Creative Folks: Ryan Brockhoff of ISTUMBL

Hey there kittens! Today I bring another Creative Folks to the blog. And it’s of the cool Ryan Brockhoff of Istumbl. Wohoo! I met Ryan a while back through a friend and learned that he liked to travel and was about to embark on a journey across the pond. He’s been to Europe and many places here in the States since I met him. I am always blown away from his photos and travels each time he comes back and blogs about it. He even has been on a few trips with my friend, Johanna. She has told me of all the fun times she’s been on with Ryan and I hope to one day go on a trip with him too!

But now onto the reason you are reading this post, his answers and his photos! Do check out his sites at the end of the post if you want to follow him and his amazing travels.

What is the first significant thing you did this morning?

I listened to Les Brown and made an omelette. And then I listened to NPR while I ate said omelette. I do that almost every morning.


What inspires you?

Anytime somebody does something to push the boundaries of mankind, but also whenever someone actually puts up their grocery cart at Dillons. There’s a whole spectrum of it, and I think the degree of things/mediums we’re inspired by is greatly determined by how receptive we are as people–but also how aware we are that they inspire us in the first place. Accurate weekly forecasts get me every time though–that takes a lot of work.


When are you happiest?

Probably when I’m traveling, even if that just means riding the shuttle bus to campus. Any time I’m moving or traveling, whether I’m running or I’m on a plane, it just gives me time to relax, read a book, or think about important things.


What are you trying to teach yourself right now?

German and how to be quiet and listen to other people.


What is your favorite memory and what does it say about you?

My favourite memory is hiking 55 miles through the Pyrenees by myself, and I think it says what other people would say about me anyhow: that I tend to do really extreme things and try to push my limits–which can be good and bad.



Describe one accomplishment you’ve achieved. Describe one challenge that you have faced.

Breaking a rule I shouldn’t have (that’s actually hard for me to do), staying out late when I had to work the next day, talking to people when I was scared to, staying off of Facebook (because that’s an actual problem for us now), doing five minutes of a yoga video before my feet go numb, any of the really small things that we don’t talk about as achievements–even though they really are.

I like to think I have a pretty fortunate life–so nothing too earth shattering. Right now, I’m just trying to work everything out for my summer trip, and that’s been pretty challenging.


What is the last thing you did for work?

I have stayed pretty clear of doing creative work. I don’t think I’ve ever made any money at all from taking photos or anything. But I’ve recently wanted to start doing photo work while I’m in town–I mean, I might as well.



And just for fun, what animal would you like to experience being for a day?

An ocelot, but only if I could be on Barro Colorado Island. That’s where the party is at.

Thank you again Ryan!

Keep up with his adventures:

instagram // @istumbl

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website //

flickr //