Holidays Are OVER – Happy Hustling in 2013


I’m writing this from my bed, at home. The holidays were a great time and seeing family and friends was priceless. In fact, all the parties that led up to Xmas were also great but now it’s like that feeling of … Now what? As it happens it’s time to hustle hard out of the gates into 2013, that’s what… What’s the alternative? Ride the “Happy Holidays” tsunami into shore and come crashing into concrete buildings? That would be asinine, yes?

I’ve written before about working from places where you find inspiration and straight up, I’m not finding Ottawa at -20 degrees in a snowstorm very inspirational. It’s going to be a challenge to keep the head straight and nose down over the next month when everywhere you look it’s another reason to indulge in diabetic dreams or watch television that melts your mind. I miss the Osa Peninsula where I jogged in the jungle, boxed junkyard dogs at dawn and eat fresh Snapper or Dorado daily.

Suffice to say the hardest part of getting a freight train in motion is pulling it from a dead standstill with your teeth. You know how those gigantic gents on “World’s Strongest Man” do it? Yeah, like that. Once the train gets going all you need to do is wave your conductors hat while throwing coal on the fire. If you’re wise you’ll have a young ambitious upstart shoveling for you as they learn to ride the rails.

Same applies to basically anything you ever wanted to do that’s productive in life. In other words, whenever you want to swim against the current it’s going to be a task. Organization and the right frame of mind are handy but not necessary. Just swimming against that current will you get you going, you can always refine your styles as you get closer to your final destination.

With 2013 being almost here, it’s time to reaffirm your goals for the year and I urge you to THINK BIG. None of this I want to stop smoking, I want to stop having the feeding habits of a hog or just stop being a procrastinating punk. Think BIG and BOLD like life is ready to give you whatever you want, because it is. Think you’re doing well with your current income? What if you tripled it?

Think you’re in good shape? What if you stopped cheating? In my travels I’ve learned one thing as sure as the sun will rise and that’s “your life goes where your energy flows”. Get going in the direction of your choice as every success starts with a steep hill climb before a long and very cool cruise. I’m not even sure what this blog post is about anymore but I will tell you that with the whole holiday hangover fresh upon us, time to stand up and get going or find yourself seriously off track.

Over the coming days, I have some announcements to make as January is already going to be insane for yours truly. I had plans on doing very little travel this year but living in a few tropical destinations while focusing on health, wealth and happiness. Looks like the travel train is still roaring forward and as a result, time to throw some more coal on the fire and wave that conductors hat with great vigor and zeal.

Oh yeah, Happy Holidays and start hustling, 2013 is almost here and the holidays definitely over…

Tips hat,


  1. Josee

    December 28, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Rob, I came across your blog a few months ago and have been following regularly. I, too, am from Ottawa and lack to find inspiration in this city, so I’ve decided to become a flight attendant (as compared to a hum-drum government employee) and get paid to travel! Maybe I’ll start a blog about life in the skies? Maybe I’ll be too busy enjoying scenery around the world to blog, who knows, but hats off to all of us who take life by the horns and just go for it!
    Good luck to you and stay safe!
    Josee Chartrand

    • Rob

      December 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Hi Josee,

      Glad to hear from you, always curious who is actually reading this blog. I’d like to say great work on getting the flight attendant job, it’s going to change your life. Also, why not start a blog about it? Worse comes to worse, you can always abandon it. On the flip side, the sky is the limit…

  2. SJH

    December 31, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Hey Rob, great message to wrap up 2012 and get us inspired for 2013. As much as we’d like to ignore the fact, the clock is ticking down for all of us (and I’m not talking toward popping the champagne on New Year’s Eve). Life’s too short to begin with, and we spend too much of it working anyway. Best to find a way to earn a living while doing something you are truly passionate about instead of just plodding along doing the same old thing in the inevitable slog to the end, no? Best wishes for you in the coming year. Hope we cross paths again…maybe on LCI or somewhere else in Central America. Cheers!

    • Rob

      January 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      I agree with you completely and some of the happiest people I know are doing what they love. They also cover all sorts of income categories so you can have your cake and eat it too which is reassuring, yes?

      If not LCI, I’m sure we’ll cross paths again on some plane or something 😉

      Safe travels in 2013, good sir.

  3. Anita Mac

    December 31, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Oh no…I am so sad to hear Ottawa being poo-poed! While it isn’t an exotic location to us locals…it still is for others. Think white Christmas, skating on the Rideau Canal, fall colours in Gatineau Park, summer festivals….you know…people travel great distances to come here too!

    That being said…I spend a lot of time in Ottawa, and am looking forward to unknown exotic locations to visit in 2013! Will get a few more blissful skis in Gatineau Park in before travel to who knows where! Did a huge stint in Europe in 2012, so maybe some Central America time will be in order (Honduras and Costa Rica have been calling my name a lot lately!!) But, I will always be happy to come home to Ottawa! We are lucky to have such a great place to call home!

    • Rob

      January 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Ottawa is good times as a winter destination and glad I’m not shoveling snow on my way to work anymore. Coming for the festivities is fun, the thought of living here full time with this not so much.

      I’ve never done Honduras but loved my time in Costa Rica.

  4. Dena Barrie

    December 31, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Happy New Year Rob! Loved your post, it couldn’t be more fitting right now! Enjoy your ride and the travel train and remember life is about the journey!

    • Rob

      January 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it and you’re right.

  5. Cecil

    January 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Thanks for this post, most of the time people need a little nudge to get moving and your describing it like a freight train at a standstill hits the nail on its head. I will be following your blog.

  6. Rob

    January 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Glad you found it useful and happy new years to you and yours.

  7. Izy Berry - The Wrong Way Home

    January 6, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Dear Rob, I hope all your dreams come true! Something to check out: Google created a platform for people from all over the world to write down their 2013 resolutions. It’s interesting to read some of them 🙂

    • Rob

      January 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      That is pretty cool, thanks for sharing.

      I hope they all come true as well, all the best in 2013!

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