Like many people in their mid-twenties and several years out of college, I reached a point in my personal life and professional career where I found myself asking: “Is this really the beginning of the rest of my life?” When I looked back, my life situation was the result of going through the motions of life, without truly understanding what I wanted to get out of life.
So instead of continuing to be a passive participant in my own life, I decided to be deliberate. I realized that in order to live the life I want, I must start acting out the life I want to live.
I created GiveLiveExplore as that first step in becoming more deliberate about building a life of creativity and freedom. GiveLiveExplore is my vehicle to explore personal and professional projects that excite me.
I’ve been inspired by many different people, stories, and books, but the passing of my friend Shannon really kicked my butt into action. She dealt me the hard-earned lesson: Our time is not guaranteed and every single day is a gift. From that moment, I decided to commit myself to live fully, follow my excitement, and spend my time doing things that matter.
Since travel and exploration are some of my deepest passions, my first order of business was to slow-travel around Europe on my own terms. On June 2, 2012, I left on a one-way ticket to Iceland. Eighteen countries and seven months later, I returned to the United States an evolved man.
GiveLiveExplore is the home for my writing, travels, and professional and personal projects. Everything I do here is guided by my personal values of GIVE, LIVE, & EXPLORE. More on these below.
GiveLiveExplore.com started as a platform to share my physical journey and pilgrimage through Europe in June-December 2012, and it will continue as the living, breathing scroll upon which I’ll document my personal and professional pilgrimage: my journey more deliberate in work, travel, and in life.
It will document my broader journey in designing a life of creativity and freedom; a journey to do work that matters and to pursue worthy projects; a journey to create art, to craft masterpieces, to live a legacy, and to be a story worth sharing. In many ways, it’s the documentation of my becoming.
It’ll be a journey of learning and growth, inching closer to answers and destinations. I’ll explore projects that interest me. I’ll try some things that might not work and you might see me fail. Hopefully you’ll also see me succeed, and we can enjoy those successes together. Through it all I’ll document it here. For your information, your inspiration, or maybe just your entertainment.
By sharing my personal journey, I hope to be an inspiring and comforting voice for others on a similar journey. I hope my story provides others the courage to ask tough questions, to have the confidence to live with those questions, and to care enough to become deliberate journeyers.
There’s deeper meaning behind each component of GiveLiveExplore. Each represent a value that guides me personally and will guide any GiveLiveExplore endeavor. Here’s my definition of each:
…is about giving freely without expectation of reciprocation. The definition is much broader than physical or financial giving. It’s about giving thanks. Giving a compliment. Giving a listening and caring ear. It’s about sharing your story and the story of others. It’s about spending your time doing something worthwhile. It’s about being a part of something bigger than yourself. And remembering that Give always comes first. GIVE is realizing we’re all on the same team. Let’s help each other.
…is about living intentionally and with conviction. It’s about being present and embracing the mantra of living wherever you find yourself, not merely visiting. It’s about completely immersing yourself in culture and human connection. It represents having the courage to do bold things that make you feel free and come alive. It’s about embracing those things which excite you the most. LIVE is a constant reminder that we have the privilege of being alive.
…is about being a relentless explorer of the world around and within. It’s about being forever curious. It’s about fostering a growth mindset and believing that every new encounter is an opportunity to learn. It’s about deciding to be a deliberate journeyer, to have big dreams, and to never give up on those dreams. EXPLORE is a call to action relish the journey and never, ever arrive.
About two to four times a month, I’ll write pieces on GiveLiveExplore that could be classified as essays, stories, or better yet, Tales, and post them on My Blog. I won’t do standard blog stuff, like top-ten lists or SEO-baited and bulleted pieces. I may use lists or bullets, but the primary goal is not to drive traffic. Of course, I welcome traffic, but my intention is to provide quality, meaningful content.
I’ll tell tales of life, philosophy, travel, self-awareness, personal growth, influential books, and inspiring people. I’ll share the things I’m learning. They’ll be thoughtful and introspective and will often have a lesson embedded inside, blatantly or discretely, or both. Almost all will be thought-provoking tales that cause pause and reflection. For these reasons, I call them Tales from a Deliberate Journeyer. It won’t always be light reading, and it certainly won’t be for everyone.
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Wherever you find yourself and whatever led you here: I’m thrilled you made it. Thank you for reading and joining me on this journey.
Also, I love quotes. Here’s one of my favorites:
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws will be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.”
– Henry David Thoreau