Monday, May 29, 2017

Enjoying the ride

Every now and again I seem to get stuck in a whirlwind of nostalgia and a roadblock in the present day with the mindset that everything was great "back in the day". Another roadblock that tends to coincide with this nostalgic wave is the concept placing all of my hope into gaining personal milestones in the future without stopping to enjoy every last minute of the present day. Its a constant struggle that I need to constantly remind myself over and over again. I started this blog in 2009 when I was 20 years old. Eight years later at age 28, I am a completely different person from when I first began this. Since then I have graduated college, started a career, got married, purchased a home and in a few short months I will be completing my Master degree program. It took a lot of drive, focus and dedication to accomplish all that I have in an eight year window. While I am pleased with where I am at, I am excited for what the future holds. A few pieces of advice that I learned when looking back on the past eight years is that I need to stress less about the future, stop looking back so much, enjoy every last second of life, work hard but also have fun and do what you can to help others with the gifts that you have. This is what I am going to work on personally. I encourage everyone to do so as well. Enjoy the ride.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Loving Love: Season 2

I'm about half way through the second season of Love. Mr. Apatow has found a way to do it again. This Netflix original is not only funny in a humble yet smart and edgy way, it is something that I feel anyone can relate to. Paul Rust really hits a homerun as the main character, Gus. His personality contrasts really well with his love interest Mickey. They're portrayal paints a very realistic picture of people dealing with ordinary problems trying to find their way. If you haven't checked it out yet, please do yourself a favor. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy! C

Friday, March 17, 2017

Taking it all in

Over the past year it has become crystal clear to me to not sweat the small things. Rather than sink into a spiral of fear and doubt, I have finally realized that the only thing that you can do is to just roll with it. There are times when I pull up 20-20 hindsight and wish that I might have done a few things differently ten years ago, however, if I was able to magically go back and switch gears, I may have missed out on some of my most cherished and proud accomplishments and memories of my lifetime. I've said it before and it I think it is worth repeating for those who might be going through a similar stage that I did in my early 20s. Take it all in and enjoy the ride. Keep working extremely hard and one way or another it will hopefully click and everything will come together as it has for me up to this point in my life. Next week I turn 28. I have no idea where the time has gone. For the first time in ten years, I feel like I am starting to see everything come together. My advice to others is to stay the course, work even harder than ever before to stand out, stay humble and stay professional. It is never to late to hit the reset button and turn up the volume just a little bit more. If I could go back to 2007 tomorrow and do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing.

Check out the link below for one of my new favorite motivators that I recommend to anyone. Awesome content that will give you an energy boost:

Gary Vaynerchuk

Enjoy the weekend!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Winberies: A Classic Princeton Pub

There is something about a walk through downtown Princeton that just puts a smile on my face. With warm and unseasonably spring-like weather, it was a great opportunity to go for a stroll down Nassau Street in the historic town known globally for its Ivy League University. The architecture and character of the town alone are reasons to pay a visit. Another one of my favorite aspects of Princeton is its collection of dining establishments. If you are a foodie like I am, step into downtown and let your imagination run wild in virtually every type of global cuisine imaginable. You would be doing yourself a disservice to not enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in this intimate Central Jersey bed of history. From a simple cup of coffee to a five star multi-course meal event, you are almost certain to find a charming place that satisfies your desires for any occasion. Last Friday, my Wife and I stopped at a bar and grill establishment Winberies, which is located on a corner in the downtown section of Palmer Square right off of Nassau Street. For those unfamiliar with this part of town, picture a small picturesque collection of shops that slightly resemble Cape May, minus the beach, intertwined with a massive block of gorgeous, yet extremely expensive townhomes. Inside, on one side is a homey cozy bar that stretches across most of the room to group of tables in the back. The other side has a section of tables and booths, which is where we sat. The booths are wooden with names of prior guests carved into them. I like this touch. It makes for an interesting conversation while waiting for your meal, in addition to a nice touch of character. I enjoyed the Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken sandwich with an IPA. One of the intriguing menu items that I will try another time when I visit is the Craft Burger, which is basically a different burger with unique toppings that is changed frequently. This is cool as it will give you a reason to keep coming back, especially if you are a burger fanatic as I am. The environment alone makes it a great stop for anyone looking to have a casual date or a drink to catch up with an old friend. The vibe gives off a warm, friendly neighborhood feel. The location is nice because after dinner, there is a nice little block of streets to take a casual stroll, and perhaps finish the night by indulging with a scoop of ice cream from Halo Pub around the corner (The cookies and cream is incredible!). Enjoy the week! C

Friday, January 6, 2017

The One and Only: Niagara Falls

Cool view from Niagara Falls

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Cabo: Breathtaking

Last month, my wife and I spent a week in Puerto Los Cabos at the Secrets Resort. From beginning to end, the trip was incredible. If anyone is looking for a getaway, I highly recommend this resort!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Netflix Favorites: Love

Netflix has indeed created a winning strategy for developing compelling television programming. They simply let creative minds do what they do best without interference of traditional network mumbo jumbo restrictions and input. What is the end result?

Quite frankly, some of the best programming available today.
One of his Judd Apatow's latest projects, Love, is no different. In this half hour single cam dramedy that stars Paul Rust, who plays Gus, an underdog-like protagonist who tries to navigate through the ups and downs of life while searching for that special someone. Apatow truly has a knack for creating depth within characters. Unlike many of the cliche love story rom-coms that have been produced over the years, this one takes a slightly edgy turn at times with fresh story angles while staying widely relatable and always entertaining. Most importantly, the writers make you express emotion and care about the characters....even Lily from the AT&T commercials who makes a few appearances.

If you haven't checked out "Love", please do so and enjoy. Look for Season 2 in early 2017.

Peace. Love. Forever.