A Beard Across America: My First Successful Dreamline

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Along the way, I heard a few different reactions from “It must be nice to be rich” to “you must have saved up for a long time”, neither of which were true. I’m going to share with you how I was able to travel 4900 miles over a 4 week span and visit 18 cities in 10 different states.

 

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Life Hack: Jimmy John's Day Old (Delicious) Bread

I live about 3 blocks away from Jimmy John’s and I have to say, I fucking love their sandwiches. My favorite is #16 Club Lulu, e-z mayo, add peppers, cut in half.

If you’re familiar with Jimmy John’s delivery, you know that if you ordered when you started reading this post, they’d probably interrupt you with a knock at the door before you finished. That shit is quick.

Anyway, I’m writing this to share how I’ve expanded on my Jimmy John’s happiness in the past month. When you walk into a Jimmy John’s, they have a nice little pile of bread stacked next to their sandwich station. That’s their day old bread and they sell it for 50 cents a loaf!

Here is my recipe for a Jimmy John’s meatball sub.

Jimmy John’s Meatball Sub

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Find Your Passion, Not Your Profession

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“Hard work is painful when life is devoid of purpose. But when you live for something greater than yourself and the gratification of your own ego, then hard work becomes a labor of love.”

- Steve Pavlina


With so many people promoting “lifestyle design”, like AppSumo and the obvious Tim Ferris, I’m continuously shocked to see how many people are still settling for whatever job they happen to have. People get “stuck” for many reasons including being afraid their passion isn’t profitable or as socially acceptable as a “real job”, nervous about lack of security, or they think it is too hard to quite their job and work for themselves.

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Tacoma, Washington: Part 2 - Bowling, Sushi Revolution and A Gun Wielding Hippy

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The drive back to Tacoma from Seattle was slightly bittersweet. On one hand, I was pulling into the final city of my trip meaning I had successfully completed my first dreamline, plus I had a few more days to hang out with my brother. On the other hand, I was hungover from the night before and my four week journey was almost to an end.

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Gasquet, California: A Cozy Off-Grid Village in the Mountains

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Even while planning the trip, I knew I wanted to stay somewhere in the Redwood Forest for two reasons: The Redwood trees are something anyone traveling the west coast should see and I have a personal connection to the forest since a company I helped start about two years before my trip was inspired by the Redwood’s. The only problem, I found it difficult to find a place to stay until the night before I planned to get there.

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San Francisco, California: Part 2 - Cable Cars, Sausage Factory and A Drag Show

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As much fun as I had in Sacramento, I was excited to get back to San Francisco. I had such fun my first night there, I couldn’t wait to get back. Especially since this time, I would be staying in a different part of the city at the Green Tortoise Hostel near The Wharf and Chinatown.

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Social Norms and Their Potential Pitfalls

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In an effort to minimize my possessions and free myself up to live a Passion Driven Lifestyle, I set selling my car as one of the major objectives of my current dreamline. As I finished My First Successful Dreamline, driving four weeks from my hometown of St. Pete, Florida to Tacoma, Washington, I found myself car-less quicker than I thought, but unfortunately, not in the way I had hoped. My car is currently sitting in my brothers garage awaiting its return to Florida where I will make payments in accordance with my dreamline to get the amount owed equal to the value of the car, at which time I will sell it to a dealership and clean my hands of it’s anchoring weight.

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San Francisco, California (Part 1)

Castro Street, Harvey’s & An Underwear Bar

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I’m attracted to San Francisco for a couple reasons: the forward-thinking mindset, the tech flowing through it’s veins, and the parties that go on there.

This was my first time in Frisco, and Kimmi and I had some good tour guides; Kimmi’s co-worker, Jack, and his partner, Joe. Jack and Joe have a timeshare a few blocks north of Market Street on Castro. Party central.

All my plans leading up to this point were focused around meeting Jack and Joe in Frisco. It’s the reason I left St. Pete on the date I did and the reason Kimmi flew into Denver when she did.

Our time in San Francisco was finally here.

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Las Vegas, Nevada: Part 2

Big Buck Hunter, The Big Ass Wheel Game and a Tattoo

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On vacations, especially in Las Vegas, hangovers seem to be easily ignored. Except for the good parts, like eating greasy brunch. Kimmi and I took a cab towards New York, New York and went to a restaurant called Avenue 24 in the MGM Grand.

We decided to being our day at Excalibur since it is across the street from MGM.

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Las Vegas, Nevada: Part 1

Raphael Rivera, Canadians & New York, New York

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Now that my girlfriend, Kimmi, had joined me on my adventures, I wasn’t the only one excited to reach Las Vegas. In fact, ever since Kimmi visited Vegas when she was 21 yeas old, she’s been dying to go back.

To give you an idea of how excited we both were, we decided to drive straight from Denver, Colorado to Sin City. That, for those that are counting, is a 13-hour drive.

“No Sleep till Vegas!”

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Denver, Colorado

The Girl, The Pioneer and Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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Near the top of my list of most excited cities to visit was Denver for multiple reasons: The buzz surrounding the entrepreneurial community, it was the last city before really making it “out west”, and my girlfriend, Kimmi, was flying in to meet me there.

She would be joining me for the following nine days of the trip, going with me through Denver, Las Vegas, Napa Valley, and San Francisco.

I left Wichita, Kansas earlier that morning, quite earlier that morning, in anticipation of getting to Denver early in the day. I arrived around 4:00 PM.

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Recently I completed my first successful dreamline. Now that’s it time for me to set up my next 6 months, I decided to create a fully customizable dreamline using a Google Spreadsheet. It’s exactly the same layout as the dreamline Tim Ferris provides in PDF format, except all the fields are completely customizable.


Now you don’t have to print out a PDF every time you want to make your dreams come true.

New Orleans, Louisiana

India House Hostel and Frenchmen Street

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I was excited to reach New Orleans for multiple reasons; It’s New Orleans, it was my first time I would have ever stayed in a hostel and I had a list of recommended places to visit from my father and people that I’ve met that hail from the New Orlean’s area.

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