We had the good fortune of connecting with James Harvey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi James, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When it comes to work life balance it’s important not to lose sight of the goal at hand. As much as you want to go out and socialize or do this and do that. You have to miss out on those things in order to keep pushing yourself forward. I used to be all about work hard play hard until I played a little too hard and I lost focus of what I was doing. It’s important to have “you time” especially for productivity, just don’t get too comfortable.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
First off, I love hiking. You throw in some shed hunting and I’m even more thrilled. I think a big thing that sets me apart from other artists is where I get my inspiration from. The gym. I’m not talking about 24 hour fitness, I’m talking about Mother Nature. The great outdoors. Gods country if you will. A lot of artistic expression these days Is based off a “vibe”. aka how high or drunk you are searching for the next big light bulb moment. One of thee biggest obstacles for me was drinking. I enjoyed the feeling, the socializing, the productivity at times. Over the course of my life I’ve learned many lessons but I think the biggest Breakthru was to stop boozin and start winning at life. When it comes to my brand I want people to know a lot of love and detail goes into each knife and sheath I make.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well Aspen is quite a small town but it’s def known for its Big food and wine following. My ideal tour guide filled week would start off down valley a bit in basalt at two rivers cafe. Can’t beat a classic American breakfast joint. I’d want to show my friends around the roaring fork river where I guide fly fishing. Maybe get them on a trout or 2. Next up would be ruedi reservoir for some paddle boarding and local brews.. I think the maroon bells are such an iconic piece of the Rockies we would visit the lake for some packed lunches and pictures. A drive up to the continental divide is definitely a must there are some incredible views on independence pass. I used to party a lot but I’m not real into the nightlife scene anymore, But don’t threaten me with a good time I’m down for a pool game at Erics cigar bar anytime! We for sure would make our rounds starting from the Hotel Jerome to the St. Regis possibly finish up with a nice Italian dinner at Ellina. Last but not least you can’t forget to take a dip in the Hot Springs got to love Colorado.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I hate to be cliché but people like Cameron Hanes, David Goggins, and Joe Rogan. These guys are true inspiration when it comes to grinding it out whatever it may be. They emulate the very things that they preach. They put their money where their mouths are and show up each day and give 110% to me that’s what makes a true man. Living up to the word is bond mentality. The book can’t hurt me changed my life in so many ways for the better.
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