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Be Courageous, Outrageous and Audacious

Be Courageous.

Follow your heart and act on something that you know to be true for you. Demonstrate that you are committed to at least exploring your dream and prove to yourself that it’s important by taking action.

The saying “action speaks louder than words” never rang so true. Living powerfully includes being authentic and compassionate. Live large yet genuine. Trade the mundane for the unexpected.

Be Outrageous

Play! Do you remember the sound of your deepest belly laugh? Recognize what makes you happy and bring more of what you love into your daily life.

Rekindle your sense of humor and do things that not only make you smile, but that make you giggle. Extra credit is awarded for making someone else laugh. Happiness brings confidence and with confidence you have the power to achieve your dreams.

Be Audacious

Don’t worry about offending others (or your own sensibilities) with some bold dreams and some bold moves to achieve those dreams.

Make a plan, and then do whatever it takes to get there. Surround yourself with a positive support system. When things get rough it’s integral to have positive people around to tell you to keep going.

Make big changes. You’ll see big results. Each day laid out before us is precious and unique. In the end, however it arrives, you can say, “I truly lived my life.”

You don’t need to run faster than the bear, you just need to run faster than the other guy running from the bear



Those huge, cuddly looking things you had in small, stuffed animal form as a child are not quite as cuddly when you meet them in the woods.

So how do you increase your chances that both you and the guy you hope you can outrun will survive a bear encounter?

Step 1: Keep your distance. 300 ft is recommended. Although in my opinion, if you can measure the distance, you are too close.

Step 2: Avoid eye contact. If the bear spots you, keep your eye on the bear without directly looking it in the eye. Move away slowly and start talking in a low, calm voice. It doesn’t matter what you say, this is just supposed to tell the bear that you are non-threatening. Personally, I would probably begin the conversation with “I am non-threatening” just in case it speaks English.

Step 3: Look as big as possible. Keep moving away slowly, but do not run.

Step 4: Know your bear and its intentions. (Lol, I know, I know, but stay with me) If it’s a non-predatory attack by a grizzly or a polar bear, drop to the ground and play dead. Lie on your stomach covering your vital organs, and cover your nape with your hands. The bear will hopefully realize that you are not a threat and leave you alone. However, if it is a predatory attack, fight back. Also if it’s a black bear- always fight back.

Or, if you can’t read Bear minds and have no idea what its intentions are, assume the worst and fight like the dickens.

Happy hiking, everyone!

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Don’t wear flip flops in the snow

…Go barefoot! At least that’s what Wim Hof aka The Iceman would do. Hof is a Dutch marathoner, adventurer and all around daredevil known for his ability to withstand extreme cold.

Most notably, in 2009, at the age of 50, Hof completed a marathon (26.2 miles) in Finland above the Arctic Circle wearing nothing but shorts.

Yup, no shoes, no shirt, no problem.

The temperature was -4 degrees Fahrenheit. His time was 5 hours and 25 minutes.  And his legacy was secured in the record books.

Hof accomplishes surviving in temperatures that would be fatal to a normal human by controlling his own autonomic nervous system and immune system through meditation.

In addition to the aforementioned marathon, Hof also ran a full marathon in the Namib Desert without water, and holds 20 world records including one for the longest ice bath.

Still, Hof insists that he is no superman, and that everybody’s mind is capable of doing what his does.

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