Because it’s not the Las Vegas Strip. “Le duh Spence,” you may be saying to yourself. But hear me out. Why do people come to Vegas? For the nightlife, the gambling, the food, the shows, and the novelty of the Las Vegas Strip that is unrivaled? But it’s exactly those reasons that many people don’t like Las Vegas.

“There’s no culture.”

“Everything is so expensive.”

“It’s so touristy.”

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The days between my 30th birthday last year and my 31st birthday one month ago today saw me undertake something of a social experiment, where I committed to 12 months of living experientially. Something I called, my “30 at 30 List.” It wasn’t so much a travel bucket list, since it involved a lot of things that weren’t related to travel, but rather a life experiences list. While travel has been central to my personal growth the last few years, it’s not the end, but rather a means to an end. This was a challenge to pursue dreams (both tangible and intangible), doing things that I had always said I  wanted to do, but had never done. What ensued was a year of living purposefully and taking calculated risks. And I learned…a lot. I recently wrote about 30 things I learned from my one-year life/bucket list. But I’m not here to merely reflect on and rehash those things, but rather discuss how it’s propelling me in living a more experiential, well-lived life.

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This time of year is one of my favorite times of year. Yes, with clocks springing forward, it means I can stay outside and play after 5. And yes, it is in fact  National Frozen Food Month (seriously, that’s a thing). But most importantly to me, it’s one of the best sports months of the entire year. It’s March Madness (which if I was president, would be a national holiday)! But more relevant for today’s discussion, it’s Spring Training. And today I’m talking Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the Cactus League is in full swing.

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