I was born and raised on the BC coast, with two teacher parents, and two brothers that are three years apart. Starting out as a massive introvert who dabbled in arts and crafts, a passionate interest in computers was soon to follow at age ten. With the bulk of high school behind myself, my software business (and entire future) took flight in 1999 with the release of an alarm clock app I designed.
That app was one of many software titles to follow in the years to come. As Apple grew, the sheer lack of developers for Mac ensured an instant success. Eventually, Apple blossomed and the market became increasingly competitive. Diversifying my financial assets and income streams was essential.
My real estate business was born in 2010 during my move to the Okanagan. Over the following eight years, buying and selling properties (while renting and renovating them in-between) became a way of life. Jokingly, an Okanagan home brew wine with my last name was soon to follow and quickly became a favourite with friends: an ever popular selection at the events hosted by myself through my social club.
As my extroversion grew, my hiking club was born. My passion for the outdoors flourished as I would then come to map over 1,000 km in well over 100 trails in the Okanagan area. I designed a web site to share this information, and began hosting free weekend hikes to encourage locals to get out on the trail and discover their nature lust and newfound fitness. This later became the foundation for the Vancouver Island spin-off in 2018.
My passion for people, cultures, and the outdoors has been the backbone of my life for over ten years. I live for new experiences and personal growth. In writing this blog, I have no desire to become famous or acquire thousands of “likes.” My hope is that it will inspire others to travel to see the world and grow and change as I have. And, if nothing else, help others avoid some of the mistakes I made along the way!
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
Travel is the one thing in life that will truly give you perspective. Each trip you come home from, you’ll be able to look at the person you were before you left as if they were a stranger. Don’t age-out of life without having the opportunity to suckle on what it means to “live.”