Hacking Life

Be Present, everything is exactly where it is meant to be.

The past cannot be changed and the future will unfold as the most extraordinary experience of your life.

Have faith that something incredible is happening and we are all a part of it.

Get healthy, sleep well, drink water and walk as much as you can.

Challenge yourself and run, swim, play sports, go hiking, do something, anything!

Go places and listen to music, podcasts, audiobooks, or call someone.

Understand addictions like sugar, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, painkillers, gambling, games, sex, and recreational drugs.

Get expert advice and knowledge on biological, mental and social matters.

Keep clean personally and all the spaces you inhabit.

Adventure safely and wear good shoes, proper clothing, hats, sun protection and contraceptives.

Be organised and use a calendar for everything. Generate a future and always turn up 15 minutes early. Plan to spend time with family, friends, or someone you haven’t met yet.

Go places, see things, experience culture, live frugally and travel continuously.

Have fun, do nothing and develop yourself.

Be creative and make things, write things, sing songs, play music, dance and express yourself.

Connect with your partner, family, friends, and community. Everyone is dealing with something or has something to offer or both. Be interested in their stories, they will be interesting.

Develop skills for feeding, housing and generating an income for yourself and maybe others.

Solve Problems. Get help and help others. Lead by example and be a good role model for other members of your family, friends and community.

Take responsibility for your life, own your mistakes and clean up your mess.

Get educated as often as you can and enjoy it. Find mentors and listen to them.

Learn first aid, nobody will regret you saving their lives. Study languages, history, philosophy, accounting or law. Anything you want.

Understand money and developing cash flow.

Learn a trade and do something you enjoy to generate an income. Spend less than you earn and avoid debt.

Think big as there is no limit to your imagination and life will give you what you play for.

If you are not failing then you are not doing enough. If you are not dealing with big problems then you are not aiming high enough.

You will make a difference.

Training to be a tourist and producing a blog

I’ve always loved the idea of working on what I want and exercising the way I want at the same time.

So a few weeks ago I started testing out the idea of going for a walk and creating content for my blog on my iPhone using Voice Record Pro.  I wanted to produce more results without doing more work.

My hope was that by doing two really important things at once, those two activities will enhance each other and be better as a result.  That’s the theory anyway.

Fortunately, technology is on my side.  My smartphone can do a lot of things at once.  I am  using it in conjunction with a Fitbit, the Flex 2, which I wear on my left wrist.  I can record my activity in real time and it lets me know my phone is ringing.  These seem like very small functions but for me they are worth the inconvenience of having something on my arm all the time.

I like the fitbit flex because it’s light and reminds me a lot of the sort of bracelets you pick up on your travels around the world, the kind that are made by local villagers or that priests and monks offer with blessings.  So it’s kind of a modern high-tech version of that.

And that brings me to why I’m doing all this exercise—training, in effect, to be a tourist.

I live roughly 1.5 kilometres from a community pool, so my aim is to walk there, swim 300-500 metres and then walk home most days, a level of activity that I would consider fit enough to enjoy traveling and exploring the world.  As a tourist, I’m committed to seeing as much of any place on foot as I can.  And I’m always interested in things that are built locally and have a good story.  I buy and own so little that if I’m going to purchase anything, it better have a pretty good yarn connected to it.

This was my first recorded blog and I didn’t know what the outcome would be.  My plan was to email it to someone from freelancer.com, where I have had good success, get somebody to transcribe it and then I would edit the final release.

I ended up partnering with a friend who is a real editor with skills way beyond what I need to get the job done, and if you are still with me, this is what you have just read. Cheers.


About the photo

Circa 2013, ticking off my bucket list and visiting Egypt with one of my all time favorite travel buddies. I have walked hundreds of miles with this amazing friend of mine, and I even taught her to swim.

Our tour guide asked us if we wanted to do something off the normal itinerary, of course we said yes.

So we met him in Cairo, and sure enough he turns up with his mate and a couple of camels.  Cairo after dark was chaos; there was every type of transport imaginable, including horses, donkeys, motor bikes and camels.

So we rode off on our camels into the Sahara desert moonlight to find a Bedouin tent.  Halfway there, I was drifting off into the magnificence of the scene, the pyramids in the background lit up by the moon, when suddenly things felt kinda weird.

Next thing I am flat on my back on the sand.  The saddle had slipped off the back of my faithful ride and I definitely had a moment of shit this is the end.  I got my wind back and started to breathe.

I figured nothing was broke and knew that I had to get back on the Camel no matter what.  I did, we found the tent, where we smoked Shisha and partied with some locals.  We rode back without incident and now I have a story about falling off a camel in the Sahara Desert.

The most important vehicle of all

Post number three.  Today I engaged my new travel agent to help me create my world trip.  we will do it on Tripit, which should let me share my itinerary with whomever I want.

I have also planned a fitness regime for the next 4 weeks to ensure I am in good shape for my trip.  For endurance and for selfies 🙂

I reckon it is easy to be cool and active in your twenties even in your thirties. The real test is keeping that up into your forties and beyond.

Regardless of what body you built for yourself out of the resources you were give at conception, you always have the choice to improve, make worse or do nothing.

For me being fit and healthy has always been something I have to keep a check on.  I have been through long periods of my life where I have been fat, smoking and living life extremely excessively.

I have also been periods of complete purity.  No vices lots of exercise and a focus on looking great.

These days it is mostly a balance, however as I know I only get one go at this body, I try to contribute to its performance on a daily basis.

The only way I know how to do this is by routine, which of course is harder to achieve if you are traveling a lot, which I like to.

The best rules I can think of are:

  1. Do something positive for your body first thing – drink half a litre of water is mine
  2. Do exercise as often as you can naturally like walking everywhere you can.  10 KM in a day is a good day.
  3. Only keep healthy food in the house.  I tend to eat whatever is in the fridge or cupboard eventually
  4. Surround yourself with people who are healthy and up for things in life – Tell me your friends and I will tell you who you are, my mom taught me that.
  5. Cut out bread and sugar, I save this for when I go to nice restaurants as a treat.
  6. Eat fresh fruit and veges, OMG is that a revelation.  I tend to always get Strawberries, bananas and mandarins.  I love them.
  7. Take things on.  Try everything, Yoga, rock climbing, swimming, tennis, bowls, dog walking, whatever.  Just do more than nothing.

I think seven rules are enough 🙂

About this picture

This picture was taken on the last day of a yoga retreat I did in Ubud Bali.  The guy next to me was my instructor for most sessions and you can see in his face a level of peace I strive for.

Taking a week out to focus on me was one of the most powerfully created weeks of my life.