Hello, I'm Justin Lind.
I’m a writer, coach, and teacher. I publish essays on this site and create essays and courses for Inspired Human Development, a project with my brother-in-arms, Shane. We aim to teach others to look outside of cultural norms to create their own path with strength and purpose.
I left an engineering career in 2014 and have traveled full-time ever since. After a year of solo travel, I slowed things down a bit and currently live a van to travel the US with my partner.
In addition to my writing here and work with IHD, I am a remote fitness coach. I work with individuals one-on-one to craft a fitness program around their lifestyle and goals. I also teach workshops for both for both gymnastics and kettlebells. I maintain this coaching website to house all of my free articles, free program, and coaching offerings.
I am originally from Southern California. Before beginning to travel, I had never lived full-time outside of the 805 area code.
Growing up, I was extremely active and could never focus on one sport or activity. My parents used to joke that my absolute favorite pastime was whatever I was currently doing.
Little has changed, I always have several projects stewing at once and fill my free time with a variety of activities. My close friends now joke (like my parents used to) that when I get into something, I go all the way into it. Some of these obsessions have included: skateboarding, surfing, mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing, running, slack-line, handstands, unicycle, juggling, triathlon, yoga, and CrossFit. I still do most of these, but I'm always on the hunt for the next exciting challenge.
If you're detecting an active theme, you're right on. I love to move and try new things. I now see my parents' refusal to buy me video games as the greatest gift they have given me.
I always excelled in math and physics. Couple that with my love for building skateboard ramps as a kid and I landed as a Mechanical Engineering major in university. I enjoyed most of my classes and projects but soon saw it as just another passing phase.
After graduating and working as a design engineer for over 3 years, I left to focus on coaching and teaching. I decided to turn my part-time passion into my full-time path.
I quit my engineering job, got rid of everything that didn't fit in my carry-on size backpack, and bought a one-way ticket to Istanbul. Nine months, four continents, and a lifetime of growth and experience later, I returned to California to coach, teach, and write.
I launched this website in early 2014 as I was downsizing my life and preparing to travel. This essays here are an outgrowth of my daily journal practice. There, I discover my own thoughts. The ones I feel might add value to someone’s life I share here.
While I update this About page often to reflect what I'm currently up to, I also maintain a Now page to talk about where I am, projects I'm working on, the lifestyle experiments I'm trying, and the type of thoughts I'm currently exploring.
I'm not big on labels but they can be a great tool to quickly and easily tell about many aspects of a person. Here are a few that I think describe me well: minimalist, traveler, writer, coach, seeker, mover, teacher, skateboarder, wannabe chef, and pretend acrobat.
A few fun and random facts about me… I'm left-handed. I just turned 30. I was in denial about being a ginger until I grew my first beard. I still have that first beard and it's been over 5 years now. I used have a speech impediment that I accidentally overcame. I have shorter than average toes and longer than average fingers. I love handstands (and apparently putting my loved ones on my shoulders).
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Please reach out with any questions or simply to say hello. I’d love to hear from you.
Want to read some of my essays about a life well lived? Check out the most recent or the full archive. If you prefer, you can follow me on Medium or subscribe to receive my essays sent right to you. If you find value in my work, please consider becoming a patron on Patreon.
Here's a page of all of my Breaking Muscle fitness content.
Interested in learning more of my story? I've been on several podcasts and interviews. Here's a full list of these appearances.
Here's the About page more focused on my role and offerings as a coach.
I'm an intentional consumer of products, services, and media. Here's a list of recommended products, apps, books, and other media that add value to my life.
Here's what I'm up to NOW.