Powered By Pleasure

Powered by Pleasure is the name of the blog supporting the evolution of my work called Unlock Pleasure. In this blog I want to explore with you all the aspects of pleasure, from day-to-day gladness to exuberant delight, the small joys and X-rated rapture too! My plan is to post biweekly, drawing from my own reflections, thoughts, feelings, and experiences of pleasure; from other writers and sources on the topic; and most importantly, from the conversations that I hope will emerge with you, my dear reader. Please comment below and let the wild rumpus begin!
Sep 16, 2020

Our Long, Rich, and Complex History with Pleasure

Our Long, Rich, and Complex History with Pleasure

Ancient Greek philosophy, the foundation of much of our thinking still today, centered on the question and significance of “What makes a good life?  And What is the goal of the good life?”  At the root of their study was the issue of our human struggle between pain and pleasure. 

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Sep 02, 2020

Pleasure - It’s a Relational Thing

Pleasure - It’s a Relational Thing

I was away for five weeks this summer, enjoying the generosity of friends and family who were willing to share their cottages on lakes. In the midst of COVID-19 with few options to safely get away, this was the prefect solution.

The early months of lock down and all the pivoting required left me in need of replenishment. I know I’m at a low ebb when I’m just routinely “doing my to-do list.” This mode is based on a mentality of, “I know what I’m doing.” I’m making my life happen, but I sadly notice pleasure goes out the window.

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Jun 18, 2020

Pleasure Revenge – What the Bleep!

Pleasure Revenge – What the Bleep!

Last week, my daughter and I sat on the deck by her pool and commiserated about the impact of the pandemic and how it will go on. We are both entrepreneurial-minded, and so we batted around ideas about ways to CCOVID-19-proof our work and income. We mused about what will be the trends and unexpected upswings in the economy during this pandemic time. Trends that will emerge as we continue to adjust to this new world.

Later that day, she sent me a note to say she’d visited Faith Popcorn’s website – remember Popcorn – the predictor of trends to come. Apparently, there’s been a trend afoot called Pleasure Revenge. 

Of course, I was curious – but Pleasure Revenge – What the bleep!

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May 27, 2020

Reflecting on the Nature of Change

Reflecting on the Nature of Change

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on the nature of change. We’ve all been catapulted into so much of it.  Some of them are subtle but significant.

Last night I visited with a couple of friends on my back porch. I had not seen them since before COVID-19. We sat six feet apart, had no hugs coming or going, no tea shared, and sanitized wet wipes were featured prominently. The quality of the connection was different, with an air of cautiousness.

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May 14, 2020

Bring Intentionality to Sheltering in Place

Bring Intentionality to Sheltering in Place

Are you getting used to this new way of life? A life lived online, any real social life dwindled to a tiny trickle, and getting very up close and personal with your four walls, and those few who share these walls with you? Maybe it’s even starting to feel normal. 

Crisis? What crisis, this is just how we live now!

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