Welcome to the new website everyone! I’ve promised a refocusing of my blogging, so here it is. For those of you who know me personally, you probably know that I am not the most organized person. In fact, I can be a planner’s worst nightmare. I’ve put a lot of thought into finding my purpose as a story-teller and blogger. Honestly, I started blogging just because I like to share my ideas, stories, and inner dialogue. I wanted people to be able to connect with my words and leave with either a new perspective, a sense of “I’m glad I’m not the only person who feels this way!”, or even a hearty belly-laugh.
My goal now is to inspire you. I want to bring you outside of your “comfort zone” because that is where your life’s greatest adventures often lie in wait. I’m very often told (and humbled) by people saying that they are living their lives vicariously through my adventures. At first, if I am being 100% honest, it bloated my ego. My head swelled with the fact that my life looked great enough that people were wanting to live like me! After a few years in the outdoor industry (and a few years of growing up) my thoughts began to shift from ego to inquiry.
“Why are people saying this?”
“What am I doing differently than anyone else?”
These were the questions I began to process in my head. The answer is this: Living vicariously is comfortable. It takes no sacrifice, thought, or action. Simply looking through the social media feeds of an adventurer can be done from the couch. How many times have you scrolled though your favorite form of social media and lusted for the life of a traveler standing in the fjords of Norway, a beach goer on the white, sandy beaches of Bora Bora, or simply just the photos of a light-hearted, whitewater rafting guide?
I call this feeling “Traveler’s Dysphoria” and that is what I am here to help you defeat. It’s the feeling of wanting to do more with your life, but not knowing where to start. How about we start here?
Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes. It comes in the form of a short walk through your local state park. It can be as simple as a hike through the woods in the winter, or a bike ride around the neighborhood. It can be as big as that trip to Europe you’ve always dreamed of, or jumping out of an airplane!
I want you to stop living vicariously. I want you to get out and smell the metaphorical roses.
“Get a Haircut and Get a Real Job” is my version of sticking it to the man, and I’m encouraging you to follow along. I’m going to be sharing my favorite outdoor gear, travel destinations, adventure stories, personal thoughts, latest books I’ve read, and anything else that might inspire you to get off your ass and start adventuring. Everyone has a niche, all we gotta do is find yours.
I can’t wait to bring you into this wonderful world of adventure, uncertainty, and ultimately happiness!
Let’s go! The adventure begins!