When it comes to sunglasses, it’s often a struggle to find a pair that I like that also isn’t astronomical in price, yet are built well and will last a long time. I once splurged and purchased an expensive pair from a shopping mall store, and had them less than a month before they disappeared. I’m not one to lose things, but this story seems to repeat itself. Because the next pair I bought, I decided to try one of those under $10 kiosks, and then those broke, and the next, same kiosk, those broke. And so the spell went, until finally, I refused to trust myself with sunglasses. And then one day, the sun burned light trails into my retina and I decided to look online for the right pair.
Every once in awhile, a new and innovative product comes onto market and changes the game. And today, I have the pleasure of bringing to focus such an invention. It may sound a little hyperbolic to say game changer, and perhaps it is, because the product I am featuring today has yet to come to market, but is due early 2018. But seriously, Gobi Gear has created a pretty cool backpack that I believe every backpacker should carry with them.
Recently, I remodeled my home office and it completely transformed my ability to work better and more efficiently, to work happier, to work for longer hours and to work more creatively. When you’re in a dank space with white walls and no flavor or creature comforts, it can be a drag, and like a prison, it can confine you to a limited way of thinking, so if you’re a creative like me, then working in such a space can truly hinder life and success. For me, it was all about creating a colorful, positive environment to complete my novel in, as well as to blog and write for you fine folks. When I’m traveling abroad, having an ergonomic workspace is almost never an option, and while I’ve made do for years, finding ways to limit distractions (by wearing headphones, and writing in a blacked out room), I wanted to explore a new approach and see if it helped with my novel.
When you own an iPhone or another expensive personal device, it’s safety should never play second fiddle. You entrust your personal information, photos, thoughts, messages, and work to a small electronic device that when put in contact with water, or physical injury can end its life in as little as a second of time, yet all of your precious memories and data could be gone. If you work from your device, then that data may be even more valuable if damaged, so why not invest in the protection of something so valuable to each and every one of us?
For me, I tend to lean toward those big, fat phone cases that give 360-degree safety, as well as total waterproof protection, but that’s typically for when I travel, camp, explore the wilderness or partake in some sort of water-based/dangerous sport. However, when I’m home, I snap off the bulky life-vest and install something with a little more class, style, and ergonomic design. I like cases that look sharp, and sometimes loud, but in the end I like to keep it classy. When I first invested in an iPhone some years back, I found a small European manufacturer who made all-wood cases that fit the phone like a glove. The drawback was that it was very expensive, and it provided only partial protection since it had no padded bumpers and the wood was much too exotic and thin to last more than a few months, even with careful attention paid to its survival. It was like walking on eggshells, because I worried about the longevity of the phone, but also that damn case.
Taking proper precautions and caring about what protects your personal devices is as important as which device you trust using everyday of your life. You put your trust in one device that it will faithfully hold all of your contacts, and photos, and thoughts, and personal information, without fail, so why skimp on how much faith you have in the case that protects the device itself. I don’t know how many times the strains of the road took effect on my own phone while traveling, because it happens, often, and that’s not to mention how the madness of everyday life affects it.
I’ve learned, now seemingly the hard way, that what protects the device is as important as the device itself. Sure, they don’t cost as much, and yeah, there’s a million choices of varying options, but it is the details that matter for optimum protection. Avoid the flimsy, rubbery cases. Avoid the ones that are flush to the screen, providing no bumper. Avoid the gaudy and live simply.
One of the most peaceful and fulfilling experiences one can have is spending time in the natural world, where there are no more sounds of humans, or cars, or plains, or civilization. There’s a peace, a quiet beautiful settling that comes over a wild forest, and with time spent wandering brings a powerful settling inside that our modern cities and modern way of life do not. Perhaps my favorite way to experience nature is to wander awhile until I feel at home in the animate world, then I stop and setup a hammock, and then I rest. Sometimes I read, and sometimes I simply meditate and listen. It’s transcendental, and better than any pharmacological substance or therapy for stress.
Not all hammocks are created equal, and some on the market are more notorious for hurting people than others. If you’re in the market a hammock, always check the internet for reviews and safety reports, then study the product yourself. Make sure the support straps are strong and of quality, and be sure the stitching and seam work are up to par, because if there are issues with the build out or the material, then you could be in for a world of hurt when you’re least expecting it. Sure, a hammock can go up nicely, and can even hang for a period of time without issue, but what if you fall asleep, and what if it fails you, and you drop, and fall four, six, ten feet… deep in the woods? Yikes. That brings me to another bit of advice: Always test the thing prior to heading out on any trip.
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