Dream It Real Rifle View

The severity of the final exam is always in proportion to the challenge of the course. It was not expected to be easy. In fact, it was going to be grueling, arduous and painful, all wrapped in one. This test was the pinnacle of military training for the people on course that summer in Manitoba. To fail would mean to discard all the hard work of the last two months and do it all again. *** I remember thinking, as our entire courseRead More →


The Basics You learn pretty damn quickly you’re a team. All of you. Your platoon, your section, your roommates. When the morning alarm goes off, you had better be up, not just awake. There is no snooze, not even 20 seconds to contemplate what life would be like if you were back home. Just get up and go. There is not a moment between asleep and mobile, just as electrons have no travel time as they orbit an atom. They just suddenly appearRead More →

Live Like You Mean It

Everybody faces a challenge at some point. A monstrosity of a mess to clean up. A situation that is just so arduous it makes you dream of being anywhere but there inside it. You could let it destroy you. Or you could embrace it, be one with it, and let it prepare you for something awesome that’s better than you can fathom right now. My challenge has been health related, and I’m currently up to my eyeballs in it. Life changed for meRead More →

As promised last week, here are some of the tools I use when I’m feeling more like sitting than squatting. I hope you can add a couple to your arsenal as well. Enjoy! #1 – Turn on some music! Music can move mountains, and so can you if you listen to the right songs. You know the ones. Sometimes that’s all it takes for me to get off my butt and start moving. Being productive feels awesome, but being productive to music feelsRead More →


Quite often people look at fitness and see their ideal, thinking that it’s too far for them to reach. Someone else got lucky. It’s easy to consider the hard work someone else put in and think, “it’s easier for them than it is for me”. It makes us feel better, but devalues the sacrifices they had to make to get to where they are. We’re not being fair to ourselves either by entertaining those thoughts and following that belief pattern. There are daysRead More →

Motivation gym mirror

California girls. Hawaiian guys. Surfers. Fitness models. We all have an ideal we hold in our mind’s eye of what to choose if the doctor gave us a happy pill. Me? I’d love to be lean, ripped and tanned, with some mad surfing skills because… Well, because snowboarding just gets too bloody cold sometimes. I still love it. No, I’m not going to tell you to be happy with where you’re at. I am going to suggest you be okay with where you’reRead More →

This is me, my place and I. I usually decorate new spaces with gas piping, concrete and bicycles, with emphasis placed on function and aesthetic over comfort and hospitality. But not here, not now. I’ve shown up at this moment in time to share my story; of victory and concussion, injury and celebration, and how to fall and get back up again. I’ve decided ‘up’ is in my mind, and falling can be exciting. The trick is to embrace it as you doRead More →