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If I die tomorrow

I listened to a great Podcast with Oprah and the Author of the Alchemist Paulo Coelho on a run home from work today.  Some people mentioned this is one of their favorite books of all time! Right after the story of Nike – Shoe Dog….it’s queued up next. I’m excited!   What I liked about the podcast?   His life story and view of the world.   “If I die tomorrow.   I spent more than half my life with the women I love.  How many people can say that? I did everything I wanted to do in life.  I have no regrets. I fought for my dream. I did not take no for an answer.   If I die tomorrow, it’s ok.”   Sounds like a life well lived.   What have you not had the courage to take the first step towards?   Now is the time.   Colin

Imagery Is Powerful

While we were on our honeymoon I was running out of space on my iPhone. I started scrolling through cleaning up old photos and screen shots (I use to save cool things I want to check out later) so I could create more space for new experiences.  I realized I hadn’t done any photo purging in three years! What value did the exercise provide? Reviewing and reliving old photos conjures up the best of those experiences  It percolates momentum for past ideas you wanted to act on and perhaps now is a better time It’s like looking back on pages and books of journaling, showing you everything you have accomplished  It identifies things you have moved on from Sometimes summer can be slow and a good time to reflect.  Review, relive, percolate, purge and move forward with gratitude.  Colin

5 Things I Learned From The BIG 5 in Africa

What you see in nature you see in life. Each species enters the world through birth and is quickly pushing for survival under the protective cover of their mother. Soon they start to make some of their own choices and the law of the plains dictate if they survive or thrive.   Here are five things I learned from the Big 5:   Elephant    Perhaps our favorite of the Big 5.  Maybe because we saw so many and had lots of time with them, we got to see lots of their personality. They are very social creatures and typically travel in large groups. They have no natural predators and they will carry a baby elephant in the mother’s belly for two years. That’s dedication!   Buffalo   On our second evening drive we spotted a heard of wild buffalo and followed them for a little while. The males have big helmet like caps to their horns that protect their skulls as they ram one another for dominance of the group. Our guide tells us it would take a pride of lions to bring …

What are you doing the next 20 years?

Magic moments are at the tips of your fingers if you choose to pursue them. I was riding a bus from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Hwange national game park on the final leg of our journey last week. I was aware we were on the tail end of our honeymoon. Everyday had an incredible moment. My honeymoon in Africa was something I had been planning for awhile. (Not the actual scheduling of the trip. That took only about 3 weeks). But, going somewhere in the world that I have never been before with my freshly-minted wife has been planned for for about a year. You see, once a year, every year, I spend one magic hour planning the big moments in my life. No judgments. I just spend that hour writing and writing all the things I want to accomplish.  Then I put the number of years I’d like to complete the goal beside each item. I go through all the items that have one year and circle the top 3-4 that I would like to consider for the next …

Why I didn’t run in Africa

I took my nutritionist’s advice and did some Push Ups on the Pool Deck while I was away on my honeymoon. Frankly, we were on the go every single day and up between 5-6am for tours and Safari and by the end of the day exhausted.  A good exhausted! My main opportunity to run was really in Cape Town. An incredible city on the southern most tip of Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. I did get one awesome run in before we transitioned to the Safari along the Ocean. The views were amazing! Why didn’t I run while on safari, while in some of the most interesting and beautiful landscape in the world? In the words of our safari guide: “Every animal here is a far faster runner than you!” I would have loved to, however, because of all of the great game in the park, we were encourage to stay within the property. The property is really a group of small huts and a main eating lodge in the middle of the open plains! …

Travel builds grittiness

I’ve heard people say, every time you travel away from home you write another page in the journal of your life.  I asked a couple successful women I know what how they built grit and what contributed to their success. They both said moving and re establishing themselves in new cities and traveling the world.  Both moved to North America from different continents.  They had to establish new friends, where to live, everything you need to survive and thrive. There are many obstacles to overcome, sometime including a language. The muscle you build overcoming adversity sticks with you.  Similar when you travel internationally. You will always run into roadblocks or detours along the way. How you get by, get through or overcome makes or breaks those trips, the experience and how you grow and learn.  I moved from Edmonton to Toronto at 28 and Toronto to NYC at 39! Probably later moves than most. In addition, I really started traveling the world extensively in the last decade.  Whether you were guided into your first moves …

Your White Rhino Story

When you wake up on the last day of Safari and you get to see the last of the big five you have not seen…it’s priceless. Maybe it’s because we were not expecting it, they had not been around all week! Maybe it’s when you come across such a unique beast you have never seen before, all you want to do is stare so intently at it and keep it in your mind forever. Spending 5-10 minutes with an incredible and endangered species is pure joy. Blake and I were smiles ear to ear! I’ve been very intentionally putting myself in a position to experience and collect these magic life moments for the last 10 years. When are you going after your next one? The choice is yours. Colin

Highway from Zambia to Zimbabwe

When we arrived in Zambia, Africa last week and drove from Livingstone to Victoria Falls, we entered a unique corridor. You cross both passport control out of Zambia and into Zimbabwe. It’s like a Wild West entry point. Boys on bikes, women with baskets on their back and top of heads and big trucks loaded with copper navigate their way through the border crossing. The boys and women often make the daily trips. The trucks can be delayed at the border with paperwork for one day and sometimes three days! Patience I imagine in this country is crucial. We saw the bicycle boys both on our way in the afternoon and the next morning very early as we headed to an excursion before sunset. It’s an hour ride from Livingstone to Victoria falls. They were pedaling on the side of the road in the dark.  My guess since 5am. If you arrive at customs early you get through quickly. Like traffic back home, you leave later and your in line up city. The boys take …

5 Years ago I ate the best peking duck in Beijing

It was five years ago this week!  In 2012 after finishing a 7 day adventure race in western China we returned to Beijing for a celebratory dinner. This was the first race I finished and I was over the moon. The year before I quit in the middle of the Sahara desert, exhausted, dehydrated, defeated. At the end of the week our trip leader took everyone out for dinner on the Nile river in Cairo. It was a great evening but the sting of defeat was deep. I had the opportunity to return the favor and take a fellow runner, who was a jail guard in the U.K. out for dinner. He was a very prideful individual and had scrounged just to save for the entry fee. I shared with him the story of the last race, how my friend paid it forward to me and I wanted to do the same for him. It was an honor. He was a fine runner and had great spirit. We called ahead and that duck was marinated …