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.
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.
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.
This week Angela and I celebrated our 10th Anniversary since we started dating. A decade is such a great length of time to gauge the progress in life. In the decade we have been together we have seen, accomplished, grown and overcome so much. Sometimes it feels like a lifetime, others one chapter of a big book. I still find it hard to believe all that we have done in one decade. Countries visited, wedding attended, trips taken, places lived. etc. I hope we can make ourselves proud and do even more in the next decade.
The Corporate Purge: One challenge we took on is to purge every corporate feed, email and page from our social media and email accounts. I believe what’s left is less noise and more clarity. We’ve also cut down on TV and it is leaving more time for preparation in all activities. My focus has improved and my appetite for reading has gone up. I would challenge everyone to do a Big Corporate Cleanse in their own lives as well. I am over being sold and giving my money to the wrong people. I want my money to have local and longer reaching impact.
A big thank you to everyone who donated to my #Movember campaign.I was able to raise over $4oo individually and my company team raised over $5,000 collectively. Charitable giving is very big to me so I am really grateful for those who stepped up and showed their support. I setting a big donation target of 5-10% of our base salaries next year to various causes. Especially the causes that the far right dislikes. In this new political culture, we have to come together to support each other more because I believe a new wave of greed and selfishness is on the way.
A big thank you to everyone who has donated to my Movember page already. Angela, Jessica, Toyin, Eréndira, Nick and others. If you have not already you can still donate to my #Movember efforts and help me change the face of men’s health. http://mobro.co/rbakare
New York is truest embodiment of a cultural melting pot. Life for me is all about experience and diversity. I wish everywhere had a little New York in it. A little soul, a little rush, a little conflict and a little chill. Half of America rejects progress and diversity. I know they will lose, progress demands it and history shows we ultimately want to explore and intermingle.
Happy New Year everyone. I did not want too much time to pass before I made my first post of 2009. I did not blog even half as much as I would have hoped in 2008; but will make every effort to do better this year. One thing I wish, is that I had written more about the trips that Angela and I took last year.