• Jeff Kowell

    Read “Addicted to Busy”, by Brady Boyd. It will help you find a healthy balance.

    • SoleAdventure

      I’ll check it out, Jeff. Thanks!

  • Al Quackenbush

    Keep fighting the good fight, Mark. I completely understand where you are coming from. It’s a tough road to walk and you have to do what is best for you, but I’d hate to not be able to read about your adventures. Even if it’s just a run on a dirt trail or a question posed to us. Have a Merry Christmas my friend!

    • SoleAdventure

      More adventures will certainly be coming! Thanks, Al. Merry Christmas to you as well.

  • Tom WATERS

    Fine line to walk, I’ve been confronted with a similar hunting conundrum. Merry Christmas!

    • SoleAdventure

      Merry Christmas, Tom!

  • I struggle with the conquer and quit method. Once I’ve conquered a goal, I almost instantly start loosing interest. What is that?

    • SoleAdventure

      “Conquer and quit.” Thanks for the spot-on diagnosis, Doc.

  • Corbett Robertson

    This post hits close to home. I find I am an “all in or out” type as well. Got the duck hunting bug (in addition to the other big game bugs I’ve had for a while) this year and it’s been probably more consuming than it should be. Let’s enjoy the families and adventures God has given us while never losing sight of what’s most important.

    • SoleAdventure

      Yup! Proper perspective is so critical.

  • Brent

    Good for you! Ive struggled with prostaff stuff trying to get in an industry from the bottom, so to speak, but suddenly realized that ive been in this life style all my life! It ha
    s been been relaxing to just hunt. I d4opped all sponsors and have enjoyed my season. Big or small, my quarry has been much fuller and my wife does still love me.
    good luck brother and enjoy what counts!

    • SoleAdventure

      There’s definitely a relaxing freedom to putting all of the industry stuff aside. We started the hobby for enjoyment; if we lost the joy, we’ve lost the point.

  • aaughenbaugh

    Mark, I was in the same spot a fw years ago. This industry can be a real pain. In fact I walked away from several regular print jobs and started my website so I could write on what and how I wanted. Not the best money wise choice I could have made, but I enjoy writing again and as we will never make a living as an outdoor writer, might as well keep it fun.

    • SoleAdventure

      There’s certainly something to be said for keeping your hobbies/passions separate from your livelihood/profession. The grass isn’t always greener.

  • Kevin Jones

    I love this post. I completely agree with you and understand the conflict/blessing :) Some people ask my I haven’t done as much on my blog as some other people and this is often the type of reply I give them. You write amazing stuff so I’ll aleays follow even if you only post once a year

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Kev!

  • Gareth W

    Whatever direction you take, I look forward to reading about it. You always put out great stories and tips, even when they’re not about elk.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Gareth!

  • Jerry

    First, remember most importantly is to continue doing what you enjoy most. Like many, I put 10 years in trying to break into the hunting industry. Representing many manufactures at numerous outdoor shows all over the U.S. only to find out at the end how used up I had become. I finally gave it all up. Frustrated I was ready to give it all up including my passion – archery. However decided to get involved with teaching beginner archery at our club. All the passion for shooting 3d leagues and tournements came back as I was doing it for fun. Now I am involved with hunter education, IBEP, and JOAD as a certified archery instructor with the goal to help strengthen our sport for future generations. The passion is back. I wish you the very best in what endeavours you choose. Never lose sight of you’re dream!

    Best regards.

    • SoleAdventure

      Very cool, Jerry. Thank you for getting involved and helping expose to the youth to archery and bowhunting!

  • Keep us posted with whatever you do! You were one of the first people here and on Twitter to encourage and promote what I was writing about. Thank you for that and good luck!!!

    • SoleAdventure

      You bet, Erin. I love reading your tales!

  • Patch

    Mark, I have enjoyed reading your stuff here and in the 40 day challenge. Merry Christ mas, and happy new year. Keep God first, your family second and the rest is the rest it will fall in where God wants it to if you follow his lead. It isn’t about being all in or all out, it is about being all in for Jesus. Thank you for your testimony, and your insights.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Patch! Merry Christmas!

  • Hawaiian Bill

    Mark, follow your passion when you can. As an old guy,I am counting down the number of of hunts I have left in me. Youth is a commodity that should not be taken for granted! Don’t let the BS get in the way of those special moments. Every day life aren’t the stories yor children’s will gage their farther by! Hunt and pass the legacy on and you will be a hero in there eyes. Learn and teach them the way!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Bill! Enjoy your hunts…I’m sure you’ve got quite a few left in you.

  • The Silent Pursuit

    I here ya. I had a fly fishing only blog for a while, and after about two or three years decided there was more to life than just fly fishing. So I axed that blog and eventually started a new one that covers anything and everything I am doing related to the outdoors. I find it much more enjoyable to write/photograph anything I want fly fishing or not.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks for sharing…I’ll be sure to check the new site out.

  • IAHunter

    Hey Mark. Sole Adventure encouraged me to book my first Colorado Elk hunt in 2015. I respect your work as well as your family and personal life. Will always look forward to your latest post and articles and if they are just a few a year we are just happy to have you share your experiences and stories.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, buddy. I gotta say…the fact that I’ve inspired others to make their first elk hunt happen is worth all of the work that I’ve put into this site. Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

  • Great post, Mark! Change is good! Sometimes clear as mud, but good in the end. As they say, life is a journey, right? A journey takes us on many paths, none of which have to be “the” path where matters like these are concerned. I too am sorting out my next steps in certain areas of my life – like how I’m staring down the final days of 2014 realizing I’ve busied myself to death and spent only two days hunting this year! Follow your gut (there’s actually real science to that) and do what works for you and your family. From one “all or nothing” guy to another, it’s not always easy to see the forest through the trees. Merry Christmas and thanks for a great year of Sole Adventure!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Tom! I always appreciate your support…you’ve been a great help to me.

  • Nick Myatt

    Good post Mark. Like you and others that have commented, I definitely have an all or nothing and conquer and quit personality. It is hard for those of us with that personality to keep up with the consistency demands of a blog – especially given life’s other priorities such as family and our “real jobs”. I enjoy your blog and am looking forward to your new direction.

    • SoleAdventure

      Appreicate it, Nick!

  • Scott Larimore

    This is completely understandable. I will be happy to receive and read whatever you have time to do. God Bless, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your Family…….

    • SoleAdventure

      I hope you had a great Christmas as well, Scott. Enjoy the new year!

  • Todd Chambers

    Prioritizing passions is always hard but It sounds like you’ve made some wise decisions. Enjoy hunting, enjoy writing and relish the time spent with your family (not necessarily in that order) … and then relax into what God has planned next for your journey.

    • SoleAdventure


  • Steve

    Great post Marc! Your site has been invaluable for a newbie bowhunter such as myself and I routinely evangelize it. To be honest, I’m glad you’re slowing down a bit….and focusing on what really matters. Thanks again for all the insight and I’ll continue to follow you even if it’s one post a year. :-)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • SoleAdventure

      I appreciate that, Steve. Happy New Year to you as well!

  • Brian Burke

    Hi Mark. I’m sorry to hear you were wrestling with that. I have always found your writing to be inspirational, educational, and just plain entertaining. For selfish reasons I hope you stick with it. You offer something different from others in the industry. Thanks for what you do, you have been blessed with a real gift. God bless and Merry Christmas.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thank you, Brian.

  • Matt B

    Keep writing about what you want. You have a large following that enjoy your perspective and writing style. The other stuff will sort itself out and the next phase will become apparent. Loved your writings about this year’s elk hunt. Part 4, Exhaustion, was spot on!

    Happy New Year!

    • SoleAdventure

      I always try to bring a “real” perspective to whatever I write about…and there will definitely be more to come. Can’t wait for September!

  • Exo Mtn Gear

    It is definitely a struggle to keep everything in balance, especially when you start mixing something that is a passion into a job. It can be very easy to loose sight of why you started doing it in the first place. I know its a daily fight for me to make sure I stop and take a breath to let it all soak in so I don’t get over-whelmed.

    I know personally I have always enjoyed every article you have written and love the perspective you bring. I feel very privileged to call you a friend and know we would have never met if you didn’t start Sole Adventure. If you ever need anything or if I can help I’m always around.


    • SoleAdventure

      You?…Over-whelmed? I can’t see a reason for that. ;-)

      I could have never imagined making great friendships through this site, but I’m sure glad that it has happened! See you soon, buddy.