Week by Week – W12Y2017

Another busy week and my first time experiencing a NYC Snow Storm. After these past four-week, I don’t believe I could be anymore tired. The travel up and down is mentally and physically growing. The hot, then cold, and then hot again constant temperature changes is maddening. You have to pack everything; to that point, I’m just going to start leaving a bunch of clothes at the NYC apartment. Additionally, the email and meeting barrage is professionally frustrating because a lot of it is a time suck with no agenda or meaningful outcome. I am working harder to keep up a long-term perspective on the situation and find some type of meditative patience. I am also trying t o exert more control over the pace and format of the information coming at me so I can balance all of my commitments. 

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Week by Week – W11Y2017

The beginning of a week can have so much sway over how the rest will play out. I made a big mistake and flew up to NYC on a Monday morning around 6:45 am. I was drained and wiped the whole rest of the week. I know better and need to hit the ground on Mondays with more energy and a better mood. To that end, I have made Mondays a dedicated being a rest day from training and a triple coffee day in order to get shit done. 

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Week by Week – W10Y2017

The traveling marathon has begun. I could probably run a blog on just the everyday experiences of business travel but I don’t like to relive the struggle more than I already do. What’s different this year is that the schedule and destination is set way in advance. Same client, location and dates for the foreseeable future. So, if there is any silver lining in all this travel, it is that I can still maintain some semblance of my everyday life when I am not on the road.  

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Week by Week – W09Y2017

This weekend marked the 25 year anniversary of my dad passing away. It has been a very eventful 25 years filled with every imaginable turn. Though I wish I could have had him there with us along the way I feel like he has been there and I hope I am making him proud. He was without a doubt the most important thing in my life up until he died. He has remained influential by being an example I hope to replicate and reminding me how short life is and why we should push beyond our comfort zones. We never know how much time we have. May you all climb mountains, see new lands, and engage with the most interesting people. Life is too short for all the other BS.  

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Week by Week – W08Y2017

I learned first hand the power of blogging my way through my inner musings and then taking immediate action on those reflections. What would have been a sour week be grumpy about being in Vegas turned into a great one. I reflected and posted about my mood and how I needed to not let it get the best of me. The post served as a mirror to my inner thoughts and made immediate changes based on what I saw. By the end of the week I had received recognition from my peers and company along with a great performance at a race that I held back in. 

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Week by Week – W07Y2017

Balance. It is a very altruistic state to strive towards but a hard one to achieve. I have found that it is almost like a religion in itself or an ideology championed. From political debate, to work / life interaction, to periods of great effort followed by stretches of being disengaged. The underpinning key for successfully finding balance, is being flexible. To that point, I have been trying to be very flexible to bumps in the road and interruptions. Or understanding that sweet spots of productivity don’t always align to your preferences. Flexibility is the mantra, the Ying and Yang.  

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Week by Week – W06Y2017

Emotional Intelligence, it’s literally one of the hardest things to measure and develop. The majority of my reflection on life centers around whether or not I made the right intelligent decision versus an emotional one in every scenario. I am an innately emotional person. I have worked over time to suppress my emotional response and let reason and rational drive how I interact in the world. I don’t want to be a stoic or cold, but I want to avoid letting my emotions driving me to do or say things that my cooler head would never allow. This approach is a hard struggle, and at times I do make an emotionally driven mistake. In this time of divide, I am going to try and double down on this approach, because I want to be able to look back and show how I channeled my emotions into social passions that actually made a difference and not just noise. 

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