Baby Steps to Success: Common Habits to Live a Happy Life

If our goals had obtainable baby-steps for us to take, then we could happily walk that path to success.

When we have a goal in mind, we should try to decide the most efficient plan of attack. You don’t want to complete the first five steps, just to realize you need to go back try to correct steps two and three.

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms

In cooking, we often need to prep certain ingredients before others; take a stir-fry for example. When trying to make this simple dish, I first have to consider whether to slice my meats or cut my veggies.

If you try to slice the meat before you chop your vegetables, then you have to wash your hands and cutting board. I find it more efficient and relaxing to prep my veggies because it saves time and energy in the long run.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

In college, you have to decides which assignments are worth more points; which class should you really spend more time studying for?

If you learn to prepare your steps before you walk, then you’ll find life more enjoyable and worth living.

I’m not saying we should remove the challenge from life; we should definitely give ourselves obstacles worth working toward, but it’s no doubt that we often set ourselves up for failure before even given a chance to get up and start moving.

You can learn more about living a happy life in my newest book Siren Song

Siren Song: Stay Stay Stay

Happiness & Your Health: How to Demand a Positive Life

“The world is out to punish those who refuse to demand happiness out of their own lives.”

I recently wrote this line not thinking very much out of it, but as I returned to it, I couldn’t help but sit and let it soak in a little more. Being happy shouldn’t have to be this huge undertaking that we’re required to remain conscious about; instead it should be a right, no?

The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

I questioned whether happiness is something we earn, or something we are owed.

Then I just wrote the line; that the world punishes those who don’t seek comfort, who don’t seek happiness.

Though you shouldn’t stress yourself too much with difficult tasks; you should find simple bits of joy throughout the day.

Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

They always say it’s the baby steps that lead to the largest leaps.

Author News Update November 20: Twitch, Disney, YouTube, Book, Thanksgiving

I’ve recently made a small disappearance from my website here; but I promise it’s been worth the wait for you all!

Two (maybe three) days ago, I launched my Twitch Channel; where my family and friends get together to stream games and other video creations.

Though I always wanted to get into live streaming, I never quite had an adequate set up or amount of good content to share.

To help promote all the wonderful things going on in my life, I’ve finally launched my Channel over at Twitch; with a more lively YouTube coming in the near future.

With the school semester coming to an end, I’ve also find myself a little backlogged between homework and leisure, like trips to Walt Disney’s Disney World, Orlando.

I haven’t been writing large amount material for the current book I am working on.

I’m definitely pushing myself rather hard these past few months; considering I just released a 200+ page physical and eBook less than a month ago. Siren Song: Stay Stay Stay By Stephen Stilwell

Looking forward to happy Thanksgiving and more cool weather in the sunshine state, Florida.

How to Stay Young: Explore a Life Worth Living

An explorative nature is vital to holding a youthful mind.

I learned this while in high school and it’s helped me grow at such an exponential rate.

I feel more alive and productive because I’m always after the frontier of discovery.

This could be as simple as getting happily sidetracked on Wikipedia pages or actually pursuing a career that enables you to learn and even create new things.

In preparation of my new book, I’m releasing quotes and articles to help demonstrate large over arching themes present in my new work.

I challenge you to burn new trails and try something new, because it will keep you young, alert, happy and productive.

Check out my latest book for more inspirational life lessons
Siren Song: Stay Stay Stay By Stephen Stilwell

Growth Through Competition: How Friendly Rivalry Forces Improvement

Ever since my childhood, I’ve always been in friendly competition with my peers.

My earliest memory is fighting over who sat at which table in Kindergarten, or trying to be the line leader.

This evolved to sports in my youth; who gets to play quarterback; why do you pass to him but not to me? 

As I look back, it’s always been this driving force in my life; pushing me to become the best version of myself achievable.

Even today I’m still comparing myself to the friends around me, but it’s friendly; we aren’t truly against one another in the sense that we want to push each-other down for the sake of them being unable to recover.

Though we knock each-other down, we always pick each-other back up.

This is an awesome book I recommend for improving your life

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life


The Frontier: Pushing the Envelope

Building anticipation for my fourth book, I’m putting out quotes and little life lessons.

We often get dragged into doing the same things, over and over again. Like driving the same way to work or class.

To add excitement to your life and increase your livelihood, it’s better to switch it up!

See a new road or path.

Explore a place you haven’t been.

This will motivate you to see things from a new perspective.

Help you see a solution you haven’t before imagined.

Chasing a Passion: Book #4 Progress Update and eBook Announcement

Starting today, I’ll be starting to release little tidbits and bites of the fourth book I’ve started writing.

This also comes with great news;

My third book, Siren Song, has just gone live for eBook on Kindle through the Amazon store.

Check out, Siren Song for Kindle eBook at the link below!

Siren Song: Stay Stay Stay

Going to be releasing more upbeat content here on tea, coffee, productivity, focus, food and health, mixed in with a little bit of business and lifestyle.


The 1 Tea You Need to Drink for Overall Health and Productivity

No need to weigh the benefits of green or black tea; oolong tea holds qualities of both. 

Oolong Tea:

  • Boosts Metabolism
  • Polyphenol Antioxidants
  • Helps prevent diabetes
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Strengthens Immune System

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Prince of Peace Organic Tea, Oolong, 100 Tea Bags


Ever watch an apple turn brown after biting or cutting into it?

That’s Oxidation!

Green Tea – 0% Oxidation

Oolong Tea – Varying levels between 0% and 100%

Black Tea – Closer to 100% Oxidation

Black Teas are purposely bruised in the same way you can bruise an apple and cause it to brown.

The oxidation level influences the health benefits and flavor profile.

Oolong Tea is only partially oxidized, allowing it to contain the health benefits of both green and black tea;

  • Reducing Heart Disease
  • Reducing Inflammation
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Antioxidants as Polyphenols

Very High Quality Oolong

High Mountain Oolong Tea Leaves from Himalayas (50 Cups), 100% Natural Detox Tea, Limited Edition Tea Second Flush Harvest, 3.53oz

The flavor is unparalleled–boasting floral notes and aroma, fragrant and fruity.

Imagine walking through a flower garden on a peaceful day.



Types of Tea: When Should I Drink Green Tea, Oolong Tea or Black Tea?

New to Tea or Self-Proclaimed Expert; when should you be drinking green, oolong or black tea?

12 Types of Tea Sampler Pack, I very highly recommend if wanting to learn more, try new and experiment.

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  • Usually the lowest caffeine
  • Most mild, sometimes sweet
  • The All Day Drink


  • Mid-range to varying caffeine
  • Mild and sweet
  • Floral and aromatic
  • Afternoon to early evening tea


  • Most / Highest caffeine
  • Generally bold flavor
  • Strong infusions
  • Morning / “Wake Me Up”
  • Too much caffeine for bed and night time

Green Tea

I, personally, treat green tea as my “anytime and anywhere” tea. Pretty there’s a pretty good range of green teas, especially across Japanese and Chinese tea culture. Think Japanese Matcha and Sencha vs Chinese Longjing and Gunpowder.

If performing multiple infusions like a Gongfu tea ceremony, you’ll notice the evolution of flavor and aroma from sweet green to a smooth yellow.

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Oolong Tea ( qingcha tea)

Oolong is my favorite tea because of the versatility. Widely regarded as an “inbetween tea“, Oolong has both properties of Green and Black because it is only partially oxidized.

The flavors and aromas of oolong are generally very floral; reminding me of walking through a flower garden on a crisp, warm day.

Most commonly used in the Chinese tea ritual ceremony known as Gongfu, oolong is a another tea I can drink from sun up until about early evening; the only thing lacking here is caffeine content is you use tea as your morning beverage.

Though caffeine isn’t the only source of energy; oolong teas tend to contain a great amount of Polyphenols.

Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea – Iron Goddess of Mercy – Net Wt. 5.3oz.

Black Tea

This variety of tea is also incredibly vast in nature; containing the most amount of coffee and bold flavor, black teas are my general “Wake Me Up” teas due to their caffeine content.

Though I prefer my dark roasts and espressos in the Coffee Universe, I usually tend to stray away from black teas. I find this tea the easiest the prepare incorrectly; it is very easy to steep for too long, recently in a bitter flavor.

Black teas are bold, sometimes earthy; you can really taste the influence of the soil.

Prince of Peace Tea, Black, 100 Count

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