This summer’s first big trip was a special one. My family and I took a trip to Europe to travel from Prague to Budapest to celebrate my father’s successful radiation treatments, and I was able to spend some much appreciated family time with my parents, siblings, and girlfriend. Prague was a beautiful city with insane history. We had special access to a 600 year old library with the original books, which had to have been the highlight of my time there. Though the late night clubbing experience was fun, at the end of the day the cathedrals and libraries trumped everything else.
Wrapping up a beautiful trip to Miami today. Spent the first 5 days in South Beach, and concluding the trip with 3 days here in Biscayne Bay at the Ritz Carlton. I love Miami, and try to get here 2-3 times per year. Finally starting to lock down some local food spots, like Alma Mexicana in South Beach, or “Sports Grill” in Coral Cables (best.wings. ever. Most generic name in history. Shame too, because they destroy Buffalo Wild Wings.)
Enjoyed a night out at Mansion in South Beach last Saturday, and though as many of you know I am not a professional dancer, it’s always fun to go with people who love it. They just bounce around and lose themselves, and it’s exciting to see people in your life (like my girlfriend) that are amazing at dancing. I am committed to becoming more functional on the dance floor one of these days. One of these days.
Played some killer beach volleyball yesterday. I feel my volleyballs skills are underrated and I like to think people that pick me for their team are pleasantly surprised by my most excellent bump…set…and semi-spike (if I stretch).
Frankly, though I love vacation (considering this is my 3rd week of vacation in 4 weeks as I was in Europe for the first 2 weeks of the month), I am ready to get back, get to work, and get to hustle mode. Hustle season is in full swing, and cannot wait to put boots to the ground on some of the new (and old) projects I am working on.
Took a great road trip up to Chicago last weekend to enjoy my rock star girlfriend’s family reunion (the Mexican side!). Lots of good times, lots of adventures, lots of corn hole, lots of tequila, lots of food. Couldn’t really ask for more. Good times had by all! Didn’t get a chance to go downtown-downtown and pick up some pizza, unfortunately, though that leaves a great excuse to roll back up there and make a weekend out of it 🙂
Had an absolute blast in Dallas recently at my dear friends, Jon & Jaissie’s, wedding. It was, undoubtedly, a crazy weekend. With arrests (not me), fleeing attackers (me), riding home in police cars (me), alcohol searches on Sundays with Jorge to calm Jon down, delicious food, attempting to dance with a mariachi band, taking pictures with the Most Interesting Man in the World at a random 7-11 I ducked into to evade the aforementioned attackers…and the list goes on.
What I loved most about this weekend, though, was reflecting on how the most random introductions can turn into friends that stand the test of time. I started a small business project with Jonathan’s piano and voice teacher about 4 years ago, was introduced to him 3 years ago, built a relationship over that time, and now today was honored to stand beside him as he wed his true love. Life is so random, wonderful, and exciting. You need to pay attention or you might miss it.
Can’t wait to see how Mr. and Mrs. Castillo christen their new marriage (hint). Congrats you two 🙂
Had a nice 5 day getaway to Orlando to conclude March. Was actually my first time there since I was a kid @ Disney, so it was nice to able to enjoy “adulthood” there. The highlight was probably Johnnie’s Hideaway, a delicious restaurant that was both relaxed and super high quality. We had the Madagascar shrimp, and I highly recommend. They are the size of lobster, and are absolutely delicious. We stayed at the Gaylord Palms, and if you are around the area, check it out – it was wonderful.
Also got to spend some time chatting business with my girlfriend’s family, as they are entrepreneurs that have been very successful. Spending time with other entrepreneurs is so inspiring for me. Their success has come in the chemical industry, and just reminds you that there are so, so many ways to create success in this world (but you gotta pick one…jack of all trades, master of nothing doesn’t work.)
Anyway, Orlando itself is just alright (not to offend you Orlandians). No ocean just makes it marginally better than other places, and it’s super kid/family oriented as Disney is there. If I had a bunch of kiddos it would be perfect, but I’ll head back to Naples if I want a relaxed Florida trip (or Miami if I want a…rowdy trip.)
Spent about a week in Cabo San Lucas here in January and thankfully escaped the Ohio cold, which has exceeded my worst nightmares this year. Traditionally I love the snow, but this year has been a bit much. Fortunately I had my annual Cabo trip setup to enjoy some family time, girlfriend time, fish taco time, wine time, and beach time. I love Cabo. For those that haven’t been, put it on your list. It’s relaxed, clean, safe, and has delicious food all over. Whale watching is a must if you’re not a pacific coast regular. Can’t wait to go back. Feel so blessed to be an entrepreneur and have the ability to build my business(es) over Skype while I am out there.
This year’s trip to Naples for Christmas was very special. My father has just successfully completed radiation for cancer and it was…just a blessing to be able to spend the holiday with him and my mom. The older I get, the more I value my family, and the more I realize life is short. We need to take advantage of all the beautiful moments while they are here. We need to work hard, love hard, play hard, and work hard again. Love my family, and appreciate their inspiration to create a great family of my own. It is these reasons I work hard in my life.
Was scheduled to simply drive through Atlanta this year on my trip to Naples, Florida for Thanksgiving, but unfortunately, plans changed. My father was diagnosed with cancer this year, and we were forced to abort our trip in lieu of his radiation. (Update: Dad is finished with radiation, and appears in great form!). That said, decided it would be fun to head to Atlanta anyway (thank you freedom) and explore some of the dining and fun spots. The aquarium was awesome, and I discovered my new favorite coffee spot, Octane (gasp!). Had a great time. Be sure to get down to ATL if you get the chance!
I have two businesses that have some operation down in Texas, so I like to get down there quarterly, if not more frequently. This trip was especially fun. Weather was warm, business was hot, the Buckeyes won, we test drove some cars, my girlfriend came down to visit (another perk of her being an entrepreneur as well), and we ate some serious bbq and fried chicken. My good friend Chris Rhodes took us through downtown Ft. Worth, and it was really a pleasant surprise. The Water Gardens are especially beautiful, and we had some delicious food out on the town. All in all, was a great trip. Now off to Atlanta in 2 days!