What Are You Working For?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I’ve always viewed my work, whatever it may be, as my art. It’s my contribution to the world. I’m going to give my best because I care, regardless of how it’s received. I care that it’s done well and that it serves someone else well or brings them some joy. I’ve never been motivated solely […]

Only As Big As You Make It

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Lifestyle, Philanthropy | 2 Comments
Only As Big As You Make It

There are certainly many habits that make me who I am. I diligently work at being deliberate about all aspects of life and I think that’s a fundamental must. Then I work to create solid habits from that foundation. Everyone struggles, to some degree, with fear, stress, lack of confidence and various other worries. Then […]

We’re Gonna Need More Phils

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Lifestyle | 9 Comments
We’re Gonna Need More Phils

I met Philip almost three years ago on our first night in Mombasa. Ilea and I showed up at his eighth story flat in the center of town. He graciously welcomed two strangers into his home that was already overflowing with life (largely in the form of other travelers that also became close friends). He […]

The Easy Bowl

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Lifestyle | 3 Comments
The Easy Bowl

People crave comfort, security and ease. We have a long history of attempting to make life an easier ride. We call it “progress”. Towards what? Just like anyone else, I appreciate when something like communication or transportation or design is made easier through technology. That type of innovation enables me to more of what I […]

Stop Moving On

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Lifestyle | 12 Comments
Stop Moving On

The Westgate battle is over. 67 lives were taken. Al-Shabab made it clear that their malice and bigotry is both strategic and boundless. If you want to get people’s attention, hit what they care about most; money. How do you do that? Instill fear in the expat (foreign) community that contributes so much to the […]

Choosing Empathy

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Lifestyle, Philanthropy | No Comments

In order to truly serve humanity, we must develop and foster our ability to empathize. There must be a constant flexing of our empathetic muscles. We must embrace the risk of deeply engaging with other humans. It opens us up to disappointment, hurt, confusion, difficulty, betrayal and the unknown. When you empathize, you allow your […]

The People With Power

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Lifestyle, Philanthropy | One Comment

“The power in people is so much stronger than the people in power.” {Bono} Now, more than ever, the people have the power. We have the knowledge, access and the tools for change. We have the ability to create momentum and alter the status quo like never before. We are democratizing our global society more and more each day. […]

Hold Fast

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Lifestyle, Philanthropy | One Comment

If you want to be a world changer, you must embrace your idealism. Hold fast to your ideals so passionately that your life becomes a mechanism for bringing them into fruition, no matter how outlandish. Today, more than ever, it’s easy to be an idealist. We have more information, connectivity and inspiration at our fingertips […]

Write A Story Worth Telling

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Lifestyle | 3 Comments

We’ve all contemplated the questions, “what is life about” and “why are we here”. I contemplate them daily. There’s almost a gravitational pull towards letting life get away from us. Life tends to live us, rather than the other way around. But we all have an opportunity to paint a beautiful picture on the canvas […]

The Power of Perspective

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in Lifestyle | No Comments

What is perspective? It’s how we view the world; the lens we see through. It’s the platform from which we make decisions. It dictates how we react to the world around us. Every experience influences our perspective. The more experiences we have, the more robust and powerful our perspective becomes. Life happens, and those experiences […]