Month: July 2011

Life

A Belated Honeymoon Wish

As anyone who frequents the blog (both of you!) might know, Juliet and I were married in September, 2010 in Huntington Beach, California.  Since then, life has been a roller coaster, complete with a move to New York, an Epic Road Trip, quitting my job and loads of other adventures.

When we look back on our wedding, we have nothing but fond memories.  The only thing we would do differently (if given the chance to do it all over again) is to embark on a honeymoon after the wedding.

But good news, you can help us go on one!

(and I don’t mean by paying for it!)

Recently, our friend Ryan of Rum Shop Ryan fame won a Marriott Resorts Beach Blogger contest and spent 5 days on St. Kitts, exploring, drinking and occasionally, blogging.  It was from Ryan’s blog that I found out about a great contest that is a follow up to the wildly successful Beach Blogger contest, this one dubbed “Resort to Romance”.  A contest to sponsor a few bloggers/Marriott fans/travel lovers for a romantic getaway in the Caribbean.

Well, Juliet and I have entered in hopes of winning a great getaway as a belated honeymoon for us to one of the Marriott Resorts amazing Mexican and Caribbean Resorts!  One of the main criteria for judging is the amount of votes received, and currently we are up against 72 other couples.

If you could spare a few moments to “Like” the Marriott Resorts Caribbean and Mexico Facebook Page, and then click on our link to vote for us in their Resort to Romance contest section, we would greatly appreciate it, as the voting for this first round goes through July 31st!

You can vote once per day, so if possible, please send out a vote each day from here through the 31st!

Thanks again for all of your support and hopefully Juliet and I will be the next Marriott Resorts Beach Bloggers!

Cheers!

 

Life

Foto Friday – July 8, 2011

 Today’s photo comes from Cadillac Ranch, just outside of Amarillo, Texas.  This was shot on our I-40 roadie from Huntington Beach, CA to Chapel Hill, NC.

Cadillac Ranch, while beautiful in photos, is a rather random road-side attraction. Literally off the side of the road in Northern Texas, middle of nowhere. If we had not previously stopped at a truck stop just a few miles previously, we might have missed it.  With a dirt field on each side of I-40, the pole fence on the roadside was the only marker for the display that is Cadillac Ranch.

The 3 of us toiled around the small display for 15-20 minutes, took some photos, avoided a dust storm (in a dirt field, what do you expect)

Love the way this photo came out, albeit the horizon line is angled, it was the best way to get the most out of the cars and give it a unique angle.

Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens – Canon 28-105mm | Exposure –  F13 – 1/320

Anyone else have any roadside attraction stories to share?  Share them below in the comments!

Life

July 1: The Necessity of Pushing Yourself Outside Your…

And here we have it.  The last and final installment of the series.  The last wise and sage bit of motivation and inspirational knowledge I get to impart for this series.

Some have asked me why I went with 31 days when June clearly only has 30 days.  While a completely legitimate question, my intent with this was not to match the number of blog posts with the number of days in the month, it was more closely tied to the fact that on June 4th, I turned 31 years young.  Also, when tackling the initial rush of ingenuity with this series, the piece that solidified my decision was the fact that the 31st entry would fall on July 1st, effectively giving me a final blog to help propel my readers into July and beyond, while offering a solidifying finale to the series.

If you have followed along with the series, I really have 3 running themes to all of these posts, 3 main areas where I believe that you cannot help but feel better about yourself and more alive, just by participating:

Finding Adventure

June 4: Hit the Road, Jack.

June 5: Embrace Spontaneity

June 6: Get Lost

June 7: Spin the Globe

June 9: The Long Road Home

June 10: First Flight

June 11: Blow Off Work

June 20: Get Lost (Again)

June 24: Take a Flying Leap

June 25: Map Your Escape Route

June 28: Choose Your Own Adventure

Embracing Action

June 1: Stop Reading My Blog

June 2: Take a Photo

June 8: Relax!

June 12: Take a Hike

June 14: Make Something New

June 15: Sell Your Crap

June 16: Stop Making Excuses and Achieve Greatness

June 17: Set a Deadline

June 18: Create a Bucket List

June 19: Throw Caution to the Wind

June 21: Dedicate Yourself to Yourself

June 23: Disconnect Yourself

June 30: Draw A Blank

Giving Charity

June 3: Say Hello to a Stranger

June 13: Be Kind, Rewind

June 22: Be Charitable with Your Feet

June 26: Selflessness and You

June 27: Find a New Best Friend

June 29: Go Out of Your Way

 

The underlying theme that I have been trying to convey is a pretty simple one.

It is absolutely necessary to push yourself outside of the confines of your comfort zone on a daily basis.

Far too often, as I have touched on before, Americans, hell, people, strive for COMFORTABLE. We strive to hit that point in our lives when we don’t have to work too hard, yet pull in a decent salary. Where we don’t have to try and constantly impress our wife/husband, but they love us anyways.

We strive to be AVERAGE.  Not for excellence, not to be a superstar. We strive to meet the status quo.  Not to beat it and call it our bitch.

Why is that?  Why don’t you strive to be perpetually amazing?

Each and every day we need to push ourselves to be better, to achieve greater things. We need to push ourselves to achieve what we never thought was possible.  No matter how big, no matter how small, we need to make forward progress each and every day.

Our limits are only defined by our previous shortcomings. We must constantly explore the boundary of what we have previously identified as our “limit” and then push those boundaries further.

Ordinary people don’t make history.

Ordinary people don’t even make the news.

Don’t be ordinary. Be extraordinary.

Day 31. Way 31. Be Extraordinary. Every. Single. Day.

What limits are you going to push today?

Fireworks Photo Credit / Desert Photo Credit