Adventure Deficit is exploring life’s greatest lessons through adventure. If you’re seeking compelling stories from the woods or water, alpine meadows or open desert, our podcast covers them all! We usher you away from society’s hamster wheel and out into the open, where the pursuit of identity, freedom and rest in remote places brings wellness. We believe it also brings joy to the One who made all things! Our written content provides a deeper dive into every episode, our blog and newsletter keeps you in-the-know for what’s new and what’s coming. In-person workshops hone your outdoor prowess alongside other local A.D. folks, equipping you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence for success on your next journey. Finally, our trips offer an incredible opportunity to test your skills, where new challenges, friendships and experiences await! We so appreciate you being here, and and can’t wait to hike, hunt, paddle, climb, ski, cast, ride, and take up anything else that draws us closer! Come take your medicine!
#CombatTheDeficit. We identify with those who participate; we’re doers – Roosevelt’s folks “In the Arena”. Despite our best preparations, adventure forces the un-rehearsed. It requires us to think, assess, collaborate and implement new methods, mostly on-the-spot. Sometimes we conquer, other times we fail, but we stay in the fight to take our lessons. This is how we “CombatTheDeficit”.
#TakeYourMedicine. Adventures take us to the most wild and scenic places, where beauty and grandeur evoke a sense of both awe and “ahhh”. We’re literally re-creating, hitting reset, and filling ourselves with something pure, natural, and good. It’s so undeniably restorative, we call it “taking our medicine”, and encourage you to get out there and do the same. Be sure to tell us about it.
Drew De Vries
- Welcome to Adventure Deficit!
- My name’s Drew. In the decade following college graduation, I made a scrambled mess of my professional life. In 2016, with a list of eight former jobs in different industries, I found myself once again seeking a new career. But this time, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t stick with the same broken plan. I knew I needed something bigger than another job. This is the backstory to Adventure Deficit.
- First, walk with me for a moment. Let’s assign honest weight to the efforts required in securing a new job. Mine may differ slightly from yours, but the process usually starts by tightening up the resume. Then, there’s representing your marketable skills (always a vulnerable exercise), and reducing these into keywords (a tall task). Untold hours are spent pouring through listings, filling out applications and company-specific cover letters. In the next couple weeks, a few polite declines might arrive, saying something like “We regret to inform you”. For me, this was never the hardest part. The real challenge came with the waiting game, when weeks began to feel like years! When hope is nearly diminished, from far-left field comes an angelic note of promise, someone shows interest! A flurry of excitement follows, as does suit shopping, in-person interviews, second (or even third) interviews, and an initial offer (remember, ideal scenario). After celebration comes negotiations, an acceptance letter, background checks, and issuance of credentials. There are department walkthroughs and new team introductions. Finally, from the privacy offered by a newly assigned cubicle, comes a big, deep, intentional breath. For me, this always came with the knowledge the next nine months would be exhausting. The learning curve is like drinking through a fire hose! New industry, new org chart, new culture, departments, co-workers, products, customers, vendors. Why do I mention all of this?
- I walked through this cycle eight stinkin times! If this relatable, then you and I are speaking the same language. Why would I voluntarily undergo all of it? Because I didn’t know who I was.
- Until then, I pursued the illusion that significance could only come with an executive job, six-figure salary, and a big powerful car to park in a space reserved for me out front. I felt the need to get noticed quickly, and held the unrealistic expectation of being pulled to the top of every organization I’d ever been with. With these expectations unmet, I’d grow frustrated. Rather than showing patience, communication or persistence, I grew impatient, discouraged, and demanding. After 12 or 18 months of this, I’d put in my two weeks and that was that, I’d set sail for new horizons. It may come as no surprise, but I never achieved an executive position, huge salary, or big car. Sadly, this reinforced the terrible lie far worse than not having cool stuff. I believed I was insignificant.
- In 2016, a dinner with friends led to an encouraging turning point. Individually, they affirmed my gifts and passions: saying I was about communication and outdoor adventure so much more than corporate industry. Together, our families prayed for God’s blessing over our conversation, and continued clarity on His calling for me. I began submitting a corner of life I previously held tight to the chest, work. From this place, the seeds of Adventure Deficit were sown.
- I stopped pursuing mismatched careers, and became grateful for temporary work assignments. Pouring concrete, delivering RV’s and dropping packages for UPS during the Christmas rush helped support my growing family from this holding pattern.
- The A.D. Podcast launched in 2017. I immediately began receiving affirmation for things I’d never given prior value to: writing style, curiosity, authenticity, relatability, interview skills, and breadth of experience. I’d never had the confidence to actually place value in these before, it felt sooo good!
- Since that night at our friends house, too many developments have occurred to call it a coincidence. I don’t pretend to know what’s around the next corner, but I trust in the Lord’s goodness, and strive to continually seek Him first in all things, including work.
- I believe He’s called me to use these gifts and passions to draw people closer to Himself. If inviting others into His beautiful creation through A.D. is the means to achieving this calling, I count it a true blessing of the highest order!
- Today, I’m a husband to Evie, a dad to three little miracles, and serve as the men’s pastor at our church. We make our home in Cascade, and enjoy living within an hour or two of many fantastic outdoor opportunities in Michigan’s beautiful woods and water. I’m passionate about outdoor adventure and pointing others to the creative genius of Jesus Christ, revealed through His natural world. It brings me great joy to serve this community through Adventure Deficit, and I hope you’ll join us! #TakeYourMedicine
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To My Fellow Wanderers
There’s so much goodness to explore. Get out there and take your medicine!