Saturday, April 30, 2011


I leave in a little over a week for Montana, big sky country.  Woot woot!

It is a complete new beginning-a new job, new home, new friends, new surroundings.  I do not know anyone out there.  My feelings? 90% excited, 5% nervous, 5% anxious to be leaving all my family and friends back home and at Hope.

So that brings me to packing.  My limit is how much my Honda CRV will fit.  I decided to try and limit my packing to 75 different items.  "Different" meaning duplicates do not count-all of my underwear count as one item, thank goodness.  If not, my socks, underwear, and t-shirts alone would sink me.

I want to simplify my life, and this will make me decide what is really necessary.  How many different items can one person possibly "need" to live?  How many items do I typically need on a given day?  I hope not that many.  So far my list has about 25 items, which only includes electronics, camping items, and toiletries.  The toiletries are really killing me-floss, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.-tiny items that my list counts as an item of equal importance to, say, a tent.  Rules are rules though.

Monday, April 25, 2011

My roots

I thought I should explain the title of my blog, "Roots."

It only took me a couple of minutes, but there are a couple of reasons for that particular title.

First of all, I wanted it to mean something.  More than "Jon's Blog" or "My Life" that stated the obvious.  More than something cliché like "In my life," the title of a song by the Beatles.

Second, I did not want the title to limit my topics and put me in a box.  "A day in the life" would limit me to my day-to-day activities without leaving room for other discussion topics.  A title reflecting my views might make it sound like I have an agenda, which is not true.  I plan on sharing some of my views on life and other topics, but this is not intended to be a pulpit to preach from.  If anything, it is for you to get to know me better or be thought-provoking, even if you do not agree with me.

So I settled on Roots.  Wherever my travels take me and whatever my situation is, I put down roots through my connections with other people and my surroundings.  My roots reflect where I come from and my experiences-they have shaped all of my views, some of which I will expound on in this blog.

Now to name my new Garmin GPS unit, which is proving more difficult.  Any ideas?

Thursday, April 21, 2011


I never thought I would write a blog.  In fact, writing used to be one of my least favorite things to do.

So why?

1-In order to share a little bit about my life.  If people want to know what is going on in my life, they can stop by here and check it out.

2-Share my thoughts and views on a variety of subjects.  You, the reader, can get to know me a little more and maybe it will stimulate good discussion.  I enjoy good conversations.

3-It helps to just write out my thoughts once in a while and it is a good way to work on my creativity.  Writing is an art that takes practice.  It's a creative outlet and practical at the same time.  Boo-yah.

4-I must admit Leo Babauta's zenhabits blog has influenced me.  I recently started following it, and he has inspired me to start my own.

To give you a little bit more information, I have no plan to set a schedule for posts, but intend to keep them fairly short and to the point.