A little dirt never hurt

Short and sweet: nine lessons I learned from my weekend away in the woods.

1. Using a saw and a sledge hammer is incredibly cathartic. Mad? Upset? Stressed? Answer = find an enormous log and do whatever it takes to break it in half.

Just a little stress relief
Just a little stress relief. Cute fuzzy socks, right?

2. “No Service” should become your two favorite words at least once a year. The views beyond the screen of your iPhone are worth taking an extra day to respond to that email.

On top of the world
On top of the world

3. Reading a good book by flashlight underneath the stars can bring you more peace of mind than the best yoga class or any bite from your favorite chocolate bar. Okay, that last part may be a lie. But it’s an incredibly close call!

Take your mind elsewhere.

4. Rain is no reason to stay indoors. You’ll dry off eventually. Go outside and play in the mud like you were a little kid. It’s good for you.

The biggest fan of candids you’ll ever meet.

5. Conflicts, especially in scheduling, can be adapted to. If the cause is important enough, it’s always worth the compromise.

Sometimes home is only a cup of coffee away.
Sometimes home is only a cup of coffee away.

6. The company you keep and make time for is a true reflection of yourself and your values. Choose wisely.

Brian, myself and Joe

7. You don’t come across double rainbows often. Pull over to the side of the road and take a picture.

“Getting lost is not a waste of time.”

8. Give me a waterfall, I’ll climb it. Give me a river, I’ll cross it. Don’t say no to adventure when it’s right in front of your face.


9. No matter where your travels take you, the most important places are often the ones that have allowed you to grow: emotionally, professionally, spiritually. Those places never really leave you, not if you don’t let them.

Just a tiny spec in awe of the world around me.
Just a tiny spec in awe of the world around me.

Get away while you can, even just for a short while. Somehow, leaving always ends up bringing you back right where you belong.


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