Make the Most of Where You Are

Real life isn’t that glamorous. I work a 40 hour a week job in accounting. I don’t get to camp, hike, or climb every weekend. I’m stressed about debt 85% of the time and I don’t even have $500 in savings, currently. Most of my evenings are spent alone, with my cat, eating non healthy food, and watching BBC crime dramas.

And that’s fine.

In this Instagram world full of comparison , FOMO (fear of missing out), van life, and tiny homes - it’s easy to feel like everyone is living the BEST life while you are wasting away behind a desk.
It’s not.
You and the majority of the world are doing the same exact thing and feeling the exact same way. That may not be super encouraging, but let me get to my main point. Just because you are living what seems to be a boring or humdrum life, you have the ability to make the most of it simply by managing your perspective. Start finding the joy in the small things that make up your day or routine.

In the past three months, i’ve developed the habit of spending five to fifteen minutes on my yoga mat with my morning cup of coffee. I didn’t really do it for enjoyment at first, I was combating constant lower back pain. But along with helping manage my back issues, it also helped me savor my morning and my personal space at home. I love seeing the morning rays of sunshine come through the windows while I sip my coffee and do some cat/cow flows. I’ve also started a little routine of grabbing a coffee and perusing my favorite thrift store when I get off work on Wednesdays. I don’t have to buy anything, but it’s a special little thing that helps push me through the week..

Adult life is full of a lot of responsibilities and commitments that aren’t necessarily “fun”. We can’t all sell our belongings, buy a van, and hit the road and climb full time while somehow still paying bills (more power to you if you can, however, you are not the majority). But you can find little things throughout your days to help you get out of the monotonous rut.

Go to the park on Tuesdays, buy a new plant and try to keep it alive for more than a month, do some morning stretches, go for a walk with your coffee before work, bake some bread. Things don’t have to be an adventure to be enjoyable. I think it’s important to be able to find contentment in the mundane because, let’s face it, if you have a job that allows you to pay your bills, a vehicle that runs, family or friends that you can talk to, a smartphone, and $3.50 for an iced coffee, you’re doing alright, and life is pretty stinkin’ good.

Make the most out of where you are - it’s probably pretty great.


Failing is Good for You

A few quick thoughts on failure after a weekend of climbing in Tennessee and not necessary succeeding. These are mostly applicable to my situation of being shut down over and over while leading a 5.9 named L.A.G., but maybe these thoughts can work in general life as well.

  1. Failing puts your ego in check. You aren’t as amazing as you think you are. Get your brain back down on the same plane as everyone else. Have confidence in your abilities, but don’t think you’re the most talented person in the room.

  2. It means you tried! Most likely, it also means you tried something difficult and or scary. Even if you didn’t nail it, you pushed yourself outside your comfort zone.

  3. You’ll do better next time. Even if you don’t finish, you’re progressing forward with each piece you put together.

  4. You probably learned something. Maybe how to do better and also have a better attitude next time.

  5. Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new - Albert Einstein