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Making it through [7+1]

The Kindred Road Daily 7+1 for Tuesday, January 3, 2011. Enjoy!

1. Statement of gratitude: Making it through

I’m thankful for all the times in my life where I made it through a seemingly impossible, insurmountable situation — or just one where I could have very well died had events differed ever so slightly. I had one of those events — the almost dying kind — this past Sunday afternoon (a helluva way to welcome in the New Year), but I came out on top. I’m banged up some, but alive and writing (and sorry I didn’t get a post out yesterday; I needed some time to rest).

2. Person: Corbett Barr

Corbett Barr has taken the blogging, online marketing, and lifestyle design communities by storm since he came on the scene a few years ago with his personal blog Free Pursuits (which has since been renamed Since his early days of dabbling in travel and lifestyle design, Corbett has put in some serious time on a bunch of projects, some of which include Think Traffic, Traffic School, the Hustle Project, the Million Dollar Blog Project, and Expert Enough. Corbett has ascended into the upper echelon of the lifestyle design community, and I don’t think that ascent could have happened to a better guy. Corbett is inspiring, thoughtful, and constantly willing to look at things from different perspectives. In particular, his November undertaking of putting out a blog post every day was one of my inspirations for creating the 7+1.

Thank you, Corbett, for who you are and what you do.

3. Photo/Image: Telemark skiing

Featured image: "Making it through"

Telemark skier in western Norway (CC. Photo by Asbjørn Floden.)

Whenever someone asks me what I “do” in terms of skiing, I always say “everything.” I downhill, snowboard, alpine tour (a little), and telemark; I also cross country ski both styles — skating and classic. I don’t get out as much as I’d like to anymore, but the next time I strap on some skis, I hope it’s telemarking on a mountain somewhere. I picked up the telemark style four years ago out in Colorado, and I really enjoy it.

4. Video/Tune: Will Smith’s wisdom

(If you can’t see or play the video, click here to watch it on YouTube.)

The Fresh Prince gives us some great nuggets.

5. Website/Tool: Grooveshark

Grooveshark brings you free online music, right from your browser. Search for any song you like, listen to select radio stations, save all your favorites, create playlists, and more. I particularly like the “Folk” and “Ambient” stations while I’m working on Kindred Road.

6. Quote/Lyric: Oasis

“Slip inside the eye of your mind
Don’t you know you might find
A better place to play”

–“Don’t Look Back In Anger,” Oasis

For a short time, I contemplated making Kindred Road’s slogan “A better place to play,” but I ended up choosing “Great education through simple conversation.”

7. Question: Quick and easy

What is your favorite fast food restaurant?

Leave your answer in the comments!

7+1. Mission: Kindness

Perform a random act of kindness for someone you don’t know. If you need some ideas, check out this list from Stepcase Lifehack.

Leave a comment on how your mission went!

See you on the Road,


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2 Responses to Making it through [7+1]

  1. Corbett January 4, 2012 at 10:04 AM #

    Hey Mike, thanks for the mention! I like this blog post format you have here. Interesting way to collect thoughts / tools / resources. Sorry to hear about your scary Sunday afternoon, I hope all is good now. Cheers!

    • Mike January 5, 2012 at 5:03 PM #


      Thanks for stopping by! My site is quite new, and still a work-in-progress. The 7+1 is something I’m trying out for one type of post; we’ll see how it goes.

      Feeling a bit better after Sunday now — thanks for the well wishes!


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