Thoughts on a Life Well Lived

About

ABOUT

Hello, I'm Justin Lind.

I am a coach, writer, and teacher. I work with athletes one-on-one as a remote strength and conditioning coach. I teach workshops in both kettlebells and gymnastics. I also produce written and video pieces for an online fitness publication called Breaking Muscle.

I travel full-time. I'm currently in New Zealand and will return to the US to begin a quest to see all 50 States and all 59 National Parks. I've been to more countries (21) than US States (14), and I've decided it's time to tip that balance the other way. I'm excited to meet a broader, more diverse group of Americans, especially at this time when a focus on common ground and discourse seems to wane. 

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I am originally from Southern California. Before beginning to travel I had never lived full-time outside of the 805 area code that spans 4 counties.

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 friend 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, BMX, snowboarding, rock climbing, running, slack-line, hackysack, 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 gifts they have given me. 

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I always excelled in math and physics. Couple that fact 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. 

Before committing to a full-time coaching practice, I traveled alone for nearly one year. 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 Turkey. Nine months and a lifetime of growth and experience later I returned to California to coach, teach, and write. 

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While working as an engineer I began to journal and fell in love with how writing (specifically handwriting) helped me explore my own thoughts and discover myself. I used to profess to hate writing, but during this time a writer that always lived deep inside me came alive. I soon began to combine my passion for coaching and teaching with my new love for writing. 

My writing practice currently has three primary facets. I maintain a daily journal, usually first thing in the morning. I consider this my most important daily pattern (it's definitely my favorite daily habit and goes great with coffee). From these personal explorations, arose this website and all of the free essays that I share here. I love to write and explore what it means to live a meaningful life. Finally, I write articles and make videos for Breaking Muscle. These tend to be practical, pedagogical, actionable, and technical about many aspects of health and training.

I love the balance that this brings to my writing life. 

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I have an amazing family: two younger brothers, two loving parents, and their dog and two cats, all of whom live in California. I feel extremely fortunate to have a close-knit, loving, and healthy family. I love my role as the oldest brother and feel honored to play a role in my brothers growing from kids that I love into men that I truly admire.

I also have an amazing partner. I cannot begin to describe my feelings for her, but I also feel I don't need to - that's for us. She's my special human, travel partner, an amazing artist, a total goober, and so much more.

I first launched this website in early 2014 as I was downsizing my life and preparing to travel. It has gone through many iterations (and multiple URLs) but has now settled onto something that I feel quite proud of. I recently built a website dedicated to all of my coaching and fitness offerings. It seems strange but this was a huge weight off of my shoulders. I used to stress that my website did not perfectly capture every aspect of who I am, what I offer, and where I'm going. 

Once I partitioned my professional offerings, I felt light, free, and eager to morph this site into a simple and clean host for my writing and travel experiences.

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.

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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's a few that I think describe me well: minimalist, traveler, writer, coach, seeker, mover, teacher, skateboarder, wannabe chef, and pretend acrobat.

Here's 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 4 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).

A Few Relevant Links

I'd love to hear from you. Please contact me.

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.

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.

You can also connect with me on: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.