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Finding peace in chaos

Simple right? Peace is defined as freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility. Yet, everything peaceful is relative to the our perception. The last couple of days I've been on the run, from 9 am until about midnight or 2 am (hardly quiet and tranquil). I've been walking 5+ miles a day exploring, rock climbing, wake surfing and even spun fire poi for the first time! Yet in this commotion I have found happiness and peace, because this is the journey I have chosen. Once you are aligned with your path, you don't find happiness, you are happiness. You simply have to dig deep and figure out what it is that you want more than anything, what makes you, you? Do you even know? Most people are afraid to have that conversation with themselves, so DO IT, you are not like everybody else. Write down a list of what makes you happy, read it, affirm it, and do it! It's your world, we are all just coexisting in it.

Fortune favors the bold. Fortune is what happens through us, not to us. It is not money, it is not assets, it is our reaction to experiences. My buddy Taylor posted the video below this morning and nothing could be more fitting (Thanks Taylor, I appreciate you!). Off to explore the space needle, the EMP museum and maybe the aquarium (tourist level maximum!). Oh, I went to Chihuly glass museum yesterday.. words cannot describe the beauty in Dale Chihuly's connection with art and total disregard for "rules". Much love, thanks for reading!

 Be fortunate. Be bold. Be bright.

-Joe


Contradiction and cultivation

Seattle has a diverse coffee culture, but more Starbucks per capita than New York. A laid back atmosphere, but is the quickest city to flip you the bird while driving. Lots of police cars, not so many cops (seriously, why are all the cop cars just running while in the parking lot?). Maybe the best descriptive word is entertaining, regardless it certainly is beautiful here. After spending the morning of day #2 exploring the city and surrounding areas with my buddy and his family, I took a turn off the beaten path. A short ferry ride later I found myself on Vashon Island, an island about the size of Manhattan with a population of around 10,000 people. The lifestyle on Vashon is more, lets call it, “organic”. Lots of home grown fruits and veggies, livestock, chickens, you know, farm stuff. I Had the pleasure of seeing some college friends and spending some time on a new friends farm and enjoying an amazing farm to table meal (Thanks Bradon!). Experienced Vashon's “Strawberry Festival”, not many strawberries, but lots of happy people dancing around the streets which always makes for a good atmosphere. Another great thing about being in those environments is that connection happens in person. We spent time hitting golf balls around the farm (trying not to kill the chickens) and enjoying dinner at an outdoor set-up that was nothing short of restaurant worthy. Enjoyed some great times together, said goodbyes and returned back to the city. Bed time, after all it was 2 am.

 

Day #3. Mentally strong, physically beat! Being from Vegas, I am used to seeing elevation changes around the perimeter of the city, after all I was born and raised in that valley. Seattle on the other hand, is built of a seemingly never ending series of hills. Going down some of the streets is more like repelling than it is walking, and the climb up is always a challenge. I am taking in all this walking as practice of the big treks, like Machu Picchu. After my morning “hike” to coffee, I was fortunate enough to get in a round of golf, take a dip in the lake and then cap off the adventure with some indoor bouldering (I wish I had my camera for that). I feel like I’ve been going full speed since I have gotten here and plan on taking tomorrow to explore some more local highlights, the sculpture park, and possibly even the Space Needle, not sure what other “staples” of Seattle I need to hit but I am sure there are more. Even with all the hustle and bustle I have made the conscious effort to be outside, generally near the water line for sunset every night (which again, is around 9:30 pm, super amazing). I think it’s going to be a tradition for the entirety of my journeys. All else aside, I am grateful. For friends, for you, for this adventure and for every single thing that the future holds. If checking the site is a pain, you can subscribe below and that will send you an email when there’s a new post.

Thank you for being you, and for reading this. You make it real.

-Joe

It's happening!

           Is this real life? Is this actually happening? I've been bouncing this idea around for so many years that it is hard to believe that it is actually coming to fruition and I couldn't be more excited! Although I have a lot to accomplish before I can officially set off to see the world with you guys I am making progress every single day. There is a long road ahead before I am down to a back pack and plane ticket, but luckily I'll have several little adventures before I actually take flight to South America. It wasn't until I had to fit my life into a backpack that I realized how much unnecessary material wealth I had accumulated. I mean, on a small scale, I have enough socks for 10 families, I've got one waist and 12 belts, two feet and 18 pairs of shoes.. and the list goes on. The best feeling has been the process of letting go of the materials I once thought we so important and getting down to the basics.

         I'm leaving tomorrow for Seattle and I have an action packed 10 days planned up there. This trip will be a mini camp in living-out-of-a-backpack for me. I'm hoping to make it to the San Juan Islands, hiking, exploring the city, and weather permitting I have an exciting backpacking trip planned for the weekend of the 24th. If anyone has suggestions of where I should go, things to see, eat, or paths less known PLEASE let me know! Much to do before my flight tomorrow but I am looking forward to the first adventure, I'll be posting as often as possible. Thank you for reading and I'm looking forward to some great suggestions! 

Shine Bright and Live Free,

Joe