2016. What a year. Some are celebrating it, some want to forget it. I myself have explored, taken risks, failed, learned, revamped, been burned, conquered, and had an epic adventure throughout.
I climbed South Sister, hiked the Grand Canyon, explored many parts of the Columbia Gorge, the PCT, the Sisters Wilderness, Central Oregon, Olympic National Park, the Snoqualmie region of Washington, and many other beautiful places, many of which were completely new for me.
Personally I don’t believe in living in the past. Those who say they only made great music in the 60s or the 90s or whenever it was that they were younger are missing out. You wouldn’t believe how much great music is coming out these days, if you only take the time to look, listen, and had an open mind.
Enjoy your old trophy, or look at photos of that mountain you climbed 10 years ago, but let it inspire you to take on new challenges. If you’re not facing new challenges something’s wrong.
I believe in making every moment count, whether you’re traveling, adventuring, getting healthy, creating new music or art, taking new directions in relationships, exploring new business or career opportunities, or whatever else pushes your comfort level and makes you alive.
People see my life and say they wish they had that kind of freedom. Look, you don’t know the intensity of my own struggles within, while outwardly huddling under a tree on top of a windy mountain or shivering in my tent afraid of every little sound in the dark. I only say that, because this is what pushes me and makes me feel alive. You find what pushes you whether that be on an outdoor adventure or a career deep in the jungle of the corporate office.
So as for 2016, I can say I’m proud of how I spent those moments, and the memories that were made. But I’m looking beyond to 2017 and am excited for what it holds.
I plan to rename the website (still Outback Tales, just different domain name) and go further in the direction of photography, portraits, and prints. Check out the new Portrait Gallery page. I also plan to make a music video with an original song I wrote while adventuring in the Olympics and the Columbia Gorge.
If there were failures in 2016, let’s just learn from them and move on. Easy for me to say? No, you don’t know what all I’ve gone through this year, and what it took for me to get back up. Neither do I for you. We all go through our own struggles and we must each fight our own fight.
Epic Goals for 2017
I hate resolutions. Like most others I’ve eaten way too much junk over the holidays and need to get back in shape. What I started doing was taking the goals I wanted to do, writing them down and writing the exact steps needed for that goal.
For instance instead of just saying, “I need to get in shape,” here are ideas of specific things you can write down:
- Look up hiking group to meet with on Saturday, and then actually join the group.
- Go to the store and actually buy a recreational forest pass.
- Join a gym, take a fitness class or get a bike for those days you need to be in the city.
Then make those steps as easy as possible by finding convenient locations, working it into your routine, etc. Specifics in goals get you much further than vague resolutions.
What can you do make 2017 count? Do you have any exciting adventure tales to share from 2016? I’d love to hear them. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter, both of which are @Outbacktales. This photo below is from when I brought my family to Mount Hood for Christmas photos. Here’s to a great new year!