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Embodying Resilience – The Ohio State Football Team

January 16, 2015

Braxton Miller - Photo courtesy of Adam Glanzman

“Life sucks and then you die” goes the phrase. Resiliency converts “sucks” to “is awesome.” We all face challenges in life and it’s about how we adapt and conquer them that matters. As I traveled the world I saw lots of evidence of the “sucks” part of that statement above. I also saw abundant evidence […]

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Sharing My Story With Cleveland

October 20, 2014


Sorry about the autoplay. I have embedded the video from the local news and I can’t change the settings. The day I donated my hair to Wigs For Kids my family and I went downtown to the studios of WKYC for an interview. I was scheduled to be interviewed during the 7pm newscast. I checked […]

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Donating My Hair To Wigs For Kids

October 13, 2014

The Cut

On May 12, 2014 I had my hair cut and donated my hair to Wigs For Kids. What a long and incredible journey to get there! What started out as a tribute to my uncle back in 2011 ended up being a part of me, literally. I had never had hair longer than a couple […]

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Returning Home And Unpausing My Insecurities

October 8, 2014

Returning Home

I felt something strange as I settled in to being home the first week or so. I’d go out to do mundane things, just as I did for 2.5 years on The Happy Nomad Tour, but now there was more noise. Something was off. Something wasn’t right. I soon realized what the problem was. It […]

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The Happy Nomad Tour – My Best Failure Ever

September 29, 2014


The Happy Nomad Tour is over. When I started on August 10, 2011 I envisioned a one-year journey. I never would have believed it if someone told me it would last 2.5 years. And that kind of sums everything up. Everything about my journey far exceeded my expectations except for one thing… money. I learned […]

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Montreal To Cleveland – The End

September 22, 2014

2 Generations, A Special February 13th

Getting out of Montreal proved relatively easy despite what was going on at the time. I booked a flight home using my British Airways miles on American Airlines flights. The route was Montreal-New York-Cleveland. It was clear that most flights to/from New York were going to be canceled. I found a small text link on […]

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Paying It Forward – Suspended Coffee In Montreal

September 17, 2014


Have you heard of suspended coffee? I had heard of it before, but never got to participate until I got to Montreal. Started in Naples, Italy, a suspended coffee is a pre-paid coffee for homeless people when available. That is, someone who can afford it pays for a suspended coffee and later on, someone who […]

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Last Stop: Montreal

September 15, 2014

Sunset In Montreal

When the bus arrived in downtown Montreal I knew this would be the last time I’d arrive in a new city for a while. As much as I wanted to take it all in, I was rushing since the bus was nearly 2 hours late and I had to meet my friend. Oh, and it […]

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Toronto – My City For Transitions

September 8, 2014

Toronto's CN Tower In The Distance

As I made my way to Toronto with only two weeks of The Happy Nomad Tour left, it reminded me of many similar experiences I had on this journey. I would stay with someone I went to business school with in Spain. I don’t think we ever had a conversation in Spain though. As I […]

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Speaking At Ivey Business School In London, Ontario, Canada

September 1, 2014


I had the privilege and honor to speak at Ivey Business School in London, Ontario, Canada in January 2014. I was invited to speak to three classes studying corporate social responsibility. The talk was left relatively wide open, allowing me to explore how my experiences could benefit them as Canadian students. I decided to focus […]

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Returning To North America

August 25, 2014

Heading 'Home'

I thought it would be more dramatic, but my final days in Tanzania came to a close rather unceremoniously. I saw a dentist on my second to last day, I went to a café with my couchsurfing host and her daughter, I saw the ocean one last time and took in as much warmth as […]

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Goodbye Africa

August 18, 2014

Goodbye Tanzania, Goodbye Africa

It was with a heavy heart that I spent my last week in Africa. What could be more typical of this journey than feeling sad to leave a place I hadn’t planned on visiting in the first place? Originally I planned on going to southeast Europe before returning to North America. I wanted to visit […]

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A Day With Investours In Tanzania

August 13, 2014

William Carving An Elephant

While in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania I spent the day with Investours. As their website states: Investours is a non-profit organization bridging the gap between international tourism and local development. Our mission is to provide travelers to Mexico and Tanzania with meaningful cross-cultural interactions that empower micro‐entrepreneurs and directly stimulate economic growth. Simply put: we […]

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A Transformational Tanzanian Safari

August 11, 2014

A Male Lion Approaching

There are many reasons why safaris are such an amazing experience. I just completed a safari in Northern Tanzania and met couples on their honeymoon, families exploring scenes only accessible previously on the Discovery Channel and friends on a mission to create unforgettable memories together. All of these have one thing in common: they make […]

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The African Fund For Endangered Wildlife Giraffe Center!

August 6, 2014

Kissing The Giraffe

In Nairobi I got to visit the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW). It’s an education and conservation center on the edge of Nairobi National Park. It was started in 1979 to repopulate the Rothschild giraffe population. Long victimized by humans who have encroached on their territory in western Kenya, the population fell precipitously. If […]

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The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

August 4, 2014

Feeding The Elephants

While in Nairobi I paid a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. They are a non-profit dedicated to helping orphaned elephants live on despite the death of their mother. You may wonder why the elephants become orphans. There is disease and there are accidents that leave elephants injured or dead. But there is also […]

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African Hubs Of Innovation And Empowerment

July 30, 2014

iHub Kenya

I had heard of “The Hub” while doing my MBA at IE Business School. A hub is a shared workspace where entrepreneurs can have an “office” to work from with varying amenities. Some offer conference rooms. Most hold events somewhat related to entrepreneurship/technology as well as social and fun events. The professional events may be […]

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