Redefining Great

I've spent the majority of my life measuring my self-worth by the standards of others. I've gauged what I invest my time on based on how I think others will approve. It's a sad way to live, but one that is easy to adopt. Since I've become aware of it I've made a distinction between…

Just Keep Showing Up

"80 percent of life is just showing up." Woody Allen This was the main point emphasized by the instructor on my first day of college--it was even on the syllabus. Getting registered and taking my entrance exams was both humbling and humiliating. You know that joke about messing up right away so you don't have to worry about…

Thoughts Stirred by the Wind

It's was late, and I packed my Subaru with a full double rack. I stuffed my sleeping bag, pad, tent, and clothes on one another on the floor in the back seat--on the drivers side. I arranged the gear and the rope and the packs and the shoes and the chalk in the trunk--on the drivers…

Cryin’ Time Again

We climbed hard through the week, Wednesday-Friday. We had a solid day on Friday and drove back to San Diego from Idyllwild. I didn't allow the thoughts of my upcoming week dampen my mood, but somewhere deep inside I felt the fires light and my inner steel smelting and reforming into a different version of me--preparing…

Indecision and Revision

I just got trolled on a social media platform, and I let it influence me enough to do a double take on some of the content I've released lately. The dude pissed me off, but I do not have the adult skills to effectively communicate with words, especially on a public space like the internet. I'm…

Tuesday is the New Saturday

We packed up the car on Monday night and pulled onto the 15-North driving straight to Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. We arrived at the campground in five hours--it was empty--and didn't even set up tents. We dropped our sleeping pads in the dirt under a beautiful star-filled desert sky--the alarm set for 4 a.m.--and slept. We…