Today, I decided to take a look at this page since I wrote it a while ago. I am also thinking about changing the direction of this blog.
The main reason is due to reading other blogs. It seems most have a name for the people reading it. Please leave a comment below and tell me any ideas you have, my current thought is – The Wilde Escape Crew
Do you have any thoughts? Leave them in the comments! I’m open to all suggestions. Thanks ahead of time. Now to get back to what you clicked on, our About Page.
May years ago, I attempted a blog. It never went anywhere. I honestly think only three people even read it. That was mainly my problem due to not talking about it and not knowing what I was doing.
That brings me to a few months ago, where I decided about starting a new one. I was not sure what I wanted to focus on, much less what to write. So I enlisted a few friends for assistance. Together we decided on the Wilde Escape!
My thought is for Wilde Escape to be about a few of my passions, which will include awesome gear and reviews, living tiny and minimalism, and overall health. I also like the concept of always being prepared for whatever life throws at you (but that might be a blog later on).
Throughout my life, I was a closed book and an introvert (that is until you get to know me). Overall, I don’t think I have a crazy exciting story, but here we go.
I lived in three states while growing up. My family settled in California. I know, I know we could go into all of it, but let’s face it, it’s California and don’t hold that against me. I do spend a lot of time in Nevada and love going to Oregon. My last road trip took me to Utah and Colorado as well. I cannot wait to go back!
I have worked for as long as I can remember. My jobs have included everything from yard work, cleaning houses, house sitting, pet sitting, working at a radio station, selling guns at a range, gun range safety officer, data entry, sales in a few different retail establishments, tons of customer services jobs, working for an armored truck company, armed guard and even many years as a first responder. I’m sure there are more, but that is what I can think about right now.
My passion is gear and equipment. Over my life, I always seem to have people ask me about the items I use or am researching. I am even more pleased if the gear has more than one function.
If you are wondering, MacGyver was one of my favorite TV shows growing up.
I also enjoy finding hacks for everyday life. My most recent is when you are cooking eggs, and that darn little shell slips in. Have you ever just used half of the eggshell in your hand. I realized this a few years ago and has changed everything. I no longer have to try and fish out that stubborn little eggshell but can easily scoop it out with the larger, more significant eggshell piece. Game Changer!
Then I decided to look that up on YouTube, and sadly I found this egg hack is old news. Oh well, I thought I was genius, but I guess not.
Over the last few years, my life has taken some pretty crazy twists and turns. Since then, I found that some difficult things I’ve gone through have helped others. I found this very interesting and since then have tried to be more of an open book. Maybe this is another reason for starting this site as well. Who knew!
Two recent examples of opening up are growing up in a single-family home. It started with my old job, and a young person was having some difficulties with life in general. We sat and talked for a while. I even shared some things I faced while growing up. I included that for me, my Mum is the best! I, like many others, owe her my life and as so thankful for everything she has done for me. Over our talk, I later learned, this individual decided to work on their family relationships and even join a sports team. It was shocking to hear this, and I even found that it also helped me to talk about it.
It was an excellent way to connect and help someone out in the process.
The second example I’ll share is that I recently went through a divorce. To sum up the experience, it was no fun. Looking back, I can see now that it could have been a lot worse than it was. But, sad to say, that was not a good point in my life. I still spiraled down and did not see any way out of it. It took me about a year to stop feeling sorry for myself. I put on my big boy pants and found a few ways to pick myself back up.
Since then, I have had a few people come to me for advice. Interestingly, something that is so tragic can bring people together. Over the last year, this is one of the main reasons I wanted to start a blog and build a community, or CREW if you will.
OUR BLOG COMMUNITY
Going back to the beginning of this page. I started thinking about The Wilde Escape Crew. Is that the right name for all of us reading this? Is there a better word than “Crew,” maybe Tribe, Group, or something else. Please let me know what you think!
With all this said, my overall reason for creating this blog is to help people. I have enjoyed reading and following a lot of blogs, podcasts, and YouTube videos over the years. Being able to achieve my life long goal of being a first responder was both challenging and also the most rewarding thing I think I’ve done.
If you ever have questions, concerns, or just want to say hey, comment on anything I write or send me an email, and I will get back to you.
I would love to grow this COMMUNITY/CREW/TRIBE/GROUP every day!
Yes, I’m still trying to see what flows better when you say it.
All the best, Eric – Founder of wildeescape.com