Get Out, It’s actually quite hard to go wrong.

If you're like me you'll be reading this with your trousers (pants) around your ankles, an imaginary Hamlet cigar on the go and a gradually fading pneumatic thud from the bathroom door. It's not getting quieter, Your just getting better at zoning it out. I am a full time dad with a full time job. That doesn't leave much time. In fact the only time it does leave is when I'm saying goodbye to whatever kids leftovers I've been able [...]

By |August 24th, 2016|52 Traits, Be Adventurous, Be In the Moment|

Be Healthy

Key Takeaways So for me, there are 3 key areas to focus on which can help us to be healthy and they are: The Mind (i.e. mental attitude) Diet Exercise 10 mins of Mindfulness Meditation each day, ideally first thing each morning helps big time. A low cholesterol diet is key. Ideally we all should be exercising min of 3-5 days per week Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 22.29.36 So we all know what we should be doing to [...]

By |August 22nd, 2016|52 Traits, Be Adventurous, Be Healthy|

How did a couple who ‘live in a van’ change my family’s DNA?

Okay, they don’t exactly live in a van, it’s called a RoadTrek and actually, as Jennifer would say, it is an adventure-mobile. For those of you who aren’t aware of what a Roadtrek is, let me fill you in. I have only seen a few of them; however, I probably spend too much time looking at pictures of these small class B motor-homes that allow travelers to adventure around the world meeting fabulous people. So, big whoop, it is just a motor-home. For those who own one, I would say they would beg to differ; however, about two years ago, I stumbled onto a new podcast called “RoadTreking: Celebrating the Small RV Lifestyle.” This podcast, produced by Mike and Jennifer Wendland, is the most informative and professional podcast I listen to. I look forward to it every single week.

By |August 7th, 2016|52 Traits, Be Adventurous, Uncategorized|

How to get far enough away to consider it a vacation

Growing up, camping was always a go-to summer vacation for our family. Not only was it a pastime of my dad, but it was fun, cheap and a relatively close vacation for the family. You could call it, "just far enough away to consider it a vacation". Looking back on it now, I can't understand how my parents managed packing up four kids, themselves and camping supplies into the family car for a several day camping getaway. A [...]

By |July 27th, 2016|52 Traits, Be Adventurous|

Train Together to Remain Together

Any dad out there a fan of goals and resolutions? Because we are men, we are hard wired to be goal driven; however, just because we are good at setting goals, doesn’t mean we are good at achieving them. Why is that? Why do we give up on our goals? There are 3 big things that keep you from reaching your goals: Not writing them Down Keeping them to Yourself Not Creating a Plan Sure there are [...]

By |July 7th, 2016|Be Adventurous|

Why Children Should Answer the Call to Adventure

Joseph Campbell, in his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces, makes a compelling argument that the world’s greatest hero stories follow the same basic arc. Whether the stories connect to religion or mythology, whether they come from the Eastern or Western traditions, they spin the same tale of an ordinary human being who gets called to adventure. At first, the person ignores the call, but usually after a mentor convinces them, they take up the task. A journey both [...]

By |May 18th, 2016|52 Traits, Be Adventurous|

How I Nurture My Kid’s Adventurous Nature

My two-year-old daughter held my hand as we climbed the steps on the side of a hill which led to the top of a towering aluminum slide. For the first two slides, she asked to sit on my lap so that we could slide together. I started to sit for our third run, but before I could, she waved me off. She wanted to try by herself. I asked her to wait while I scurried down the steps so that [...]

By |May 18th, 2016|52 Traits, Be Adventurous|

We Are Adventurous

A personal mentor and father of five once said to me, “Jed, if there is one thing I wish I would have done differently in raising my five children, it is…” I had called Dave after several months of suitruggling internally with my own glaring imperfections and inconsistencies as a father, hoping that he would offer me some nugget of insight or encouragement that would give me the endurance to keep running forward in this ultra-marathon of life we call parenthood. Before I share how Dave finished his sentence, put yourself in the shoes of an empty-nest father and grandfather in his late sixties now looking back over the long, joyful, and sometimes painstaking road of rearing five children to maturity before sending them out into the world.

By |May 17th, 2016|52 Traits, Be Adventurous|


I've climbed mountains, Seen amazing views. I've seen waterfalls, And felt the mist too. I've been wonderous places, Some so far away. Saw the wonders of the pyramids, On a beautiful day. Dined on the Nile, Accompanied by beer. But none of the above did I shed a single tear. I've walked with wolves, Even with dogs too. Yet I never felt so close to heaven, Until the birth of you. About the Poet Craig Titchener is a whiskey-loving mechanic/poet living [...]

By |May 17th, 2016|52 Traits, Be Adventurous, Poems|
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All of my most vivid memories are connected to adventure!  Camping for the first time, traveling across the country, my first field trip, you name it.  It is my duty as a father to get my children outside and get them active.  – Julian Caldwell Founder @GetConnectDAD