All posts tagged: tbt

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. …

Shanghai Cab Driver

Fear and Loathing in Shanghai

Dusk falls before the wheels touch down on the tarmac of Pudong International Airport, Shanghai. Passengers rush to grab their suitcases, joining the flow of human traffic streaming into the terminal. Signs route us through exit points out to Arrivals. People are tugging at our sleeves, asking us to take a ride with them, but we muscle our way to the taxi waiting area outside. After standing patiently in line with several other weary passengers, we are finally shuffled into a cab. I hand the driver a piece of paper with the address scrawled on it in English and Chinese, and we set off for the highway and into the darkness. The cab is rickety, the seats are worn down, and empty food wrappers are strewn across the back. There is an overwhelming smell of stale cigarette smoke, echoing the weight of the heavy smog that hovers over the city. The driver has tired eyes and is looking at me with a cold stare in the rear view mirror. His lack of emotion makes me …

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 …

Three Years Ago Today

What were you doing last year on this day? Two years ago, three, four … ? It’s easy to make a generalization by month but pinpointing exactly what you were doing on any day is tough to do. This morning I woke up to a beautiful day in NYC, thinking of nothing but the present and what was on my calendar. I logged onto Facebook, and at the very top of my newsfeed was a photo that I posted three years ago. Facebook’s new feature Memories posted a photo of me in SFO airport standing under the terminal sign for HKG – three years ago today I was on the journey to move to Thailand – and the 24 hours following were quite a welcome to say the least. Thailand was somewhere I had visited a few times before with my family, and had taken right away to the culture and vibe of the people. A year after college I was accepted into an MBA program through St. Mary’s in London which allowed students to …