Category Archives: Life

April 11, 2017

Where Has The Time Gone?

It has been a year and a half since I last posted here. It’s crazy how fast time has been flying by.

A lot has happened since I last posted about working at Mount Rainier National Park. I finished my degree at Oregon State, landed some new jobs, and moved from Portland to Denver. So far, I love Colorado!

Perhaps the biggest news is my girlfriend and I are traveling to Bolivia in June to climb Huayna Potosí and Illimani. This will be our first time attempting to climb above 6000 meters. We’ve been spending most of our time training, climbing 14ers here in Colorado, and getting the gear ready for the trip. We started a new blog to track our training and summits. Hopefully our training will be sufficient and we will have a successful trip. I guess we’ll find out soon…

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March 5, 2010

What Exactly Is Lifestyle Design?

Over the past few weeks, I have received a handful of emails on the topic of lifestyle design. Specifically, a few people asked me what lifestyle design actually means. Instead of coming up with a short definition, I decided to put together a post that answers that question in detail.

In a nutshell, lifestyle design is all about creating your own design and plan for life. You start by asking yourself some basic questions such as:

  • What do you want to accomplish in your life?
  • What is important to you?
  • Where do you want to live?
  • What do you want to spend your time doing?

Once you have a good understanding of what you want out of life, you then design a lifestyle to suit your needs. Last but not least, you create a plan to make it happen.

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February 2, 2010

The Art of Voluntary Simplicity

As many of you know, I have decided to live a life of voluntary simplicity. This lifestyle change is the main reason why I was able to start a business and pursue my passions in life.

However, a lot of people who I talk to are curious to know what simplicity means in terms of a lifestyle. So here is an in-depth look at the lifestyle and how you can start living it yourself.

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January 19, 2010

How to Retire Young

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Have you ever wanted to retire early? How about in your 20’s? I know my goal had always been to retire early so I could enjoy the simple things in life.

Well guess what? It is possible to live a retired lifestyle, even in your 20’s, by simply following the steps I’ve listed below. The plan is broken down into two phases: one for getting to retirement and the other is for living it up once you make it there.

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January 14, 2010

Go Green, Save Money

As most of you know, I’m a big fan of frugal living. But I also try to keep my carbon footprint as small as possible. I’m a huge advocate of living an earth-friendly lifestyle and try to conserve as much as possible.

However, it seems that whenever I mention the idea of a green lifestyle to people I meet, they often act surprised. They assume that living frugally and being green is an impossible task. The truth is, being green can actually help your frugal lifestyle. It can save you money in a lot of areas you might often overlook.

Being green does not mean you have to go out and buy all the green friendly gadgets you can find. It’s more about consuming less in your every day life. However, I do recommend a lot of green friendly products to people because they are better for the environment and our purchases help support the companies that make them. That way they can continue to produce more of their products and compete with the non-green alternatives.

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December 22, 2009

How to Move Across the Country

Well it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of moving around the country. Since graduating college, I’ve moved around the country a few times as you can see in the map above.

I’ve learned quite a few things about moving over the last few years and wanted to share my advice with anyone planning (or thinking about) a big move. Keep in mind that I did not using a moving company at all so these are all tips based on moving yourself (it’s more fun this way).

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December 8, 2009

The Art of Journal Writing

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If you’re like most people, you spend a good amount of time thinking to yourself everyday. I use to do it all the time, especially when I worked in a cubicle. I would constantly sit at my desk and let my brain work itself into overdrive about all sorts of different things.

I would brainstorm ideas on how to make money, think about the dreams I had the night before, and even spend time daydreaming about a life that was more enjoyable.

However, I would always fail to make anything of the thoughts. Instead, I would let them drift away and constantly forget the ideas I had.

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