How do you give yourself the space necessary to create?
Paul Jarvis

My sister, Michelle on my left, brother, Lee on the right, and me in the middle!

Go take a hike!

My brother had the idea that for his 50th birthday he wanted to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and he asked if my sister and I wanted to go with him. Now climbing a 19, 540 ft. mountain had never been on my trip radar, however, the prospect of doing something that was both exciting and different was all the reason I needed. Plus, being a little competitive, I wanted to beat him to the top. I didn’t, but I was close.

Now I had to figure out where and how I was going to train. Living on LI there is nothing higher than Jane’s Hill at 400 ft., so I started climbing stairs whenever possible. I did a few small local hikes and realized that not only was I training, but I was getting some really good head space moments. The cool thing is that when you are hiking, all you really can do is look to where you are headed and where you are placing your feet, so all else seems to melt away. I found that not only was I exercising and training, but I was relaxing too. This was great for creativity in both my business and my life. It gave me time away from the computer. It gave me space. It gave me the chance to solve problems in my head which translated to my actions and it made other situations seem easier.

Since then, besides lots of other much smaller mountains, I have also hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for my own 50th birthday.

So now, whenever I am stressed, or mentally confused with some sort of life or business problem going on, I go take a hike! I highly recommend it!

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