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Complexity

My natural tendency is to distill and simplify the world around me. The irony is that it doesn't seem to be possible to do. Complexity is a part of life. It's a part of the world that has become the civilization we live in.

What if I lived in a tent in the woods? Would that remove all complexity from my life? My possessions would be simplified but my needs would be harder to meet and my long term path through life would still have many paths and decisions. Over-simplification is not a sustainable way to live.

Intention has been the key for me. My desire for a reduction in complexity is an intention but I've learned to be more specific about it.

Reducing the amount of physical possessions I own and have around me.
Organizing and setting goals for my personal finances.
Being intentional about my career path.
Appreciating the life that I have.

Escaping

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I stood on the beach in Sayulita this weekend with the waves crashing on my feet. It was a few days into the trip so I had successfully reached a state of relaxation. Something was different though. Normally I trick myself into thinking the vacation I'm experiencing is what I need forever. I normally wonder why I'm living a normal life when I should be on vacation all the time without any worries. This time I couldn't do that. I was still engaged with all of my responsibilities. I was pondering what it would really mean to live my life without my current structure. I know too well that I can't just leave everything. There has to be something more sustainable.


My journey to leaving started a long time ago. Even as a youth I had trouble with falling into a pattern and accepting that the world around me was the only path. I still haven't found out what the end of this journey looks like. I have this fire and desire in me but I have only seemed to keep adding to this i…

Nature in San Francisco

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This month marks my 3 year anniversary living in the San Francisco area. This post is dedicated to my favorite ways to explore nature in this area. I am avoiding some obvious choices like Golden Gate Park and Sutro Tower.
Lands EndStarting location in Google Maps

I like to start at Sutro Baths because there is ample parking. The baths themselves are also a sight to see. It's worth reading a bit about it before you go.

Be sure to walk down to the ruins and take a right to go through a cave. If the tide is high enough there are rocks you can watch the waves crash onto.

After checking out the Bath House ruins follow the trail North toward the Golden Gate Bridge. The views will not disappoint and the path is wide and easy to follow.

Buena Vista ParkGoogle Maps
It's unassuming but a thick forest with a great view at the top. There are winding trails everywhere and it's easy to get lost. A great feeling while still being in the middle of a major city!



I even saw a coyote once! T…