While the bodies still can and, you still have your marbles!

“We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life” – Jim Rohn

Kia Ora, welcome and thank you for visiting.

Brent, with his wife Claire, lives a simple dream-design-do’ life.

Brent says “getting those habits entrenched will allow anyone to pursue more of what matters most in order to have more meaningful happiness.”

He authored and self illustrated the book, Re-Kindle You about it.

Back in 2011, they walked 360+km from Istanbul to Gallipoli in Turkey that started an intentional shift to downsize possessions, footprint and consumption, and take up smarter habits to live a more simplistic lifestyle.

Living with less has provided them with more freedom to pursue more of what matters most, with more meaning and more substance.  It has transformed their lives significantly.


Since embracing the ‘living with less’ and the ‘dream, design, do’ philosophy; their adventure before dementia travel has included:

  • cycling the Camino de Santiago Walk Pilgrimage trail in Spain to love it so much, walking the trail again in reverse
  • summiting Mt Kilimanjaru in East Africa
  • volunteering in an Orangutan Sanctuary in Borneo
  • trekking up to Mt Everest and Annapurna base camps in Nepal
  • tandem cycling 7,500 kms across Canada, from Vancouver, BC to St Johns, Newfoundland
  • walking the North Island section of the Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga to Wellington (1,600 kms) in New Zealand

Brent acknowledges that living with less (or minimalism) isn’t for everyone and each one to their own.  Perhaps the type of adventure travel isn’t as well however, you have to agree that a lot of time is wasted in dusting when life is short.

He advocates, “just reduce one item off a shelf that collects the powdery film” and he is confident that you will grin about it, even feel better.  Imagine if you removed five further items where you didn’t have to dust.  You have incrementally gained more time by doing less – the compound effect at its best.

But more importantly, what would you do with the new found time?”

Brent has experienced at the coal face both professionally and personally, that happiness doesn’t always come easy, as measured in likes and tweets neither.  In most instances, there is struggle and suffering.

“It’s all part and parcel of what life throws at you and how your attitude is towards it.”

But better dreams, smarter designs and active doing is achievable for a more enriching happier life, regardless the clutter.  Both professionally and personally.

From time to time, Brent (and Claire) gets asked to entertain audiences and speak to help influence people to reboot their happiness trajectory, with brutal honesty.

Everyone needs this message – corporate leaders, small business owners or kids just looking for a clear view of the world.  Your “Dream, Design & Do” anthem is just that.  This is the highest level of work needing to be done on the planet in my opinion and you both are living examples of it.

Dr. Patterson Stark, BSc, International Academy of Prevention Performance and Longevity


The strategies Brent imparted were outstanding.  He shared real-world techniques instead of sales theories leaving participants with the key to unlocking their potential to become remarkable sales people and beyond in their personal lives.  The ability to connect and hold their attention for the entire presentation time reflected in the feedback from all participants as exceptional.

Brent’s professional common sense no-nonsense approach incorporating personal experiences and humour were refreshing.  I would not hesitate to recommending Brent for any Sales Team training workshops, seminars or key-note presentation.”

Warren Angus, Head of Business Customer, DHL Global Forwarding

Brent lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with Claire and two grown up adult children where he likes to illustrate, mountain bike, trek, volunteer, adventure travel and play the ukulele.  To balance life, Brent is a registered marriage and independent funeral celebrant, a certified bookkeeper and small business mentor.

“Dream, design and do it with adventure.”

While the bodies still can and, you still have your marbles!