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How I’ve Decided To Live

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How I’ve Decided to Live

Have you ever heard that what we teach, what we coach, and what we share, we need to learn and live the most?

My intention in creating #couchkills is to inspire you to metaphorically get up off your couch and get out into life!

To create and live a life of inspiration, adventure, and especially travel. Yes, to travel in your own neck of the woods, but also to experience bigger and bolder travel. To be left breathless by traveling to all of the amazing corners of the world.

So as sat I in front of a blank screen this morning ,wanting to write my first article about travel and about adventure, I struggled with where to start. What do I say? What do I share? Suddenly, I realized how much of my life I’ve been sitting on the couch talking, and not actually on my feet traveling. I dreamed of traveling, I had the desire to travel, but I had let too many things get in my way.

Now don’t get me wrong, by some people’s standards, I’ve traveled a lot. And I have (I won’t bore you with where, but it’s been a lot), but not nearly as much as I could have.

So with that being said, welcome to my personal declaration. From this day forward, you’re going to see me traveling and sharing how I’m personally “couch killing” all over the world.

In fact, I’ve just decided I’m going to start traveling today. There’s no need to wait, and no need to have a ticket for a big trip. I can create an adventure each and every day, because travel is as much of a mindset as it is the actual trip. And I believe that creating a daily travel mindset is going to cause the big trips to happen a whole lot faster and a whole lot more often. So there it is: my declaration, my intention and my personal call to action all wrapped up in one.

Disclaimer: What I’m about to share below may sound hypocritical, as I’m traveling at this moment in my chair, in front of my computer. But there’s nothing wrong with a little down time to help you get clear on what you’re willing to do to create a life you love.


So to get my trip for today started, I decided to travel the internet and gather inspiring quotes about travel (see below). It’s a nice place to start. For me, it’s been very empowering gathering a portfolio of travel quotes. I can always come back to these quotes if I need to tap back into my desire to get up off the couch and start traveling again. In fact, it was so much fun finding travel quotes, I can now see this will be a life long pursuit. I found a boatload of quotes, but I’d like to share this quote from Goethe first. This quote really cemented for me the spirit of what I will always remember for myself and what I’d love to inspire others to consider:

“Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.”
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


Next, I decided I’d finally start using the Pinterest account I created a long time ago. I didn’t stay in my account too long, fearing that I would get sucked into it and lose track of what I wanted to share. But I gotta say, I enjoyed the trip. Too many people spend too much time wishing for and dreaming about the trip of a lifetime. Why not start experiencing a little of it inside Pinterest? When used wisely, it certainly is an amazing tool for discovering, planning and pinning where you want to travel.

To start the ball rolling, I created my first Pinterest travel board. I picked Italy, one of the places Kim and I love to travel to, and one that we’ve proclaimed we want to visit more. While creating the board, I took the opportunity to add a little more intention and energy. I clearly wrote out what I wanted my Italy trip to capture, and what I’ll want to experience and share as I create all of my travel boards. Collecting pins of great places is fun and easy, but it also helps to think through and write out in words what you intend and what you want.

This board is where I’m collecting all of the places I’m discovering to visit, experience, eat, cook, hike, adventure, and create a lifetime of memories for Kim, the kids and I. I’m excited to share what I’m discovering with all of my #couchkills peeps who love traveling in Italy as much as I do.


Last but not least, I finally ordered a subscription to one of my favorite publications, “Monocle: A Briefing On Global, Business, Culture & Design” I’ve always loved the publication, and every once in a while I’d buy a copy. But it’s time to subscribe, because to me, subscribing says you’re all in. And that’s the how I’ve decided to live the rest of my life: all in!

Yeah, that’s the ticket I just bought. I’m a life long subscriber to #life. What else is worth subscribing to?

My Travel Quotes

Adventure is worthwhile.
– Aristotle


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
– Mark Twain


Travel brings power and love back into your life.
– Rumi


What is adventure? If a lone wolf lifts his plaintive call into the moonlight near your campsite, you might call that adventure. While you’re sweating like a horse on a climb over a 12,000 foot pass, that could be adventure. When howling head winds press your lips against your teeth, you face a mighty struggle. When your pack grows heavy on your shoulders as your climb a 14,000 foot peak, you feel the adventure. When you suffer freezing temperatures and 20 inches of fresh powder on a hut to hut trip in the Rockies, that could be called adventure. But that’s not what makes an adventure. It’s your willingness to conquer it, and to present yourself at the doorstep of nature. That creates the experience. No more greater joy can come from life than to live inside a moment of adventure. It is the uncommon wilderness experience that gives your life expectation.
– Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado


Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
– Andre Gide


Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.
– Peter Hoeg


I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.
– Susan Sontag


Camp out among the grass and gentians of glacier meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
– John Muir, Yosemite Valley, 1898


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain


The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
– Eleanor Roosevelt


The summer no sweeter than ever,
The sunshiny woods all a thrill;
The grayling asleep in the river,
The big horn sheep on the hill.
The strong life that never knows harness,
The wilds where the caribou call;
The fresh, the freedom, the farness—
Oh God! How I’m stuck on it all.”

– Robert Service, Spell of the Yukon, 1890


Always do what you are afraid to do.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


The bold adventurer succeeds the best.
– Ovid


Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
– Amelia Earhart


Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.
– Tom Robbins


We need the tonic of the wilderness, to wade sometimes in the marsh where the bitten and the meadow hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground.
– Henry David Thoreau


To travel is to live.
– Hans Christian Andersen


For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
– Robert Louis Stevenson


Bears are made of the same dust as we, and they breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters. A bear’s days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are overdomed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and ebbs with heart pulsing like ours. He was poured from the same first fountain. And whether he at last goes to our stingy Heaven or not, he has terrestrial immortality. His life, not long, not short, knows no beginning , no ending. To him life unstinted, unplanned, is above the accidents of time, and his years, markless and boundless, equal eternity.
– John Muir, 1838, Yosemite, California


I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.
– Lillian Smith


One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
– Henry Miller


I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.
– Rosalia de Castro


A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
– Lao Tzu


People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


The journey itself is my home.
– Bashō


I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
– Oscar Wilde


Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention to arrive safely in a pretty and well preserved body; but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a ride!’
– Hunter S. Thompson


Your legs feel like fried bacon after a day of climbing and descending. It’s a roller coaster ride, but no one is pulling you up the mountain. You’re headed toward Yosemite more than 4,000 feet of pounding the pedals. You are aware of every movement because your thighs feel tender with a sensation of pain. You push on, toward the final ascent into the valley. In front of you is a monster mountain—El Capitan. Your eyes grow wide. You take a deep breath. Suddenly, you feel only wonder.
– Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado, Summer, 2010


The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
– St. Augustine


A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
– John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic (1928)


How many hearts with warm, red blood in them are beating under cover of the woods, and how many teeth and eyes are shining? A multitude of animal people, intimately related to us, but of whose lives we know almost nothing, are as busy about their own affairs as we are about ours.
– John Muir, Yosemite Valley, 1898


No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.
– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass


Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
– Helen Keller


Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.
– Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings


Time means nothing now. It slips away as easily as grains of sand on a wind-swept beach. But those grains only trade places. On my bike, I change the same way—new locations in the passage of time. The pedaling is incidental—like breathing. The hills and mountains come and go—my legs powering over them in a kind of winsome trance. Grappling with headwinds only brings determination; while riding a tail wind brings ecstasy. There is a transformation into a state of bliss, much like a seagull gliding on the updrafts. I see them standing on beaches or soaring over the waves. Just flying. Just living. Just being. Me too.
– Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado, cycling down the West Coast of Australia


A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.
– Wildred Peterson


Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.
– Jason Mraz


It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.
– Andre Gide


He stood breathing, and the more he breathed the land in, the more he was filled up with all the details of the land. He was not empty. There was more than enough here to fill him. There would always be more than enough.
– Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


Definition of ‘adventure’: extreme circumstances recalled in tranquility.
– Jules the Kiwi


Not all those who wander are lost.
– JRR Tolkien


Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
– Miriam Beard


By now, a million pedal strokes have etched the muscles in my legs with a single purpose: to power the crank and move the bicycle forward. Food flows into my body, bringing it power and strength. It is no longer a question of struggle. Now the journey evolves into the spiritual realm—where the pedaling becomes instinctive. It’s a free-flow of energy that comes through my body and willingly expresses itself in the flight of the pedals.
– Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado, six continent bicyclist, El Camino Highway at 15,500 feet in Bolivia


Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
– Confucius


The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.
– Oprah Winfrey


You’ve been so long in the rain, you feel like a dirty dish rag. But despite the misery of your water soaked body, you look around to see verdant leaves dripping with water. The air entering your lungs smells vibrantly clean. To experience adventure, you must be willing to be uncomfortable at times and enjoy the loneliness by being happy with your own singing. A song pops out of your mouth… “It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was fine…”
– Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado, camped out in Hyder, Alaska near a grizzly bear’s den


There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.
– Charles Dudley


We will not cease from our exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
– T.S. Elliot


Tell me what you will of the benefactions of city civilization, of the sweet security of streets—all as part of the natural upgrowth of man towards the high destiny we hear so much of. I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found. If the death exhalations that brood the broad towns in which we so fondly compact ourselves were made visible, we should flee as from a plague. All are more or less sick; there is not a perfectly sane man in San Francisco.
– John Muir, 1874, California wine country


Travel is not really about leaving our homes, but leaving our habits.
– Pico Iyer


The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
– Lao Tzu


There are many paths through the Ring of Life. They are a constant movement toward self-fulfillment through growth of your mind, expansion of your experiences, widening of your senses and growing your spirit. It’s ceaseless and constant throughout one’s life.
– Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colorado


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