What I’m Doing Now

I wanted to provide a page on my website to let you know what I am up to. I hope that this can be informative, helpful and maybe a little inspirational. If not to readers, at least to myself.

Current Status

I am currently living in Lehi, UT at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. My beautiful wife and I are having a great time raising our 4 beautiful children. We love adventure and planning the next great journey for our family.

Adventures I am Planning / Training For

We just returned from a two week road trip in the Northwest where we were privileged to visit Mt. Rainier, Seattle, the San Juans, Olympic National Park, Cannon Beach, the Lewis & Clark Trails, Portland, the Columbia Gorge, and the Oregon Trail. We love these family adventures. We are currently plotting what fall races to do and hopefully a fall road trip to Southern California. We’d also like to bring to pass our dream of living on the road in an RV for a year starting after this school year.

The kiddos go back to school tomorrow and so things will settle down a little bit. Excited for some fun fall running and peak bagging.

Books I am Currently Reading

I have sort of fallen off of my goal to read a book a month this year. I am still reading Gospel Symbolism by Joseph Fielding McConkie. Really enjoying how in depth it is taking me on various symbols of the gospel.

The Book of Mormon – always reading this great work of scripture of ancient prophets. In my opinion, the greatest book on earth. With my responsibility as a Sunday School teacher, it has

Grit – The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth –  I need more grit in my life. As I look at what I am doing and what I am passionate about, I see that there are areas that I need to improve on. The tips and research that Angela has done is extremely insightful.

Notwithstanding My Weakness – Neal A. Maxwell – As mortal man we are born with the weakness of the flesh. Elder Maxwell discusses principles and traits for each of us to develop to overcome the natural and carnal man. A great read on patience and personal development.

Books I Have Recently Finished

Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl The experience of a holicaust survivor and how he found meaning of life to give him the will to overcome.

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me – Ian Morgan Cron – Ian shares his memoirs of growing up a Catholic in the 60s and 70s with a father who was a drunk, former CIA member and in and out of careers. He shares his experiences going through these things and seeking out God in the process. A great way for each of us to reflect on growing up through our formative years. An excellent story of overcoming failure, alcoholism and lacking self-sateen to rise up like a Phoenix from the ashes.

Projects I am Working On

Professional – I have stepped away full-time from the Altra brand. I am working as a consultant still, but on a very limited basis. This was solely my own choice as I seek a change of scenery.

I have taken on an extensive role as VP of Digital Marketing for local art company, Dowdle Folk Art. I am in charge of all social, digital and web related content. This has been challenging, but a lot of fun to get back into the digital game to the full effect.

I am also working on a couple of side projects that are adventure related (more to come). I have recently launched FindYourTrails.com as a key resource for finding trails and leading what is good to visit. It is in a raw beta right now, but it’s coming along. Also, seeking to lineup designers to complete the laun of my online t-shirt brand.

Personal – Working on becoming a better writer and maintaining my blog better. Maintaining a daily video log on my YouTube channel.

Physical – Doesn’t look like the WURL is going to happen this year. I have been working on improving my health by eating an optimized fat, low carb diet. I have slimmed down 15lbs since early April and feel a lot better. Been working on getting more physically active as well.

Scouting – I am the Advancement Committee Chair for our Scout Troop so I have been working on getting everything in order and helping the young men advance towards Eagle. I have spent a lot of time moving our troop over to the new Scoutbook platform for tracking and updating. I am really liking the simplicity and use of this platform.

Spiritual – I am focusing my study on humility and showing forth meekness as the Savior has. Currently pondering how to increase my faith, hope and charity. Been a lot of fun diving more into the Book of Mormon as I have recently been called as Gospel Doctrine teacher at church. I really enjoy teaching Sunday School.

My Current Priorities

  • Grow The Dowdle digital brand
  • Get back in shape (getting outside at least 3x / week)
  • Get back on track to read a book a month (on my 5th book for the year)
  • Upload a video log each day on YouTube.
  • Meditate daily (slowly getting better at this)
  • Embrace life and enjoy it

A Recent Purchase I am Really Enjoying

Apple iPhone 6s – I needed a new phone and so went big. I thought that I would fear the larger phone, but I’m glad I made the jump. It’s great! Also, with our latest road trip I finally got a paddle board rack from Thule. Very smart investment. It makes it a lot easier to transport and take off and on.

This page was inspired by Derek Sivers’ Now Page Movement

Last updated 21 August, 2016