Seek out Runner’s Highs

A runner’s high is, loosely interpreted, the euphoric feeling of having just accomplished something amazing. And it is these feelings that I like to cultivate. A state of euphoria after running has been connected to the release of endorphins after physical activity. But it also has psychological factors which are discussed in an article by…

Be Thankful

This is a short post about being thankful. We all experience feelings of frustration and inferiority. I hear people say “I am not in shape enough to backpack” all the time. I also hear my fellow musicians asking “Am I good enough?” I say these things and have this kind of anxiety on a regular…

Compete Against Yourself

There is only one sustainable way to compete: against ourselves. I have been backpacking with people who turned hiking into a competition. They know of other hikers on a similar route and they feel like they need to hike faster. There are others who hike because they want to break records.There is nothing wrong with…

Walk with Others

As we all go along in our professional lives, it is important to not lose perspective. One way to do this is to be mindful of the people with whom we share our paths. I am often aware of my tunnel vision; I see a goal and sort of charge toward it like a race…

Just Love

There is a lot of negativity and hate from all sides surrounding the recent election. It is now more important than ever that we try as hard as we can to love each other. I firmly believe that the only response to hate is love. And I write this to myself as much as anyone….

Keep Moving

Sometimes when life gets busy, it’s important to just keep moving. I haven’t written a post in a while because there has been so much going on that I haven’t had the brain space. But it has all been good stuff! It is much easier to keep moving when we are doing something we love….

Do it for the Journey

I think I have found that whenever I get frustrated or down-trodden about something, it is because I am getting caught up in my ego. Making everything about self-aggrandizement is easy to do. As soon as the most insignificantly positive thing happens in my life, I have an immediate urge to share it on facebook….

Carry Things that Lighten the Load

There are some things I can carry backpacking that, despite their weight, make my experience more enjoyable. Some things on my packing list are things I need: a tent, my stove, food, etc. Other things I carry just because they will make the trip more fun. For example, I usually take a book and I…

Be Olympic Passionate

I recently got interested in reading about what Olympians do to make money. I was inspired to find that many of them work in fields unrelated to their sports. When watching the Olympics, it is easy to imagine these super-humans training 16 hours a day for four straight years. Surely, to be at that level…

Mountains do Change

Mountains, despite their immovability, seem to change over time. But I’ve come to realize that it is not the mountains but ourselves that are changing. Every time I see mountains they look different. Even if I am seeing the same ones, they evoke a different feeling each time I encounter them. And it goes beyond the changing seasons…

Be Tough

Sometimes I write blogs as if I can see sunshine and rainbows in any situation but the truth is sometimes the road gets rough and I have to just be tough to get through it. Sometimes things just sort of suck. Not many things are as easy as sitting on the couch and watching Netflix. I…

Appreciate Experiences

It’s always interesting to me when a set of routines begins to feel like a whole world or an entire life. Sometimes in those situations, I feel like I could continue with that routine for the rest of my days. But I am inevitably flung headfirst into my next adventure seemingly without warning or preparation and…