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Embracing New Beginnings: Carpe Diem

November 16, 2012

The Garden Island of KauaIt’s my brand and our family motto: Be Audacious. And we are doing just that. After a decade exploring and working on behalf of the wilds of the Yellowstone ecosystem, new beginnings are on the horizon.  Montana and Yellowstone Country will always be home and while we foresee returning to Bozeman, Montana, we are embracing uncertainty and embarking upon an exciting new adventure. All of the stars have aligned and we are island bound for our next chapter. The destination: the Garden Island of Kauai. Our connection to Yellowstone Country will remain strong, as I will return often for speaking engagements, the release of my first book, an epic river adventure and documentary film project. But for now we are trading one wild paradise for another and couldn’t be more stoked about the journey ahead.

Filled with fear of the unknown, new beginnings are often stymied by the comfort of the familiar, and the fear of failure. But it is a big and vast world in which we live, and when the opportunities to start anew arise, taking the plunge and being audacious has the limitless potential to quench our deepest thirst while providing us with life experiences previously unimagined.

Kauai spiritIn the words of William Hutchison Murray, “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”  Some dreams take the stars aligning to even attempt, but most simply require the boldness and power to make magic happen.  On a personal level, I envision our Polynesian adventure enhancing my ability to heal, rehab a nasty injury, continue the important and critical work of redefinition, and become a more committed and attentive family man through embracing the aloha spirit.  Professionally, I plan to write books number two and three, while building a solid foundation for the BA brand, and further exploring entrepreneurial endeavors that fuel my personal mission of inspiring people to pursue their passion, live a life that matters and change the world.  And if the Healing Island lives up to its reputation, I hope to overcome the challenges of my rheumatic condition and return to a life of adventure to fulfill a burning desire that occupies my most vivid dreams and daytime reveries.

I once read somewhere, if you can dream it, you can do it.  I’ve always challenged people to think big and dream even bigger.  The new beginnings that my family now embarks upon have enhanced my ability to believe in my vision and pursue my dreams, and while I hope I can remain open to the entirety of our Hawaiian experience, perhaps the paramount gift of new beginnings lies in our hopeful ability to recognize our unlimited potential and pursue our wildest ambitions.

For all that is wild!

With Nothin’ But Love,

Michael Leach

5 Responses to Embracing New Beginnings: Carpe Diem

  1. What could be more audacious than creating Be Audacious and moving to Kauai! This will not only be a journey to a new watery lush tropical world, but a journey inside yourself. The transformation you’re experiencing will in turn transform us. I for one am enjoying the ride on this outrigger that you are captaining through uncharted seas. What an adventure!

  2. Mahalo LB. As a high school basketball coach and environmental educator I’ve always put together a Thought Of The Day before practice or before any educational program and don’t always remember where each quote comes from. I wouldn’t have come up with Walt Disney. But it’s certainly a good fit. That was a big, bold dream.

  3. Well Randy, I deeply appreciate your powerful and eloquent words. As you can imagine, it certainly took a leap of faith to go all in on this BA endeavor and the move to Kauai has represented a bold and challenging adventure that is keeping us on your toes. We are indeed embarking upon an exciting new journey through uncharted and sometimes turbulent waters, but together, I do have great confidence that this Be Audacious adventure will yield meaningful and fulfilling results with the power to inspire us all to think big while uncovering the courage to pursue our wildest dreams.