* What would you do w/o TV? *
For the last 3 weeks I have been without TV.
> I’ll just let that sink in for a sec <
That means no cable, HBO, Netflix, Hulu, DVDs. None of it.
In that time I have:
Produced an EP (most still needs to be mixed & mastered, and we may extend it, but solid work), read 3 books and a magazine- granted one of those books was a tiny Zen comics, but still (The magazine was The Economist, those who know it, makes up for the tiny comics), been to 3 shows,
hiked over 13.5 miles to/from/thru Griffith Park (it was definitely more, but I had no way of calculating certain segments),
learned a new Metro & bus system,
made new friends, and have been told by 2 seperate persons that I inspire them to be brave.
Let’s just say it was the Reset button my life desperately needed and I didn't even know it.
It’s a stunning realization...
but I’ll let you make your own conclusions.
#notvnoproblem#productivegypsy#la ✈️ #nj#airportreflections#youcandoit#gogetemtiger
Do @lamer’s airport fish enjoy a good life? ...
Have seen them over the years in a variety of different airports, circling round and round the same dud coral around the same creams and lotions and potions. I wonder what beauty secrets they’ve learned by now? I wonder if their distinct displacement is a metaphor for layovers? I wonder too if LaMer is trying to get involved, make a statement about the fisheries and policies game? I wonder a lot about those fish... And I wonder who will be the first person to crack and steal them one by one from their LaMer coops around the world and bring them back to home base just like those Japanese school girls did one summer night stealing goldfish from the fair and dumping them en masse into the local pool... . That was a true story. So are these airport fish. #lamerlament
Floor pattern fascination in London. Spotted this one waiting for security check at the #v &a the other day, it reminded me of one of those StarWars #tiefighter ships ... now, last moments of some other waiting, this time for an ✈️ back to 🇩🇰 after the last trip of the marathon of travel I feel so happy and grateful 🙏 I had the chance to experience the last 2 months...admittedly, upon boarding this last flight, a slight sensation of returning from a galaxy far far away...or is it rather me going back to it? ... a question missing an obvious answer somehow 🙃✨ #readyfortakeoff#blackandwhitepattern#flippedperspectives#airportreflections
It was gray and dreary when I landed and it will be the same in the way out, however Rochester has been wonderful. Friday driving to Niagara Falls and back was amazing and spending the rest of the weekend with amazing friends who span the country was fantastic. I am headed back home exhausted, but still recharged and inspired. Can't wait to see you again friends! .
a bit of comfort food before flying..can't compare with the spread available at sq biz lounge but thankful to be able to freshen up a little before my next flight... chef was sharing about his budget being reduced 3 times which got me thinking about cost and sales
haha I think I need to stop thinking and rest soon
Ended this weekend in Jakarta but started the week in Kuala Lumpur.
Great week training the now-graduates of YESS21 Malaysia. When they say I inspire them, what they do not know is they inspire me as well. When their fire shines it pushes me to shine as well. Thanks for being a massive impact in my life.
As for Jakarta, we had 1 session of graduates gathering and 3 sessions of introductory seminar. Grateful and blessed to met my past graduates and more than 88 families who came to my introductory seminar to hear about Jakarta latest hype.
Thanks for trust that you have given my team. I'm fired up to push for greater breakthroughs for your children across the region.
Yesterday when I reached my hotel I was knocked out. Very sure when I reach home later I be knocked out too.
It's crazy but I must say, getting knocked out from a great day of training is addictive!
I would expect myself to wirte something reflective in this post, as my third term in UWC Dilijan ended, but I believe I already have written a lot through the past months (shoutout to the IB). So here is a 'cute couple pic from the party' that @yahia.baghdadi enriched with his bright, lovely smile! 💖
PC to @jeremychan4 who managed to focus this one picture.
6 hour @southwestair delay from PDX... Attitude is everything, so pick a good one! We got travel and food vouchers, are inside a warm and comfortable terminal that is safe, clean, quiet with lots of bathrooms, running water, lighting, food options (including @stumptowncoffee !)... we’ve got power outlets and friendly people. On one of the busiest travel days of the year, it’s easy to complain, but that just makes things worse. We need to count our blessings and appreciate our incredible quality of life everyday. #lucky#attitudeiseverything#airportreflections#thanksgiving#travel#gratitude
“And after 9 years of friendship, it’s truly been real.” - quote from legendary limerick by a team of renowned poetic geniuses. 😏📜💯 No shortage of good times with these guys. Congratulations @to_smitherines, and thank you for the wonderful excuse to spend the weekend in Utah reminiscing and laughing nonstop. #tilnexttime#airportreflections#beUTAHful
10 years a #dread
I began growing dreadlocks in September 2007. On my first day in University. I was deeply dissapointed at the time that i couldn't continue to pursue my dream of playing professional football. I was still a young man trying to find who he is and how he can give back. I remember vividly thinking that I didn't want to go to school, get a well paying Job and forget what I've always set myself to do. I didn't want to conform if you may! So against everyone's wishes (my mom hasn't got over this yet) and advise I went on a grew them #dreadlocks as a dual symbol of resistance and reminder of where my roots were. A resistance to societal pressures that would rather me conform to popular standards of what success is and how a good Rwandan, Kenyan, African man should look like. I've since worked at the highest levels of government, engaged global business and political leaders while proudly wearing my dreads. For the last 10 years, I've looked myself in the mirror everyday and knew that I cannot follow, I cannot blame anyone for what happens to my life and that I'm accountable for the decisions I make. No excuse mentality. Over the last 10 years, these dreads have represented both my inner and outer struggle and triumph. When the book of Moses is finally written. A chapter will be dedicated to these dreads. I'd like to share a list of 10 things/comments that I've received about having dreads over the last 10 years but I want to focus on the positives today. Thinking about it, isn't it crazy how powerful basic things like hair can be? ... #Mutadiaries#Ras#locjourney#Rasta#SelfLove#airportreflections 📷 @xvxyphoto
Men with rolly bags bother me. I miss mi querida Mariah. I'm so grateful it's foggy, for my drunk transitioning to hungover eyes, and not sunny. I hope my back/hip muscles hold out for the second half of this flight. Maybe it's a Denver thing to constantly have delayed flights? Do you ever notice how certain ports for certain cities people carry similar features?
Relationships... Why just that one special relationship?
So many different special relationships for different experiences.
Special dance relationship. Special "let's get coffee together" relationship. Or the special gossip relationship.
A romantic relationship is just one of many.
Why expect a single relationship to take on the burden of every need?
Contemplating life and the #Taiwan trip over #Starbucks#coffee ☕️.
I'm grateful to be able to travel, it's not something everyone can afford to do. Traveling alone, especially to non English-speaking countries scares me, and that's exactly why I do it.
This trip was different in that I was looking for mental distance from the #dailygrind and the motivation I used to wake up with everyday that had been missing for a while. The amount of apathy death can leave the living with is something I'd never thought of until it hit, or that apathy is the thief of motivation.
Too big an ask for a 96 hour trip 😊. I found an amazing level of calm through wandering the streets in whatever direction I chose through 89,197 exploring steps (#fitbit#stats lol). And through two amazing workouts, neither of which I wanted to do before they began. I found that #discipline works as well as motivation when the latter is missing in chasing your #goals although it's the harder path to travel (#punintended ).
And with that, it's time to go back home and back to work. Thanks for the #adventure and #experience Taipei! 🤗
Today's travel delay includes this beautiful sunset.
Whenever I travel by plane, I go with the intention to be patient, and to extend love and grace in abundance, no matter what happens.
Y'all, I'm tired but its very clear to me in this moment that I am also extremely blessed. I'm here spending time with one of my greatest gifts from God, my husband; and we're doing our best to get to folks we love. But I know there are some broken hearts, tired parents, and bored little ones who are flat out over this waiting thing sitting alongside me tonight (and that's just here in this airport in my tiny slice of the world). So, I'll keep being grateful and savoring these precious moments. And, truth be told, I'm grateful for the time to pause.
Well, summer vacation has finally come to an end, and here I wait for my delayed flight back to Canada and then back to a career I love. Airport waiting is one of my favourites past times, as I'm sure my fellow wanderlusters would agree with me, but there's also a sense of nostalgia and reflection when it's the final leg home and the next journey wander is months away. I call this my vacation comedown and hangover because I know what real life awaits for me and the things I love about travelling: waking up to new sights, sharing Airbnb and hotel rooms with friends, having dinner with nice glasses of wine, searching for the hole in the wall treasures to dine at, connecting and laughing at your guides and touristic venues, fishing in the local tinder ponds together, and of course, hiking to crazy high elevations and crossing off bucket lists. On this trip I have appreciated the achievement of summits and cold beauty of Norway, the mountains and beaches of Montenegro, the history and perogy of Poland, and, the dog accepting and beautiful people and city of Sweden (yes, I would like to marry a Swede in my next lifetime please!)! And of course, I always appreciate coming home to London. Back to my Boston Terrier, bike riding, teaching and third wheeling lifestyle in Canada. Melbourne, Australia at Christmas, you seem so far away....
This morning, at the airport, I was thinking about how amazing it is that there are so many people traveling and moving at any given moment. On the flight, I read in a PEW Charitable Trust report that there are 60 million displaced people in the world. 60 million. As we wait on our ride, I've been watching and hearing people from all over - each with his or her story. Will we take the time to observe and listen? People are amazing. This world is amazing. •
#day101 of #365degreesofbody
Reflections at the airport. I always find transit a time of reflection for me. I enjoy that it is time that cannot be allocated to anything else; I simply exist in that moment. Being related to travel means that I am leaving one place and moment and going into another. It allows reflections of past and ideas for future. It is often enjoyable and thoughtful, sometimes sad and wistful, other times excited and full of potential. This moment I was feeling a sadness and longing for the people I was leaving in Melbourne, which is not an unfamiliar feeling for me when I leave people. I remember since childhood feeling a sense of loss leaving people after spending considerable or meaningful time with them. (Think school camps, that intense time spent together for me was followed by an immediate sense of loss -despite how ready you may have just felt to leave a giant group of people and go home!) This transit time for me is a liminal state. My life currently feels like a liminal state actually.
The beginning of a 20 hour journey. Said my tearful goodbyes over the past few weeks, and now I am ready for this new chapter. This has been a huge lesson in letting go, every attachment, every emotion has risen to the surface the past month. I've been learning to be enough in the present moment to let myself feel the emotions, but have the foresight and wisdom to understand that the emotions are transitive and will soon evolve into excitement and broader understanding. These changes can be uncomfortable, but that's how you know you are growing and expanding past your comfort zone. It's time to stretch upwards and outwards! I've never been so ready. Thanking my lucky stars for divine timing-- my mantra is "I am open to all the magic of the universe. Show me the divine, I am ready to receive." Blessings to you all 🙏 #airportreflections#hawaiibound#moving#longtrip#abroad#changed#travel#wanderlust#letsdothis
Final day in Colorado. We went somewhere I've never been before. The Red Rock Amphitheater was visually stunning, however after this week I think I'm quitting stairs and steps all together. #baecation#fitcouple#airportreflections
Sunset over sacred land Peru.
I got teary eyed. It has been more than a year since I was back. Maybe 2 , sitting at the Lima airport as I await a new chapter of meeting love and his family.
Peru en mi corazón siempre.
Was doing some comparisons between old training vids and stumbled across this gem from Kumite training last April...Some 150# axle C+Ps that went slightly awry, lol...and it got me thinking about this new year coming up... The next few months are going to be FULL for me...seriously stuffed to the gills, both in and out of the gym...but I have made it my mission to push forward and progress despite whatever obstacles/shenanigans inevitably arise. And, I'm aligning myself only with people who will support me, challenge me and bring me joy (like the incomparable belt-snatching @nategreenetv and time-keeping @captainstarbuck, for example)
May all of you do the same - set scary, crazy big goals (don't wait, do it now!); if you fail, try again (and if you never fail, start dreaming even bigger!); find a squad that loves you and sticks by you, refuses to let you settle for mediocrity and playfully brings out the very best in you, whenever possible.
Let's crush it, team. Happy (almost) 2017!! #strongwoman#strongman#crush2017#goaldigger#powernyc#nystrong#airportreflections#cookiecomasmakemesentimental