04. June 2018 · 3 comments · Categories: Travel

What to do and Where to Stay When Visiting Fairmont Hot Springs

Every year around the Easter Holiday, we like to take a trip.  Generally we head out of state, somewhere in the south and quite warm.  For instance, last year we went down to Orlando and the year before that was a trip to San Diego.  They’re great, but airfare and hotel costs add up quickly.  This year, we decided to stay in Montana but go somewhere warm.

After researching pretty much every hot spring location in the state (and some outside of Montana), we decided to hit up Fairmont Hot Springs outside of Anaconda, MT.  It was only about a 3.5 hour drive (assuming no snow on the mountain passes), and it was quite frankly the nicest looking hot spring around.  Surprisingly not many of the hot springs have been developed into bigger resorts.

Fairmont Hot Springs Pool

Here is our experience, and where you may want to look into if you decide to go to Fairmont.

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Book Suggestions for 2018

Every year I have a reading goal.  The actual books aren’t as big of a concern (as long as they’re not outrageously short or written for children).  In 2017 the goal was to read 12 books, that’s just one per month and easy for anyone to do.  By the end of the year I finished number 19.  This has inspired me to up that goal to 18 for the year 2018.

Statistically speaking higher earners read more (whether earning more causes more reading or more reading causes earning more is another topic).  Here are the books I read in 2017; perhaps you can choose 18 in ’18 and help grow your mind as well.

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Exploring the Mountains Near Salt Lake City

Every year Justin, my friend from El Paso, and I meet up to explore a new area.  After many years of exploring areas near where we live, we decided to explore areas where neither of us had ever been before.  Last year we toured around in the Colorado Mountains; this year we settled on the Utah Mountains.

Adventures in the Utah Mountains

While I had driven through the area a number of times (usually on my way to go rock climbing at Red Rocks National Park near Las Vegas), I had never truly stopped to explore and see what was nearby.  The biggest shocker was how close everything was to downtown.  In less than an hour you can be from the middle of Salt Lake City, to parked and ready to hike to a mountain lake.

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Keep Your Toes Warm While in the Snow

Proper fitting footwear means the difference between a good trip, and a miserable trip.  Unfortunately too many people, myself included, go with an ill fitting boot because they are down to the last few in stock or you get a sweet deal.

Cabela's Rush Creek Hunting Boots

It seems like a money saving idea at the time.  But here’s why you want to make sure you get perfectly fitting boots.  And when you shop right, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to save a few bucks.

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A Pack to Keep You Safe While Hunting

For many years I have been using a small fanny pack when going on day trips hunting.  It carried what I needed, a small emergency kit, an extra pair of gloves, knives, my licenses, etc.  But over the years I have found that having something a little bigger, something that can carry a full sized water bottle for instance, would be much more convenient.

Cabela's Ally Hunting Pack

My biggest concern was price.  I know that I could find exactly what I needed if I wanted to plop down $200 or more, but that was far beyond my budget.  It’s simply not worth the premium for something I would use so rarely.  I searched online, and found that the Cabela’s Ally Hunting Pack would most likely suit my needs.

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How to Have Your Voice Heard

One of my goals is to learn how to be more persuasive.  This stems from John Maxwell’s book Thinking for a Change, and specifically a little blurb on page 52 where he talks about how he wants to be so influential and be filled with so many good things, that whenever he opens his mouth good stuff flows out.  Being filled with so many good things is a great goal, but in order to get people to stop to listen you have to be persuasive.

10 P's of Persuasion

Recently, while going through some sales training, we talked about the 10 P’s of making a sale.  These are attributes that you have to have, and attributes that you have to think about, in order to be a good salesman or woman.  While going through them I couldn’t help but to think that these are actually the 10 P’s of persuasion.

As your read through them, you will probably think of more attributes (and many that also start with the letter “P”).  Add those to your list, and grab the power of persuasion.

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Get More Done Before the Heaviness of Day

There are two schools of thought out there when it comes to working.  Some people say, “I’m not a morning person, I do better work in the afternoon or evening!”  And other people say, “I do my best work first thing in the morning, productivity drops off as the day goes on.”  Over the years I have found that it doesn’t matter what you say; mornings are better for productivity.

Avoid the heaviness of day

The reasons are numerous, but one shines above the rest.  Mornings are different than the rest of the day.  Not just because it’s early, or because the world is asleep; there are certain biological and natural instances that happen that create a change for the morning hours. More »

Don’t Let Life Pass You By

There is a car commercial that aired recently.  It showed a group of young people, getting out and having fun.  The commercial goes on to say, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”  It’s a good quote and it encourages people to get out of their comfort zone and explore and go do things!

Be strong and courageous

But what about those that are a little nervous to do so?  How do you gain the courage you need in order to get out there and live life to the fullest?  It starts with claiming God’s promise.

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How to Eliminate the Stressors

Every day there are things that cause us stress.  These can range from mild setbacks, to workloads, to family and friends.  Stress is a way of life, and it’s going to happen no matter what stage of life you are in.  The only thing that we can do is manage the stress, and reduce it as soon as it pops up.  We can eliminate almost all of it by carefully monitoring how we react to it.

Now it is important to note that stress and adversity are not the same.  Recently in a Biz to Biz meeting we talked about how we handle adversity.  I commented that I define adversity as something much worse than stress.  Adversity pops up every few months; stress comes daily.

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How You can Become Better

A couple months ago I wrote about being a failure.  We took a sneak peek into Dr. Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.  The idea was that there are two types of people.  Those that see failure as a permanent reflection of their abilities, and those that see it as a growing opportunity.  The sad reality is that a majority of people are in the fixed mindset category.

Adopting the Growth Mindset

That doesn’t have to be the case.  The first step to moving from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset is understanding the two, and then carefully training yourself to make a conscious effort into the growth mindset.  Here’s how you can get started.

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