When I feel lost or am lacking a sense of purpose in life then I start seeking help, asking questions and spending more time outdoors. I guess nature has a way of sending me the answers with more clarity than sitting in my bedroom with the shades drawn feeling hopeless.
And, that is just how I have felt at many times over the last four months. Hopeless that things would get better, that I would follow through on my vision of building an international digital marketing agency and that I would ever become the healthy athlete that I once was.
This lead me to a very dark place of mind. Emotions would drift over me like a cloud and showers would come raining from my eyes without warning with no clear reason. The persistence of this has been ruthless and so I have started to ask questions and seek advice.
I know disconnected alone time in nature will continue to be one of the many routine experiences I undertake in order to reach my higher self, to realize my full potential, to become content, happy, fulfilled, financially free and to achieve my grandest dreams. So, this past weekend I adventured into the woods with a conscious purpose to begin finding clarity and contentment with who I am and where I am heading.
I visited Waldo Lake and Crater Lake National Park; two of the most beautiful places in the world. My nights were spent under silent star filled skies. Saturday, I went on a five-hour visioneering hike, during which time the only person I could talk to was myself. And, you better believe I talked myself through answers to a series of questions that are starting to truly transform me.
"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." - Helen Keller
My answers to these questions are very personal as yours likely are too. These are great questions to reference whether we are on a peak or in a valley of life. For me, they have helped to begin providing clarity and purpose again.
Enjoy these photos from my weekend getaway. And, remember that some well-intentioned disconnected you time is often all you need to begin creating the life you've always imagined.
And, please do not worry about me. I am putting in the work to connect with people that can guide me through the valley and back to the summit. I will summit again.
This past weekend I attempted a ski summit of Mt. Hood, backpacked with my dad to Upper Twin Lake and hiked at Smith Rock.
Mt. Hood, Oregon
My attempt to climb Mt. Hood was amazing. After a full day of work I found the energy to pack up my gear, drive to Timberline and begin a climb to the top of Palmer where I would sleep under a star filled sky. The next morning I got a rather late start and knew a summit bid was likely out. Shortly after reaching the Hogsback I witnessed a group of people nearly get taken out by falling snow, ice and rock. The mountain literally started falling apart as a result of rising temperatures.
Upper Twin Lake, Mt Hood National Forest
Saturday afternoon my dad and I hiked into Upper Twin Lakes for the evening. Our time was filled with conversations about all kinds of interesting things including the outdoors, Submarines, life, investing, balance and so much more.
Sunday morning we hiked out, said our goodbyes and headed in opposite directions.
Smith Rock State Park
On my way home I swam in the Deschutes River, grabbed an ice cream cone:) and stopped at Smith Rock for a hike to the Eagle Roost; a place where I truly experience a sense of peace and personal fulfillment.
As I sat under a tree gazing high above a rock wall at an Eagle’s nest I got a sense of more change in my very near future. The kind of change that supports positive growth, opportunity and most importantly happiness.
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