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Staying fit on the road

To get rich never risk your health. For it is the truth that health is the wealth of wealth.

Richard Baker

So my friend Alison over at INTD asked me to write something about staying fit while on the road during the holiday season. I said sure and as I thought about it, I came to the conclusion, that holiday eating is just the start of our problems. I think holiday eating allows for us to set resolutions so that we can start an exercise routine at the beginning of the year, only to have that resolution go to pot by March of the next year. I am guilty of this resolution process, however, a few years back I got into a program that I find tends to work for everyone who gets involved.

The program that I used was called body for life and trust me it works. The year was 2000 and I was fed up with being on the road and not working out, drinking to excess (I think I am the only travel director that drank on the road), and eating poorly and when I say poorly, I mean it was infrequently and unh…


Sunrise is just another reminder that we are in the right place at the right time and that life, no matter what, is always good Chad Bordes

So i decided to repost this.

My friend Becky Furstenberg gave me this or copied it and emailed it to me when i was going through the roughest patch of my life. As i have always said, it is our friends and family that leave us speechless at the end of the day. I am grateful for all I am and i am all i am because of my friends and family.

-- written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s --
"Found in Old St. Paul's Church"

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for alw…

Movie Review: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

We are blessed with breath, we are blessed with sight, we are blessed with love, all of these are choices...
So a year ago in approximately January 5th, a friend of mine, Chelsea Main, saved my life. I was at my wits end. I was penniless, I had just received a DUI, my girlfriend of 5 years and I had broken up and I was mentally done with life. If someone would have given me a painless way out, I would have taken it. I remember looking up suicide methods on the internet and was looking at all options. I really felt so hopeless and that time is so vivid in my life that i can taste and feel it as i write this now. I know there are others out there in this kind of hurt, if so please get ahold of me. I can help...

I remember sitting at my computer and my friend sent me a link to the secret. This is the email she sent on the 6th.

Go to this website:

Pay $4.95 and watch this movie, you won't regret it. If you do, I'll send you $4.95.

Love, Chelsea

I th…

Leaving Lana'i

There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.”

Tennessee Williams

So today marked the departure from a week long corporate gig in Hawaii on the island of Lana’i. It is a gorgeous island with only sixteen miles of paved roads. There are 3 main hotels on the island, two of which are inland and one is on the water. The Ko’ele Lodge by the four seasons and the Hotel Lana’i, which is a small 12 room hotel, are the two hotels in land. If you take the only paved road down the hill, approximately 8.5 miles, you will eventually get to Manele Bay. It’s beautiful and overlooks the water.

Half the staff stayed at the Ko’ele lodge which is beautiful and secluded. I loved it and really felt like it was its own secluded property. There were wild turkeys on the property behind my room in the morning and the moonlight was so bright that you would think you were walking amidst a summers morning. One night in particular, I couldn’t sleep because i decided to drink Ice…

to really see a sunset

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

Rabindranath Tagore

Many people take sunsets for granted. Sometimes those of us that live near the water are the same way. Because we live on the coast we say “I see sunset’s all the time...” The question becomes do you really see the sunset. Are you just going through the motion of a sunset to say that you have seen one, or do you envelope yourself in the moment? Do you feel the energy vibrating around you as the sun sets for another day? Do you breath in the colors that reflect on to your eye? Have you truly appreciated a sunset?

I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it yesterday. I went to the gym, sent off some proposals, filled out some expense reports and was rushing. I felt, as i do everyday, when i have the opportunity to check out a sunset, that it is a religious experience. It is as if it may be the last sunset I ever see. I soak up every moment and embellis…

finishing my dad's book

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland

So this has been an enormous task. I have finished a book that my father wrote some 18 years ago. It is his memoirs and the first time i read it, i didn’t get all. I guess i looked at it from the perspective of knowing everything. I felt like i knew more than him. I was after all 19 when he started to write it and we as young men feel like we know it all at that age.

I never really payed attention to it after that and remember coming upon it after he passed. It sat in storage for a while, then my mom had it by her bedside. As time passed and I got older, i realized that i had to do something with it. I realized that I don’t know everything and that I hope to be able to learn from him, about him.

There are so many questions I wish i could ask him. That is the problem with life, you don’t get opportunities to ask when someone passes away. I tend to be a strong follower of…

time for my friendship spiel

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost."
- Charles Caleb Colton

I have two friends whom i love dearly. One of them is my room mate and the other is a friend from the south. They are both fantastic amazing guys, with one minor flaw. They don’t live in the now, They live in the future. They both say they are not going to date until they have the Adonis body that is not real. They would rather miss out on great opportunities in life for some future date that may not ever come.

I really think that one has to love themselves now or the tomorrow that they hope for will never get here. Some people think they are too fat, too bald, too old, too slow. I say let it go... There is never a better time than right now to get out there and feel great about yourself exactly as you are. Just because you don’t look like everyone else in the magazines, or on tv, doesn’t mean you are not worthy. If there is one thing i can’t stand, it is the m…