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It's a challenge. Balancing work and leisure, raising your kids, focusing on the simple things that really matter. For the majority of us, myself included, the struggle to do so is very real. But in reality, it's the accumulation of these diverse events that make you who you are.

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Growing up, I spent a lot of my time at my grandparent’s house in the woods. Playing in the dirt, hunting for food, and spending time with family were not only the basis of how I spent my childhood, but also the building blocks for who I am as a person.

Mother and son paddle inflatable paddle boards on a lake
Man sits in ATV with Inflatable Paddle Board on top
Unfinished puzzle on a table
Boy jumps off an inflatable paddle board

As I grew up and moved away to bigger cities and spent more time in the office than in daylight, I began to really appreciate the lifestyle that living in the outdoors offered.

Wood being chopped
Riding away on a motorcycle
Building deck with wood
Man cutting wood with Chain Saw
Family sits on country swing
Peeling back husk from old corn
Field of Old Corn
Scope on Rifle
Woman with Rifle
ATV with Paddle Board on Top

Now, with three kids, I realize the importance of exposing them to the simpler life.

Mother and New Born Share a Moment
Little girl with Motorcycle Helmet on
Father and Son Moment

Teaching them to work with their hands and step away from our technologically oversaturated world is not easy, but I find that when we leave our everyday lives, step off the grid, and just enjoy each other’s company and everything nature has to offer, it brings us back to the fundamental basics of what it’s all about.

Child swinging from tree
Mother and Son Paddling Inflatable Paddle Boards
Mother and Son Paddling as Daughter Watches

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