A Little More Less, Please: From McDonald’s to Minimalism

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. ~ Dr. Seuss The world is a complex and confusing place, full of red fishes with blue fins and blue fishes with red fins and some fishes with no fins at all. Thankfully, our brains are hardwired to categorize this crazy world into neat, little storage units … Continue reading A Little More Less, Please: From McDonald’s to Minimalism

First Comes Sadness

Paris est la ville de l’amour. Paris *était la ville de l’amour. Au début, elle vous invite, bras ouvert. Plus tard, elle vous jette, comme la poubelle. Déprimé, fatigué, blessé, et effrayé, vous êtes seul parterre. Mais il faut choisir: rester ou voler?   Where are you, dearest sweetest kindred spirit of mine? Où es-tu, … Continue reading First Comes Sadness

Journey Update: To Quit or Not to Quit

Il faut toujours viser la lune, car même en cas d’échec, on atterrit dans les étoiles. ~Oscar Wilde (Always aim for the moon, then even if you fail, you’ll be among the stars.) To QUIT: It's a simple four-letter word that causes us an insane amount of distress, not to mention, disapproval from our mothers … Continue reading Journey Update: To Quit or Not to Quit

Journey Update: Three Days. Three People. Three Hundred Boxes.

It’s 3-o’clock in the morning and you can’t sleep. You lie awake in bed and absentmindedly listen to the late-night traffic outside. You hear a garbage truck and a few transport trucks drive by. You think to yourself, “Wow! It must be difficult being a garbage man or truck driver; having to be working at … Continue reading Journey Update: Three Days. Three People. Three Hundred Boxes.

Journey Update: Doing Life the Hard Way et On S’en Bats Les Couilles

Tell them that this is the way it works, and I know better than them. ~Peggy: Mad Men S2E8 “Panini poulet parmesan, s’il vous plait,” requested a customer. Being in job training for the past month, I knew exactly what I needed to do when a customer places this order – Into the Merrychef oven, … Continue reading Journey Update: Doing Life the Hard Way et On S’en Bats Les Couilles

Journey Update: Armand, Motherf***ers, & Nazi Panty Jokes

The greatest risk of all is to risk nothing at all September 16, 2015 Japan adventures behind me; European adventures ahead. September 16, 2016 European adventures behind me; Paris Café adventures ahead. What a crazy amazing fantastic phenomenal year it’s been! I left Japan with this crazy idea to open a café for expats who … Continue reading Journey Update: Armand, Motherf***ers, & Nazi Panty Jokes

Bringing the World Together, One Breakfast at a Time

I give you the light of Eärendil, our most beloved star. May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out. Last Monday, I experienced a sensation I’ve never felt before. This feeling was so satisfying and at the same time enticing. No, it wasn’t physical or sexual; it … Continue reading Bringing the World Together, One Breakfast at a Time

Returning to the End of the Beginning

July 13, 2016: Arrived in Rome, Italy. This is where I ended my 3-month European tour last year. It was the end of a grand voyage, but the start of a new journey. My bag is still packed and the journey continues. So, I pause in remembrance of that crazy adventure. December 15, 2015 90 days. … Continue reading Returning to the End of the Beginning

Journey Update: Sprinting Through a Marathon

Once I was 20 years old... I only see my goals. I don't believe in failure. Cause I know the smallest voices can make it major... Once I was 20 years old. They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade - But what if you’d rather make coffee? Chasing your dreams is kind of … Continue reading Journey Update: Sprinting Through a Marathon

What’s in a Name? Living Life Without Labels

That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. ~William Shakespeare PART ONE: WHAT’S IN A LABEL? Take a look at this picture. What comes to mind? Like me, you probably came up with a bunch of labels for him (e.g., man, young, Caucasian, dark blonde, attractive, punk/alternative, etc.). We put … Continue reading What’s in a Name? Living Life Without Labels