Calm in Chaos

calm in the chaos

A quarterback, space renegade, fitness instructor, pirate, football coach, and scientist all filled my week with challenges; I needed some calm in the chaos.


If you haven’t yet discovered Safari Jake, my alter ego, you can find him over at He helps people find new and exciting ways to add adventure to their lives.

Part of the experience comes in the AweVenture app. People can setup scavenger-hunt style adventures led by a wide variety of adventure guides that lead them through a unique experience with friends and family.

AweVenture has been lucky enough to have a wide variety of adventure guides. This last week provided more raw adventures to bring the total to 14 adventure guides that will be available in the app. This included shooting 6 new adventures in 4 days 1,000 miles from our studio in New York.

Needless to say there was a lot going on, but there was something that brought calm in the chaos.

Struggling to Stay Ahead

The week was hectic and fell right in the middle of our competitive mode update. We have scripts, costumes, props, promos, sneak peaks, pictures, and social media extras. It was busy, busy, and then more busy. We had a lot to stay on top of.

There was a lot to get overwhelmed by. There were a lot of things that were challenging and chaotic. Luckily, I was able to find calm in the chaos, by following three simple steps:

  • Forward Momentum: There were where I didn’t want to move forward, but I needed to in order to stay ahead of everything. When you know the work has to get done, you have to make it happen. This won’t be all the time, but it will be some of the time.
  • Planned Pauses: I had to take time for me. One of the best parts about having a plan is that it lets you know what you have to get done so you know when you can stop, take a break, and chill out. When you’re finding yourself in chaos, find breaks, pauses, and breathing room. Enjoy relaxation even for a moment. Take planned pauses.
  • Extra Connection: One thing that made it easy was finding people to explain the challenges to. When you find yourself overwhelmed, find people you can talk to, confide in, and help you unpack the day. It’s not always easy, but it can help a great deal.

If you want to find calm in the chaos, sometimes you simply move forward, sometimes you take a pause, and sometimes you make a connection. It’s a great way to make the most of a challenging situation.

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