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About the Blog

Halfway up the Mountain is all about personal growth, reflection, and fun!

It’s a blog for people like you and me, who’ve come a long way in our lives—we’ve experienced a lot, learned some hard lessons (and maybe some easy ones, too), and we’ve grown as people. But we’re still a long way from the “top of the mountain”—where we’ve got it all figured out and our lives are perfect.

But I strongly believe that, even though we’re still learning and growing, we do have a lot to share right now. And that’s what this blog’s all about—not being perfect or enlightened, preaching from the mountaintop, or even teaching—but sharing our journey, wherever we are.

I used to think I had to be a world-class expert before I wrote or published anything, but now I feel it’s far more important just to be where you are and share that. So that’s what I’ll do here–add new posts (usually on Wednesdays–halfway through the week for halfway up the mountain!) that share wherever I am. It might be deep or it might be ridiculous (or maybe both), but I’ll always try to offer some helpful perspectives or new ideas, and hopefully inspire you to enjoy your life even a little bit more than you already do.

I hope you’ll stay awhile, check out some posts and the rest of the site, and maybe leave a comment–I’d love to hear your thoughts! I also hope you’ll subscribe to have new weekly posts emailed to you. It’s totally free, and you get an awesome gift just for signing up: the ebook, Transitions: 50 Prompts to Help Guide You Through Life’s Changes—a book of questions and exercises that help you learn from your past and present, and create the fantastic future you deserve! (Simply enter your email under the book picture/description in the upper-right corner. Thanks!)

Enjoy the blog, sign up for your free gift, and remember that, however far you’ve come in your journey, be where you are—and enjoy every step of the way. Thanks for sharing the journey.

Dan and statue
If my ego gets too big, I just remember: there’s always someone bigger, more revered, and who has more arms than I do!

About Me (Dan Teck)

The Journey

I’ve been involved in personal growth and spirituality for over twenty years—studying, experiencing, and (sometimes) teaching a wide variety of paths and practices.

These interests—fed during my teen years by writers such as Richard Bach, Kahlil Gibran, and Joseph Campbell—grew during my college years and beyond.

My B.A. in Religious Studies from Vassar College included classes in the U.S. and India, where I spent almost a year traveling, studying, and visiting holy sites and ashrams. (Yes, including the one from Eat Pray Love. Yes, I got up to chant at 4 a.m. No, I didn’t convert or become a disciple. But, yes, it did broaden my appreciation for different spiritual paths.)

After college, I spent five years co-managing The New Age Center in Nyack, NY, where I ran the bookstore and helped organize hundreds of workshops, introducing me to a wider range of spiritual practices than I ever knew existed. I also read as many of the books as I could and took numerous classes, including ongoing meditation groups and a five-year “black-sash” program in t’ai chi.

For the past decade, I’ve combined my interest in spirituality with my love of writing—authoring books, journals, screenplays, ecourses, and now a blog! I’ve taken classes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Screenwriting; and I received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Mills College in 2009.

On the Ganges

On the Ganges River in Varanasi, India

Jodi and Dan

With the love of my life!

The Present

Today I live in Southern Oregon with my best friend/soulmate/wife, Jodi Chapman, who many of you might know from her awesome blog, Soul Speak.

We are the proud parents of three sweet kitties (Biddle, Buncom, and Elsie) and a beautiful dog-ter, Xena.

In addition to writing blogs, Jodi and I are also co-authors of Soulful Journals—books of questions and writing prompts that inspire you to live your best life. We currently have 12 titles, on topics ranging from the law of attraction and gratitude to relationships and life transitions.

Soulful JournalsWhen I’m not writing (or reading), I enjoy spending time with Jodi and the furry kids, obsessing about the NY Yankees way more than is healthy, and listening to/playing music. (I have a weird “parlor trick” where if you give me the names of two singers or bands, I can usually play a song by one in the style of the other. Maybe I’ll start a YouTube channel one day–for the benefit of anyone with a silly streak and too much time on their hands.)

I’m so grateful that I get to share this space with you, and I’m so glad that you’re here to join in the fun!

Blessings and Gratitude,
Dan

P.S. Let’s keep the conversation flowing and stay in touch! Feel free to comment on this page (in the box below) or on any other page.

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Dan, Jodi, and Jack

Bad hair day—but great day otherwise! Hangin’ with two of the world’s most amazing, inspiring people!

Xena

Xena

Biddle

Biddle

Buncom

Buncom

Elsie

Elsie

7 thoughts on “About

  1. I am so glad to be halfway up the mountain with you Dan and look forward to learning from and sharing in your journey. Congratulations on this creative and courageous endeavor of being yourself in such a public way inspiring others to do the same. XXOO

    • Thanks, Mimi. It is great to be able to “share the journey” with fellow travelers–to be creative and to be ourselves, wherever/whoever we happen to be! I hope we can inspire one another to grow and learn and be ourselves–and have some fun along the way! Thanks for your support and encouragement–and for “getting” what this is all about! -Dan

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  6. Your furry kids look so content…they speak well of their family…we have three cats too and gave our dog a farm life in preference to an apartment.

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