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Passion Project

In the past few years, I have been lucky enough to talk with passionate individuals who are living truly inspiring lives. These people, whether they are writers, oyster-farmers, sustainable carpenters, or naturalists, have chosen lifestyles that involve freedom, adventure, and most of all a true appreciation of nature, art, and science.

I, like presumably many readers, have a less-inspired, more-orthodox lifestyle, and have all but regretted it every step of the way.
Somewhere along the road, staring down the fork in the road, I took the desiccated path, the one with walls, boundaries, and borders. But things weren’t always that way, as a young child, I was enthralled by musicians, artists, but most importantly, conservationists. Steve Irwin, Jane Goodall, Jacques Cousteau, and David Attenborough were forthright in my quickly developing brain, and I had a clear path to success. I was sure that I wanted to be a part of nature, and to devote my life to it like my heroes. Quickly after college I left for Thailand in search of adventure, and I found it. I traveled, explored, and dove, in places that I had dreamed of as a child but after a few years I still came back to a life in an office. Fresh air and enthusiasm were replaced by spreadsheets and KPIs, and my passion for office-life started dwindling. Something had to change.

Well aware that this lifestyle couldn’t go on forever, I was ready to do something about it. My passion to travel, learn, and work with my hands was a side-project, not my life, and I wanted to do everything I could to learn from people who have made it their everyday existence so that I could emulate them and start my own life. My curiosity was brimming and the conversations just started with every combination possible. People I met and admired. People I never met and admired. People I met and never knew I admired until I started talking to them, unintentionally uncovering what made them tick, only to find out that they had a passion project all of their own. With each conversation or meeting, I left with a stronger intention that I would go out and do something all my own. With data on my side, I figured that now was the time than ever. The conversations below emboldened me, and further galvanized my desires to live an inspired life. Below are these conversations…

My Secret Quest To Be An Oyster Farmer

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Unfinished Business—How I Tried to Rebuild My Life

Looking back on it, I might as well have said “let’s build a rocket ship” I was so out of my element. But now, three months later and after gaining experience with log tongs, ridge poles, and reimagined “non-permitted structure” foundations, I’d compare it more to building a Boeing-787. Still well out of my element,

Insights from Environmental Science Journalist Mike Gaworecki

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Building a Sustainable Tiny House: Getting the Wood

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Volunteer in South Africa with Afri-Campus

A young leopard with its kill, a black-backed Jackal Recalling what she learned in her training, Beth's eyes followed the direction the giraffes were gazing. It didn't take her long to realize that all of them were being watched by one of Africa's Big Five. Not too far away, a leopard lay benignly under