This is the personal website for Brendan Sweeney. I'm a tech sales and marketing professional in Chicago, IL.
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Hi, I'm Brendan Sweeney, and I love to travel! Thank you for visiting my personal website. I will be posting photos and details of my various trips on here. When I'm not out hiking or driving across the USA, I work as a sales and marketing consultant. I've also spent the past year in this pandemic reading a variety of books on the practical benefits of Mindfulness, Stoic Philosophy, and Metta "LovingKindness" Meditation. My goal is to develop a mastery of sales and marketing automation systems while traveling to as many new, exciting destinations as I can.
The updated list of books I've read this year:
At this point in time, I have visited 43 out of the 50 states. The only states I have yet to visit are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Mexico, Nevada, Alaska, and Hawaii.
The last two states I knocked off the list were Arkansas and Oklahoma on a road trip which involved mostly hiking in the beautiful scenery down there. I also recently visited Coeur d'Alene, ID and Spokane, WA for the first time.
I have visited 17 countries outside of the U.S., 13 of which are in Europe. I'd like to travel to each continent at least once and visit more European countries too!
Due to COVID restrictions, I don't have any upcoming plans to travel abroad in the near future. In late 2019, I traveled to seven countries across Europe (Iceland, Denmark, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Portugal).
"Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other."
- Carl Jung
"Habit, not resisted, becomes necessity."
- St. Augustine
"May you live in interesting times."
- Curse of Unknown Origin
"One who thinks one's self equal to others or superior or inferior, for that very reason disputes. But one who is unmoved under those three conditions, for that person the notions "equal", "superior", and "inferior" do not exist. The sage for whom the notions "equal" and "unequal" do not exist - would he say, "this is true"? Or with whom should he dispute saying, "this is false"? With whom should he enter into dispute? An accomplished person does not, by a philosophical view or by thinking, become arrogant, for he is not of that sort. For one who is free from views, there are no ties. For one who is delivered by understanding, there are no follies. But those who grasp after views and philosophical opinions, they wander about in the world annoying people.
Do not grasp at views. Do not form views in the world through either knowledge, virtuous conduct, or religious observances. Likewise, avoid thinking of one's self as being either superior, inferior, or equal to others. The wise let go of the self, and being free of attachments, they depend not on knowledge nor do they dispute opinions or fix upon any view. For those who have no wishes for either extreme of becoming or non-becoming here or in another existence, there is no conflict with the views held by others. They do not form the least notion in regard to views seen, heard, or thought out. How could one influence those wise ones who do not grasp at any views?"
- The Sutta Nipata