All posts tagged: sunset

Hartwood

When I think of the Fourth of July, a few things come to mind: Family & friends Grilling Budweiser Fireworks Leading up to the holiday our group of friends planned to meet in Hartwood. Outside of the aforementioned elements to the perfect Fourth, Hartwood slates itself as a special place. Combining all of this together only added to the excitement as the weekend approached. Hartwood is in New York state and a five hour drive from Maryland. We hit the road before sun rise, chasing the sun north on the highway  as the lush hills and small towns passed us by. There is no cell service once you turn onto the road leading up to Hartwood, automatically making you leave all of your work e-mails and other stress behind. The days were spent hiking the surrounding forest, and lounging in the sun on the shores of the central lake. The evenings filled with good drinks, food, friends and worldly conversations. The community celebrates the Fourth by coming together for a BBQ and a patriotic desert contest before a spectacular private fireworks show. …

One Weekend in Old San Juan

A weekend in Old San Juan is a weekend well spent. I never realized what a culturally rich and historic city Old San Juan was until I spent Labor Day wandering around the forts and photographing all of the colorful homes that fill the city streets. The days were warmer and more humid then I imagined, but as the sun set cool breezes swept over the city, brining everyone into the streets. In Puerto Rico they flaunt their curves, dress uniquely, eat hearty meals … and they are happy. The people are smiling, dancing, laughing. There is no stigma, no staring eyes, no expectations – and why should there be? As long as you have family, friends and cheap beer there really should be no worries. There were many lessons I learned from their hospitality, and that it’s ok to break out in a salsa dance anywhere and everywhere, but I also wanted to share my quick guide on what to do for a weekend in Old San Juan. Airport: SJU Currency: American $ Where …

Snapshot: Ranch Life

October, 2012 After returning home from living in Thailand and graduating with idy MBA, I was working on landing my first job in NYC while spending some time living at home in Texas with my parents. Every day I cherished what was most likely the last time I would be able to live at home without a care in the world, and took the opportunity to share conversations, dinners and adventures with them. The previous year one of my parents neighbors and good friends had purchased a 3,000 acre ranch South of Abilene in Texas and he invited us to visit during this time to spend a few days at his lodge and roam the land. We piled in our Tahoe with cowboy boots and blue jeans to drive nearly 7 hours from our home outside of Houston across the great state. Of course the drive ranged from a lot of sights – to no sights that overlooked vast empty lands on the drive, and we soaked in every variety of Texan at truck stops along the …

Defining Moments; Learning to Fly

I was recently involved in a discussion around how to continuously build your social well-being and keep refreshed when there are stressors coming at you from every angle. One of the exercises prompted us to think about a “defining moment” in our life. You may have one or many, but the point of the exercise is to bring that moment top of mind in order to help push through whatever you are dealing with in the present. So what is a defining moment? A memorable, life changing decision, event, or action that alters how you view the light you shine on your goals. Moments when you were unsure about what you could accomplish, and were able to surprise yourself. They can be defined as; milestones, life-changing events, critical choices, opportunities Everyone in the group internally thought about their defining moment, and some shared them with the group ranging from moments such as asking for a vacation from their boss to uprooting their life to move to a new city. I’ve always had one defining moment in …