Your gear means nothing if you forget this part

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In his latest post, Jonathan Fields talks about you and your gear. Read it here: Your gear is not what makes you special. Your gear is not what makes you able to do what you do. Sure there are times when a little function on a camera lets you do something special or those skis you are wearing let you get out onto the snow. When it comes down to it though a pro with an iPhone is going to blow me out of the water with photography no…read more

Don’t Let Your Life Get Stuck in Maintenance Mode

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I work in an IT office where we talk about maintenance, service level and projects a lot. Like, all day sometimes. Maintenance is the work you do on an ongoing basis. It doesn’t change much, it can be repetitive. It’s basically keeping the lights on and the email running. Service level is how much you are giving your clients on a regular basis. If you keep systems running to do email that’s one service level. If you want to give them more, you increase your service level. Projects are new…read more


Being Strong to be Useful: Giving Thanks for Movement

Posted by in Fitness, Lifestyle Design

It’s Thanksgiving in Canada today. I’m going to add my 2 cents to the slew of other blog posts that probably came out today about what I’m thankful for. Everyone writes about that on Thanksgiving. I guess there’s a reason for that. I’m always thankful for my friends and family and being born in a time and a place that affords me all the things I currently have. It makes it much easier to live an interesting futuristic lifestyle compared to 50, 100 or 300 years ago. I love playing…read more


Being intentional is difficult but worth it

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Being intentional is one of the best ways to make your life meaningful, satisfying and have impact. If we drift around, letting life, friends and family make all our decisions for us, we probably have an easy life but not one full of meaning. By choosing our friends, our work, our hobbies and everything else we want to have in our life intentionally, life can mean so much more. It can be tough to be intentional all the time, having to choose everything, not just going along with what the…read more


Are you drifiting, driving or designing?

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At the World Domination Summit in Portland this year, Michael Hyatt took the stage and told some stories about his alcoholic father. The stories started out depressing but he got to his main point: his father was drifting through life. Michael couldn’t handle the thought of doing the same himself and so set himself on a path through life that ensured he worked hard and was successful. You would call him driven. He claims that “overcorrection” from seeing his father drift through life to his own driven path was a mistake….read more


The 2014 Superhero Challenge

Posted by in Lifestyle Design, Spark Challenges

Resolutions? Ick. January is a time for resolutions. I’ve always hated resolutions, but not because they aren’t a challenge or they don’t make your life better or they aren’t fun. Resolutions just seem to  have such negative connotations for most people. Making a commitment at the beginning of the year to make your life better in one small way could be such a good idea but most people never follow through.  Most resolution talk 1 month into a new year inevitably ends up with “I’ve already broken mine” or “I’m…read more


A Life List Update: Sailing Adventures

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Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve written over here. So much going on at PureOutside. I’ve been talking to people about Life Lists lately and remembered that this one needed some attention once in a while. I read through Jenn’s List and Erin’s List and it made me think about the stuff I’ve accomplished and have yet to. It really brought me back to mine and the big goals I want to accomplish. One of my goals revolves around sailing on a trip of my own. It doesn’t have to be…read more


My First Adventure Race

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It’s done! It was actually done in September 2 years ago but I pushed the post aside and totally got distracted with other things. My buddy, Ryan and I competed as a two person team in the Cumberland Momar September 2010. We did the Enduro course that was 50km long. There was a 10km kayak,  15km of running and about 25km of mountain biking. The experience was very humbling and I’m glad it’s over but it was a blast at the same time. We rented a cabin with a bunch of friends…read more


Who Tells You What You Can Do?

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This #trust30 post is about the long prompt by Matt Cheuvront. Matt dares us to be bold. To get out of the flow of normal society and do something you’ve always dreamed about doing. You have to forget “being realistic” and start to move the other direction. The crazy one, the childish one, the mad one, and embrace the possibility that your crazy dream could come true. Amazingly there is only one thing in the way of your crazy dream coming true. But it’s a big one. It’s you. Think…read more


A Focused Post-It

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I started writing with the #Trust30 group on May 31st. It’s a fantastic initiative to get things moving when you’re blogging and really make you think about what you’re doing with your life. Even if you don’t want to blog about them, you can write them out in a journal or just spend a day putting together your own thoughts. I’ve currently got 2 other posts about the first 3 prompts, “15 Minutes to Live” and “Today and One String Belief“. Post-It Question – Jenny Blake After a beautiful quote…read more