Keep it simple.


simplifyDear Jacobs brothers,

Several years ago, I began working at Eastern Mountain Sports in Tonawanda, New York. The first employee purchase I made was my Life is Good shirt with the simple message “Get Out” in the color Sky. That shirt went with me on every camping trip, every kayak or canoe excursion, and on more than one occasion when I was snowshoeing to classes. Once I graduated from college, I began a graduate degree in humanities. This current academic semester is my final one and it is an internship in Los Angeles (very far from my native New England). I packed my car with all the essentials for life in L.A.: Frisbees, snowshoes, all my camping gear, books, sewing machine, and a decade worth of journals and diaries.

En route to my new but temporary digs in L.A., my car was robbed and almost everything was taken. As traumatic as this experience was, I was happy to realize that my LIG shirt, the most comfortable and uplifting article of clothing I own, was with me in the hotel room. I was wearing it, in fact. And for the following 74 hours this shirt was one of three items I had left to my name (the other two were my car, thankfully, and a quilt I had made). I love that shirt more every day for reminding me what really matters. Thank you for keeping me going. And if you ever need a short story or a quilt or a snowshoeing partner, please let me know.

Life rocks,

Erica B. Davis

This article is excerpted and adapted from the book Life is Good by Bert and John Jacobs, published by National Geographic on September 1, 2015. Copyright © 2015 The Life is Good Company.