring, dream-pursuing bloggers from all walks of life will share their personal opinions, stories and insights...
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    The Cold Hard Truth: 3 Reasons We Stay Stuck in Limbo Country
    Has your life ever been stuck in limbo? The word limbo comes from that Latin word limbus, also known as "the edge of Hell". Yup, Limbo is about as far away from paradise and rainbows and unicorns as you...
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    Confessions of a Negative Self Talker
    “You clearly don’t have what it takes, so stop trying so hard. Do you REALLY think it’s going to pay off? Think of all the hard-working people out there that fail. What makes you think you aren’t going to...
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    The Status Quo Against Choosing The Weirder Path
    Has anyone ever looked at you like or told you that you’re just a little bit weird? I can’t tell you how many decisions I’ve made in my life in which many of the so-called non-weird people around me have...
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    Who Will Kick You In The Ass When You Need It?
    Note From Laur: This is a guest post by the ridiculously cool, naturally uplifting, and positively inspiring Collin Vine of The Trailblazing Life. “We’re running out of time! You have to jump NOW!” She wouldn’t move. She stood there, flying 5000 feet...
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    The Boxy Life and How To Think Out Of It (Special Video Inside)
    Before we get to chatting, scroll down to the bottom of this post to watch the two minute video.  It's an amazing video, and it is what inspired me to write this. That short video created by renowned speaker Yossi...
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    An Anti Lazy P.O.S. Lifestyle Design Travel Story
    This is the story of a man in China with no eyes and a funky looking guitar. It's a story of a man that has very little means compared to us. It's the story of a man about persistence,...
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    The Most Irreplaceable Piece Of Our Lives: TRUE FRIENDS
    I've always looked back fondly on the nostalgia filled saying, "A good friend will come bail you out of jail, but a true friend will be sitting next to you saying...'Damn, that was fun!." Some of you may remember that...
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    Do You Remember How To Truly, Deeply FEEL?
    Lately I’ve been realizing that it’s not really the experiences we’re chasing, but rather the feelings we get from them that we’re really after. For instance... You don’t go skydiving simply to jump out of a plane and free fall! You...
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    A Reflexive Vs. A Decisive Existence: Which Are You Living?
    Note: This is a guest post written by one of my really really really really ridiculously good looking friends whom is pursuing something of a dual career in that of Cognitive Psychology and Software Development. I suspect at some point he'll...
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    Your Big Plans Then VS. Your Small Plans Now
    Remember back in the day when it seemed like you and your friends walked around with a fire inside that no one could put out? My friends and I had big plans and our arms were wide open to embrace...
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    You’ll Never Be Old and Wise If You Weren’t Young and Crazy
    ... are words to live by my friends. Now, just imagine that every time you are presented with 2 options you use this quote, written by an unknown author who likely has quite a few interesting stories from the road,...
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    Muchisima Gracias Con Un Beso Y Un Abrazo
    When we were kids Thank You we were just getting introduced to what Thank You  may mean.. Our parents reminded us when we were 5 to say Thank You when our grandparents gave us that ridiculously random gift … like...
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    The Sacred Life Balance When Biting Off More Than You Can Chew
    There’s a sacred proverb that goes, “When in life you bite off more than you can chew, Stop Chewing for a moment, and Walk around Naked in your living room.” Okay not really. I obviously just made that up!  And...
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    They Say The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side
    As the saying goes, "The Grass is Always Greener in the other side". But, why does it always appear that way? What causes this perception? From the other side of the street it always seems like our neighbor’s grass is a...
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    What Should I Do With My Life, You Ask?
    What should you do with your life?!?!?!?! Psh, small question to tackle, right? I've gone through, am going through, and will always go through days when this question intimidates me and days when this question gets me stoked for life. There...
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    How and Why Life Is More Than You, Me & Glee
    “Whoa, who does this chick think she is for knockin’ Glee like that?! “ Well, I’m not here to waste time rambling on about a TV show (Which I haven’t actually seen. I know I live under a rock). I’m...
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    3.2.1 JUMP – The Mad to Live is Here!
    Why is it that in life sometimes the things that make us the happiest, give us the most fun, and have the ability to open the most doors for us we end up putting off? In all honesty, I’ve had...
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    How One Guy Is Letting The World Show Him Where It Wants Him To Go
    Ahhh... Life's journey. It consists of moments planned and scheduled, instances of spontaneity and spur of the moment, and everything else in between. I was emailing back and forth a few weeks ago with one of my great friends Jeremy whom...
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    Why Voltaire Couldn’t be more right when he said Common Sense is Not so Common.
    Voltaire once said, “Common sense is not so common.” I couldn’t agree more... Let me ask you this? Have you ever walked into a grocery store and the first thing you see is a Dad holding his baby outwards in...
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    A Fool-Proof Guide on How to Not Make Yourself Look like an Idiot At First Impressions
    There are times in life when first impressions are impossible to control, and other times when you can, in fact, make sure you don’t look like a bum / idiot / slob / slut / jerk / other synonyms. For...
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    How to Live and How to Die
    Today my good friend Ben messaged me on Facebook as usual. He’s one of those guys who always has a crazy story to tell and naturally cheers up the room with his unique and open personality. But today he wasn’t...
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    We Are So Much Cooler, Better, Sexier Than We Give Ourselves Credit For
    Have you ever received an email from someone, whether they be a good friend, someone you knew briefly, or maybe even a stranger, and the message they left you, while simple, turned out to be something much more meaningful...
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    How To Not Wait for People to be Kind, But To Show Them How
    “I chose to come to China not because it was the easier thing to do. I’m going to have days where I’m more elated, more heartbroken, more happy, more sad, more depressed, experience more suffering, have more stress, don’t...
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    The Future Is No Place to Place Your Better Days – What’s Your 2 Year Block Like?
    "The future is no place to place your better days." So, I've never really been a HUGE Dave Matthews fan, but I can't deny the band's immeasurable talent and every once in awhile I enjoy a handful of...
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    3 Activities that Naturally Channel Your Most Brilliant Ideas
    Often times those “aha” moments don’t exactly occur when you’re hoping they will: those times you’re sitting at your workstation, panning things out, thinking hard, staying focused, and you are Mr. or Ms. Productivity. Sure, a lot gets done...
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    Is The Following True, or is it just Poetic Bullshit – Our Significance
    “Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is important that you do it.” - Mahatma Gandhi While the most frequently quoted piece of wisdom given to us from Gandhi has been Be the change you wish to see...
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    What Ferris Bueller and Tommy Pickles Can Teach Us About Breaking Life’s Rules
    Ferris Bueller: "Hey, Cameron. You realize if we played by the rules right now we'd be in gym?" The Importance of Breaking Rules in Life. I think Ferris Bueller had it right. In this “man’s struggle to take it easy” he...
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    In Which We Breakup and We Say Goodbye and its so Hard
    This is the story of an inner monologue discussing the turmoil, confusion and pain that inevitably occurs during the rough patches and even the end of any relationship in which love was involved. It won't be the most optimistic thing...
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    The Zen of Streaking: 15 Reasons for a Naked Midnight Jog
    Tonight, I'd like to talk to you a bit about the famous sprinting track event... streaking. "Wait, what?" ...Well, its the first thing that came to my mind. I don't know why. But I'm going to go with it. Have you ever...
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    Seven Months – One Guy’s Story About Challenging the Status Quo and Himself
    This is a guest post by Mark Bonsignore, my sexy man who challenges me everyday to be a better person. (Sappy moment...ssh don't tell anyone hah) Dear Diary its Marky again (haha jk) So it’s been 7 months now. Seven months...
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    The 5 Keys To Keeping a Crazy-Fun, Ever-Changing, Self-Growing Travel Lifestyle
    "At what point does travel as a lifestyle become as monotonous as staying in one place?" Colin Wright, travel-addict like myself, recently asked this question in his post Travel as a Lifestyle, on Flightster, a blog about all...
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11079653_10103347763841283_2217678322891566332_nWHAT IS M2LIVE & WHO IS LAUREN?

My name is Lauren Rains. Late Twenties. Serial-Entrepreneur/Project-er/Creative. Writer. Introspective. Enjoys Laughing, the journey of Life, self-growth & awareness, and peanut/butter banana sandwiches.

The Mad to Live is here for these reasons:

1.) A place to Share my Projects, Story: (Microadventures, Entrepreneurial Ventures, Philanthropy, Collaborations, Artwork, Writing, etc.) I do this by writing on life reflections, sharing helpful resources based on my projects, and highlighting unmistakable individuals that are taking world-changing strides with their time, skills and minds.

2.) A Place to Connect with Like-Minded Individuals: Thank you for being here – my top intention for The Mad to Live is to connect with like-minded individuals in this community. Find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & Email. Send me a note, be it to share your story with me, ask for some feedback and brainstorm power on an idea, request some wisdom on an area of your life, or just to tell me something that will make me crack up.

3.) A Place to Be Of Service: Every single thing I post on this website is for you, the reader. I believe so firmly the importance of people sharing their own story, of putting their ideas out into the world, of doing the hard work of discovering who they truly are and living their life with Purpose. That, to me, is what makes the world go round. You are not alone in this. There is a community of people dispersed around the world listening to their guts and doing the things that scare them. This website is for you guys.