Whats going on in my life?
This year I’m going to post a review of each month for myself to refer back to as well as a way to keep me focussed on the goals I have set for myself.
Great start to the year. I hit the ground running and I’m confident I can keep the momentum going.
Spirtual/Mental – I’m back consistently getting up super early and reading for 1-2 hours a day. I’ve finished 4 books already and I’m currently in the middle of 3 more.
Physical – I worked out consistently this month. This has really helped me a lot mentally to stay centered. Doing hard workouts is very meditative for me and even though I still can’t do Pull-ups or too much volume upper body wise I’m really enjoying training at the moment. I’m still weighing and measuring everything I eat 5 days a week with a little flexibility on the weekends.
BASE/Skydiving – Unfortunately I didn’t get a single jump this month. Combination of the weather not being cooperative and me putting in long days at work. I have plenty of adventures on the horizon this year so not to worry.
Work/Business – I put in a lot of hustle this month and the gym is starting to really pick up as a result. I’ve also been having a lot of fun coaching again and helping people on their journey.There are a couple of ‘non gym related ventures’ that I’ve started to explore that I won’t be releasing any details on just yet but I’m excited for what the future will hold for each of them.
Travel – I spent 4 days in Vegas this month celebrating my 30th birthday with Sara and my parents. This was my 5th trip to Vegas and the first that wasn’t solely focussed on getting as fucked up as I can and losing money. We went to an awesome show, took a city tour, ate really good food, and I even got a few workouts in. So many people have been asking me what it’s like to be 30 I honestly feel like I have just started living. The amount of change and awesomeness I’ve experienced in the last 10 years is pretty crazy and I’m looking forward to saying that again when I hit 40.
It’s only the beginning of February and I’ve already got several more trips planned. Some are family related and some are for Jumping – All very exciting.
Not really fitting into any of the above categories but I also got my Leg sleeve started and first piece finished.
Very coincidental point: When writing this post I googled ‘owl symbolism’ to something to post underneath this pic and I took the Spirit Animal Quiz below and I actually got the Owl as mine -Perfect
I knew that owls symbolize wisdom and that was my intention with the tattoo. The lock and key in the center were to represent that we all have wisdom inside ourselves and we hold the key to unlocking it.
Characteristics: Intuition, ability to see what others do not see, announcer of change, wisdom
Spirit Animal Profile: The owl spirit animal is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. If you have the owl as totem or power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most. When the spirit of the animal guides you, you can the true reality and see beyond illusion and deceit.
2014 was a mess for me workout wise. I’ve written several times about how I basically took the year off from training and spent most of the time working around one thing or another. Every time I attempted a ‘come back’ I came on a little too strong and kept getting knocked back.
What I’ve come to realize now is that Training for me is now about being healthy and feeling good overall. It’s a way for me to keep myself centered and always humble. There are always things to work on, things I could be better at, and things I cannot do, and thats all part of the game.
I’ve started to accept that there will always be some kind of obstacle I am trying to overcome physically and to not let that frustrate me.
For the past 6 weeks I haven’t been able to do any upper body because of an elbow injury. This wear very upsetting at first but I got through it and started working my lower body like crazy and really nailed down my nutrition.
Yesterday I Back Squatted 335lbsx3 for 5 sets. The video below is from the 2nd set. Doesn’t even look that hard right?
To get to this point I took things very slow and went:
Take your time and things will come.
2nd accomplishment of the week is I’ve lost 10lbs!
I started weighing and measuring using the protocol one of my coaches has been doing for a while and its fuckin awesome.
The basic idea of it is that you are given a Protein, Carb, and Fat prescription based on your bodyweight, activity level, and what your goal is. As long as you hit the numbers for each you have a little cushion in terms of what you can eat which is great.
My goal is to lose some weight in order to increase my reaction speed when jumping, be a little more agile for flips, and to make climbing crazy tall ladders a little easier.
Needless to say I am psyched with the results so far. I had initially given myself a year to drop 15lbs gradually but it’s honestly been pretty easy so I’m going to get there a lot faster. In the time I’ve been doing it I’ve made it through Xmas and New Years which both had several write off days.
And to finish off this post heres a video of me failing horribly at a Front Flip. I missed 11 times and ended up walking away. I’ll get this one soon enough and begin refining it, the same as everything else.
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you want. _ Margaret Young
“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully” – Dr Johnson
In one of the final chapters of The Obstacle Is The Way, Ryan holiday talks about how near death experiences tend to act as a catalyst for people to reinvent themselves and ‘emerge from the experience a completely different, and better person.‘
IN the past 12 months I have thought about death more than any other time in my life. The BASE jumping course I attended at Snake River BASE Academy begins with us sitting down and writing a letter to our friends and family saying that we have died BASE jumping and that it was no ones fault except our own.
They do this for 2 reasons :
1: It acts as their wavier. If you happen to die while participating in the course they are able to produce a handwritten letter by you saying it was your fault.
2: It makes you really think about what you are about to do. In a sport where fractions of a second can mean life or death its definitely not something to be taken lightly.
I attended that course three times last year. Twice as a participant and once as an assistant instructor. Each time I was there I wrote another letter and in the times between I gave a lot of thought to my mortality and I can honestly say that it has made me a better person.
Death is inevitable. It is really the only thing you can guarantee on happening in life but its also the one area people don’t like discussing or even planning for. This past year I knew two people who died tragically. One was in a skydiving accident, and the other was in a fire. One day they were here and the next they were gone. This was a huge reminder to me of how precious life actually is and how it can all be over so quickly.
Following my initial BASE course I started writing more letters to friends and family, and making audio recordings with the intention that they would only be read, or heard if I happen to die unexpectedly. When I am going out to make a jump I am fully aware that there is a chance that I may not come home. People may think that it’s very morbid but it actually has the opposite effect on me and my interaction with those around me. I’ll be eating dinner with my wife or walking my dog and think ‘This may be the last time I ever do this” and it forces me to be present. I want those who I am with to remember those moments as being ones where I was connected to them and showing them I care for them vs being distracted, or playing on my phone, or whatever. I am not saying I am perfect in these actions – far from it, but having those thoughts to pull on is extremely beneficial to myself and those around me.
I can honestly say that I do not fear dying. I know it is coming eventually and when it happens it happens. The world will go on as normal. Having said that I want those I care about to know that I cared about them after I am gone. I want something to exist in my place. This also makes me want to set big goals and accomplish big things while I have the opportunity to. I could be in a car crash tomorrow and end up in a wheelchair the rest of my life. For me this is not a reason to play it safe and be conservative, it’s a reason to go after what I want even more. BASE jumping is what pulled this to the front of my mind but I’m applying it to everything in my life more and more.
You do not need to have a close call or traumatic event happen in your life for you to view the world this way. You just need to actually acknowledge the fact that someday you will be gone and being prepared for it can give you great perspective on how you want to spend the time you have.
“Reminding ourselves each day that we will die helps us treat our time as a gift” – Ryan Holiday