Years ago I was your stereotypical teenage punk, who spent his summers riding waves and playing on skateboard ramps. And guys like Christian Hosoi were definitely my hero.
During the winter months, we would pack up the car and spent the weekends skiing in the mountains. Heck, I was so reckless back in the day that I even rode bulls.
We had a mantra for everything we did. When we skied, it was “pain is temporary, bones heal, but glory is forever.” With other extreme sports that we participated in it was some derivative of this — which ultimately came back to the same thing. Going big.
To be quite honest, I’ve been somewhat confused as to whether or not business and pleasure could exist in the same place. While we’ve had some great conversation about that, I remained on the fence about it for some time.
Go Big or Go Home
This was the lifeline we clung to during our younger days, and now that I’ve (arguably) grown up and become a “family” guy I need to live this out in much different ways.
A couple weeks ago I started watching Everest: Beyond the Limit, which was a documentary produced by the Discover Channel that followed a number of mountain climbing expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest.
Each season you got to know and intimately hear about the lifestory of each climber — who they were, what they did and most importantly WHY they wanted to climb Mount Everest.
Mount Everest is the Earth’s highest mountain.
With it’s peak sitting at 29,029 feet (nearly 5 miles above sea level), Everest boasts extreme cold, hurricane-force winds, and low oxygen levels (about one-third of the oxygen in the atmosphere as at sea level).
Due to the hazards and rigors of climbing such a dangerous mountain, over 200 have died attempting to climb – making the death rate for Mount Everest climbers about 1 in 10.
Making it Personal
While I have no intentions on summiting Mount Everest, watching the documentary created an inner sense of “yearning” to do something magnificent.
With the New Year coming up, it’s the perfect time for me to sit down and make a bucket list of things I want to do — not just over the course of my life, but also next year.
One of the things I really want to do is refocus the energy here on my blog. While I love to write tutorials and other how-to’s, I’d rather hone in on my life experiences and share them with you.
I’d like to make this a place where a lot of these things intersect. After all, I am a person with a business life, rather than a business guy with a personal life. (that’s tweet-worthy, ain’t it?)
A New Direction
When I finally decided on the direction I wanted to take my blog, I knew (gasp, no surprise here) that a new design was in order. So welcome to my new look.
Please don’t give me a hard time here, because ultimately this means my previous design will become a theme we release over at StudioPress.
While I’ve chosen to use a background image to set the tone of my new design, I’ve made it a priority to maintain a minimalist design inside. Most of you know that typography and spacing are two things that I have been spending a lot of time on as well.
I’ve got a bit of work left to do for the smart phone, but my website will most definitely boast some a nifty responsive web design experience.
The Bottom Line
I really wanted to come out with a new design that was bold and represented who I am and the things I enjoy. I’ve always been a fan of the outdoors, and believe that finding the magical trail in life is crucial to happiness.
So the bottom line is that I am going to channel (most of) my technical energy with tutorials for WordPress and the Genesis Framework over at StudioPress, where they rightfully belong.
This also means that I’m going to write more about personal things here on my website.
Where IT rightfully belongs.
Don’t worry, I have no intentions on being “that guy” who talks about what he ate for breakfast, but I will warn you that the things I cover here will be more about life than making money.
With that said, tell me what you think below. I’d love to talk to you in the comments about the direction I’m taking how you feel about it.