Losing Sight of the Shore

“You can never cross the ocean without losing sight of the shore.”  – Christopher Columbus 

I am pulling up anchor and leaving much of the comforts and familiarities I have come to know in Tallahassee and the South. Countless sparks have been ignited in Florida: irreplaceable friends, memories and life lessons. I leave this place with smile, knowing that I would not trade the sparks experienced here for any others. My love for the South runs deep and I will always find comfort in Spanish moss, oak trees, swamp land, and the Gulf. I am turning the chapter and trading the moss for snowflakes, oaks for aspens and mud for mountains.

Spanish Moss

Aspens

I expect the next chapter in Colorado to shape me exponentially. I will meet new people who will become staples in my life like my people in Tallahassee. New memories will be cultivated, creating stories I will tell my grand kids one day. Colorado left me with a powerful spark four years ago after my short stint there in 2008. I look forward to countless more the state and its wonders have to ignite.  I don’t expect this is be all grand excitement. I expect growing pains and probably a few tears. I expect that changing my path from a familiar one to one less traveled will leave me a little dirty and a little beat up…..BUT I will become stronger and the scenery will be beautiful!

Hiking to Chasm Lake – 2010

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Beginning of a Journey

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Champuhan Ridge, Bali

My biggest fear is regret from inaction, falling short of excellence due to not trying. I am not special, most people fear this. However, excellence is different for everyone. To me excellence is creating and building something — a brand that represents living a life full of experiences and joy. I want to work tirelessly on something that I am passionate about and have a stake in, and I want these experiences to take place on different continents. I want travel to be a part of my life, a part of the brand I create. I want to ride segments of the Tour d’Afrique’s Bamboo Road Bicycle Expedition as a part of my life, not an escape from it.

This is just the beginning. There is a long, exciting journey ahead.