After graduating college, everything was going as planned… except for some questions about where this plan came from and if it was right for me. I liked my job. Loved my partner. Enjoyed my house. Drove a nice car. But deep-down, an uneasy feeling made me think this routine wasn’t actually supposed to be mine, or at least not yet.
It wasn’t easy to leave what others saw as a successful life, but in 2010 I quit my job to spend a few months backpacking through the vibrant cultures and wild landscapes of South America. The jungles of Ecuador were a fascinating start to my adventure and the mountains and glaciers of Patagonia stole my heart. As I wrapped up my trip, I hoped the thirst was quenched and I could pick back up with “real life”. I started another great job, got involved in my city, and lived a life that made me happy. But, at random times, unease still whispered in my ear.
And so, in 2012, I made the difficult decision to leave it all behind, again. I wanted to reshape my “normal” and explore the mountains, so I temporarily committed to a new life in Chile. While settling into a foreign land and language was more of a challenge than a fairy tale, I tapped into new levels of motivation and fulfillment by consistently stretching my comfort zone just enough at a time. I discovered that happiness is exponential and watched it multiply as I filled my world with activities, people, and places that brought a smile to my face.
Along this bumpy road, one year turned to seven as I found a balance that felt just right. I shortened my work week by investing in longer days and spent most of my free time growing as a person and athlete in the mountains. The more I climbed, the more alive I felt and the more aware of myself I became. I started Finding North as a narrative on outdoor adventure and the journey to self-awareness so that others could do the same.