Sunday, August 25, 2013

Week Two - Life is groovy.

Week two. Wake-up, make a green tea, do some physio, and meditate on the patio. Blend fruits and veggies, drink, shower and go. Get in my car, turn on 102.7 and race down La Cienega Blvd to the office. Walk up 5 flights of stairs, set-up, chat with the CEO and start working. E-mails, meetings, snacks, lunch, more e-mails, meetings, snacks, and boom, it's the evening. So, what comes next?

This is the start of a new routine - or in many ways -> my life.

As someone that doesn't believe in luck, there's an expression I stand by, "what you do today is actually creating your future.  The words you speak, the thoughts you think, the food you eat and the actions you take are defining your destiny."

I won't go into the details of what comes next, but I'll tell you that it's all laddering up to something. In a small way, everyone of these small daily actions is:
  • Developing a better me. 
  • Developing those around me. 
  • Developing the place I call home. 
And if it isn't - I try it and move on.

Track of the week

Young Summer, Waves that Rolled You Under - LISTEN

Quote of the week

"It is the greatest privilege of our lifetime to become who we truly are." 

Abbot Kinney Blvd - Venice, CA

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Week 1 in LA

Beads of sweat are rushing down my face.  The music is blaring and I can barely hear my own thoughts, let alone the words coming out of the man at the front of the room.  The woman beside me keeps correcting my posture and my Lululemon tank weighs about 5lbs from all the bodily fluid it’s holding in.  It’s in this moment, with my feet locked into the bike below me at SoulCycle that I realize; I have never felt so alive during a workout.

This is day 7.

As some of you may already know, last Sunday, I packed up my belongings and said goodbye to my life in Vancouver.  Today, like another 12.8 million other people, I call the city of Los Angeles home.

The most common question I get asked, is why did I move here?  In short, I saw an opportunity, focused my attention and went for it.  The 330 annual days of sunshine had nothing to do with it...

But really, I’ve come to Los Angeles, to start the next chapter of my life.  To help grow a young company, break bread with smart, passionate people and to continue to become the best possible me that I can be.  And if I happen to inspire a few others along the way, then even better.

Moving to a new city is TOUGH and couple that with starting a new job at the same time, and I can tell you, I was nervous.  But at the same time, I was really excited.

Excited > nervous.

So here I am, 7 days later. Living in a friend’s apartment until I find more permanent digs – and for all of you back home wondering, I can honestly say, life is good.

Shout-out: thank you to the people of LA for the extra warm welcome. You are awesome.

Week 1 - the numbers.
  • 82 miles travelled in my rental car
  • 48 hours clocked in the office over 4 days
  • 16 miles of running
  • 9 visits to Wholefoods
  • 3 Mexican dinners
  • 2 family reunions
  • 1 mountain climbed
  • 1 day at the beach
  • 1 yoga class 
  • 1 Soul Cycle and
  • 0 celebrity sightings
Wilshire & La Cienega Blvd - Beverly Hills, CA

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