Exploring My New Years Resolutions

So the new year is upon us! I've always believed that New Years resolutions were just an excuse to put off setting goals until the 1st of January, but this year, I was one of those procrastinators...

A New Year is the perfect time  for those big goals to be announced, so here it goes:

Raise $50,000 for Tiny Hands International: For my big goal this year,  I decided to pick  something that I don't think I'll be able to achieve.  However, there's nothing that will stop me from trying! In 2011 and 2012 I learned how to survive in a variety of wilderness environments. In 2013 I did my first expedition to raise funds and awareness for Tiny Hands. Now, in 2014 I will use my past experiences to make a difference in the fight against sex trafficking.  Though the Gila Expedition in 2013 was great, it was largely crowd funded, and other than  the sponsorship I received from the Jack Mountain Bushcraft school, I was left to fend for myself.  This year I've thrown "crowd funding" out the window, and decided to focus my efforts on finding sponsors. This will hopefully free up more time for me to speak about sex trafficking, and cut down on the time I spent attempting to fund the expedition.  So, if any of you know someone with a business who would like to be a corporate sponsor, tell them to hit me up at sam@samexplores.com!

(also, while we're on the subject, I'd like to encourage all of you to check out a big expedition that Chance Stephens is doing to raise funds for Tiny Hands. Great stuff!)

Although I'm a huge fan of the giant resolutions, I don't discount the simple, yet meaningful goals for the new year.  

In 2014 I will
  • Read more books. In 2013 I spent too much time on other things. I love reading about topics I'm passionate about, and I think the more I read, the more innovative I become.  I'd also like to do more study in regards to the human body, and how it reacts in different situations (weather, under stress, etc).  
  • Go white water rafting with my wife.  I found out on Christmas that my parents (as they do every year) decided to forgo a physical present, with an experience.  It makes sense to say the least, and I wish more parents did this.  I'm excited to say that they decided to take my wife, siblings, and yours truly rafting next summer. Sydney was with me when I went on my first roller coaster, and after hearing my embarrassing screams, I'm pumped to see how she reacts to my natural environment. I'm positive that she'll show more bravery than I did before that roller coaster...
  • Learn beginner mountaineering skills.  I've wanted to do this for the last few years, and I'm tired of waiting!
  • Teach wilderness skills courses.  After all, it's kinda my thing... I just haven't devoted the time and energy required to get a course off the ground.  I will be working towards some beginner level courses for kids and teens!