Path To Less – February 2014 Updates

by Andy Amick on February 27, 2014

in Path to Less

Finding ways to live simply so that you can put more time and energy into wherever you find joy in life.  That’s what the monthly “Path To Less” posts are about.

Another month of 2014 has flown by.  This month has fewer links.  My only excuse is that I’ve been spending more time on the bike preparing for the Tour Divide.  That’s not a bad thing, but it does cut into time for other activities.

This month’s links cover the idea of creating systems rather than goals, the hopes of parents, and habits.  All great topics to help us on our journeys.


May My Sons Grow Up To Be DirtbagsExpect Adventure – How could you not want your kids to be happy, be good company, and love their mom like a good dirtbag does?

Forget About Setting GoalsJames Clear – One of several articles I’ve read lately on using systems to make daily progress rather than focusing solely on the end goal.  As James writes, “Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed system will always win.”

When Breath Meets BusyBe More With Less – A simple breathing pattern for when the busy-ness starts to be too much.

36 Lessons I’ve Learned About HabitsZen Habits – Nice complement to the James Clear article.  “Changing habits is one of the most fundamental skills you can learn, because it allows you to reshape your life. To reshape who you are. That’s truly transformational.”

Photo Of The Month

Oh the views to be had when running after a fresh coat of snow.  The blanket of untouched snow leading up to the barn makes it a very peaceful picture.

barn snow blue sky

Final Thoughts

After going back and re-reading these articles, it’s quite apparent I’ve been thinking about habits and systems a lot this month.  I’m not sure if this is related to me focusing more on the Tour Divide as the date gets closer, or if it’s my mind wandering and settling on these topics while on long bike rides.

Either way, focusing on small daily steps towards the desired outcome (for me, that is training and trying to write each day) has allowed me to turn them into habits that are part of my daily routine.

About Andy Amick
A little bit nutty in general, a lotta bit nutty about bikes. Each of his boys received a bike helmet for their first birthday and the three of them have been biking together ever since.

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