The best days unfold without effort when you follow your passion.
Part of working independently and living in an outdoor playground is maximizing the work/play aspect of everyday life. When I lived in the city the play part was harder, it took longer blocks of time mostly relegated to weekends, and there was no way to get outside as often as I do here. I find that getting out into nature almost daily is what keeps my work fresh, my mind stimulated, and wild ideas literally fall from the sky and hit me while I am out there, it's kind of crazy but true!
Today was no exception, I woke up thinking I was headed to the river, but then saw a photo of the snow from a friend and my focus shifted immediately, I love that unpredictable kind of flow. I dressed for XC skiing, packed my bags and my lunch, plus my work bag, dropped my daughter at school, answered work e-mails, sent invoices, and then headed to the wilds. I'm very reserved about advance planning, it cramps my style, feels stifling, so this way of living where you just live in the moment following your passion, it's my zone, and a good one at that.
When I arrived at the mountain it was 24 degrees, stone cold for the PNW, the powder was unbelievable and I wished only for a moment that I was climbing Tumalo for turns on my fat skis, but then just went with the moment and started my XC trek to Todd Lake. Every single part of the whole adventure had me smiling with wonder, it NEVER gets old out here, it's NEVER the same twice. True to form I randomly solved 3 problems while I was out there, without thinking about them, it's the most amazing thing!