Hi, I’m Eric, and I’m here to introduce you to my epic blog, Wilde Escape.
I have attempted to create other blogs in the past, but let’s say they didn’t work out to anything. I honestly think only three people even read it. Thanks, Mum!
This time is different! I enlisted a few friends for assistance. I wanted to create a blog that could become a community. My goal, this time, was to direct it towards outdoor recreation.
We all have passions. For me, I love everything outdoors (except for snakes). I also am always on the lookout for pieces of gear that can serve multiple purposes. This ties into my lifelong goal of trying to become a minimalist.
And, we all know how 2020 went. So making sure you are prepared for whatever life throws at you.
I have always been an introvert. Well, that is true until you get to know me. Or you give me coffee.
Overall, I don’t think I have a crazy exciting story. But since you are reading this, let’s see where it takes us.
I lived in three states while growing up. My family settled in California. It would be great if you wouldn’t hold that against me. In my heart, as well as most of my family, all live in the midwest.
When I’m not working, I love camping, hiking, biking, shooting, and pretty much any outdoor activity. To escape California, I tend to spend a lot of time in Nevada, Oregon, and Utah when I can.
In fact, my last road trip took me to Colorado. Thanks to good friends that moved there. And, I cannot wait to go back!
Which tends to be yearly!
Recently, I have been getting a lot of questions about what I do for a living. I guess that is something people want to know, and that is cool. Having this blog is a way I’m getting out of my introverted shell. So keep the questions coming.
I have worked for as long as I can remember. To make it easy, I’ll share a few of the jobs I’ve had:
- Cleaning houses and businesses
- House sitting
- Pet sitting
- Data entry and claim processing
- Lot’s of customer services jobs
- Gun range safety officer
- Armored transportation
- Armed guard
- Law enforcement
I’m sure there are more in there, but that is what I can think about right now.
As I mentioned above, I have a passion for gear and equipment. I always have friends and family ask me about the items I use or am considering purchasing. If there are items out there that can serve more than one purpose, I’m all about them!
If you are wondering, MacGyver was one of my favorite TV shows growing up.
I also enjoy finding hacks for everyday life. I would share some of my hacks with you, but I decided to make an entire blog. Check it out here, and if you have any awesome hacks, leave a comment!
Okay, I’ll share one with you now. This one totally blew my mind, mainly because it happens to me all the time.
It deals with 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 it 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.
Sadly I found this egg hack is old news. Oh well, I thought I was a genius, but I guess not.
Twists & Turns In Life
Over the last few years, my life has taken some pretty crazy twists and turns.
One thing that has helped me out is slowly becoming an open book. I used to keep everything inside, and after a life of don’t this, I soon found that’s not healthy or smart to do.
That is also when I started to realize that the difficult things I’ve gone through have helped others.
Maybe this is another reason for starting this site as well. Who knew!
This example I am sharing below was one of my turning points.
A recent example of opening up is growing up in a single-family home. It started with being a Cop. After responding to a call, I could tell a young person was having some difficulties with life in general.
I gave the person my business card and advised them to call me whenever.
Not long after, we sat down at a local park and talked.
I realized that this young person believed they were alone. I decided to share some things I faced while growing up. I included that my Mum is my rock for me, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. I owe her my life and am so thankful for everything she has done for me.
Our discussion also included, we both grew up in a single-family home, were dyslexic, and struggled in school.
Long(er) story short, we stayed in touch. I later learned, this individual decided to work on their family relationships and even join a school sports team.
I found this encounter didn’t only help this young person, but it also helped me.
Going through rough times is just part of life. Yes, it can feel like the walls are falling around you. I have found that as long as you keep your head up and keep walking, you will make it through everything.
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my faith and my Mom. They are both essential to me, and I depend on them regularly.
This is another reason I started this blog. I was going through another tough time in my life and started questioning a lot.
Being in law enforcement at the time, I was used to getting orders, following them, and protecting my community.
I remember sitting in my squad car. It was about 3 or 4 in the morning. The time when you are either extremely busy, finishing up reports, or sitting on the side of the road looking for a car to pull over.
Not to go all into it, but as I was sitting in my car, I started thinking about my time outside of work. I asked myself questions like:
- What did I like doing?
- When did I do something fun?
- Why do I drink so much?
- Why am I so stressed all the time?
- Can I keep doing what I’m doing for 20 more years?
Within a week, I started thinking about things that made me happy. After doing this, I realized they all evolved around a few common things.
I then ask everyone, “What Makes You Happy?” By everyone, I really do mean it, such as my co-workers, friends, family, people I met, and even used it to start conversations with people at work. I found out some exciting things.
It might be a shock, but I wrote about that soon after starting this blog! And it’s one post I go back and read to this day.
This “About” page is much longer than I thought it would be. Well, before I get to the next section, I wanted to throw something out there. I am an open book now. If there is anything you have questions about, ask.
My email is listed below, or you can leave a comment anywhere on this website. I respond to everyone.
Our Blog Community
My overall reason for creating this blog is to help. I have enjoyed reading and following many blogs, podcasts, and YouTube videos over the years.
One of my greatest achievements is being able to achieve my lifelong goal of being a first responder. The process, for me, was both challenging and the most rewarding thing I’ve done.
Again, if you ever have questions, concerns, or want to say hey, I would love it if you left a comment on anything I write.
You can also send me an email, Eric@WildeEscape.com, and I will get back to you.
All the best,
Founder of the Wilde Escape blog