I am Justin Hamlin and for the past 12 years, I did what was expected of me. I went to school, started a career, got married, bought a house, and worked 1/3 of my life for 2 weeks of vacation a year.
I met my wife over 5 years ago and were officially married in September of 2010. We have done trips all over this country and still have plenty more to see. There are too many beautiful places in the world to see, only to never leave the confines of your house/city/state. We have covered California and the west coast, now must take our adventures elsewhere!
With a great job opportunity in hand for my wife, I quit my job, we decided to get busy living our lives and stop trying to plan the perfect one. In February 2011, my wife and I picked up and moved from sunny California to New York state.
Now I spend more time hunting down adventure, photographing this great country of ours, and telling stories with some of my friends about how we broke free from letting life pass us by and decided to get busy livin’.
I have had the great opportunity to take 3 separate road trips across this country that have covered almost 6000 miles and more than 2/3 of the states in the continental U.S. By the time this is posted, I will be less than 5 days away from embarking on another 3400+ mile road trip from California to New York. I love of the open road, the diversity of food and culture across this great country is what keeps me starving for more.
In March 2011, I will officially cross Mardis Gras off my life list. I will also cross off 3 more states visited on my quest to visit all 50 states. Left on my list are Hawaii, Alaska, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Delaware, Ohio and Vermont. 42 down, 8 to go.
So what is up with this site?
December 2010, I was bitten by a bug.
I had heard of travel hacking, I had read some random blogs. Then came “Gizmodo Day.” The day that launched Steve Kamb into Internet Stardom. His Epic Quest of Awesome hit the mainstream technology blogs and people inundated his site. His life was still changing, now more of us knew about it.
I saw that a regular guy could write a blog and travel the world, I figured I could too. So I started, with a blog. Call it branding, if you will, but JustinHamlin.com was born (ingeniously creative name, right?). Now March 2011 and a few life changes later, I am re-launching the site with a more focused direction.
I strive to live a life worth living. A life worth reading about. A life to tell stories about. A life to show others that they too, with hard work, can make their goals a reality.
That is where this site comes in. This is not your average, run of the mill, “design your own life” type of site. There are plenty of those out there, and this is not one of them.
What you will find at Get Busy Livin’ are stories of life, directly from the person who lived them, about how they took their life into their own hands, chose their destiny, and are living their dreams. That could be as extraordinary as conquering fears, or as routine as taking up a new hobby. Both are equally as important, as they are life changes that have positively impacted the life of the author, as well as those around him.
Here at Get Busy Livin’, you will not be preached to. You will not be told what to do. You will not be only given one perspective on life. You will never be told to quit your job and travel the world. If you want to, great, you will read stories about that. If that is not for you, then that is cool too.
The goal of this site is not to dictate life choices, but rather to provide inspiration in the form of stories from others who have taken risks, broken out of a mold and accomplished something meaningful to them. This site is also meant to be interactive. We want to hear your stories. If you think you have one that might fit well with the theme of the site, please, get in touch with me.