Risk-taking, Relationships, and Trust

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. –Paulo Coelho in the  Alchemist Recently, I had the good fortune to sit down with long-time friends Bj and Jess Gumkowski (world renowned athletes, teachers, coaches, nutritionists and generally higher level humans) to chat about life a bit. As she gestures, open hands to the…

Ordinary Gratitude

Not all things deserve gratitude. Or do they? No one feels grateful to stand in a long line at the DMV*. But if we are there, it means we have a CAR, for which we can surely be grateful.  If we have a CAR, then we likely have paved roads to drive on, functioning traffic…

You Are What You Read

Reading is an all-consuming pastime for our family. We devour books individually, but travel-schooling has allowed us the chance to read together as well. WE LOVE THIS. When we read together, we find so many instances to relate literature to our daily lives. Our dinner-time discussions are rich with literary reference and empathy towards characters in real-life. Current…

Giving Back, Summer 2015

Tony and I feel strongly about the importance of community service. A philanthropic nature is one that is learned and teaching our kids to give back is one of the most important lessons we can give them.  In the past, we have volunteered for different local organizations whose missions we felt in harmony, but this year as part of…

I (Heart) Coconut Grove

Do you know that Dinner Key Marina in Miami originally served as base of operations for Pan American Airway’s famed flying boats, the Clippers (basically the first-ever Sea Planes)?  The original Pan Am terminal building (next door) now serves as Miami’s City Hall. Dinner Key is a short walk to all the cool shops and…