Stay at Home?  No Problem.  Quit Complaining.

Currently much of the country is locked down, encouraged to stay at home, or quarantined.  Here in Montana, it has been a little over 1 month since things started to shut down, social distancing was imposed, and gathering in groups was prohibited.  It has been during this time that nearly all of my extroverted friends are chomping at the bit, going stir crazy, and inundating social media every 3 minutes in a fleeting effort to grasp at some sort of social connection.

extroverts can suck it

As an introvert that has worked from home for nearly a decade, my day-to-day is largely unchanged.  In fact, my mental health has actually improved considerably.  As an adult, with a better understanding of who I was when I was younger, I can now smile at my extroverted friends going crazy, and say, “Suck it!”

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How Content Improves Your Law Firm

When you look into what makes a great website, you will see a similar topic pop up time and again: you must have engaging content!  In a highly competitive industry, such as acting as a personal injury attorney, it’s even more important to have excellent content that people want to read.

Personal injury attorney copywriter

That isn’t always as easy as it sounds.  You know how your practice works.  You know that people need your services.  But creating engaging content that they want to read is often a lot harder to do than it first appears.  Not to mention the time it takes to write it!

Today, let’s go through 3 points where your content can improve dramatically to draw in those clients.

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Readings and Reflections from the Last Year

Each year I have a goal of reading 12 books.  I set some parameters for what I read to keep myself on track.  For instance, I have to actually read the books: audio books are bonuses.  The books have to have substance or length, preferably both.  So despite having a 7 year old at home, I can’t count Go Dog, Go toward my 12 books.

As a copywriter and content marketer in Billings, this provides a lot of the inspiration behind what I put into words.  I can refer back to what I have heard, quote famous (and not-so-famous) authors, extrapolate, and inspire with the words I have read.

Writer author copywriter in Billings

In January every year, I write down my reflections on the books so that I can be reminded of what I read, and I can inspire others that may be wondering what books they should consume in the coming year.  Without further ado, here are the books I read in 2019.

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Exploring the Big Snowy Mountains Near Billings

When going on adventures in Montana, I generally aim for the Beartooth Mountains.  They’re close, they’re big, and they can be seen from Billings.  Why venture farther away when there are many miles of wilderness to explore just south of town?

I finally broke down and got the All Trails app for my phone.  Not the paid version of course, but the free one.  It opened me up to finding other adventures that are nearby, but outside of my usual adventuring spots.  Justin came up from Texas for a long weekend getaway and to experience a little snow in the Big Snowy Mountains.

Big Snowy Mountains in Montana

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A Quick Synopsis of What I Read Last Year

Each year I try to read as many books as possible.  They’re a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, business and personal growth, religious and borderline sacrilegious.  Every book read means I gain a little knowledge, and that knowledge can be applied to life, business, and relationships.

Each year, I do miniature book reviews on what I have read.  It’s a way that you can be inspired to find something that you love, and a way that I can look back and remind myself about all of the knowledge I stuffed into my brain.

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Discovering Areas around Flagstaff, Arizona

Each year Justin and I meet up to explore a new area.  These areas are vast, and we barely cover any of the ground.  But each year we get to discover somewhere new, meet new people, enjoy new places to stay, eat, drink, and experience.  After every trip I promise to get a blog review out in a timely manner.  I don’t.  Here we are, 7 months past, and I’m finally writing it.  You can catch up on past adventures in Colorado, Utah, and some other adventures in Orlando and at Fairmont Hot Springs.

Adventures Beyond the Desert in Arizona

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Being from the north, the Arizona trip was vastly different than others.  Justin, being from El Paso, experienced more of the desert that he knows, and got into the mountains like he loves.  This year, Todd (Justin’s former colleague) drove over from California to help us explore the mountains, streams, waterfalls, breweries, and architecture in and around Flagstaff, Arizona.

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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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