Welcome to the homepage and travel blog of Cyrus Kirkpatrick. I am an amateur photographer, media-maker, and writer. I have gone into the depths of North Korea and remote regions of southeast Asia. In addition, I also write about many lifestyle related topics. I have worked as a travel journalist, SEO content writer, and videogrspher. I live in Arizona and many places abroad.
Personal Growth Archives

When Should You Actually Party?

Here’s an interesting dynamic: people always celebrate and party when they feel good. They get some new job or promotion, they win something, it’s someones birthday, or some other event comes out of the blue which energizes everybody. That’s usually when people get together and have a good time. The other 80-90% of the time–when...

A look at Winston Wu’s controversial site, HappierAbroad.com.

I love to consume large amounts of information and ideas. Occasionally, I stumble on sites that really get me thinking about certain topics. Whether my reaction to some of the ideas are positive or negative is not relevant, because what makes me curious, or gives me a desire to debate, is inherently good for my...

Are You Seduced by Hyper-Reality?

Unrealistically beautiful people. A glamorous lifestyle you can never achieve. These are the images the media sends us all the time. It’s a carefully constructed hyper-reality which tugs at our desires of who we want to be. The people are usually airbrushed to perfection, and the lifestyles appear equal parts pretentious and exclusive, yet also...

How To Become Marketable

You may have recently read my article: (How To Be Your Own CEO). On this same vein, if you become the CEO of your life, one of the first departments you should establish is a great marketing department. If You Like This, Please Click Sharing Links!

Is Retirement Good?

The game of life, especially in America, is work like a horse to 60 or 65, and then you get your “reward” of work-free existence. You go spend your remaining days at a country club retirement home, playing golf and gossiping about people at morning brunch. Or sometimes you go on a cruise where you...

How To Be Your Own CEO

How do you regulate and manage your life? I’m asking because I consider myself the CEO of my life. I have different concepts and goals, which I delegate into different “departments” in my mind. On some days, I might be focusing on a particular department (ie: learn how to play some sport, develop a particular...

How To Be Interesting

“I just want somebody who’s interesting…” Most girls want this in a guy. And, there’s a lot of guys who want this in girls. “He / she is not very interesting…” These are not words you want a potential employer to say after you leave the interview. “What I do is not very interesting…” This...

How To Return To School

Also see: How To Figure Out Your Major These days many people are returning to school as they face the notion that their current skill-set isn’t marketable enough. This usually happens after getting laid-off, or after realizing that jobs are so hard to find that a competitive edge must be created. If You Like This,...

How To Figure Out Your Major

Many people go to college to achieve a degree in something which they believe is the “correct thing to do”. In other words, they have no desire to become a lawyer, but going pre-law and preparing for law school is the “responsible” thing to do, what friends and family want and expect, and therefore the...

How To Have Good Karma

Here’s another ‘new age’ concept people love to toss around: karma. People frequently use the word, but they don’t understand what it means. From a literal Buddhist perspective we would be delving into subjects like reincarnation, deeds done in past lives, and a lot of other stuff which I frankly don’t care very much about....

How To Stop Being Self Conscious (Part 2)

In the previous article, I discussed the “why” of self conscious behavior, plus the characteristics of it. As previously mentioned, this is a very common problem among people of all ages. While this blog is not a substitute for professional help, the following pieces of advice are my personal methods and ideas for pushing the...

Why Are People Self Conscious?

(Note: an excessive amount of self conscious feelings could be symptoms of an anxiety disorder where you may need to seek professional help not found on this blog). There is no “cure all” to feeling self conscious, and most people experience it quite routinely. My definition is “feeling uneasy about yourself in relation to others,...