What A Time To Be Alive

 In Life

Some people use the new calendar year as a time to reflect. During the past few years, birthdays have become a time of self-reflection for myself. I don’t loathe it when my birthday comes around, but it does make me think.

I’ve had friends and coworkers ask me “How do you feel?”

Honestly, I feel great!

This is the healthiest I’ve been in my life. I feel mature in my career, I still party like I’m 25, and I intend to continue partying. The difference between then and now is that I don’t go home wasted at 2 am and do nothing the next day.

At this point, I’ve figured out the balance of how to go out, have fun, stay up until sunrise, and then be up and out doing something active (gym, cycling, etc) by lunchtime.

Back to reflection. This past year has been great to me. Professionally, I got a promotion last fall. Personally, I’ve been able to travel a lot for business and pleasure. This is the most travel I’ve done in a year, I definitely made it a priority.

I made a list:


  • California – San Jose, San Francisco
  • California – Los Angeles, San Diego
  • Las Vegas, Nevada (x2)
  • Grand Canyon South Rim, Arizona
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Portland, Oregon
  • International
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Martinique, Fort de France
  • Costa Rica – La Fortuna, Tamarindo
  • Saint Martin / Sint Maarten
  • Turkey – Cappadocia, Istanbul
  • Croatia – Zagreb, Plitvice, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik

Why have I been focused on travel?

You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there.

Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive. -Maya Angelou

Let’s add some more cliché thoughts to the above quote:

Tomorrow isn’t promised for anyone.

Life can take away all of my physical things, but it can’t take away my experiences.

Perspective is everything, and it’s all too easy to get caught up in your local narrative. There is life outside of Manhattan, outside of New York City, and outside of America; so get out there! Think of it as one of those hippie-dippie tote bags that you’ll find someone carrying at Whole Foods: Act locally, think globally.

Why did I want to create this blog?

I found writing as a way to share my deepest thoughts and express my emotions when I was in high school. At this point, I have a few interests / hobbies / passions / whatever you want to call it, and I wanted a digital space where I could share them, for anyone else who might be interested in the same things.

I’ve thought about topics where I could contribute and decided to start with photography, travel / trip reports, and music. Expect to see a few “what is the meaning of life?” posts as well.

What got me to want to finally commit to this?

I actually bought this domain back in March and life got in the way. I was busy doing the actual traveling and didn’t prioritize time to sit down and share my trip reports. I took a look at the calendar and realized that my (first solo) trip to Martinique last December was about a year agooooo, and the backlog has piled up.

I intentionally haven’t shared much about my trips because I want to share them as trip reports on this blog, and that needs to start this month.

What wisdom can I share?

Be true to yourself. I’ll expound on that in the future post. (Insert future reference link here).

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading.


29 was dope, cheers to 30.

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  • TG

    looking forward to more posts. The talmud says “At age 30, one receives strength,” yet somehow I’m way flabbier than I was in the old days. Nothing but the best for you, man.

  • Reggie Javier

    Well said man

    Good luck and more promotions and blessings to come

  • Emma Rafol

    Wow you have gone deep in your thoughts and have definitely matured in your perspective of life. I quite agree with enriching ones self with different experiences and I personally want to travel myself starting now when I still can walk and not wait when I am retired and old. I feel that there’s so much of me in you. Go for it son- the best treasures are the memories of experiences. So proud of you. Love mom

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