This is me, Evan Nickel.
I’m a husband, writer, marketing strategist, and life enthusiast from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
If ever there was a quote that best sums up my philosophy on life, it’s this one by the talented poet Beau Taplin.
“The difference between an ordinary life and an extraordinary life is only a matter of perspective. Pull the blinds. Look around you. It is a mad, mad world and you do not require ten-digit bank accounts to immerse yourself in it. Travel down dusty roads without a destination in mind. Climb a mountain and scream out into the void. Kiss the hell out of a stranger. Skinnydip in a lake. Get lost and lose yourself (they are two separate things). Explore the wilderness (especially the one within). Think less of destiny and more of the moment right here. Because when you are old and ill with your loved ones around you, fame won’t matter, nor will the extent of your wealth. You are the sum of the stories you can tell.” – Beau Taplin
If reading that doesn’t make your soul feel a burning fire – this website is probably not going to do much for you.
But if it does – welcome! You and I are going to get along splendidly.
To me, the best thing about having a personal space online, is the ability to publicly share what it is that makes you authentically you. If you spend any time exploring around on here, you will discover there are a few key things that I love a whole lot.
#1 – I Love Lists
I have always found myself drawn to a well-organized list. At a young age I was pouring through textbooks memorizing the tallest mountains or the fastest animals.
Now as an adult, and one with an internet connection, I’ve learned I’m not the only one who appreciates the structure and conciseness of a list. I’ve also learned that my favorite lists are the ones that are actually accomplishable.-
#2 – I Love Checklists Even More
If I read a list titled, “The Top 10 Things Everyone Should do in NYC”, I feel challenged to do those ten things. All the while knowing full well it’s going to be a list of cheesy tourist traps. I can’t help it. There’s something so powerful about seeing a box and knowing if I put in either the time, effort or money (sometimes all three), I can put a check mark in that box.
The allure of a good checklist is how I got started with bucket listing. A pursuit that is featured prominently on this website.
#3 – I Love Real Adventures
Sometimes the things on my bucket list take on a life of their own. I become obsessed with them. They require adequate daydreaming, planning, and commitment. If my bucket list is my collection of personal short stories, I see my adventures as my novels.
#4 – I Love Living Richly
I firmly believe at the end of the day, life is what you make of it. I love the people who have had, currently are, or someday will, have their paths cross with mine. I love the potential unknown that tomorrow will bring. I love treating time as the most precious resource in the world. I love making it count.