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2015 Year In Review

It’s the first of the year and that means it’s time for me to reflect back on what I did throughout the past 12 months. 2015 was a really interesting year for me… While I didn’t achieve all of the goals I set for myself in January, I had a great year and made some monumental changes to my lifestyle design that will help shape the rest of my life.

The first big change was that I made a conscious decision to distance myself from the BMX industry and focus my career in the fitness industry. BMX has been my livelihood since I graduated college 10 years ago, so to change directions now was a really big deal for me.

The next giant shift in my life was that I decided to stop traveling and concentrate on my new career path. In 2007 I went on my first international trip, and since then I’ve been trying to travel as much as possible. In that time I’ve been to 35 countries and have thousands of incredible memories, experiences, and adventures.. I’ve done a lot, and to honest I just decided that I had done enough for now and I was ready for a change.

With that said, there had been a void in my life for a while that couldn’t be filled with worldly adventures. I needed more personal connections and sincere human interactions, and I needed to be in a relationship with someone I loved. I stared by getting a dog…I figured that was easier and cheaper than finding a girlfriend, so in January I got an incredible Yorkie named Hercules. Luckily for me it wasn’t too long after that when I found the woman of my dreams and the void was filled. My life feels so different in so many ways than it did a year ago and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.

My life may not be as exciting as it once was, but I still hope to inspire people simply by setting a good example of how I live—through my fitness, my vegan lifestyle, my career, and anything else that I can do to show people a positive message.

I want to thank everyone for their support over the years and show my appreciation to those who have taken an interest in my life’s path. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016!

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Family photo with Darlene and Hercules.

2015 By The Numbers:
Days Spent Traveling: 60
(*The least amount of days in the past six years.)
Trips Taken: 16
Foreign Countries Visited: 0
(*First time not leaving the U.S. since I started traveling in 2007. Technically I crossed the border into Canada for about two hours, but I’m not counting that.)
States Visited: 9
CrossFit Competitions Competed In: 3
– Placed 2 out of 54 individuals at NLI
– Placed 2 out of 6 teams at WAGL
– Placed 29,271 out of 165,000(ish) in the CrossFit Open
Instagram Posts: 907
Blog Posts: 32
Fitness Competitions Photographed: 18
BMX Competitions Photographed: 1
BMX Photo Shoots: 1
New Companies Formed: 2
Audio Books Listened To: 9
Books Read: 1
Podcasts I Was Featured On: 5
Days Spent Teaching a Photography Workshop: 2
Videos Produced for PurePharma: 9
Workouts Recorded: 217
– PR Achieved on a Max Height Box Jump: 49.5”
– PR Achieved on a Max Weight Clean and Jerk: 230lbs
– PR Achieved on a Max Front Squat: 275lbs
– PR Achieved on a Max Weight Dead Lift: 375lbs
– PR Achieved on a Max Weight Overhead Squat: 225lbs
– PR Achieved on a Max Set of Pull-Ups: 43
– Max Number of Pistols Completed in Two Minutes: 67

 

Here’s a photo from every trip I went on in 2015…

Related Posts:
– 2014 Year In Review
– 2013 Year In Review
– 2012 Year In Review
– 2010 Year In Review

 

Sitting at the Edge of the Grand Canyon – 15 Photos

A few years ago I posted a gallery of photos of me standing and sitting on picturesque rocks around the world. Well, after spending a few days at the Grand Canyon with my dad last week I came home with a grip of new photos with the same theme so I figured I’d make another gallery.

It goes without saying that the Grand Canyon is absolutely breathtaking, mind-boggling, and awe-inspiring, so to be able to experience its vastness up close and personal was a real treat! These photos will always remind me of what an incredible place the Grand Canyon is!

Photograph of Fat Tony at the Grand Canyon

This post wouldn’t be complete without a picture of me with my dad!

My Appearance on Harder to Kill Radio Talking About Reinventing Myself, Getting Fit & Transitioning Career Paths

One of the first people I interviewed on The Expansion Project was my friend Steph Gaudreau—owner and blogger of StupidEasyPaleo.com, author, photographer, and more.

Well, when it came time for Steph to start her new podcast Harder to Kill Radio, she returned the favor and interviewed me. Check it out, and if you like her style, go download or watch some of her other episodes!

Introducing My New Podcast – The Expansion Project

I couldn’t be happier to share this with you guys! After many months of thinking, learning, planning, and executing, I have launched a podcast that is available on iTunes and Stitcher.

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The Expansion Project is just that—a project based on the idea of expanding. Expanding what exactly? My mind, and myself as a person. It’s also a way for me to do something fun and creative while delivering free content to the world that will hopefully help to motivate and inspire other people.

I plan to release an new episode every week, so please subscribe and help spread the word by telling a friend or sharing a link on your social networks.

Eight episodes are already available. The first is a simple introduction, and the others are interviews and conversations with professional BMX riders, a coach, business owners and entrepreneurs, an artist, and an author. Download one or all of them and please let me know what you think! Any feedback or criticism is welcomed and appreciated!

You can learn more about The Expansion Project from the podcast’s dedicated Web site (theexpansionprojectpodcast.com), and of course please subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher, give five starts, and leave reviews!

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My Personal Goals for 2015

Download my 2015 goals here. (MS Word or PDF)

Most people know I’m an open book, and I’ve posted a ton of personal things on my social networks and here on the blog over the years, but this post is about to divulge the most intimate information I’ve ever shared. However, if I can help inspire or motivate other people to improve their lives in some way, then I’m all for it, so for the first time ever I’m posting my annual goals document.

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I’ve been typing out my goals in a document like this for about seven years now. In that time I’ve watched my net worth grow 1,800% (that’s not a typo). I’ve also gone from working more than 320 days a year at a full time job to to working only 120 days a year for myself while doubling my income. Among the many other noteworthy things, I’ve also traveled to more than 20 new countries. Perhaps most importantly though, in those seven years I’ve learned a ton about myself and have grown tremendously, becoming a better version of myself every year.

About three years ago I added another section underneath my goals that outlines what an ideal life looks like for me. This helps me stay focused on what is important in life. I believe that if you want a certain type of life you can write it out, set goals, and ultimately build that life for yourself. If I am faced with a difficult decision I can look at this outline and see if my actions will help move me closer to my ideal life. If something doesn’t move me closer to achieving the life I dream of, then I don’t do it.

The document here is slightly modified. I took out specific dollar amounts because even though I’m trying to be as transparent as possible, the subject of money and personal finance is still  pretty taboo and I don’t want my numbers to be the subject of conversation. That’s not the point of sharing this and there is a bigger picture to see here. Also, I’ve taken out the specifics about a business I’m going to start because…well, business is business, haha!

If you gained something from this, please let me know! Leave a comment or send an email. I’d love to hear your feedback on this post and my goals. Also, if you think I’m missing something or leaving anything out, I’d want to hear that too! I don’t think I have all the right answers, so if anyone reading this can help me improve myself, I’m all ears.

Download my 2015 goals here. (MS Word or PDF)

For some practical tips on setting goals, Wikihow has a pretty good article you can check out. (I’m not endorsing Wikihow, but their article saves me from having to write one.)

2014 Year In Review

For several years now I’ve been keeping track of my trips and travels on Facebook by uploading on photo from each place I visit. It saves my page from getting flooded with pointless galleries, and it serves as an easy reminder of the places I’ve gone throughout the year.

Now it’s time to do a quick reflection here on my blog of the 110 days I spent away from home, starting with January in Central America in ending with Asia in December.

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Diving into the New Year in Krabi, Thailand.

2014 By The Numbers:
Days Spent Traveling: 110
Less Traveling Days Than Last Year: 26
Trips Taken: 15
Countries Visited: 7
States Visited: 10
Shortest Trip: 2 Days (Sacrament)
Longest Trip: 32 Days (Louisiana to Singapore to Malaysia to Bali to Thailand)
Shipwrecks Dove: 2
Caves Explored: 3
CrossFit Competitions Competed In: 1 (Placed 23 out of 55)
Unbroken Double Unders Completed in Two Minutes: 215
Fitness Competitions Photographed: 11
BMX Competitions Photographed: 4
Investment Properties Purchased: 1
New Companies Formed: 2
Net Worth Increase: 57%

Related Posts:
– 2013 Year In Review
– 2012 Year In Review
– 2010 Year In Review

Vegan Confessions – Why I Started Eating Eggs

About a week ago I started eating eggs again after being on a whole foods, plant-based diet for more than a year and a half. The decision weighed heavily on me for several months, and I’d like to use this platform to explain myself…

 

The Back Story
When I transitioned from a fully carnivorous diet to “being vegan” in January 2013 there were a lot of factors that came into play including health reasons and compassion for animals. The documentary Forks Over Knives had a huge impact on me. I really identified with the film’s approach to eating, and I like the fact that they refer to a “whole foods, plant-based diet” as opposed to throwing around the term “vegan” everywhere. With this said, I do typically refer to myself as “vegan”, but only because makes it a lot easier and quicker to explain my lifestyle to other people.

 

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*Disregard the writing on the egg cartons. Farmstand 59 uses recycled cartons, so they all have different markings on them.

 

What’s Wrong With Eggs?
When considering compassion for animals or “animal rights”, eating eggs has a little bit of grey area. The eggs you buy at the grocery store were never fertile and would never produce baby chicks, so it’s not like you are aborting an unborn chicken. In that case, no harm done, right? Wrong…

Most of the eggs available for mass-consumption in the US come from factory farms, and even those labeled “organic” or “cage-free” come from places that I don’t think hatch, raise, and treat the birds ethically. There are many issues that go into this such as cutting off the beaks of baby chicks along with housing and transporting the chickens, but another huge issue with egg-laying hens is their male counterparts. When factory farms hatch baby chickens, if the chicks are male (meaning they won’t produce eggs for the farm), they often get thrown into grinders and are killed just after hatching. You can learn more about this the videos below…

(*For this first video, fast forward to the 3:00 mark to learn specifically about chickens and eggs…)

 

 

 

My Situation
When I got on a vegan diet I had my blood checked by my primary care physician to make sure my biomarkers were where they should be. I wanted to make sure I was as healthy as I felt…and I was for the most part. However, my HDL (the “good cholesterol”) was low, which I later found out runs in my family as my father also has low HDL. About a year later I went back to have my levels checked again, and my HDL was still low. Both times my doctor recommended I eat eggs or other animal products to help raise my cholesterol.

Shortly after I transitioned to the whole foods, plant-based diet I also began working out and doing CrossFit. Since beginning my fitness journey I’ve gotten to the point where I work out five to six times per week, and sometimes multiple times per day. I have personal goals with my strength and fitness that have been proving difficult to reach on a strictly plant-based diet, mainly when it comes to putting on healthy weight from lean muscle mass.

After giving this a lot of thought over several months I found a small, local farm just four miles from my house that sells fresh eggs one day a week. I visited the farm to see the chickens and their environment and to talk to the farmers. After my visit to the farm I was convinced as much as I could be that the eggs were as ethical as I could possibly get, so I decided to buy some (For $8 a dozen—eating healthy and ethically is expensive!). I’m currently eating two to four eggs per day (strictly those eggs I personally get from my local farm) and will monitor how things go, then in a few months I will go back to the doctor to get my levels checked again to see if the eggs have affected my cholesterol in any way, and of course I’ll be paying close attention to my muscle and weight gain during this time.

 

Now What?
For now I’ll continue to refer to myself and my diet as “vegan”, but again, that’s only out of convenience. I don’t really care what label I’m stuck with or what other people call me. The important thing to me is that I’m doing everything I can to ensure my body is healthy, my personal goals are being met, and my mind is at ease knowing that I’m doing what I feel is morally right when it comes to the food I put into my body.

 

2013 Year In Review

It’s that time again… The time when I start wrapping up things on the year and preparing to start the New Year with a clean slate. To help keep track of what I’ve done throughout the year I always do a little “by the numbers” style year in review, so here’s a bit of what went down in 2013!

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(X-up over the long and low at Mike Spinner’s house. Photo by Kyle Carlson.)

2013 By The Numbers
Days Spent Traveling: 136
Less Traveling Days Than Last Year: 70
Trips Taken: 28
US States Visited: 9
Countries Visited: 5
Continents Stood In (Including layovers.): 5
Days Virgin Australia Lost My Camera Gear: 9
BMX Contests Attended: 18
Videos Produced: 72
Photo Books Published: 3
Days Spent Snorkeling/Diving: 26
Investment Rental Units Purchased: 3
Most Likes On An Instagram Photo: 886
CrossFit Gyms Visited: 13
My First CrossFit Competition Placing (Out of 89): 49
Number of Handstand Push Ups in Two Minutes at CrossFit Competition: 30

 

Here’s one photo from every trip I went on in 2013…

Advice For People Thinking About Trying CrossFit

Since I’ve gotten so into CrossFit (and post about it all the time) a bunch of people have told me they are interested in trying it out. After telling people the same thing again and again I decided to write out some basic stuff that I tell everyone before they try CrossFit for the first time. I know you can Google stuff about CrossFit, but I think it helps people to hear things from someone they know. I’m not a coach or trainer, and I’m not even that good at CrossFit, but this is my personal experience and advice after doing CrossFit for about nine months and traveling to a dozen or so different gyms all around the world.

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This is me hanging mid-pull up at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, CA. (September 2013 – Photo by Gabe Grobben.)

Basics:
The idea behind CrossFit is to combine strength and cardio workouts that include functional movements that change all the time, and to do them at high intensity.

A good way to think about this is to picture bicep curls like you see people do in a traditional gym. You’ll pretty much never replicate that movement in your everyday life. On the flip side, in a CrossFit gym you’ll do a barbell lift called a thruster where you squat, pick up a barbell, raise it to your chest, then thrust it over your head. This is the same kind of movement you’d do if you were lifting a heavy box and putting it on a high shelf, or putting your suitcase into the overhead compartment on an airplane. That’s functional movement. While some of the CrossFit workouts will be repeated every so often, this is only to track and measure your progress. For the most part the workouts will be different every day. The high intensity part is pretty-self explanatory, but keep in mind that you regulate yourself, so it’ll only be as intense as you make it.

Find the Right Gym:
This is probably the most important thing to keep in mind when you start out…finding the right gym for you can make you or break you! Every CrossFit gym will let you try a class for free, so find all the CrossFit gyms in your area by going to www.map.crossfit.com and visit every one that is a convenient drive for you. Each gym is different in terms of size, equipment, the coaches/trainers, how they program workouts, how they run the classes, and of course the community and vibe of the place.

I’ve been to some gyms that I absolutely hated and some that I absolutely loved. The longer you do CrossFit, the more you’ll understand what you like and don’t like based on your goals and personality, but in the beginning you are looking for a gym that you feel comfortable at and somewhere that makes you feel confident the coaches will help you safely reach your goals.

The first gym I ever went to had me lifting insanely heavy weights. I didn’t know what I was doing and wasn’t strong enough to do what they were trying to get me to do, but I didn’t know any better. If I had never gone to another gym, I would have signed up for a membership at that place and would have probably gotten hurt or burnt out pretty quickly and never went back.

Don’t Be Intimidated:
I can see where people may be intimidated to try out CrossFit for the first time, but if you know what you are getting into ahead of time and a little of what to expect at the gym it will help keep you calm. I suggest looking at the gym’s Web site to get a feel for the place as much as possible, but in general each gym will be fairly similar, so here’s what you can expect:

Every class is run by a coach, so everyone does the same thing together. Normally the class will start out with some kind of stretching and/or a warm up to get your blood flowing and get you loosened up. Many gyms will do some kind of weight lifting before the workout. For example, you might do a few sets of squats with a barbell on your back and a few sets of bench presses after your warm up. Then the class will do the WOD (workout of the day) together. This is the intense part that is the heart of CrossFit. The workouts always change and are always scored in some way or another. The coaches will go over the workouts and explain everything to show you exactly how it is done so you can do it safely. If something is too difficult for you, there will always be a way to scale it back so you can still do the workout. And that brings me to my next point…

CrossFit is for All Skill and Fitness Levels:
Everything in CrossFit is scaleable, and the coaches are there to make sure you are challenging yourself, getting a good workout, and most importantly, staying safe. Don’t ever be afraid of not being able to do something. Everyone starts off with their own strengths and weaknesses, and there are people of all ages, shapes, and sizes at every CrossFit gym. If a workout calls for a bunch of pull ups and you can’t do a single one, then there are rubber bands you can use to help you do pull ups. If that’s still too difficult for you, then no worries, you can do something called ring rows. Don’t let your own preconceived notions of what your skill level is get in the way of trying CrossFit.

A Personal Trainer Every Day:
One of the great things about CrossFit is that you have a coach leading the class every day, so not only do you have the gym programming your workouts for you, you have a trainer with you at all times to make sure you are getting the most out of your workout and staying safe.

You Will Not Get Bored:
For me, the thought of lifting weights in a traditional gym by myself just seemed boring. With CrossFit, the workout changes all the time, so it’s impossible to get bored. I used to mix in running and road bike riding with my CrossFit workouts, but now even those activities seem boring to me because CrossFit is so exciting and stimulating. The bottom line is that it is impossible to get bored with CrossFit.

Competitive and Goal Oriented:
I’m a goal-oriented person who loves to see progress, and everything in CrossFit is measurable. Whether it’s learning a new skill like rope climbs or kipping pull ups, adding five or 10 pounds to a specific lift, improving my time on a repeated workout, or just learning how to pace myself better, I can always set small goals and track my progress in the gym. I’ve been training for about nine months now, and I hit a new milestone almost every time I walk into the gym. Even small advances are enough to keep me excited and motivated, and once I reach a goal it opens the doors for more.

Also, being a competitive person by nature, I can compete against myself and other people in the gym every day. If there isn’t anyone around my skill level in the class I’m working out with to compare myself to, then I set goals for myself for that day and compete against myself. All CrossFit workouts are ranked, timed, or scored in some way or another, so every day is like a friendly mini competition that keeps things exciting and fun.

A Supportive Community:
The community that is built in a CrossFit gym is priceless. There’s a good chance you’ll meet new friends by going to CrossFit, but even if you never hang out with anyone outside of the gym, at least you’ll always have supportive, like-minded people working out with you. This helps keep you motivated and helps you reach your goals faster.

This is an extreme example, but remember the movie “Speed”? Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves shared an intense experience together that gave them a strong bond. CrossFit does the same kind of thing on a daily basis. Once you’ve done an intense WOD with a group of people, it somehow manages to bring you all together in a weird way, and it’s a really cool experience. As an adult who is self-employed, going to a CrossFit gym is a key component to my social life, which I think is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

It Is Addictive:
I’ve heard CrossFit referred to as a cult, and I’ve heard many people say that it is addictive. Are these things true? Probably so, but don’t view that as a bad thing. I’ve also heard people say that CrossFit is one of the fastest ways to reach a “runner’s high”. Maybe that’s part of the reason why it’s so addictive. There’s probably some science behind that, but I ain’t no scientist. All I know is that I really love CrossFit and think it’s doing great things for my body and mind.

Feel free to hit me up with any specific questions you have. Good luck, and have fun!

Top 5 Most Awe-Inspiring and Beautiful Places I’ve Ever Been

Part of what makes me feel alive is traveling to new places and seeing what kind of incredible things can be found in nature. I can appreciate old architecture and ruins, and I have a love for great art, but what really makes me tick is looking at and exploring the things that man could never create.

After driving down the PCH for the third time recently I started to think about what I could consider to be the most breathtaking places I’ve ever been to, so I thought I’d break them down here.

In no particular order, here are the top five most awe-inspiring and beautiful places I’ve ever been…

1. Rock Formations at Ton Sai Bay, Thailand
While staying on Ton Sai Bay in Thailand I took a kayak out to explore some of the small island rock formations off the shoreline. From a distance they looked pretty unassuming and rather static. However, once you got close to them, their majestic qualities revealed themselves and the formations came to life. Sitting in the small watercraft, I felt so tiny and insignificant, making the experience really humbling. The contrast of the beautiful, calm, and vast water against the lively rock caves, shelves, and stalactites will forever be burned into my memory as one of the best things my eyes have ever seen.

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2. Purlingbrook Falls in Springbrook National Park, Australia
After riding bikes and hanging out with friends in Gold Coast, Australia for several weeks I decided to venture away from the BMX scene in search of some nature. With just a short drive and a quick hike I found myself looking across a valley at one of the most impressive waterfalls I had ever seen. Purlingbrook Falls is some 350ft tall, and due to the recent heavy rainfall it had a pretty powerful flow when I was there. Seeing it from across the valley was great, but the real stand out moment came when I got to see the falls from right on top of them at a viewing platform, then again when I hopped a few guardrails and walked through the stream and stood at the edge while looking out over the valley.

Photos of Australia by Fat Tony

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3. California’s Coastline (From Pacific Coast Highway)
I’m a sucker for coastlines, beaches, and tropical settings, and the drive up or down California’s PCH offers plenty of each of those. There are countless views along the drive that are each just as spectacular as the last, but the fact that you can drive for hours on end and those views just keep coming is what really makes the drive so special.

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Pacific Coast Highway - PCH

4. Lake Wakatipu, New ZealandMuch like the PCH, the drive on Kingston Rd. that hugs the perimeter of Lake Wakatipu outside Queenstown, New Zealand is a never-ending postcard backdrop. However, instead of infinite waves in the ocean, the lake is calm and flat with beautiful mountains surrounding it on all sides. Along the drive you can stop at lookout overview points high above the lake, then minutes later you can stop again at sea level and walk right up the rocky beach to the glass-like shoreline.

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5. Grand Canyon, Arizona
If this list were in order, and if I had better photos of it, the Grand Canyon in Arizona would probably be at the number one spot. However, when I visited Mathers Campground in the summer of 2005 I didn’t have a proper camera with me, so all I have to show from my trip there are a few low-quality scans of photos that were printed at Walmart. Nonetheless, the Grand Canyon still remains one of the most incredible and mind-boggling things I’ve ever laid eyes on. When I was standing at the edge of the South Rim I remember feeling like even though I was there, and even though I was seeing it with my own eyes, I could never comprehend what I was looking at. It was such an overwhelming feeling that I literally shed a few tears. This is one place I’m really looking forward to going back to and photographing some day…Anyone up for camping?

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My Current Health and Fitness Plan – 8 Things I Do To Stay In Shape

I feel the need to start this by stating the obvious…this is my personal health and fitness plan, and I’m not necessarily recommending it to anyone else. The purpose of sharing it is to inspire you, motivate you, and give you some ideas. This is not meant to be a guide of how I think you should structure you own personal fitness plans.

With that out of the way, here goes…

Over the past two years I traveled more than I was at home and never had any sort of structure to my life. My “routine” or sense of normalcy was to be on the road constantly traveling. The idea of a schedule and a fitness plan always sounded like something I would like, but just wasn’t possible with the amount of time and energy I was putting into my travels. However, I recently found myself a little burnt out on traveling and I’m staying at home a lot more often, so I’ve been able to shift my focus towards my health and fitness…and I love it!

Since switching to a very clean and natural vegan diet in January 2013 I’ve also started a pretty solid workout routine that I truly feel is doing great things for my body and mind. Here’s what all I have going on in the kitchen, in the gym, on the road, and more…

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This photo of me carving a fullpipe was taken in Gold Coast, Australia at the Elenora skatepark this January. Photo by Danny Josa.

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Living on the Edge – 14 Photos from Around the World

Ever since I was a little kid I’ve loved to climb on rocks. Keep in mind, I’m not a rock climber, and I’ve never actually been rock climbing (I had a sprained wrist when I was supposed to go in Thailand), but I’ve always loved to climb on rocks! When I see a big pile of boulders or a giant rock with a picturesque background my natural instinct is to climb and jump around like a mountain goat. After traveling to Australia and New Zealand last month I realized that over the years I’ve accumulated quite a few photos from around the world of me standing on rocks, so I pulled together my favorite 14 and put them in this gallery!

Homemade Raw Vegan Fruit Granola Bar Recipe

Since transitioning to a vegan diet a few months ago I’ve gotten really into trying new foods, especially ones that I make myself. I really liked a recipe I found online for raw vegan granola bars, but through several attempts I’ve altered the recipe and found a perfect mix that is high in protein, doesn’t contain any added sugar, and taste amazing! Here’s what I came up with!

Raw Vegan Granola Bar Recipe

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How I Shot My Favorite Photo of All Time

Here’s a quick video with some behind the scenes footage and photos from Erawan Falls, Thailand where I shot one of my favorite photos of all time. There’s a lot more to the story than I was able to cram into a three-minute video, but I’ll spare you the details about breaking into a dormitory to find a bed for the night and missing the bus back into town and get right to the point! Enjoy, and please leave some comments or questions for me below!

PHOTO INFO:

Date: December 14, 2011
Location: Erawn Falls National Park, Thailand

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Focal Length: 35mm

Exposure: 2.0s
Aperture: f22.0
ISO: 50 (L)


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Some clips filmed with GoPro’s Hero2.
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How-To Go Vegan – 10 Common Questions Answered

I got a great response from a previous blog post I made about switching to a vegan diet a few months ago. (For the record I began my transition on January 20, 2013.) Since the post went live, people have hit me up through email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram asking questions about veganism, so I figured I’d break down some of the basics. This will not only help explain my personal choices, but more importantly it will help educate, motivate, and inspire others so they can make their own choices too.

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Hanging  out with a kangaroo in Australia.

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