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For My Birthday This Year, I Quit My Job to Start a Company

2016 has come with a lot of changes. After three years of living in NYC I packed up to make a move to DC to start a new and exciting career and move in with my boyfriend. I worked really hard to secure the perfect job ahead of my move, and once I started, I realized it wasn’t the right fit. After a few months I felt, maybe I hadn’t made the right choice and was unsure of where I went wrong. Leading up to the new role I had worked with a career coach to help me pinpoint the perfect role and career path while researching day and night to find the company that sat at the top of everyone’s lists for opportunities. Once I got there, I didn’t feel that spark I yearned for, and I was scared about what my next steps should be.    I spent my evenings wondering: what is it that will make me happy? I’ve worked across a wide spectrum, from startups to corporate settings, and nothing kept the fire inside me …

Antonio

When I was growing up, my dad always said, “the most important thing someone owns is their name.” He never failed to remind my brother and me of this anytime we interacted with someone wearing a name tag. Using the name of someone whom you are familiar with is easy, but I found it very awkward to use a stranger’s name at places like restaurants or hotels. Slowly but surely, I started making a point of saying “thank you (name)” whenever I spoke with someone wearing a name-tag to build out this habit. Once I started to actively and confidently practice what my dad taught me I noticed the difference it made in my interactions with total strangers. Most significantly, I noticed the smiles on their faces and glimmer in their eyes, as if their hearts were reaching out to say “thank you for noticing me.” This feeling intensified whenever I took the time to ask someone for the correct pronunciation, or ask for their name if they were not wearing a tag. I started …

First Day of Spring

Yesterday was the first day of spring, and small flurries have been teasing the North East following the first blooming of cherry blossoms last week. This winter season has had its highs and lows, in metric terms that is, jumping all over the temperature scale. One weekend would require a full parka and snow boots, followed by one allowing for light jackets and dainty heels. The season this year was defined by one large storm that hit the Northeast on January 22, taking the bronze medal as the third-largest single snowstorm measured since the city’s record-keeping began in 1869. During the years I lived in the city I learned that if you are going to be snowed in, there is no better place to be than NYC. It’s a spectacle to see the roads closed down and people walking about freely, hopping from bar to bar and enjoying long meals with friends, with nowhere to go and not a care in the world. On January 22, my day was spent with friends cooking several meals, …

Day by Day

In my New Year’s post I wrote about how I do not look at the New Year as a time to make life changes all starting on January 1 – but prefer to set smaller goals throughout the year and take it day by day.  To me, the New Year signifies a moment to reflect on last years struggles and accomplishments, but also as a reminder to checkin with myself – like one big alarm clock going off at midnight. This last year I focused on setting a series of small goals to help make sure I set a solid foundation for checking in with myself to make sure I am able to get through the ups and downs of any week, month or year. I can’t deny that 2015 was defined by trial and error of multiple methods, but I can confidentially say that I came out on the other side having built habits that work for me. With so many people working towards their New Years resolutions, I wanted to share some of my …

Back on the Water

The first tug on the rope I place my foot on the back of the ski and yell “GO BOAT!” I’m out of the water and automatically in a routine – feeling the weight of the boat pulling against my leg, the pads of my hands feeling worn and turning red, my lower back muscles tightening so I can mold myself into the perfect position. This is my body working, and reminding me how good it feels to accomplish something out of the ordinary, something extraordinary. My first time on the water with two skis was when I was 10 years old, and by the age of 12 I was the Swivel Ski Champion of the East Coast. Sure, kids are quick learners and are a bit more fearless – but going from standing on two skis to performing toe hold 180’s in front of large crowds within two years – it’s clear that I had to endure a lot of training to get there. As I transitioned to High School my swivel skiing slowed …

Press Play

Walking through the park the other day and listening to my headphones I saw a group of older Asian ladies doing Tai Chi. As I stared it seemed as if I their off sync movements began to flow to the beat of my electro beats as a child ran spastically, but rhythmically around them. It all seemed acted out, like a music video set that I was unintentionally directing. I noticed that when I press play, the world seems to slow down – or speed up – to move in motion to my beat. I took a moment to sit and stare at everyone else plugged in, wondering… what is acting out in their minds? The guy on the train with blonde wavy hair and flip flops, closing his eyes and strumming his fingers … hitting every beat of the jerking train tracks as if it’s in sequence to crashing waves on the beach. The burly man in a fancy suit and tie standing in line for coffee – restricting his head shaking with wild eyes …