Hawaii Bound …..

overpacked for vacation

6 pairs of swim trunks?  Seriously, why did I pack 6 pairs of swim trucks? It seemed logical at the time and a sound decision.  But then packing in a frenzy always leads to poor planning on my part.  But nonetheless, I am off to Hawaii for the week and I am praying it will be filled with lazy days on a beach drinking alcoholic items from a hollowed out pineapple…..

So I apologize up front if my blogging is a bit lax but I hope you understand.  Sometimes a boy has to unplug to remained fully charged.  While I won’t be blogging, I will be on FacebookTwitter and Insta.gram documenting my time chill-laxin’…..

Have a GREAT week!

Motivational Mondays: Time Off…..

Walter Annenberg Quote

I am starting to find my balanced state when it comes to work and play.  Last week, The Partner, myself and four other friends rented a house in Palm Springs.    It was magical because I found the time to breathe.

Palm Springs House Collage

Inhale.  Exhale.  Ahhhhh………

House View Palm Springs

I found the time to sit and do nothing.  I found the time to listen to conversations, read a magazine, eat bad food and drink a little too much.  I found the time to hike.  I found the time to do all the things I wanted to do but felt guilty about doing while home but the setting forced me to focus on relaxation….


I found myself relaxed and happy.  I found myself up early in the morning, out of excitement to have breakfast with friends.  And then around Day 4, I was ready to go home.  I found my balancing point.  I was energized and ready to get back to work.

I never thought of myself as a “vacation” type of guy but as I get older, I find these small breaks are exactly what I need to fuel myself for the long stretches of work ahead.  A little reprieve from my normal life.

Now back to our regularly scheduled crazy……

Have a great week and remember to take a moment to breathe and take a little break!

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Loving Out Loud: Tahoe…..

I finally convinced myself that it was okay to take a non-work related get away.  Looking back I realized that almost all of my travels have been for work.  While fun, these trips had major work components to them which even in the most idealic setting can be stressful.  So when my friends invited me up to spend the weekend at their cabin in Kirkwood, I jumped at the chance to have a “work-free” ski weekend….







…. and to be 100% honest, there was no skiing involved from my end.  Just alot of walks in the snow, a few strong cocktails and alot of laughter and good conversation.  Exactly what I needed…..

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