Summer of 2014 was a break through in my running, I ran my first half marathon and ran another two weeks afterwards and then my body completely shut down due to lack of nutrition. I didn't run again until April 2nd, 2015. And on September 27th I ran my second marathon, only this time it was a race at the Adirondacks. The first one was a fun run after dropping Lauren off at LGA airport at 3:30am and decided to run back home.  I also took on cycling for cross training! 

Since then I've been hooked! Being outdoors; running, cycling, hiking, walking,  and climbing (so far only indoors, but it will eventually lead to outdoor pursuits), is the most beautiful thing for me. Suddenly, office life stopped making sense, if it ever did. So I took on researching alternate life styles and while at the office one day I came across CabinPorn! I think that was the turning point for me, the idea of living in a cabin on a land I fully own became very tangible. The stories I read were all inspirational, and yes, I went through each post of each 159 pages. I strongly recommend this website, for a few weeks, this website was my 30 minutes of alternate reality from the misery that is called The Office! 

// flipping through the CabinPorn book. GIF by CabinPorn.

// flipping through the CabinPorn book. GIF by CabinPorn.

While pursuing the CabinPorn site, I came a across some videos that accompanied the featured cabins. I always go back to these videos, they are beautifully curated and are true inspirations for what I will eventually do with my life.  Here they are for my ease of access and yours, enjoy! 

Produced and directed by Ben Wu and David Usui, of Lost & Found Films ( THIS MUST BE THE PLACE There's no place like home. It's where we live, work and dream. It's our sanctuary and our refuge. We can love them or hate them. It can be just for the night or for the rest of our lives. But whoever we may be, we all have a place we call home. THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is a series of short films that explore the idea of home; what makes them, how they represent us, why we need them. We're always on the lookout for dwellings of all sorts. If you've come across any curious or eccentric homes, feel free to send them along. Music Credits: "Parsnip Snips" Michael Hurley "Lonesome Graveyard" Michael Hurley "First Light" Marisa Anderson "The Golden Hour" Marisa Anderson

Smith joined forces with Victorian grower, gatherer, hunter and cook Rohan Anderson to build a pioneer-style cold smokehouse on his property just outside Ballarat. This short film by Melbourne-based production studio Commoner captures the vision of the smokehouse build and the story of Anderson’s motivation. A step-by-step account of the process was featured in Smith Journal volume four. Find out more about the project: Learn more about Smith: Presented by Smith Journal, a quarterly Australian magazine for guys ( A film by Commoner ( Featuring Rohan Anderson ( Directed and edited by Mark Welker Cameras by Aaron Cuthbert, George Husband, Mark & Monique Welker Music by Nathan Hollywood

In the woods of upstate New York, an Oak tree is turned into a traditional post and rung stool. With Tom Bonamici and Derek Lasher Directed, Photographed, and Edited by Adam Newport-Berra Location Sound: JR Skola Camera Assistant: Ezra Ewen Sound Design and Music: Mark Henry Phillips Colorist: Mikey Rossiter Produced by Ghost Robot Made in Partnership with Beaver Brook

Meet Jack English, a 93-year-old legend who lives in a cabin isolated deep in the Ventana Wilderness. While on a hunting trip he learned that an old homestead in the Ventana Wilderness was being put up for auction by the estate of a childless heiress. He put a bid on the property and won. On the land he built a small cabin using materials from the land and milling trees by hand. When his wife passed away, Jack effectively left "society" and moved to the cabin full time.