The Purpose of Vacation

If you were wondering why it has been a while since my last article, well that is because I was out in Colorado enjoying friends, family, climbing, a wedding and time away from reality.  Limited use of my phone and no computer while in the mountains was just what I needed to get away from the stressors of the big projects/life events I have going on.  While out in Colorado I was fortunate enough to enjoy the company of many great friends and acquaintances old and new.  I was able to escape my normal climbing/training routine and go to a less than conventional wedding (Hawaiian in the mountains) with life long friends.  I was also able to let my guard down and just climb anything with no agenda with the help of some friends whos lifestyle I applaud and adore. Continue reading

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Overcoming Overwhelm

Feeling overwhelmed and thinking there is always something to do and no time to do it.  This is a thought that pollutes the minds of many people, including my self, from day to day.  These thought or ch0ices may be small and unsubstantial or large and meaningful.  Whatever the case may be, you shouldn’t let these decisions interfere with your daily happiness and your greater goals in life.  Instead we must ask ourselves, “what do I need to do and how can I relax and not sweat the small stuff?”  We must get our priorities straight and find the courage to commit to something meaningful.  Like my father always said “If you are going to start something you better not half ass it.”  Be brave and fully commit to your passion without fear of missing out.  Below you will find a quick exercise that will help you deal with overwhelming situations. Continue reading

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Wellness is a journey

Go out and experience the world from your own perspective.  If you want to find your true calling in this life, then do just that, go out and FIND it.  Fear is just our perception of the unknown.  Love fear, it gives you something to challenge in order to discover that unknown.  Self-discovery is kick ass.  The only real fear is to fear not discovering the unknown.  So go out, take some risks, discover the unknown, travel the world and risk living a vagabond life in order to see what life is all about.  Experiences are well worth the fear and they are all part of bettering your well being.

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“Un-Plug”

The reason for the long gap between posts is in fact the topic of this post, I was on vacation and I unplugged my self from the “Grid”.  If you are not familiar with this term, well what I mean is that I shut off access and communication with anyone that I was not with in person.  No cell phone, no internet, no worries, no distractions.  By doing this I was really able to sit back, relax, appreciate and observe my new surroundings with all my senses. Continue reading

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Coffee, to drink or not to drink?

Growing up I never got in coffee for one main reason:  I was misguided into thinking that it was an unhealthy substance to be polluting your body with.  Sure I tried it here and there to see what all the rage was about, but decided it was not good enough to out weight the “negative” health effects.  (That’s what ice cream and stouts are for).  I’m sure you would be surprised to look in my pantry today,  you would find various coffee beans, grinders, and makers.  What gives you ask? Continue reading

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Recovery Days

Every goal that you work towards, you must include recovery or rest days into the equation.  Mental and physical exhaustion is a reality.  If proper rest is notIMG_0021 taken then”Burning out” is not a question of if rather a question of when.  In order to occupy yourself and take time off to chill out, you must stay motivated towards the main goal.  Keep long term sustainability in mind and learn to enjoy resting.  Continue reading

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Frustration vs. Motivation

Frustration can kill motivation.  When you are looking at defeat in the eyes, SMILE.Eggs  What is the purpose of getting frustrated?  Let me answer my own question, because frustration is a emotion displaying that you care.  Instead of carrying on with those emotions, show your passion with a smile.  I care about snowboarding and rock climbing, but I don’t have to climb.  Since these activities are my CHOICE, I will choose to smile when I fail, so should you!

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Be Selfish (sometimes)

622790_788828797800833_861464101_o Why do we do the things we do?  There comes a point in a persons life when he makes the decision to stop goofing around and to become a mature adult.  It may or may not be a conscience decision, but it happens.

I undeniably love snowboarding.  I love going out and riding whatever possible (city handrails, big jumps, trees, you name it).  Up until this last season it would take some extraordinary bribe with a serving of bacon, dark chocolate and espresso to get me off the hill.  However something emotionally changed with me last winter.  Continue reading

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