Category Archives: Rules for Intrepid Living

Use What Works, Disregard What Doesn’t: Rule #77

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I know lots of people that perpetually seek out new lifehacks. They endlessly try to find ways to make themselves more creative, more resilient, and more productive. I’m all for self-improvement, but we’re all different; the tools and resources that work for you might not work for me. That’s why we should use what works, and disregard what doesn’t. For… Read more »

Make Something: Rule for Intrepid Living #76

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Make something. Like a canoe paddle

One thing that sets us humans apart from most animals is that we’re capable of creating things and using them to improve our lives. We’re tool-makers, creators, and builders. We make things, repair possessions, and develop all kinds of fun and useful stuff! The call to make something is ingrained in us, no matter if we’re craftsmen or desk workers…. Read more »

You Don’t Need Permission: Rule for Intrepid Living #75

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Is there something that you’d like to do, but you’ve just never gotten around to it? A project or goal that you’d like to achieve, but just haven’t started yet? You know that you’re breaking Rule Number 3, and you’re waiting to start later, but you’re not sure why. It happens to all of us; we don’t necessarily know how… Read more »

Focus on The Process, Not The End Result: Rule for Intrepid Living #74

South Window at Arches National Park

When I started this blog, I found certain aspects infuriating. I won’t get into details, but the writing came easy, the editing a little harder, but trying to grow readership… Well, not my forte. Rule #74 was the answer. What’s Rule #74? Jeez, read the title, it’s “focus on the process, not the end result.” This applies to more than… Read more »

Don’t Chase Someone Else’s Dream: Rule for Intrepid Living #73

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Good morning from Bighorn Park.

My friends Mike and Alex are about to set off on an amazing adventure. They’ve sold their house, liquidated the majority of their possessions, and have converted a van into a home. Soon they’ll hit the road, and visit every National Park in the US (even Hawaii, though they won’t drive there). Recently, I shared their plans with a friend… Read more »

Adventure Is an Attitude: Rule for Intrepid Living #72

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Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

Rule #72 is taken from a quote by mountaineer, climbing guide, and Mount Everest summiter, John Amatt. In full, the quote states; “Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life.” Awhile back, I wrote a post questioning if every day… Read more »

Rule for Intrepid Living #71: Aging Is Mandatory, Getting Old Is Optional

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It’s a funny thing that I’m sure you’ll recognize. As a teenager, and even in my twenties, I viewed thirty as old. This is, of course, ridiculous. Thirty isn’t old at all! Not even close, In fact, now that I’m 34, I still identify myself as “kid.” In the grand scheme of things I’m a baby. When we’re younger we… Read more »

Rule for Intrepid Living #70: You Can’t Have It All

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Recent circumstances have me thinking about what it means to expend all your time, energy, and money. To, perhaps, overextend yourself. I’ve been pushing myself in a lot of ways this year, stacking a lot in my schedule, and trying to accomplish a lot of goals in 2017. Through my effort, I’ve been unexpectedly reminded of something… You can’t have… Read more »

Rule #69: Beware the Reasonable Excuse

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Rules for Intrepid Living Rule #69: Beware the Reasonable Excuse. I’ll be honest with all of you; I make a lot of excuses. I always have. My internal compass doesn’t naturally point to positivity or hard work,  instead I have tried to cultivate those qualities. In doing this, I have learned to spot when I’m making excuses. But even I… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #68

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Rule #68. Meditate When you think about meditation, you may envision Mr. Miyagi, Splinter, Kung Fu Panda, and Yoda. Or if you’re a more realistic person you may see a monk or a hermit, cross-legged on a mountain, intoning “Om.” As far as role models go, you could do a lot worse, but I want to encourage you to see… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #67

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Rule #67 Cultivate constructive apathy. I want you to be passionate. I want you to make the world a better place. I want you to chase dreams. And I want you to be apathetic. Wait, what? I know, it seems antithetical to the gospel I’m usually preaching, but I mean it. The thing is that I don’t want you to… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #66.

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Rule #66. A bad day is not a bad life. Have you ever had one of those days where nothing goes right? You’re running late, you get a flat tire, your umbrella blows away, and then you lose your keys? I’ve had plenty of those days. You know, when your jobs a joke, you’re broke, and your love life’s D.O.A…. Read more »