Light It Up

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Be courageous. Endure. Mast lasting impressions. Surprise people of your strength but remember to surprise yourself. Choose wisely – shape into your destiny. Don’t become what happened to you. Be aware of your reactions and improve them. Discover your devotions and stay true to them. Search for your hidden talents and nurture them – you never know what you are capable of. Learn to go with the flow – the act of adaptation is crucial. Release the tension in your life – your body doesn’t need that shit. Walk away when necessary – return with vitality. Be confident with your existence. Don’t squander time – life is short – optimize your experience. Live for  the extreme – I promise you won’t regret it. Fully immerse yourself in EVERYTHING you do. If you are incapable then you need to rethink your path. If your not happy at least half of the day then change your fucking life. You create your joy – pick the fitting environment. Surround yourself with motivating people. Be inspired but become the inspiration. Life is not about things and financial gain – it’s about wholeness and discovery. Strive for humbleness. Learn to appreciate everything. Go do rad things. Become the reason why modern society starts to question the system. Break away from deadlines and obligations – stress resides here. Gain body consciousness and start taking care of your self. Healing is necessary, always. Take those lessons and seek knowledge. Intelligence and deep conversations are stimulating. Go climb a fucking mountain – literally and figuratively. Your elevation should always be rising. The decent should be your reflection and motivation for higher ground. Elevate your life and rise to the occasion. You only get one shot – better make it worth it. Strive to be the elite. Hard work and dedication is absolutely rewarding. Don’t let anyone or anything compromise your goals – you are meant for pure brilliance. Take every risk possible – you either reveal your limits or crush them. Believe in passions and live them – mentality is everything. Dreams are intended for people that pursue them. Play with your fears and your horizon will expand. Life is about the experience – not the image. There is a reason why experiment and experience are close in proximity in the dictionary. Respect the journey and get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Get your ass kicked – allow for humility to reside. Get knocked down again? Stand the fuck up – ground yourself but remember evolution has placed us upward. Be a tree and stand tall. Take the energy from the earth and fucking rock it. Don’t apologize for your cursing if its proof of your sincerity. But lastly – choose to love your journey and the people involved. Compassion and positive vibes are truly beautiful – practice it. Light up your world and you will realize that darkness is just the absence of light.

My side of the story:

So my whole existence is wrapped into hanging Christmas Lights at current moment. Hard work, long days, sketchy movement, and cold nights. But hell – when the sun retires for the day and your work reveals itself – fulfillment overcomes you. There is beauty in the effort but the real beauty is that I get to climb all day – up ladders, onto roofs, and in trees. Challenges and problem solving occur all day. Your body and mind are exhausted at the end of the day. But you know what? I would rather take on crazy work seasonally so I can devote seasons of the year for just play. We all grew up for no reason – the innocence of a child is precious. Don’t let society force you to conform to their standards – set your own. Be the light you want to see in the world – don’t let the darkness burn out your bulb. Your spirit is awfully important – always keep in check with it – your soul will thank you.

So to put a scale on this 3-story tall tree – this took about 5 hours to complete – 52 strands of lights – individually wrapped onto branches. 1 hour of prepping and 4 hours of climbing and ladder work. That means climbing out onto each branch and to where I could not reach – a lift was used. Holla.

Find purpose in your life and happiness is the result. Be stoked – always. Life gets weird sometimes but fucking love the process – crazy ideas can become reality if you believe in them. Thanks for the read y’all!

11/11/2018 – 5:43 pm – Denver CO (tree resides in Salt Lake City)

Permanent Devotion

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Step out of your comfort zone. Go for a walk – actually, go for many walks. Tread lightly but tread well. Follow your heart and let your body take over. Wander my dear. Wander until the answers come to you. Surround yourself with mountains – peaks that inspire you. Create stimulating conversations – not shallow ones. Question always. Fall into your curiosity. Let the wind blow you around. What does your soul desire? Gain awareness and you will gain the world. Go hiking alone. Really observe nature and become it. Travel forever and always. Migration is in our blood – settling does not yield growth. Discover what places make you feel alive – habitat there until you have learned your lessons. Reflect but always remember to be present. Live here – live for the now. Instead of planning your week around what you have to do – plan it around what you want to do. Take risks and fully believe in their possibilities. Equally practice feminism and masculinity. Our society is run off of schedules, times, and routines. Break from those constraints and create YOUR life. Logic helps you survive but intuition makes you thrive. You only get one shot – better make it damn worth it. Let your emotions overcome you – don’t hold them in – that is unnecessary tension held within you. Be spontaneous. Create your days so you wake up with opportunities, not obligations. You are the artist of your life – have faith in the process and you will compose a masterpiece. May your intentions be wild, individual, and calculated. Care for the Earth and be conscious of your footprint. Take steps to improve your impact – actions speak where words cannot – your example can spread light to the world. Fully devote yourself to your vision – never compromise your values. Identify your passions and live them. Evolve into your person you were always meant to be. Your never going to determine your happy ending if you don’t start your story now.

Side notes:

– Devotion: profound dedication; loyalty. (live it)
– Good ole Bozeman MT. Returning to this place puts my heart at ease. This lifestyle is an absolute representation of how I strive to lead mine. The outdoors and physical activity takes precedence – work and everything else comes second. Healthy living and eating comes natural. Respecting the land and the Earth is a topic of conversation. Poofies everywhere! Dogs are members of society. I could talk on and on. But through all the good, the bad, the warm, the cold, the miserable, the heartbreaking, and the beautiful experiences here – I hold these memories dear to my soul. All the lessons shed here has created a more humble, loving, active, and creative human being. All this growth has resulted into a better version of me!
– Gratitude is expressed toward Bozeman Tattoo Alley for letting me walk in and get my tattoo done on the spot. This symbol, my brand name – Elevation: Rising (hence ER) has diverse meaning to me. Now since my vision is fully visible, it provides me abundant amount of motivation to always be working toward my goals. My passion of inspiring others to live a vibrant, happy, active, healthy life is the real deal. We should always have our Elevation: Rising for life is meant to be elevated, not in the opposite direction. Devote to your reason of existence and I promise you that your days will be filled with purpose and joy. Find your gift and share it – the world is waiting to hear your story.

9/20/2018 – 11:51 am – Zocalo Coffee House – Bozeman MT

Embrace Your Weirdness

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I believe that coffee awakens our soul. I know that a hearty breakfast fuels the machine within us. Play should be the only thing on your agenda. Your only excuse should be that you weren’t strong enough. Don’t shy away from your identity – embrace it. May your obsessions be healthy habits. Climb a mountain. Eat clean. Read a book. Get super inspired. Go out there and prove your not afraid of a challenge. Accept fear and overcome it. Love everything you have and if you don’t love it – get rid of it. You deserve to be happy so set yourself free. Free from the influences, people, and things that burden you. Heavily appreciate family and love ones. They are your past, present, and future so just love them unconditionally. Allow for things to reside in their natural state. Have you found your natural state? The sense of being where you are most alive, humble, and kind. A state where nothing is going to stop you from accomplishing your goals and aspirations. Enjoy nature always. Treat the world with appreciation for the life it has provided you. Respect the ground you walk on, and I wish that you blaze your own trail. I believe the happiest of individuals practice simplicity. Minimalism is a true blessing. May the wind blow you around. Your sense of wonder and imagination should never fade away. Support causes and clubs that support you and your lifestyle (hence The AAC). Believe in your summit and the journey that is laid out for you. Consistently keep your elevation rising. Focus on all the dimensions of wellness and believe in progress. You have opportunities everyday to progress positively – why not seize the moment every time? Throw your whole self into everything you do – actions speak louder than words. Enjoyed the experience? – cultivate that joy. Didn’t enjoy the experience? – learn from it. Let change be the only constant thing in your life. You were born with feet, not roots. Being adaptive is a serious skill. Seek out what inspires you and put in the work. Commitment yields benefits. Become aware of your accomplishments and relish in your failures. Become aware of your weaknesses – turn them into strength. Don’t deny the shortcomings but allow every chance for improvement. What words would you use to describe yourself? Think deep and change your definition if it doesn’t align with your values. What would you be remembered by? Accept your mortality and remember to live – everyday. Find passion and breed it. Inhale inspiration, exhale action. Get uncomfortable, travel, experience new cultures. Learn from their morals and reason for existence. Let adventure drive you. And lastly remember that life is weird and go with the flow – you never know what might float your boat.

Notes:
– Enjoying your first sip of coffee in the morning outside is absolutely magical. My happiness scale is proven by the wrinkles around my eyes. You can’t see when your smile is so big it takes up your whole face hahahaha.
– Embrace your weirdness and love how you look in the morning – you just took care of yourself by letting your body reset for another beautiful day.
– I definitely recognized that I have no business taking selfies after having a technology detox so this was a one and done and felt great. Too much time is spent worrying about what you look like in picture – its more about capturing the moment.
– No filters because let’s be real everyone.
– Set your intentions early and go chase after them. You have all fucking day – time is not the dilemma.
– So my personal intention was to have a rad day. Outcome: playing at the cabin with friends, stimulating conversations, proudly loosing in a super awesome badminton tournament, being re-birthed by diving the jet ski into the water many times, and lastly enjoying this fall stormy weather.
– Love life and live happy – it’s so simple folks. Also climb rocks if your into that sorta thing. That is all – hope y’all enjoyed your day!

8/27/2018 – 9:54 am – Silver Creek – Cadotte Lake

Cheers to this Life

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Fight for this life. Never loose your sense of wonder. We are creatures; mammals. Why have we lost our instincts? Our intuition? We are so connected to the digital world, why did we disconnect from nature? – especially when nature is what gives us life. Don’t you feel more alive when your outside compared to a temperature controlled home? Humans – why does our species compulsively feel the need to manage everything? Ecosystems can heal themselves if we actually let them; the world has secrets we will never understand. Instead of controlling nature – lets celebrate it and respect its marvelous power. Choose to go human-powered: bike, hike, walk. Prioritize your values and you will soon find out that living is the most basic and essential one. Build on this concept and frame your days around it. Do we really need money to be happy? Money allows us to buy all these things but in the end they overwhelm us and clutter our lives. Items also hold us back. They keep us from traveling, from vacation because we have to work those extra hours to pay those bills. Who in this world ACTUALLY owns every item they possess? Not many. When you rid of all the shiny, fancy, expensive things around you; you start to gain the world. You also gain time because work is not vital to pay for all these unnecessary things. Your time is valuable and when the work-load lessens, you have to ability to start focusing on your health and happiness. We get so caught up in chasing these financial dreams but forget that our wellness is what keeps us alive. Go to your local farmers market – make a fresh home-cooked meal – your body will thank you. After all these years of fueling ourselves with crap lets take the time and effort to fuel ourselves properly. You are what you eat and do you even know where your food comes from or how it was treated? How about all the chemicals, antibiotics, horomones, and tampering that food has gone through? Make a choice: do you either want to be happy, healthy, and vibrant or do you want to be miserable, busy, and worn-out? Yes, organic non-gmo foods are more expensive but what makes other food so cheap? – there lies the real question. Balance your day so you have the opportunity to be active, everyday. Sitting and laying down should be a treat, not a way of life. Your body is only as old and worn-out as your believe it is. So lets change our mentalities: age is just a number, it doesn’t limit you to your abilities. Strive to be fit for your WHOLE life. We can die at any moment so right now is always the right time to start your journey of wellness. Become aware of the unhealthy scripts in your life and reimagine new habits. Consistently work on creating those new behaviors and soon you will start reaching for that juicy apple instead of those processed, greasy chips. Or what about every time you believe you can’t accomplish something: tell yourself you are strong, courageous and are capable of anything. When your mental state is positive, success in the action is the result. Battle through those obstacles and the sense of achievement is so satisfying. Search for the ambitions in your life that elevate you. Ever felt that high after a workout or eating a clean and raw meal? Or how about the high of finding free-time to do whatever the heck you want? Dig deep into those moments and spark your soul. Never forget your origins and never forget to play – all the time. Appreciate the little things and soon the whole world seems to be a brighter place. Cheers to your life and this amazing opportunity to do whatever the f*** you want!! There are no deadlines, no routines that should stop you from absolute excellence and happiness.

*** Just a quick run-down of the meaning behind this picture. Cheers to the sunflower that I watched grow to this amazing height and bloom so graciously. Cheers to the one and only coffee cup I own because I believe in simplicity. Cheers to coffee because it energizes my soul and puts a smile on my face. Cheers to sticking with calisthenics and getting in the best shape of my life. Cheers to climbing because it has shaped me into the person I was meant to be. Lastly, cheers to this life because I know that I am finally following my dreams and believing in myself!

8/11/2018 – 9:26 am – Silver Creek

Unexpected Euphoria

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Unexpected: unforeseen; not expected.
Euphoria: feeling/state of intense excitement and happiness.

The combination of these two words perfectly describe our travels from Duluth to Grand Marais, MN. In one day we were able to pedal 120 miles and I got to say, we kicked butt on every mile. And the mileage didn’t stop there – an extra 30 miles was added on the next day; so 150 miles in two days – what a sweet treat. Never did I imagine that my dream of completing this trip was in my forecast; and it only took one day of planning to make it happen. Sometimes the best plan is to not have a plan at all – unawareness of the outcome is what life is about. Stop living in your future plans; the excitement originates from writing your story as you go. Make every day an opportunity to add some character to your overall narrative. Believe in failure and your wheels will stop spinning. Believe in success and you become limitless. Discover your serenity and what fulfills your days. You never know when your time comes to an end so start living your dreams now. Eliminate the distractions in your life and appreciate every moment you have to be alive. Life is a gift so start acting like it is. From there, find your gift and share it with the world. Nurture compassion and be kind to others. Identify your inner peace and shoot for the stars. Uplift yourself and always uplift others. When your surround yourself with positive like-minded people, you will soon find out you are capable of absolutely anything. Generate your environment so it is a splendid and a motivating one. Be grateful that our bodies allow us to be active and get out there. All the questions you have in your mind can be answered out in nature. Let go of technology and happiness will be found. Rid of the noise in your life and clarity is the result. Take every chance to experience something new and write about the lessons you learn. Take the time to look back and reflect on the journey that brought you here. You are stronger than you think and have a marvelous soul. Keep your elevation rising and you too can accomplish the craziest ideas in your head. Keep pedaling and I promise the destination is closer than you think. Keep faith in your journey and fall in love with your own novel. Achieve euphoria and let it be unforeseen – the conclusion is yours to enjoy.

Honorable mentions:

– Obviously my biking partner, Sydney Karels, for making this trip phenomenal and so grateful to have you in my life so we can accomplish epic shit together.
– Andrew, Customer Service Manager at Cook County Whole Foods Co-op, (and his mother) – thank you both for your wonderful kindness and the world is a better place because of your presence.
– Hunter from Grand Marais that paused his hammock session to photograph us after our long day of biking since Sydney’s phone died and I own a fancy flip phone.
– My roommate Jade for picking me up a mile down the road when I got a flat so Sydney and I could collect ourselves and figure out how the hell to fix a flat (HA) – go us!
– Being able to cross hitch hiking off the list when a local, Beth, picked us up and brought us to back to Grand Marais when we were 8 miles east of town without our bikes! Thumbs up baby!
– Lastly, the hundreds of cars that passed us and moved over for us, especially in areas where the shoulder is narrow. So thankful for everyone’s compassion and attention on the road!

7/20/2018 – 10:53 am – Cedar Coffee Company/Spokengear – Two Harbors, MN

The Vision

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Do what defines you. It’s never too late to decide what your purpose is, right here, right now. Today can be the day you choose to live out your reason of existence. It truly is simple: find your happiness and grasp onto it. Manifest your dreams and bring them to life. You can’t blame anyone but yourself for not pushing your limits. Rid of all the excuses that have stopped you from pursuing your wildest of fantasies. Tomorrow you have different ambitions? That’s okay! As long as your energy is expelled toward growth, joy, and your own personal definition of feeling alive. Everyone has different goals. Everyone has their own vision of a well-spent life. So why not become the vision in your mind? Believe in success and believe in failures. Just like an arrow: you will have your drawbacks but learn from them and propel yourself forward. Forward onto the person you were truly meant to be. Always keep your elevation rising for your dedication will push you to your summit; your summit of success. Search for your path and dammit, make it a bizarre one. Let your definition be wild, unique, and as thick as a dictionary. Take every opportunity for a new experience – it just adds character.

My opportunity today is to spread my vision – my definition of a happy life. I want to be inspired and inspire others to get out there and search for their own enlightenment. To contribute to the concept of rewilding and be out in nature – where we are meant to be. To love the life you were given and take care of yourself under all the dimensions of wellness. To learn something new from every moment. To believe in the impossible and make it possible. To let go of any image or judgement that is holding you back from utter brilliance. Positivity is a blessing so lets spread it. But most importantly – for Elevation Rising to become a movement where everyone can be an inspiration. Let my writing aspire you to get out there and elevate yourself.

Thank you folks for reading and believing!

7/4/2018 – 4:21 pm – Duluth MN