Bending the Knee to the Mountains

Our trek into the Himalayas gave me obstacles I have never dealt with and experiences I never thought I would know. Since life kind of works this way, I figure I should preface my experience with the challenges before I move onto the wondrous experiences I had after overcoming these obstacles. It’s impossible to describe…

Becoming a Mountain

Walking these trails you grow stronger, your pain diminishes, returns, then eases once again. Yet, even before you arrive at an expected point of culmination, when you are finally well again, or when you find yourself at the top of a mountain, the story is just the beginning. This quote is from the book Becoming…

Wow – What a Tremendous Experience!

In Florence, I learned basic conversational Italian, developed a better appreciation for the arts and art history, learned about interesting International Finance topics (such as foreign exchange markets), and met amazing people.  I experienced over 25 museums throughout Italy and Europe, and saw 9 Italian cities and towns (Florence, Rome, Sienna, San Gimignano, Palermo, Venice,…

To Permanently Live in Florence

If I were to permanently live in Florence, I would want to live on the south side of the Arno.  This area is generally less crowded and is home to some of Florence’s best restaurants and trades shops.  Ideally, I could work in some area of the arts, while still utilizing my finance degree.  For…

The Necessity of Action

Someone once told me that you never get over high school because so many things are changing in your life and those few years are so pivotal. To me, those years and even middle school shaped my vision of myself. For some time now I have been aware that this vision is outdated but I…

The Sound of Silence

It is so easy to get caught up in the noise of everyday life. You get up, go to work or class, have meetings and do work, eat lunch, have more meetings and do more work, go home, eat dinner, watch TV, and go to sleep. Substitute nearly any activity in the routine, my point…

Fake Wound, Real Lesson

When was the last time you were placed in a life or death situation? What were you thinking and feeling and how did you react? If you’re anything like myself prior to WFA, you would most likely stand there in a panic and patiently await for someone else to come to the rescue. WFA stands…

So This is India

Wow. I’m in India. That’s crazy! It first hit me when we were flying over India at night and I saw the lights of Ahmadabad. The city was huge, sprawling all over the place, and it simply kept going and going and going. Despite the fact that I’m in India, not all of my immediate…