Salomon’s description of their new premier trail shoe is that ‘there’s no bad weather when you’ve got the right gear,’ and I love that. While I’ve been in some situations that might beg to differ, most adventurers, hikers and trail runners will find that the XA Pro 3D GTX’s are indeed very fine shoes meant for a range of weather conditions, situations and terrain.
For a traveling male, it can be easy to let things go, because of time, maybe packing issues, or simply because it doesn’t really matter all that much in the moment. For me, when I was backpacking Europe for nine months, I let the beard go, I let my hair grow wild, and I enjoyed the freeing feeling I gained by letting go of the expectations that society sets upon us. But after several months of doing the wild man thing, I began looking quite a bit more homeless than I was okay with, and so I needed a change.
The problem for me at the time was my style of travel, because backpacking meant I lived out of the rucksack that I had strapped to my back, and so every ounce and every inch mattered a great deal. Since I was carrying a professional DSLR camera with lenses, a MacBook Pro with external hard drives, clothes, toiletries, and basic survival needs in case of an emergency, my space was being pushed, my organizational skills ebbed and the weight was becoming a massive burden that I couldn’t help but notice in my neck, shoulders and back, day in and day out.
To grow a glorious beard is among top accomplishments for most men at least. And I would know, though being unlike most men, I do appreciate a righteous beard, but I will say that maintaining one, through to the stage of receiving the honor of truly having a ‘righteous’ beard, is another story entirely. But never fear, I will walk you through the basics and highlight one of my recent goto’s for optimum beard care.
When I was in high school, I had a funky, patchy weirdness that grew in black on my chin and above my lip, but it wasn’t until I reached my late twenties ‘till the ol’ beard really started coming in thick. But wouldn’t you figure, I still have one last little patch on my cheek that refuses to join the crowd, and while I appreciate the notion of dissent, I am getting married in May and really need to get this bad boy in shape. I wouldn’t want to resemble a werewolf by day or homeless, or something, so I reached out to OneDTQ and they sent over their beard care kit to assist me in my battle for a better looking beard.
The Natural Peace that Comes with Time in the Forest: Featuring the Northwoods Trapper Hat by Stormy Kromer
Being in the natural world is one of my favorite experiences in all of life, because there’s a peace and comfort that settles over me when I no longer hear the sound of man. All that anxiety that comes with the modern world, especially in congested cities, can wear the body down, as well as the mind and soul, and since extended time away from nature can leave a sense of emptiness or loneliness, and sometimes anxiety, it’s imperative to live a balanced lifestyle.
In the midst of writing my debut novel, I go through the now-familiar rollercoaster where some days I can pump out 3,000 words no problem, versus the more-often struggle to manage a mere 500. And then there are times, like today, that the page stays blank as I stare at my screen, where my foggy brain barely registers its own reality, and the room around me, let alone the world I’ve created within my story. It can be maddening at times, and depressing at others, but essentially what it comes down to, I’ve learned, is that I am not close enough to the scene I’m writing and I need clarity. Often times, clarity only comes with a spark of creativity, which is why I now have a ritual for writer’s block.
Finding the perfect hair care products is an ever-changing journey. One that will likely have more downs than ups, because if you’re trying various products in search of just the right consistency, scent, and effect, you are likely to trial a bunch of nots, before you find the one. And as time passes, you will change your style a hundred times, and products will change, and so it can be a never-ending process. I don’t know how many times I found the perfect product for my hair or beard and after some time, the recipe changed or the product was discontinued. It’s the worst. So now, I take a different approach to finding what works best for me.
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