I decided to start this post with something I have heard a lot lately. “THAT’S WILDE!”
I’ve looked it up on a few websites because I wanted to know what that really means. The thing I’ve seen the most is referring to something that is crazy (but with more emphasis) or describing something surprising.
Well, with the Wilde Escape blog, I hope to do both. I want to provide you with something fun, out of the box, and surprising.
Hi, I’m Eric, and I’m here to introduce you to my epic blog, Wilde Escape.
You might be wondering if this is the first time I’ve created a blog.
Well, no, it isn’t. In fact, I have attempted to create a few other blogs in the past, but let’s say they didn’t work out to anything. I honestly think only a few people even read it. Thanks, Mum!
But this time is different!
After enlisting a few friends for advice and assistance, I started picking their brains about what would be a good blog to write.
Overall, my goal is to create a blog that will become a community. A community that has the same mindset towards enjoying the small things in life and spending time outdoors.
We all have passions. For me, I love everything outdoors (except for snakes). And another is always being on the lookout for 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.
Feel free to contact me at any time. My email is Eric@WildeEscape.com
I have always been an introvert. Well, that is true until you get to know me. Or if coffee is involved.
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, but please don’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, you will find me outside (or working on this blog).
There isn’t one activity I like more, but I have spent most of my time camping, hiking, biking, shooting, and going on road trips.
If you are wondering, yes, I have converted my car. It’s been nice to be able to escape anytime I want, as everything I need is always ready to go.
Over the last year, to escape California, I have been spending a lot of time in Nevada, Oregon, and Utah when I can.
In fact, my last road trip took me to Colorado (the third time in the last few years).
Thanks to good friends that moved there. And, I cannot wait to go back!
How I Make My Living
Recently, I have been getting a lot of questions about what I do for a living.
I assume that everyone wants to do something that allows them to be outdoors while making money, even side hustle.
Having created Wilde Escape has helped me with a few things. I’ve been learning as I go (I have also purchased a few courses to learn more about this) and will share how I have done it if anyone is interested.
The best thing about this blog, it has helped me get out of my introverted shell. It also helped me get through a dark time in my life when I went through a divorce.
Getting back to how I make money, I have a full-time job at a local high school. Working on building out this blog with a few affiliate links, I started freelancing on the side and building a business.
Life has a funny way of throwing twists and turns in your life. You can either throw a pity party for yourself (which is hard to admit, but something I’ve done), or you can learn to roll with the punches the best you can (the thing I like doing).
I’ve had a few jobs over the years. I ultimately have achieved my lifelong goal as well. But instead of writing all about that, I’ll share some of my jobs here.
- 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.
If you have any questions, let me know. You can leave a comment below or send me an email.
As I mentioned above, I have a passion for gear and learning to live with less.
One thing that makes me smile is that I seem to be my friends and family’s go-to for gear questions. Especially if they are considering purchasing but want to know more about it.
The thing I most enjoy is if a piece of gear 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 about it. If you have any hack that isn’t listed, leave a comment and let me know!
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 doing 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.
What Makes You Happy?
This question is the big reason I started the Wilde Escape blog.
As I mentioned, not only was I going through another tough time in my life (a divorce and questioning my career choice), but I started questioning life.
Being in law enforcement at the time, I was used to getting orders, following them, and above everything else, 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.
But on this specific day, while sitting in my squad car, I started thinking about my time outside of work. I asked myself questions like:
- What did I like doing?
- When did I last do something fun?
- Why did my wife leave me?
- Why do I drink so much alcohol?
- Why am I so stressed all the time?
- Can I keep doing what I’m doing for the next 20+ years?
Within a week, I started focusing on things that made me happy. After doing this, I realized they all evolved around a few common things.
And these questions helped me to start this blog. The questions from above turned into one question:
I started to ask everyone, “What makes you happy.” And by everyone, I really do mean it. I started with my co-workers (at about 3 am) and then moved on to other friends, family, people I met, and even used it to start conversations with people at work.
I’m not ashamed to say this, but I even asked a few people I arrested. It helped the time go by on the drive to the jail. I did pick the ones that weren’t too belligerent, but their answers were pretty funny.
Taking my results, I found out most of the answers all evolved around the same things.
If you want to know more, click the question above (or here) to read more. It’s one post I go back and read to this day.
This “About Me” section has gotten much longer than I thought it would be. I’m going to wrap this up, but feel free to ask me any further questions.
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. Feel free to like, share, or comment on this blog. It’s been great connecting with so many people.
Feedback (both good and bad) is always welcome!
Again, send me an email at Eric@WildeEscape.com, and I will get back to you.
All the best,
Founder of the Wilde Escape blog
& Freelance Content Writer