"Irreverent, Witty, Mutinous. Possibly Insightful."

Moving to Costa Rica

It's a book.

It's not about chickens.

When you hit your late 20s, you will likely go through the five stages of leaving your 20s, all of which include various manifestations along the anxiety continuum:

  • Denial, alcohol, and gaming
  • Anger, getting high on dank, alcohol, and gaming
  • Bargaining and travel to Peru to live simply and take ayahuasca
  • Introspection and discovering shrooms
  • Reluctant Outward Acceptance and Denial (aka the Road), resulting in assorted anxiety disorders

And with that, you are an adult. Have a nice day.

Cynically hopeful with a dose of self deprecation and ambition

I truly identified with Mr. Peak's Running With Chickens. As a member of his peer cohort, I often find myself full of cynicism while my hopes for a better future are almost comedically clashing with the expectations of the generation that supposedly created "choice". An excellent collection of essays, rants, raves and recollections, anyone with a sense of ironic humor would be advised to take a few hours and read Running With Chickens.

That was a fun read

It’s not really usual for me to come across books like these, but when I do usually have a great time. The informal way the book is written makes me feel like I’m just sitting with a friend having couple of beers and just chatting about anything we’d like to. In fact, I have so much similar opinions brought up by Steve that I actually felt like he was someone I could relate to.

I had some good laughs while reading this book

I had some good laughs while reading this book. From the beginning I was able to enjoy how well written and clear this book is even though it has its own structure. Sometimes when an author tries to be creative and create their own chapter structure, especially when it is a little unusual, it can happen that things become a little confusing. With this book I didn’t feel that at all. I believe the detailing part was done exactly in the right amount. Enough to make you understand everything that is taking place, and not too much that would make the book a drag.

A humorous look at what it’s like, and what it’s not to be like, a millennial

He reminds us, plain and simply, that the most important thing in this day and age is to be human, treat others how you want to be treated, realize that we are all actually much more similar than we are different from one another. He urges us to take action, stop blaming others; get over that it happened and work to fix it from happening again.

Witty and Inspiring!

This book came to me at the perfect time. The author is both witty and inspiring. It was an easy and enjoyable read, I highly recommend this book - especially to other 30-somethings like myself.


Running with chickens is an exploration of disillusionment and enlightenment that drove a monumental life change. Enjoy the ride with author Steve Peak who went from Silicon Valley coder guy to Costa Rica farmer.

A Quarter Life Crisis.

A quarter-life awareness had crept into his white space while he sat, coding in his ergonomic exoskeleton chair at a successful biz tech company in Silicon Valley.

So. He Quit.

He packed a backpack and hopped a flight. Steve now lives in Costa Rica on his 12 acre farm and spends his day in his garden working with apprentices and running with the chickens.

Overall Philosopy.

Steve believes the work week is part of the social construct designed to distract us from reality. He wants us to get off the hamster wheel and make our lives make sense. He’s here to help.

Who is Steve Peak?

We’re not sure, but while most people were busy advancing careers and getting married, he was building an aquaponics system with recycled materials in the backyard of the party house he shared for eight years with five roommates. Then the dog dug up his garden and the neighbor’s cat stole the tilapia. He decided to move on.

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