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  • Life on Earth: Understanding Who We Are, How We Got Here, and What May Lie Ahead
    Life on Earth: Understanding Who We Are, How We Got Here, and What May Lie Ahead
    by Mike Dooley
  • The Japanese Art of Reiki: A Practical Guide to Self-Healing
    The Japanese Art of Reiki: A Practical Guide to Self-Healing
    by Bronwen Stiene, Frans Stiene
  • What's Your What?
    What's Your What?
    by Julie Moret
  • California: Then and Now®: People and Places
    California: Then and Now®: People and Places
    Pavilion
  • Security is a Thumb and a Blanket (Peanuts)
    Security is a Thumb and a Blanket (Peanuts)
    by Charles M. Schulz
  • The Voice of Rolling Thunder: A Medicine Man's Wisdom for Walking the Red Road
    The Voice of Rolling Thunder: A Medicine Man's Wisdom for Walking the Red Road
    by Sidian Morning Star Jones, Stanley Krippner Ph.D.
  • Myths of the Cherokee
    Myths of the Cherokee
    by James Mooney
  • What to Do When it's Your Turn (and it's Always Your Turn)
    What to Do When it's Your Turn (and it's Always Your Turn)
    by Seth Godin
  • Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison
    Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison
    by Gary Tillery
  • Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See
    Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See
    by Bill Shapiro
  • Beatitude Golden Anniversary 1959-2009 (Beatitude Literary Magazine, Volume 50)
    Beatitude Golden Anniversary 1959-2009 (Beatitude Literary Magazine, Volume 50)
    by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
    Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
    by Shel Silverstein
  • Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You: A Journal
    Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You: A Journal
    by Robie Rogge, Dian Smith
  • PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God
    PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God
    by Frank Warren
  • The Field and Forest Handy Book: New Ideas for Out of Doors (Nonpareil Book)
    The Field and Forest Handy Book: New Ideas for Out of Doors (Nonpareil Book)
    by Daniel Carter Beard, David R. Godine
  • American Girls Handy Book: How to Amuse Yourself and Others (Nonpareil Books)
    American Girls Handy Book: How to Amuse Yourself and Others (Nonpareil Books)
    by Lina Beard, Adelia Beard
  • The Secret Language of Birthdays: Your Complete Personology Guide for Each Day of the Year
    The Secret Language of Birthdays: Your Complete Personology Guide for Each Day of the Year
    by Gary Goldschneider, Joost Elffers
  • American Splendor and More American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar
    American Splendor and More American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar
    by Harvey Pekar
  • I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
    I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
    by Amy Sedaris
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story
    A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story
    by Donald Miller
  • The Growing Edge
    The Growing Edge
    by Howard Thurman
  • Mind as Healer Mind as Slayer: A Holistic Approach to Preventing Stre
    Mind as Healer Mind as Slayer: A Holistic Approach to Preventing Stre
    by J.K
  • Kindred Spirits
    Kindred Spirits
    by Matthew & Terces Engelhart
  • Original Self: Living with Paradox and Originality
    Original Self: Living with Paradox and Originality
    by Thomas Moore
  • 1000 Ultimate Adventures
    1000 Ultimate Adventures
    by Lonely Planet
  • Last Words
    Last Words
    by George Carlin
  • Seriously...I'm Kidding
    Seriously...I'm Kidding
    by Ellen DeGeneres
  • Cash: The Autobiography
    Cash: The Autobiography
    by Johnny Cash
  • It Happened in Oklahoma (It Happened In Series)
    It Happened in Oklahoma (It Happened In Series)
    by Robert L. Dorman
  • Lost Austin (Images of America)
    Lost Austin (Images of America)
    by John H. Slate
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
    Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
    by Gregory Boyle
  • Milk and Honey
    Milk and Honey
    by Rupi Kaur
  • Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately
    Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately
    by Alicia Cook
  • The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook (Official Keepsake Box Set)
    The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook (Official Keepsake Box Set)
    by Kim Krans
  • Sacred Geometry: Philosophy & Practice (Art and Imagination)
    Sacred Geometry: Philosophy & Practice (Art and Imagination)
    by Robert Lawlor
  • The Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarot
    The Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarot
    by Johannes Fiebig, Evelin Burger
Bringin' Home the Bacon (these are ads)

I'm Hillary Banks Self.   Yes, that's really my name.

I'm seeking to use this site to be ever mindful of how vastly cool it is to be alive.  I'm broadcasting my appreciation for LiFe - from hillarybanks.com - and hoping to attract like thinkers who are grateful - just to be living.  To be fully aware of the power of the present moment - and, it's ability to meet your every need.

To remind myself of that, I've committed to ReCeSs!  That's right - daily - I'm taking 30 minutes to an hour to have recess - for myself.  Alone.  And, I get to do whatever my heart so chooses.  I am kind to myself in this time - and I treat myself to those types of dates or activities I'd been hoping to do - but, was never finding the time.  In doing this, I'm looking to reclaim a little bit of the joie de vivre that seems to have been lost in the past few years of work and obligation.  

I hope to explore the content of my own character, against a myriad of backdrops.  To adventure through life, trying new things, and bravely sharing my findings.  I hope to find something in common with other wanderers out there - like me.  I seek to inspire others and to also share and interact with like-minded gypsy-types.

I'm glad you're here...

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2017 Update:

First of all, I think I look really cute (and sad) in that picture from 2008.  Can you beleive that was 9 years ago?  9 years!  Practically a decade...but, I digress.

I'm happy to say that recess has become a much more regular part of my day-to-day.  I think for me, now, it's more about enjoying myself, overall, regardless of what I'm doing.  (If you are singing and dancing while completing a project, that line between work and play certainly starts to blur.) 

I've fought myself for years, trying to find a "work/life balance".  I'm starting to think that "balance" isn't the answer, either.  Maybe work and life shouldn't necessarily be "balanced" - you know? Maybe it should just be more about living a contented life; while working, laughing, creating + loving...simultaneously?

Maybe this pursuit of balance is just making us feel lousy - because we never feel like we're achieving said balance.  But, when we allow ourselves to just be in the moment and have some fun (aka "recess")...said "balance" is then achieved - right there, in that very moment.  You know?  ;)  

I don't claim to have the answers, yet...but, I am still dedicated to the idea of recess.  

Because, FUN!