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On improv.

Tonight, I had my graduation improv show, with an amazing group of people. It went so well, and was so much fun.

Some of the people in my group, I’ve been practicing with for a year, others just a few months. But what I love about improv is that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve known a person. At its foundation, improv is about acceptance. With that core, anyone can improvise with anyone.

It’s such a unique way to bond between people. It’s not about what your job is or where you’re from. It’s about simple acceptance and play.

Some of my best friendships have come from improv over the years, and I don’t think that’s an accident. Sure acceptance can be hard (we all have our own ideas, stories and “shoulds”). But when you truly accept someone and they accept you, and you just play from there, how can a friendship not form?


Getting back to basics

Outside the conversations in our heads…

Outside of the obligations we give ourselves (real and imagined)…

Outside of the busy-ness and distractions…

The world is beautiful, and simple.

There aren’t as many complications as we imagine.

Our lives aren’t as hard as we believe them to be.

Will any problem we have now still be a problem in a year? In five years? Fifty? Certainly not in a hundred years.

I had forgotten. Today I hiked a mountain with friends. Now, I remember.


Wrapping up detox

On Monday, I began a detox with no caffeine, no alcohol, and no gluten. Every so often I go without alcohol, but I’ve not done no caffeine in a long time, and I’ve never done no gluten.

My observation overall is that I had more balanced energy throughout the day. I didn’t crash at 2pm for example. I think that’s definitely due to no caffeine and that the no gluten forced me to eat low glycemic foods.

I plan to keep to no (or reduced) caffeine, but I’ve already jumped back into the land of gluten and alcohol, during a fantastic dinner at Via Matta downtown.

The detox was a fun adventure, but I really enjoy a good pasta and a nice wine (or beer… or cocktail.) Everything in moderation, I suppose. I’m very glad I did it, as it made me more mindful of my food, and my body (and mind) enjoyed the break.

Steve Jobs.

When I heard that Steve Jobs had died (through a text message on my iPhone), I was actually shocked.  We all knew he would die, but to have it actually happen…. I am the saddest I have ever been in regards to a public figure passing.  I am sad because such an inspiration has passed from the world.  I am saddened for his wife and kids, his colleagues and his close friends.

Steve was a force in the world, and there is a bit of a hole now that he has passed.

But, mostly, I am inspired.  Because of how he lived.  Because of what he accomplished.  No matter the mythos that surrounded him, he was human, like you and me.

He lived outside the lines.  He lived so far outside the lines that he literally invented new lines.  And he demanded perfection.  And while nothing is ever perfect, damn, he got close.   Working at Apple, you could feel his touch on everything.  His dedication, his fearlessness.  He was extraordinary.

I am so honored to have been alive at the same time as him.  To have seen his Stevenotes from afar — not as archived history, but as exciting events as they happened.  To hear his passion, his wit, his style and drive, his absolute love for what he did.

Steve will go down in history as one of the Greats.  But, to me, he will always be an inspiration for what an entrepreneur can do.  No, for what a human being can do.   His life will be a constant reminder to truly stay hungry, stay foolish.

Thanks, Steve.

Here’s To The Crazy Ones…

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

‎”Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech


It’s not a mistake unless you make it a mistake

My improv teacher said to us tonight: “It’s not a mistake unless you make it a mistake.”

He was talking about improv, as you may have guessed, but I’d argue this is true in life, to a large extent.

Sure, there are big mistakes we need to be accountable for, and take the lesson from those big ones, but don’t dwell. So many little mistakes aren’t even noticed if you don’t call attention to them. Make the mistakes seem part of what you meant (if you can). Otherwise, own the mistake and move on.

The Great Detox Adventure…

This past year, mostly thanks to experimenting with Tim Ferriss’ slow  carb diet in The 4-Hour Body, I have realized how much of an impact what I put in my body can have on it.  It sounds like an elementary concept, but there was something to be said when I experienced a dramatic shift in how I felt because of how I ate.

It’s been a while since I stopped the slow-carb diet and this week Kelly and her sister Dana are starting a detox program.  After some thought, I decided, what the hell, I would come along for the ride.  So, it came to pass… three “simple” things I am avoiding this week:

  1. Caffeine
  2. Alcohol
  3. Gluten

Every so often, I like to do small little challenges to ensure that I don’t become too dependent or addicted to any one thing.  I’ve done weeks without alcohol before, and it wasn’t too long ago that I did not much of a relationship with caffeine.  But I have never really gone gluten free, and I’m finding this one the hardest.  Yet, I have read that even people without celiac disease are not meant to digest as much gluten as we put in them.  Instead of relying on what I’ve read, I’ve decided to try it and see how I feel.

Today, my energy felt a lot more even (less spikes and crashes), even though I did develop a caffeine withdrawal headache (booooo).  Even such minor effects are major reminders to me of how what I eat affects how I feel.