Building Your Day

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

While at my favorite coffee shop this morning I ran into an older gentleman pouring his coffee. A long line had formed behind him as he methodically added in just the perfect amount of sugar and cream.

“I don’t move too fast in the morning,” he said to me while I filled my cup. “I let the day build. No point in throwing up a roof if there isn’t any walls.”

I nodded my head in agreement not sure what to say. He smiled, tossed his stir stick and walked away to continue building his day.

Categories: Advice

A Night Out in Cody, Wyoming

February 23, 2010 1 comment

Spent the weekend in Cody, Wyoming, and enjoyed a typical night out on the town. Enjoy.

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Categories: Photography, Travel

Toddlers, a Bus Stop and Life — Why Horizontal Growth is not Always a Bad Thing

February 17, 2010 3 comments

Just shy of two years ago while sitting at a bus stop in my hometown of Santa Cruz, California, my mother crudely drew on a napkin the growth pattern of toddlers. “Typically when a toddler is getting ready to make a big emotional jump,” she explained in the cold morning fog, “they regress before taking a big step forward.” I nodded as I waved off the passing bus and continued to listen. “This may be why right now you feel you are regressing in your career,” she continued. “It may just be a sign you are getting ready to take a giant leap forward. Just be patient and pray.” True to her motherly instincts three weeks later I landed a speaking gig that effectively launched my freelancing career.

Seriously how do moms do this?

In today’s world there is constant social pressure to always be moving upward. New jobs aren’t supposed to be steps back and second homes aren’t supposed to be smaller. And while in some areas forward momentum is vital, a majority of the time regressing can lead to a big step forward.

But what about moving horizontally? These past several months I have been having hundreds of high-level conversations with CEOs, editors, publishers, freelancers and businessman. Each conversation has the potential to catapult me forward, but many times they leave me stagnant in my career. Or better yet, moving horizontally as a good friend and mentor said.

This got me thinking: Is moving horizontally really a bad thing? With every conversation I gain more experience, learn how to articulate myself and identify the keywords that resonate with different professionals. I’m smarter, quicker and see the industry through a clearer lens. With each conversation I’m finding myself closer and closer to my ultimate goal and, while it might not come for a while, I’m ready to not only continue to grow horizontally, but regress a bit when the time feels right. Of course I’ll have to consult with my mother on that one.

Categories: Advice, Personal

Dinner at 8K – Viceroy Snowmass

February 11, 2010 1 comment

Pictures from my dinner at 8K at the Viceroy Snowmass

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Categories: CO, Colorado, Photography, Travel

How News Is Really Made Courtesy of Charlie Brooker

January 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Take three and enjoy.

Categories: Humor, Video

Apple’s iPad, Apollo 13 and The Media Industry

January 27, 2010 2 comments

During the past 18 months I’ve been having lots of conversations about rethinking media. A month ago while speaking with several Conde Nast employees I used an example from Apollo 13 as my thesis for what media has to do today. In honor of Apple’s Tablet iPad, I thought I would share my entire thought processes in one, one minute clip.

Best Damn Weekend: Beaver Creek Park Hyatt

January 26, 2010 2 comments

Spent this past weekend at the Beaver Creek Park Hyatt and all the ‘you-can’t-even-afford-beer’ jokes aside, it was a wonderful weekend I hope to do again sometime. The skiing was good, and the warm chocolate chip cookies at the end of the day were heavenly. Took a few pics while I was there and wanted to share. The food is from 8100, a spectacular slopeside dinning experience complete with low ambient lighting and a beautiful center fireplace.

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Categories: CO, Colorado, Photography, Travel