You call it “The Grind.”
You know me as Alaska Chick. Some of you know me as @girlygrizzly. A few of you know me as simply myself, Amber-Lee. A select bunch of you think I’m the weird girl in Alaska with pink hair.
When I was given the task of bringing Pioneer Outfitters to the entire world through the world-wide-web, I took the job to heart. Pioneer Outfitters is a huge part of me and I didn’t really trust anyone else to be able to grasp Pioneer Outfitters for what it really is and strives to be.
For the last 22 months (not that long really) I have dissected and dug into Pioneer Outfitters, exposed and revealed the soul of a company, a labor of love, to the world.
I have studied, read, researched, taken endless classes, asked countless questions and made some priceless friends, all online.
Also, amidst the thousands of hours reading and listening, I could feel my heart breaking.
For my own slow-learning abilities and for the people, scattered about the world, struggling and in pain of unhappiness.
You call it “The Grind.”
When life sucks, as it will and is bound to at times, how do you smooth it all back out? When your boss doesn’t appreciate all the effort and struggle and your co-workers are simply staying under the radar, skating, how do you keep your motivation?
After days and days of routine and no spark flickers to keep you inspired, how do you find that light?
Do you hide under the covers? Fight back? Wail and rail at the Gods and Fates? Do you drink, do drugs, go trolling? Do you pack it in and move on or simply go on vacation?
Are you looking for a way, the way, to smooth out the edges and feel the satisfaction and inspiration you just know, should be there, inside yourself?
Are you looking for a way to live a good life? Full of honest hard work for you and yours, to live a life, free of everybody else’s ideas on how you should do that? Here’s one: Are you tired and worn out from being afraid all the time?
You are not alone.
You. Are. Not. Alone.
I know of a place that a good life can be lived. By you. Where people care for and about each other and work together to create the life each of us reaches for.
Surrounded by beauty and nature beyond describing (although I do try). Clean and safe and a place you can feel confident in each accomplishment, satisfied and energized with every new challenge.
People, who only want “their own,” only want to live without the constant battle of The Grind.
Those of you that know me, know that especially at this time of the year, I am not sitting at my computer, writing this from my heart. I am writing this in a composition notebook, in the remote wilderness of the Last Frontier of Alaska, sitting in a camp that I reached by horse. A horse that carried me over an icy river and through the mountains to one of my favorite spots.
Why am I writing this now? I’ll tell you.
We were riding our horses out of camp this morning and we stopped, as we often do at one of the “old camps” that is just something special to see (and to let everyone catch up) and Terry (that is, Master Guide Terry Overly) turned to me and said, “There are people, Amber-Lee, all over the world, who would give just about anything to simply know this place exists. People who would love to live here and live this life we live. People need this place, and they don’t even know it still remains. They hate their lives and want or even need something that just isn’t available anymore. This. We have to tell them.”
I knew then, that somehow I had to tell you, Chisana, Pioneer Outfitters is here. For you too.