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I am a 22 year old just trying to find my way in this journey of life. Just recently becoming a homeowner with the girl of my dreams, having a baby on the way, the owner of two dogs and a cat, I am trying to find time to transition careers to get into blogging. Will gladly respect feedback and advice, along with taking suggestions on articles to write about! If you would like to learn more about me and see images of my life, feel free to check out the rest of my blog, and my About Me page!

Top 5 Things To Bring Hiking With You

While Hiking can be an absolutely gorgeous and relaxing scene, it can also turn into a dangerous rendezvous. Here are my top five things to bring on a hike for safety purposes. This is a list for advanced and beginner hikers So, no matter how experienced you are, you can never be too prepared!

First off, I’d like to start by saying, bring a phone. That’s not on my list, it just seems like common sense to all. Weather you use it or not, it does have apps like the flashlight, compass, camera, weather, and much, much more. 

#1- Water. Seems completely obvious, but more people than you think tend to overlook it if going on a simple hike. Weather the hike is a mile, or 10 miles long, BRING WATER. And make sure to be drinking it enough as well. Staying hydrated is by far the most important tip in any physical activity!

#2- Food. This should also go without saying! I like to bring a backpack hiking with me full of food and water. This helps carry everything, but also means I have to plan it out well. I usually aim for simple foods like sandwiches, or lunchables, ya know, a little ‘eat on the fly’ option that can still fill you up enough for a few hours of fun and relaxation

#3/1-although optional, I highly recommend friends. I started hiking with my girlfriend and have definitely enjoyed it much more than going alone. Then we started to invite friends with us every weekend and despite popular opinion, it is more fun with company to share the experience. 

#3/2- Now maybe you enjoy the privacy and independence. That doesn’t mean friends can’t be involved! Let friends or family know where you are incase something does happen. This was taught to me back in 2005 when I first read the book, ‘Lost On A Mountain In Maine’ when hiker child Don Fendler broke off from his family while hiking Mount Katahdin and ended up lost for a long long time by himself. After meeting Don and seeing his struggles, I will never go on a hike without telling someone where I will be, and I hope that you take that advice too! I promise it is well worth it!

#4- Rain Gear. We all have checked the weather before going outside weather it’s to hike, work, fish, hunt or do just about anything outside. But, too many times I have checked the weather and it said one thing, then next think I know I’m seeing the opposite. This can be upsetting and frustrating, but you should always be prepared. Last thing you want is to have to hike miles and miles in pants and a heavy, wet sweatshirt. Having proper rain gear adds almost no extra weight and will definitely pay off one day!

#5-Survival Pack including plastic bags, Knives, and matches. So we already got our phone for the flashlight and compass. Why not finish our safety bag off? Matches are a must. Especially here in Maine. One minute you can have terrible heat and the next its freezing outside. Matches can help as a signal of where you are, or just to stay warm! I highly recommend making waterproof matches to be extra safe. This can be done just by boiling candle wax and dipping the matches in it to add the protective layer. 

Also in this bag should be a knife. This can be used to cat some stuff down for firewood or to help with almost anything. Being creative and having any kind of tools around will always be worth the extra weight. 

Finally the last thing to go in the survival bag would be plastic bags. These can be used for food, to clean stuff up, like dog accidents if you’re like me and take the dogs on hikes. It can also be used for electronics to waterproof them and protect them from being lost! 

That’s all I have for you on ‘Five Things That You Should Always Bring Hiking!’ Be safe, hav fun, and learn new things each day! I hope these tips will help you move forward and be prepared for the worst possible scenario! Good luck and safe travels out there.

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself

Chances are you wound up here because you have an idea, activity or hobby in mind that you really want to get into. We all go through many, many MANY instances throughout life where we have an interest that we want to get into, but have a lack of motivation to follow through with it. For instance, mine has always been hiking. I have always wanted to get into it, but always lacked the energy when it came to actually doing it. I always blame it on not having the time, or making excuses on why I should put it off until the next time. 

Or who knows? Maybe its something you’ve been trying to motivate yourself to do, but find days or weeks going by without it getting done because you don’t have the interest, like laundry or cleaning for instance. We all have to do it, but how many people really want to? Exactly. If these have been one of your big struggles, keep reading to find out some ways to overcome the lack of energy, and turn your dream into a reality!

1. The first way to find motivation to do anything and everything is time. Find out how long it takes and set that time aside once a day, week, or even month. Give yourself a set time to complete the project or hobby on a set schedule. As I said before, I could never find the motivation for hiking for the longest time. Let alone doing things I didn’t enjoy. Recently I started giving myself a set schedule for hiking, one full day a week. Every Saturday I enjoy hiking mountains and trails throughout the state with my girlfriend and dogs, and I haven’t had a single issue with motivation anymore. 

For years I was the same with household chores like dishes and taking trash out. Its all simple stuff, but just plain boring. Now that I recently became a homeowner, I go to work, come home and go straight to work on household chores. I find that coming in and getting comfy makes me not want to get back up. Just get it done. Give yourself a set time, and just do it. No excuses. Get it done and you can relax after!

2. Next on the list I would say is to plan ahead. This goes right along with time, but has some added factors. Planning ahead is not only giving yourself that set schedule, but also giving yourself a little time for anything that may come up. Maybe you’re trying something that requires driving. If your a speed demon on the road, plan ahead just incase you get pulled over. Or Hiking fans should plan ahead just incase they possibly get lost, or break down, or even get injured! A favorite saying of mine is, “hope for the best, but expect the worst.” And this couldn’t be more accurate to what I’m saying here!

3. The next way to get motivation with absolutely anything is to do it with friends. Being alone in general can be boring when working, and having company always helps. That is, unless you’re relaxing, then by all means, be alone. But, if you want motivation, company is a huge factor in getting stuff done. As I said before, I recently became a homeowner. With that came the responsibility of putting a new roof on my house. I have been putting it off, but officially got it set up to put on this weekend. I have friends and family coming to help out, and all volunteer work! I strongly suggest getting a group of friends that will help out when needed for free, or even if you pay them in food or drinks. This was also a big factor in my hiking every weekend! Along with my girlfriend and our pups, we made a facebook group inviting our closest friends to join us every weekend! Like I said, weather its a hobby you like, or just something that needs to get done, have a friend help out or at least around for company, I promise it will help!

4. Fourth and almost last is to celebrate completion! Once you finish your task, hobby, or activity, have some fun and celebrate! Maybe have a few drinks with friends, or a fire and relax. Even take a bath, or jam out to your favorite songs and do a victory dance. Who knows? Whatever it is you do when you get excited, do it, and do it proud! You’ve finished and earned it after all!

5. Fifth and last step is simple. Repeat! This loops back to step one-four. Keep setting your time aside to do this as needed, plan ahead for any bad turn that could happen in your endeavors, fill all of your friends in of your schedule incase they would like to join your set schedule, and last but not least celebrate! I promise you, after the first time, it gets easier, and eventually it will become second nature to get it done! Never sit on your couch and wonder what life would be like ‘IF’ you did something. Get up, do it, and make no excuses.

“In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.”― Lewis Carroll