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Zach Dean
Zach Dean is a health and wellness enthusiast who enjoys a donut now and again. As a yoga teacher, he believes in balance, and his life is rooted in this philosophy. In 2014, Zach cofounded The Ch'i Initiative, an organization dedicated to helping patrons discover and solve their own balance equation. Their mission is to create friendly, healthy spaces and make it easy for people to prioritize their mind, body, and spirit. He dreams of changing the way the world thinks about healthcare and playfully hints at CHI standing for "Cheap Health Insurance".

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Entries by Zach Dean

The Important Difference Between Joy and Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 2:38 PM

This is an article that I've been putting off writing because whenever people talk about ways to be happy it makes me throw up in my mouth a little. But this reframe in my thought process has been very helpful to me, so I feel compelled to share.


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Uber Lawsuit Will Put Us Back in Taxicab Hell

(33) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 2:09 PM

It's 2011 and I stand at the foot of my apartment waiting for a yellow cab I'd phoned in to take me to the airport. After 45 minutes and two more calls into dispatch, fearing a missed flight, I drive myself to the airport and pay $412 to park for...

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Are Careers Dead?

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 1:13 AM

I'm standing between two men, and we're looking out at rural Wisconsin. Red and white barns polka dot rolling golden hills and the high noon sun casts no shadows. A spring breeze blows gently across the tall grass, and I tuck the front of my flannel into my jeans. Behind...

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Stop Counting Calories and Start Feeling Them

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 3:52 PM

In a blog post in February, I posed the question: Should you eat pizza and drink beer today, or should you eat kale and drink green juice today? I used the question to showcase how everyone has a unique and ever-changing Personal Balance Equation. What is healthy for...

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Vocation vs. Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 10:05 AM

At the end of the month I'm resigning from my job, ending my time in Corporate America, and setting forth into a new life chapter; a chapter sure to be filled with uncertainty, challenge and risk, but also, just maybe, the incredible feeling of wholeness one only feels from following...

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Your Personal Balance Equation

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 4:24 PM

Today, whether you've realized it or not, you've done a lot of balancing.  Maybe you've done some yoga and balanced on your hands or on one foot, but that's not the type of balancing I'm talking about. What I'm referring to is how you've balanced your schedule throughout the day:...

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People of Craigslist, Please Stop Being Terrible

(184) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 11:52 AM

At the end of the month I'm going through a big move, so over the past few weeks I've turned to Craigslist in an attempt to unload some of my possessions. Not wanting to waste anyones time, I donated nearly everything I owned to Goodwill, and then listed only high...

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3 New Year's Resolution Remixes: How to Actually Enjoy Them This Time

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 12:21 PM

It's the most wonderful time of the year again. A time where we take a break from work, spend time with friends and family, and refocus on what's important. But unfortunately, it's also a time where we sometimes eat and drink things in huge quantities, spend too much money, and...

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예의 바르게 스마트폰을 이용하는 10가지 방법

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 4:13 PM

스마트폰 사용이 폭발적으로 증가하고 있다. 그런 만큼 스마트폰으로 인한 부작용도 만만치 않다.

이 글에서는 예의 바르게 스마트폰을 이용하기 위한 10가지 제안을 하려고 한다. 다른 사람을 존중하는 자세와 기본적인 예의 말이다. 우리 삶의 질도 향상시킬 수 있는 제안이다.

'진동' 보다는 '방해 금지' 기능을 이용하자

당신의 전화가 '울리'는 소리가 들리면,...

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Power vs. Empowerment

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 11:00 AM

I spent the past week in Florida visiting family for the holidays, traveling from the Atlantic to the Gulf and back again. Being in 'God's waiting room', I was repeatedly confronted with points of view radically different from my own, and naturally, because this involved family, all the hot button...

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Etiqueta de smartphone: 10 dicas para o uso consciente

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 11:29 AM

O instituto de pesquisa Neilsen reporta que 65 por cento dos americanos agora possuem smartphone e esse número continua a crescer. A forma em que nos comunicamos uns com os outros está evoluindo rapidamente e a experiência de simplesmente estar com as pessoas está mudando. A forma em...

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Domestication and a Very Cute Puppy

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 2:24 PM

There is a new puppy in my life: Liberty Dean (#totesadorbs, #errrmyghad, #there's-a-new-dog-in-town). She goes by Libby for short and she pees on the rug (#naughtylibby!). For a few weeks, her propawsterous puppy piddling was chalked up as normal for her young age. But you can only flip a rug...

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Smartphone Etiquette: 10 Tips for Mindful Use

(16) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 8:42 AM

Neilsen research reports 65 percent of Americans now own a smartphone, a number that continues to grow. How we communicate with each other is evolving rapidly, and the experience of simply being with someone and being around each other is changing. How these changes are affecting our world...

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Your Friends Are Dying

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Large clouds obstruct what would be a forgettable sunset and grey ocean slushes along the slimy wall of the embarcadero. The water moves rather calmly but occasionally gets agitated and during these moments splashes aggressively into the man-made barrier. The sporadic splashing sends a cool mist into the air, and...

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Are You Bored?

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 3:59 PM

On our morning commute to work, a colleague and I play a game called "Train Face." The rules are simple: We board the train at the same time and the first person to see someone smiling wins. Not surprisingly, we often go miles with no smiles, the winner usually spotting...

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Intuition vs. Impulse

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Sometimes a breakfast conversation goes deep. One minute you're smiling, enjoying your doughnut, and the next you're trying not to let coffee sputter out of your open mouth because your jaw is on the table. In a surprisingly intense discussion with my friend the other morning, I listened to him...

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Exercise vs. Play

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 10:23 AM

A sound I know well: A furry head thumping against wood. My 11-and-change-year-old yellow lab, Willow, crashes through the seemingly closed office door. She's learned over time by driving her head into the wood the pesky barrier between hallway and human is no big deal. I don't have to ask...

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This Holiday Season, Give the Benefit of the Doubt

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 4:13 PM

A month ago, I rolled up behind a Corolla at a red light with a lot on my mind. It had been a long day of awful customer calls, and personal matters were weighing heavily on my subconscious. When the light turned green, and the idiotic driver sat motionless until...

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Honor Flight Submitted for Academy Award Consideration

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 4:58 PM

Months after breaking the Guinness World Record for world's largest movie premiere at Miller Park, Honor Flight prepares for an even bigger stage: big screens across America.

The film, Honor Flight -- One Last Mission, has gained amazing attention following the initial screening and has been...

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Biking the Bay: "Pedicabs Will Be a Part of SF Culture"

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 6:14 PM

Five past bar time in the Mission, I left Revolution Café with a friend and was ready for my bed. Shortly after beginning our walk home, a bell chimed and a friendly voice called out, "Hey, do you guys want a ride?" Looking over my shoulder I was surprised to...

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