Anyone who has followed my personal journey knows that the non-profit Frontline Freedom was started out of need. I needed to escape. I needed to escape my own thoughts, struggles, emotions. I needed to escape and stay healthy.
I could have chosen to hit the bottle. That wasn’t for me. In fact, the best advice I ever received was more of a reminder. Alcohol was for celebrations. Not for sadness. Never drink when you’re sad, lonely, or depressed. Only drink to celebrate. Only drink to toast others for their accomplishments.
Enter the inner outdoorsman.
When I was a kid, I had an obsession with camping gear. I loved tents, cooking sets, and building fires from nothing. As I got older, my obsessions stayed with me. I bought all of the backpacking gear I could afford. Only, I didn’t backpack. I put all of my gear in a motorcycle and would take weekend trips, camping wherever I could find somewhere open for the night.
As life hit and I felt alone, I ran into Josh. We started taking backpacking trips and developed what would become Frontline Freedom. Things were going great. I was happy, healthy, and helping others in the process.
Then life hit me again. As it tends to do so unexpectedly.
I received a frantic phone call from my aunt. I could hear my dad screaming in the background. My heart sank.
My aunt said, “David, your brother is dead. He killed himself. He’s gone.”
It was December 1. Just a few days after thanksgiving. I never got to say goodbye. In the ensuing chaos that consumed my family, I did what I always do. I hid my emotions and tried to stay strong for everyone else. I offered encouragement and tried to help people understand that they would never fully understand. We cried, we laughed at old stories, and we wondered why.
Fast forward to four months later.
My mom called me. She was crying on the other end of the phone. “It’s bad, Dave. I need you.” Once again, the surge of adrenaline through my veins made me feel numb as I prepared for her following words. “Michael is dead.”
Michael was my step-brother. We came of age together and became adults at the same time. He was a good man who always provided for his family. Years prior, he became a victim of prescription pills, which turned to heroin use. He fought his demons in and out of rehab. Addiction is an odd thing. He never wanted to be addicted, but the disease overcame him.
He died of an overdose before leaving for work.
Once again, the family was in a state of mourning.
My younger brother, Ryan, was struggling with all of it. I was too. Yet, I again hid my emotions and tried to be the comforter to everyone else.
Luckily, Frontline Freedom had a trip planned between Michael’s death and his funeral. I told my brother, Ryan, that he needed to be on that trip with me. As we tend to do so, we went to Grayson Highlands and backpacked.
I remember looking over a ridge and wondering how to make sense of everything. Here was all the beauty of nature, and I couldn’t help but think that my two brothers would never see sunset again. They would never feel the rush of cool air on their faces again. I looked at Ryan as he watched the sunset over the ridge, and I could see the same look in him.
While I may have been in a sad place, the woods did something for me. It did the same thing it had done when I was a kid and again as an adult just four years prior. They gave me perspective. They gave me a chance to talk to the people on the trip. They allowed me to feel.
Sometimes, we lose feeling. Sometimes, that numbness we feel when we brace for bad news never goes away. Backpacking amid all that turmoil gave me back what I had lost. It gave me feelings, emotions, and, most importantly, safety.
I’ll admit it. I tend not to be a vulnerable man. I fall victim to some sort of never-showing ‘weakness’ mentality. That’s wrong. Weakness is not allowing yourself to heal. Weakness is not showing others that you’re a human.
Backpacking gave me the ability to share. Sharing brings vulnerability yet, courage. Strength comes from sharing. Power comes from admitting that sometimes the people who are always there for other people do, in fact, need people for themselves as well.
That trip was the perfect trip at the ideal time.
I am stronger for going and continue to be stronger today from the lessons I learned while on a trail.
**The above photos is of me and my brother, Ryan, on the Grayson Highlands trip**
In this blog post, we’ll talk about using the bullet journal method for boosting personal productivity. The system is a simple and effective way of managing your time and staying on top of tasks that need to be done. It’s not just a fad – it’s been around since the 1950s!
What is the Bullet Journal Method?
The bullet journal method works by using a list-like system rather than a rigid organization. This allows you to make changes quickly and easily without any hassle or stress. You can tweak your schedule with ease based on what comes up in life without feeling like everything is out of order.
Here are five reasons why the bullet journal method is more effective at boosting personal productivity:
The Bullet Journal is entirely customizable.
The bullet journal method is customizable, so you can make it work for your own individual needs. You can decide what type of journal to use, what kind of bullet system to use, and what layout works best for you. This flexibility makes the bullet journal perfect for anyone who wants to be more productive.
One of the great things about bullet journals is that you can use them for various purposes. You can use them to track your personal finances, keep track of your daily to-dos, plan out your blog posts or social media calendar, and more. The possibilities are endless!
Bullet Journaling has completely changed my productivity game. Not only am I able to keep better track of what needs to be done on any given day, but my overall levels have decreased dramatically because I’m not wasting time trying to remember what needs to be done.
A Bullet Journal is Adaptable to Your Life
You’re in control – there’s no need to adhere to someone else’s rules or system. You can create your own bullet journal system that works best for you. This way, you’ll be more likely to stick with it and see results. You can keep it basic (which is what I do), or you can become very elaborate, adding artwork, sketches, notes, and more.
It’s a tracking master.
A bullet journal is a great way to keep track of your tasks and goals, which can help you better manage your time. By seeing where your time is going, you can make changes to ensure that you’re spending it in the most productive ways possible.
One way to use a bullet journal for productivity is by creating a weekly layout. This will help you plan out your week and see what tasks need to be done each day. You can also include a monthly overview to get an idea of what needs to be done in the coming weeks.
Another great way to use a bullet journal for productivity is by using it as a goal tracker. By tracking your goals, you can keep tabs on your progress and make sure that you’re staying on track. You can also set deadlines for yourself and create mini-goals along the way to help keep you motivated.
The bullet journal is anything but stagnant. There are so many spreads and variations that your options are virtually limitless! And, with the ability to add in whatever works best for you – there’s genuinely no way it can go wrong.
Your life. Organized.
A bullet journal is a great way to keep yourself organized and top of things. You can keep track of everything in your life – from appointments and deadlines to tasks and ideas. All your information is in one place, so you don’t have to search for it frantically. Plus, bullet journals are customizable, so you can make them work for you.
You can add a bullet journal to your daily routine in just 15 minutes. Here’s how:
– Choose a notebook and some pens. You’ll want something with ruled pages and a soft or hardcover, like the Leuchtturm1917. That’s my personal go-to.
– Decide on your layout. The basic layout has three sections: calendar, to-do list, and notes. But you can customize it however you see fit.
– Set up your index with all the weeks of the year, and mark important dates like holidays or anniversaries on each week.
– Write out January 2022 in the first box of your calendar section; this will be where you plan for next month (this can also go under “notes” depending on your layout).
– Start filling in your to-do list with things you need to get done this week.
– Under “notes,” write down any ideas or thoughts that come to mind.
Once you’ve got the hang of it, bullet journaling can become a stress reliever and help keep you organized and on track.
My Personal Bullet Journal
I write out my tasks and things I am tracking every day. I find that re-writing what I need to do each day helps me stay engaged with my work. It helps keep me focused and ready to tackle any challenges thrown at me.
Bullet Journaling is more than just a fun way to stay organized. It’s also an effective tool that can help you achieve your goals and manage your time better, all while feeling more relaxed in the process. To get started with bullet journaling today, try one of these three methods: choosing a layout (basic or elaborate), using it as a goal tracker for specific targets, or starting by writing out what needs to be done each day before anything else. The key here is customization – which means there are no rules for bullet journaling! Just decide on how this would work best for you and start getting things down on paper so that you’re able to track everything in one place without any clutter.
Here are five reasons why journaling is a great habit to develop:
- It can help you clarify your thoughts and organize your ideas.
- It can boost your creativity.
- It can improve your memory.
- It can help you relieve stress and anxiety.
- It can be a great way to track your progress and accomplishments.
Most people know that in order to be successful, they need to set goals and work hard to achieve them. However, what many people don’t realize is that to reach their goals, they also need a plan of action. That’s where journaling comes in. By writing down your goals and the steps you plan to take to achieve them, you create a roadmap for success that you can refer back to time and again.
Journaling helps us make a strong connection between what we think and how we feel. By writing down our deepest thoughts, we create a record of who we are and why we do things. As a result, journaling can help you gain greater insight into your own behavior by making connections between your emotions and your actions that would otherwise be hidden from view.
One of the best things about journaling is that it can boost your creativity. By writing down your thoughts and ideas, you give yourself the opportunity to explore them in more depth. You also allow yourself to experiment with different styles and formats. As you gain experience, you may find that specific techniques work better than others.
Journaling can boost your creativity!
If you journal consistently, you’ll gain a clearer idea of what’s going on in your life and how you feel about it. Your thoughts and feelings can be captured in written form, which can provide valuable insights into the past when revisited later. Journaling is also one of the best ways to improve your memory because it forces you to recall memories that might otherwise fade away with time.
When you write down your deepest thoughts and feelings on paper, it’s as if they take on a life of their own. This process alone helps to relieve stress and anxiety by taking some of the burdens off our minds, allowing us to forget about our problems for a while so that they don’t overwhelm us. Additionally, studies have shown that writing about our issues can help us solve them, so journaling can even act as a way to overcome the causes of stress.
Everyone likes to think that they’re special and unique, but too often, we fall into patterns of behavior that make it seem like we’re all more similar than different. Journaling is one way to break out of this pattern because writing down your personal thoughts and experiences makes you stand out from everyone else around you. As a result, journaling can also be an effective tool for boosting self-confidence, making people feel good about themselves and what they have achieved in life.
A Journal can keep you organized.
With organization being such an important factor at work and school these days, many people turn to technology for help with managing their schedules and staying on top of their assignments. But while technology is efficient, it doesn’t leave us with the same sense of accomplishment that writing down our goals by hand can provide. As a result, journaling can effectively boost your productivity because it allows you to see all of your hard work in one place.
If you’re genuinely committed to achieving success in life, the best thing you can do for yourself is to start a daily journaling habit right now. The sooner you begin this practice, the better your chances of committing yourself to build a solid foundation for a lifetime of personal growth and accomplishments. So what are you waiting for? Get started today!
How to start a journal
One way to get started with journaling is to find a journal that speaks to you. Some people prefer journals with lined paper, while others prefer journals with blank paper. If you’re someone who likes to be creative, you may want to find a journal that has prompts or space for drawing. The most important thing is to find a journal that makes you feel inspired and motivated to write.
Another way to get started with journaling is to set aside a specific time each day for writing. This can be in the morning, evening, or somewhere in between. Choose a time when you won’t be disturbed and have enough time to write in-depth about your thoughts and feelings.
Journaling is a powerful tool for improving your perception of the world and yourself. Journal writing also promotes positivity and self-confidence because as we write down thoughts and feelings that would otherwise fade away with time, they take on a life of their own. This process alone makes us feel good, which leads to productivity boosts when we see all of our hard work laid out before us in one place! If any of this sounds like something you would like to try, why not start today!