Life Out of the Box

LOOTB Pitaya Fest 2013

Life Out of the Box is about pursuing your dreams and doing what you love by stepping out of the typical box and making it happen no matter what. It’s one thing to be able to think differently, but it’s another to actually act on those thoughts. We want to inspire people to be doers, not just dreamers. 

It’s also about giving back to the world while making your dreams come true. Our mission with Life Out of the Box is to not only inspire people in the first world to always go after their dreams, but to also give kids in the third world the tools to be able to do the same as well. 

To see the kids we’ve given school supplies around the world to so far, check out LOOTB Gives

To learn more about how the business side of Life Out of the Box works, check out The Business

To purchase a LOOTB bracelet, go to our store

If you’re a student, teacher or staff member at a high school or university interested in having Life Out of the Box give a presentation, shoot us an email at

184 responses to “Life Out of the Box

    • Thank you @adanmaraymond! It’s wonderful to see a bright young person set off on a gap year to really learn more about the world and yourself. That’s living live out of the box! I’m looking forward to seeing how this beautiful adventure pans out for you. Will be keeping up with you! Thanks again for reaching out 🙂

  1. We wish you luck in achieving your dreams … What is the line? If you can dream it, you can do it! We also hope that you will continue talking photographs during your travels because the ones on your various pages are wonderful. Also, thank you for visiting and liking our blog. We hope that you will come back and see us as well follow our dream …

  2. Inspirational blog! Well done 🙂
    ‘It’s one thing to be able to think differently but it’s another to actually act on those thoughts’
    I love that line!

  3. Hi guys! thanks for stopping by my blog. And good luck with your adventure! Having travelled all around the world, I have an idea of the challenges and beauty that you will face and wish you well.

    • Thanks Joy! There always seems to be a balance in life with beauty and challenges–our goal is to solve the challenges so that the beauty of life out ways them everywhere we go 🙂 Thanks again for your warm wishes.

  4. Hey! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I’m so glad you did because I loved coming over here to read yours! I went on a mission trip to Nicaragua in 2008 and it was an amazing experience. Keep up the good work that you are doing over there! All the best! 🙂

  5. Wow. All I can say is WOW! I am inspired by your work, your contributions, your generosity and your passion. What incredible role models you are for all of us to … really actively engage every day. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world. I look forward to following your journey. Giving thanks for folks like you and yours today.

  6. Thank you very much for stopping by our blog and liking our post: much appreciated.
    You really have a cool project going on: congrats to the two of you for your choice to live outside the box.
    Best of luck – take care

  7. Its really wonderful to see people like you going to such height which very few people can think of. It takes lot of courage to do this. I have been thinking and thinking about mine but still not having that extra courage to follow the dreams. Getting inspiration now. Thanks

  8. I get all my ideas in the shower and have a little journal in the bathroom cabinet to write them down before I forget. I try to do something with of them:-)

    I love your business idea, passion and daring. Way to go!

  9. Beautiful and inspirational idea. I love that you’re DOING it. My hubby and I are in search of how we can be more socially conscious and contribute to this big, wide world of ours. I look forward to reading more about your adventures and gathering inspiration from you. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by our blog! (

    • Thanks Shelly. It sounds like your taking the first step of planning and figuring it out. We can’t wait to hear what you do. Just make sure your passionate about it and you can’t go wrong.
      Jonathon and Quinn

  10. What an awesome concept! It is wonderful to see people stepping out to make a difference. Thank you for stopping by The Brass Rag. I hope you’ll come back and see us soon. Meanwhile, enjoy being out of the box and happy writing.

  11. You guys are amazing! I didn’t think I would end up so inspired after someone liked my first blog post, haha. So glad you guys did, though, because I’m excited to follow your journey and see what incredible ideas you have next! You make the Bay Area proud=)

    • Aww thanks. We miss the bay area tons but we had to follow our hearts and do what we felt was best. We are excited that your following our journey too. Shout out anytime to let us know what you think. Thanks.

  12. I just wanted to let you guys know that I’ve nominated you for both the Beautiful Blogger award, and the Very Inspiring Blogger award. You do amazing things, and I look forward to what you’ll have next for the world to see and read! 🙂

  13. I totally agree with this…thinking it is important, but at some point one must “do” as well, in order to make a difference. I admire your goals and focus on a socially conscience business. My Best…and thanks for the “like”.

  14. What you are doing is so awesome! Yay for being a great social entrepreneuers and for having the courage to go abroad, start your own business and help others. I hope one day I can have as fulfilling as a career as yours! Also, look for an order for a bracelet soon! 🙂

  15. Love your title and your blog concept, and I can see that I’m gonna need to set aside an entire day to explore what you are building here. When tomorrow looks back through history, I believe 2012 will be revealed as a landmark year in a major Earth transition (yes, the Mayans DID get it right!). “Life Out of the Box” is a prime example of the positive change and growth we need to continue as a species. ~ Jim

  16. All the superlatives have been used in prior comments. This is really creative and giving and just plain awesome. And I might not have found it if you hadn’t visited my blog. Thanks for liking my post. I’m going to be following your enterprise! Best wishes in the new year!

  17. wow, really admire your business and business model. the website, blog, etc are really neat.

    who makes the bracelets? how are they made? you could also highlight that aspect of your work and showcase the impact such work has on the people who make them. i think you already understand that industry is not about extracting work from people for profits but rather industry is for developing people through work for values… of course profits are bound to follow if this is done.

    all the best to you guys for your endeavors. and thanks for visiting my blog.


    • Thank you Sam. Some of our bracelets are made by local families in town. We will write an article to show you and everyone who they are. We appreciate your comment and we are thankful for you thinking it is all neat. Have a great day Sam.

  18. I thoroughly enjoy visiting Life Out Of The Box! For the past few years, I’ve been working on getting out of my box in all areas of my life. Thank you Quinn and Jonathon for sharing your story and passion. Many Blessings, Pam

  19. Buenas and thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post! I was an ex-pat myself several times in Mexico but had a purely “for profit” business, not that I saw any of the profit since it was lining the pockets of the Mexican government. Still, it was the best of times and I learned Spanish and made memories I’ll never forget. Here’s to you guys and my best advice: don’t ever come back to the US! I’ve regretted it for 15 yrs. Pues, disfruten la vida en Nicaragua…Alisa

    • Wow. That’s crazy advice but we get it. We will come back to visit friends and family but at this moment we have trouble seeing us settle down anywhere. We love our life on the road in Nicaragua because we love the journey of learning and exploring. Do you want to go back to Mexico right now?

      • Buenas otra vez,
        I’d love to go back to Mexico! The US is all about “keeping up with the Joneses” and it’s not for me. Unfortunately, I’m sick now from a genetic disorder–what my blog is about in essence–so I’m stuck in iPhone land. I’ll pass this on: I’ve been to Morocco and LOVE the desert cities (I need an arid climate now), but it’s major culture shock/sort of restrictive for women–even this woman who can pass as a native and is a former ex-pat. Add Morocco to your list; it’s worth a push-pin on the map, especially since you’re males. Lots to export (all from artisans), but learn some French first. Spanish is spoken by most in the North, FYI. Flights daily out of JFK via Royal Air Maroc… Go for it!
        Suerte, Alisa

  20. You two are really inspiring. In a world where all we see is governments and banks taking so much from ordinary people, it is wonderful to see two young people like you making such a difference in the world. All the best with you this business, I am sure I will be reading about you in Time Magazine some day.

    Also thank you for liking my blog.

  21. Just wanted to say thanks for checking out and liking one of my posts, because it has led me to your blog and I think it is awesome what you two are doing. Good luck!

  22. Word. That’s what we’re about. We’re hoping to go offgrid in relative luxury DIY style for ~$60 sq ft! Good to know you!

  23. Hey there! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and I’m glad you did as now I have discovered you and your incredible mission. I look forward to hearing more 🙂

  24. I love your project, such an inspiring and worthwhile idea. I wish you all the best for the future and I’ll have to spend the rest of this morning reading more of your blog and thinking out of the box.

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