To say I simply “left” Orlando in 2009 would be an understatement. I freaking bolted.
“I think first and foremost, people only protect the things they love. And you can’t love something unless you inherently identify with it.”
Kris Tompkins, wife of American environmentalist and original co-founder of The North Face Doug Tompkins, was referring to the two million acres of land in Chile they’re preserving called Conservacion Patagonica.
I love what the Tompkins’ are doing and I’m on a mission to protect something, too – culture.
How many times, if at all, have you attended a convention or conference of any kind? If they’re anything like the ones I’ve been to, they’ve consisted of a lot of words, great dinners, and even better after-parties. All followed up with large amounts of coffee and five-hour energy’s the next day.
This month I was part of a summit, or conference. It was seventy-two hours stocked full of thought provoking, gut wrenching, heart opening, passionate, and educational conversations with some of the most beautiful people I have ever met.
How do you mend a broken heart? It seems like an age-old question, but a couch, four seasons of Mad Men, several king size packs of “Twix”, and maybe a week’s worth of Subway five-dollar foot longs seem to do the trick.
Yeah, I see you over there. Don’t judge me.
In the summer of 2009, I moved to Los Angeles for an internship. I believe it was one of the most influential times of my life. (For someone my age, I think that’s a really strong statement. But, it’s one of those things you just feel and know at your core.) Read more…
My life wasn’t always rainbows and unicorns. There was a time I chose something I believed to be far worse than fear. Read more…
Mention an usual event in a unique location, and I’m there. This is what happened one rainy Sunday-funday in Fort Lauderdale a few weeks ago for my best friend’s surprise birthday party. I myself was the surprise. A missed flight, seventy dollars, and eight hours later: I arrived. Totally worth it (and then some).