Build Castles in the Air – “Set Goals”


I remember growing up always seeming to have goals and hitting them… But, as I think back, I don’t recall any of these experiences being goals set by me, but more like deadlines and accomplishments dictated by others… Teachers, parents, coaches, they all seemed to be the one’s with the goals and I just went along…

Having goals is a powerful tool to becoming the person that you want to be.

Advice from the MASTERS!

I have recently realized the power and importance of goals; writing them down and visualizing them happening. So what do I want…


My goals:

  1. Build a large team of health and freedom focused people.
  2. Coach and inspire as many people as I can to have better health.
  3. Own land in Alaska, Utah, and the beach (yes, still working on this one).
  4. Take an epic ski trip once a year.
  5. Publish a book.
  6. Get paid to speak.
  7. Develop a program on how to have and achieve dreams.
  8. Run a 50-miler.
  9. Take one (at least one) mountain adventure each week.

I heard the other day that by simply writing down your goals you are 42% more likely to make them come true. Writing goals down, reading them, visualizing them and taking action. So, there you have it. My personal goals, written down and published for the public to see 🙂

These are just a few examples of the goals that have begun to give purposeful and passionate meaning to my life. What I’ve noticed is that as my goals become clearer and clearer through visualization, I become more and more focused at taking the steps necessary to make them happen.

What are your goals? What do you want from this one, beautiful life?

I encourage you to start writing, start thinking, pay attention to what you want. You can make it happen. I can help!

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.” — Zig Ziglar

The Leaves, They Are A Changin’

Lately, I have been doing some serious contemplation about what my life is going to look like. Who do I want to BE? What do I want to CREATE? What are my DREAMS? HOW am I going to make my DREAMS come true? Sometimes, when I think about these things I become paralyzed by fear, excitement and the unknown…

Check out my thoughts on facing fear and taking the steps to making changes to ensure OUR BEST life!

What do you think? Do you share those same feelings that I have? What do you do with them?

Ask yourself:

What do I want?

Who do I want to be?

What is my passion?

As human beings, interacting in a complicated and highly intelligent world, we all ask ourselves these questions at some point. If you’ve not recently, ask yourself now. Jot down what first comes to mind.

Reread these thoughts/notes. What kinds of sensations come over you? I know for me, when I read what I want, it is powerful. It sending chills down my spine, making me feel alive and alert… But, at the same time comes these feelings of fear and anxiety… Taking steps towards our goals and making moves toward our dream life can be scary and requires change, but is all so possible!

AND, the results are SOOOOOOOO worth it!

In honor of living a life full of change:

Get out there, get scared, face your fears and MAKE CHANGE!

Committed to the Summit

Throughout my life reaching the summit of a mountain has never been a challenge. Sure, the physicality of the event is challenging, but the thought as to whether or not I would summit never crosses my mind. For me, I am so motivated, committed and determined to reach the peak of a mountain that any detours or mishaps along the way never set me off track… Reaching the summit of a peak is a conviction, a belief so strong that I know I will make it…

mt. superior rigde summit. no prob!

mt. superior ridge summit. no prob.

In the rest of my life, it’s another story…

Commitment to reaching the summit of a mountain is literally the one thing that I can ever commit to. Well that and long distance running races and yoga classes, but NOTHING else! To commit to something is to desire to do it, to be motivated, and to take action, making continual progress towards the “summit,” the pinnacle, the goal, the greatness! For some reason, I stop at desire…

Does this sound familiar at all? Would you like to do something? Do you want to make a change? Are you waiting for something to happen? We need more than just a want, a like, or a should or a would. We need a COMMITMENT!

I have been asking myself how I capture this desire to climb mountains, run long races and do yoga into creating a successful, committed life. What I’ve discovered is that recognizing the steps to greatness and feeling passionate about my life and my activities is where living a committed life starts.

Discovering where passions lie and what gets us going is the first step to reaching the summit, whatever that may be.

What is it that you love? What gets you out of bed in the morning?

running shoes and exercise

Do these passions and loves align with how you spend your day? If not, how does that make you feel? What can you do about it? How can we take our passions and use them to climb the mountain of YOU! The great mountain that will lead to your fulfillment and success.

trails and nature

trails and nature

Take the challenge to discover, or rediscover, what makes your life so great. Take a moment. Think. Write. Do. Begin to incorporate your passions into your daily life. Little by little these changes will grow into a greater sense of commitment to yourself, your passions and YOUR life!

To Quit Or Not? It’s Up To You

Quit: a verb (used with object), quit or quitted, quitting –

1. to stop, cease, or discontinue 2. to depart from; leave (a place or person)3. to give up or resign; let go; relinquish 4. to release one’s hold of (something grasped) 5. to free or rid (oneself): to quit oneself of doubts.

The word “quit” can be quite controversial, and cause internal debate and turmoil. In so many instances, it seems that this word is given a negative connotation or perceived as just giving up. What if we look at quitting in a different light? What if we look at quitting as an action taken to get closer to our individual and personal goals and dreams.
I’ve always had an uplifting take on quitting. It’s so freeing, so exhilarating! I look back on the jobs, activities, habits, and relationships that I’ve “quit,” and I am so grateful for having stepped away. Each unique “quitting” experience has brought me just a bit closer to understanding what it is I want to do in this beautiful world.

Try to view quitting in a positive light. What would you quit immediately if you could? Whatever comes to your mind, take some time to think about it… Think long and hard about how you could quit or change something to make whatever it is you want to quit better or go away. Making changes and moving forward leads us to new experiences and living a larger, more fulfilling life.

Take the Time to Travel

Take time to travel.

Travel in the outdoors. Breathe the fresh air. Take in the surrounding beauty. Open your eyes and mind to the details of the Earth. There, you find magic.

Travel in your own backyard.

I am very fortunate, as my backyard is the Wasatch.

Not bad, right?

Time and time again I am taken aback by the beauty and complexity of this relatively small mountain range. Small referring to the total land mass, as yesterday, I spent the afternoon at 11,300′ (pretty high) on the Twin Peaks (Broad’s Fork) out of Big Cottonwood Canyon.

view from the upper meadow looking up to the saddle

view from the upper meadow looking up to the saddle

The hike to Twin Peaks is an all day endeavor. The hike is ~5,300 feet of climbing and 10 miles RT of glorious Wasatch views! The Broad’s Fork trail, although steep, was in immaculate condition and it was very easy to reach the scree fields that would bring us to the saddle.

Oh scree… It’s a love hate relationship. If you aren’t familiar with scree, it is bits of broken rock ( of various size and nature. On this day, I was not feeling the scree love, but knew the views from the summit would be sooooo worth it!

finally! no more uphill screeing!

finally! no more uphill screeing!

The saddle of Twin Peaks sits at 10,800′ and the views of Little Cottonwood Canyon (home of the best skiing on the PLANET!) are stunning!

looking into LCC. timp, pfieff, red/white, lone... yum!

looking into LCC. timp, pfieff, red/white, lone… yum!

Once in the saddle, play time begins! A fun Class 3 scramble to the first peak (East Peak @ 11,330′), followed by a wee bit o’ down and back up to the second peak (West Peak @ 11,328′).

why do boys always get to the top first? ugh! top of west peak. end of the day's road.

why do boys always get to the top first? ugh! top of west peak. end of the day’s road.

flex it out. why not? the crew @ the top!

flex it out. why not? the crew @ the top!

And down we went. Down climb, quick sideways rock walk, rock jumping, screeing!, and a hippity-hop down to the stream where the boys and girls reconvened! Oh, and a quick coffee break with not-the-worst-views!

drink coffee everywhere!

drink coffee everywhere!

A brilliant day for backyard travel with equally brilliant people and views! I will definitely be back up there! Thank you Wasatch for your beauty, forgiveness, and a lifetime of adventure.

Lessons from Twin Peaks:

  1. Don’t be discouraged by scree – Even in places of great beauty I can get frustrated. The scree reminded me that I need to calm down, breathe and have patience. Whatever it may be that causes pain or feelings of failure, there will eventually be a  great reward! Push through!
  2. Meet new people – Don’t be afraid to include others. It was a wonderful experience hiking with new friends and taking them to new places. Big props to those venturing out into this new environment. Try new things!
  3. Plan for travel – Days like this do not happen nearly as often as I would like. Plan for travel, whether near or far. Get outside. Experience life.

Happy traveling to all of you! If anyone needs a more detailed route/trail explanation, feel free to message me.

Mind Matters on a Mountain

The mind matters in the mountains, it can be the difference between a fun, successful adventure and a complete failure.

I am sitting in what could arguably be one of the more gorgeous places in the world and I am battling… This is fierce battle. A battle of the minds. As humans, thinking beings, we have an acute sense of awareness. On this day, my awareness was overwhelming. Here I was, in the heart of an adventure, perched in the middle of a scree field overlooking the 11,000 ft. canyon ridgeline and a high alpine lake, and my mind was raging! I was completely frozen in an internal battle of trying to be present and have gratitude for the place I was in and at the same time I was so incredibly upset and mentally exhausted with waiting. My patience was shot and I was at whit’s end, a place that I never prefer to be.

Hiking is one of my passions. The ability to spend time in nature, to see the sights and smell the smells that this Earth has created is one of the highest places I can be. It makes me feel alive! And speaking of high places, the goal of the day was to summit Sundial Peak.

Sundial Peak - the goal was to summit

Sundial Peak – the highest point in this photo

Climbing up mountains is the best! Some refer to it as “peak bagging,” but for me it’s not necessarily about reaching the top, but the journey along the way. Sundial Peak was definitely a journey. This day, we were to scramble to the top of Sundial Peak. As a predicted average, it would take 5 hours RT from the car to the peak and back. We started out around 9:00a.m. and I had a full day of intentions planned back in Park City for the afternoon.

Views of surrounding peaks and valleys - Dromedary & O'Sullivan's in the background

Views of surrounding peaks and valleys – Dromedary & O’Sullivan’s in the background

After 3 hours of hiking at a leisurely pace, we reached Lake Blanche… If only I had taken the lead here and suggested an alternate route… Little did I know, that soon my passions and my should-dos would have an epic battle in my mind on a mountain as we decided to see what the Peak had in store.


Lounging at the lake with Saucony shoes and a Gregory running pack

I remember checking in a few times over the next 3 hours with the others, but the darn mental fortitude of our group always said, “just keep going.” So we did…

Screeing up the peak - where is that route?

Screeing up the peak – where is that route?

Around 2:00p.m. I called it “quits.” I had no idea which way the route went and the strong minds I was with would have kept going somewhere all day long… We went down, not reaching the very summit.

Did we give up? I’m not sure as in every failure is a success. This day, the first day I tried to summit Sundial Peak may have been an immediate failure, but looking back on it, I learned many lessons which I will apply moving forward.

  1. Have patience. Have patience for yourself, your plans and your dreams. Have patience for others who may not have the same agenda.
  2. Have compassion. Both for yourself and others. Forgive yourself for not sticking to your planned day when circumstances arise out of your control. Have complete compassion for those trying new things.
  3. Keep a positive attitude. Maintain and grow a positive attitude even in times of stress and dislike.
  4. Express your concerns. To have successful experiences and grow relationships, we must express our own concerns. Make sure to express yours, and in a fashion that is most agreeable and takes into account the people around you.
  5. Take leadership. To take leadership is to LEAD, to be the first. Be the first to stand up and say what you feel, be the first to turn around, even be the first to fail. Learn to lead by taking firsts and showing that you are a leader.

I learned a lot reflecting back on this day. I will do things differently and better next time. Doing better in the future is what growth is all about, and nature can be a handy guide. Nature can teach patience, compassion and leadership. I encourage everyone to get outside and learn from this magical, natural world we call home.

The Mountains Are Calling

I want to do everything! Do you ever have that overwhelming feeling of wanting to do so much but having so little time? I know I do!
I want to take every trip, climb every mountain, run every trail, pick up every shift at work, read every book, go to every yoga class, follow every social media outlet… The list goes on and on and on and on.
This desire to do everything actually makes it impossible to do anything because I am always thinking about the next or better thing to do and never decide on actually doing anything… It makes me feel absolutely stuck!
One of the big umbrella topics that I am working on in my life is making a decision, sticking to it, doing it well and not worrying about everything else that I want to do.
Decisions make it possible to do everything.
When I think back on the decisions that I have made and acted on in my life, there are three defining moments that stand out. Three big decisions where I decided to do something that I actually wanted, that reflect on my true character. I know that I want more of these defining moments, and the only way to do that is to be in tune with my passions and desires and to act on them.
What defines you? What makes you tick?
Do more of it!
My defining moments.
1. Getting a job teaching skiing in college at Mt. Baker Ski Area. I was 21 and in my first senior year of college and I discovered I could make a living in the mountains.
2. Moving to Park City, Utah to take a full-time job teaching skiing after college. This notion that I could spend my life inspiring others to play in the snow, and pursuing my passion for nature and skiing stuck with me.
Somewhere along the line I drifted away from my passions and tried to “fit” in with traditional methods of life-building and success. This led to the third defining moment of my life.
3. Returning to Park City with a new view on life. After a ski vacation in April of 2014 and 10 days at Snowbird, it was solidified. I made my 3rd most important decision. I had left Utah and the mountains were calling me back. Utah was my motherland and I must return. Returning to Utah has shed new light on my life’s purpose and my passions. The mountains and the outdoor environment here call me back time and time again, I can never get enough.
IMG_4509 Having a place to call home base has been an important starting point for me in doing everything. Now that I am home, and not leaving, I am learning to unravel all of the things I want to do and to plan and create. This one life is awesome and I can’t waste a single moment of indecision if I want to do everything!
As I learn to be patient and make the decision to focus on one goal at a time, I will forever be distracted by the lure of the mountains, by adventure and days spent outdoors. I embrace this addiction for it is me.  It is my passion… As John Muir said and I have experienced, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”