How are you? Man its been quite a journey since the last time we spoke.
I was provoked by your allusion to reading philosophy as a systematic approach to personal growth...I've been moving in this direction myself, especially for the last year or so...investigating the "geneaology" of these different therapies and schools of thought (NLP etc.)really demystifies what is involved in creating a personal development approach.
I've acquired a couple of new toys you might be interested in as well...send me an email: email@example.com...if you want to we could meet up, maybe at the same place as last time (if you still live right by there).