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Second last chapter to our Go-Book. Finally coming to an end. Then again I did take a year hiatus. Food storage is more for while you’re still at home and for insurance claims. You wont have much need for your inventory when you’re …

Everyone needs a 72 hour kit. This is just as important as the Go-Book. This is where we have the clothing, food, water, and other survival gear needed to survive for the next 3 days. This is not meant as a last resort bag, it is meant as a …

I apologize for the lack of posting. With everything in the news about ISIS and the refugees and France I have gained a new motivation to get these posts up here. We need to get this stuff done. We are sheltered in here Canada, though I feel not …

This section could be titled your “I’m not old enough for this info” page. I know for my self, I don’t feel old enough to worry about half of this stuff, if not all of it. However, this does need to get done because we …

Alright, I’ve got a random post for you.

Why is it so hard to figure out what I actually want to do for a living? This question has been the bane of my existence. I have never known what I want to do. I’ve never been able to say “since I was two I have always wanted to be a…” Nope, never. I have changed my mind so many times I’m losing track. Lawyer, something with psychology, accountant, software engineer, fire fighter, cop, teacher, electrician.  None of these are my passion. Thats really what I’m missing, knowing what my passion is.

I have a passion for public speaking, but I don’t know of a good way into a career with that. And no I do not actually want to be a teacher. It would be awesome to get paid to travel the world and speak to tons of people from a stage. Not sure how to get into something like that. Write a book?

We recently had a polite nudge from a bishop who recommended that we take a look at what we are doing now and if we aren’t happy then find something that will make us happy. I actually really needed that nudge. I feel I have not been taking life very seriously. Just taking jobs here and there. Hoping some opportunity pops up. Not that I don’t like what I do, I just don’t see a career in it.

So, My most recent ideas have been cop or pilot. I’m looking into both at the moment. More leaning toward the pilot. I took an intro flight with the Calgary flying club. I paid $75.00, flew over downtown and on the way back to the little air field the pilot let me take controls. Oh man, it was awesome. I would love to fly helicopter, or a fighter jet, haha, who wouldn’t want to fly one of those. Honestly I just want to fly anything right now.

The problem is $$. It can cost between $9000 and $14000 to get your private pilots license depending on how fast you can get it done. No student loans for that either. So I have to try to come up with an extra $10000+/- so I can get moving towards being a pilot. It’s not going to be easy…but man is flying awesome.

Anyways, as you can see there is a lot on my mind. Trying to figure out what will make me happy, give me meaning, and help me be a good provider for my family. And I’m 30 for heavens sake…Wait…am I having a midlife crisis???

Well, it’s another sunday night/monday morning so another post is in order. I’ve been sitting on the thoughts from my last post for a week and this is how I feel.

We are moving toward the pilot idea. I took the intro flight and man, flying feels good. We have made some decisions and taken some action to move toward becoming a pilot. It’s going to take some time but I feel that it is the right thing to do. That’s the important thing right? That it feels right?

Anyways. Now we are changing the way we think and everything is about how to get me into an airplane and receiving a private pilots license. The hardest part is waiting. Not being able to just jump into it and get it done. Saving money to pay for it up front (it’s cheaper that way).  We are trying to think different. How to make extra money to put into my flying fund. We have a few ideas. Gabby is running a day home to bring in some extra, we started an amway business a while ago, and of course, I have a job. Now we are trying to think of other ways to bring in more. The private pilot license is $10,000 and unless that’s sitting in our couch, we need to do some saving.

It’s tough when you find something you want to do but can’t afford to go and do it. Frustrating mostly. What do we cut? We already don’t have TV. Cut internet? Why is it hard to chase your dreams? Or am I just too impatient? I had someone say it’s cheaper to buy a plane than to rent one for experience. yikes. Did the math. It is true. It’s cheaper by about $100,000. But really? Just go buy a plane?

Anyways, another venting post. Just typing my thoughts out while watching runner runner in Fort McMurray at 1:30 am…

We went on a hike today on Mount Washington. It was refreshing to spend time in the woods. I don’t get out as often as I would like to living in Calgary.

It reminded me of Moses 6:63. It is one of my favourite scriptures. At least on the symbolism topic. “…all things are created and made to bare record of me.”

My seminary teacher would ask us “how much is all?” We would reply “100%.” 100% of things are created to bare record of Him. It’s hard to walk in the woods, away from the rush of the big city and not feel closer to Him.

This is probably the biggest reason I enjoy camping and snowboarding. Sitting on the top of the slope looking down at the valley, no sound but wind and my own thoughts. Sitting around a campfire listening to the fire crackle and the breeze rustle the leaves. Very awe-inspiring.

My dad used to go camping by himself. He called it “going into the house of the Lord.” He would do it when there was a big decision ahead of him. I can see why he did it. It is so peaceful. He encouraged me to do it before I went on my mission. So I did the weekend before I left. Took my scriptures and my journal and talked with the Lord about the next two years. It was awesome. A great way to clear my mind.

For me I like to look at things around me and think about Moses 6:63. I think about how every thing was created to bare record of Christ. I wonder, when looking at a tree for example, “how was this made to bare record of the creator? How does it remind me of Him.” I can come up with a few ways it does for me, and I am sure it’s different for everyone. The important part is that it brings our attention to Him.

Some of you may not believe the same as I do and that is ok. Either way, going out into the woods can bring a sense of peace to everyone in their own way. To me it is a recharging of the mind and a way to strengthen my relationship with my Creator.

Odd thought this one…

I began reading Harry Potter for the first time ever. I know…Apparently I live under a rock.

I have never really had any desire to read fiction. I thought it to be a waste of time. Same reason for not knowing what I want to do for a living (needed to have a purpose…carry me to my end goal). I am rather enjoying Harry Potter though. It is a fun story. Makes me want to buy an owl and find platform 9 3/4. (Is 29 too old to go to Hogwarts?)

I am trying to find a good way to put down my thoughts… Why read a novel of something that is completely made up when I could be reading my scriptures or a book about a gospel/self improving topic? I have the same thoughts about movies and TV shows (although I do watch a lot of shows. Thank you Netflix). Why watch a show about someone who has made it big in life and not go make it big in your own life? Instead of watching rookie blue why not just become a cop? (I know I know, why not be a cop AND watch Rookie Blue). Instead of watching suits why not go study law? (maybe you already are 😉  )

I had a thought today that has changed my previous thought. My wife gave me some skittles in the van on the way home from church and I had the same thought (whats the point?). Why eat skittles? They have no nutritional value, they just taste good. Then I thought, why do we have taste buds at all? Most of our body parts work in a specific way to keep us alive; Heart pumps blood, lungs breathe air, spleen takes up space, skin keeps in all in. Then it occurred to me. We have taste buds so things taste good. (As well as to know when something is rotten and potentially kill us. That thought just came to me…guess there is a big purpose to taste buds that completely ruins the reason I am writing this post…. :p ) I was going to say “is that essential, food tasting good?” No, not necessarily. We could eat just the same if everything tasted like styrofoam…we wouldn’t know any different.

We have taste buds so that we can enjoy delicious things. So if God gave us taste buds so we can enjoy good food and drink, why can’t we also enjoy using our imagination while we read a good book?

I am enjoying reading through Harry Potter. I still have that thought of “you should be reading your scriptures and moving closer to saving your self.”

And then I had another thought. Why are we so willing to read Harry Potter every waking moment we have but roll our eyes when we think about how we still need to do our 15 min of scripture study? Why do we neglect the things that matter most? Same with the taste bud thing. Why eat skittles simply for the delicious taste and neglect something that will make us feel way better and actually help us be healthy?

My final thought was this: Part of the reason God created us and this world with everything in it was so we can ENJOY it. We are meant to have fun and enjoy our time here. We just can’t forget to have a moderation in all things. Let’s all work on not neglecting the things that matter most. Lets get as excited for the scriptures as we are about Harry Potter and skittles.

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