Archive for February, 2011


Skii: the Present

February 17, 2011

When we visit a new place, we experience a heightened awareness of our present. We gaze at the beautiful view in the foreign country, listen to a language other than our own and perhaps try to say a few new words. We smell the exotic food, and maybe sit down at a restaurant to taste something extraordinarily different and new. As tourists, we live in the moment. We forget about the past and the present and live intensely in the now.

In a way, being a tourist is not that different from being a first time skier zooming down a slope, totally  aware of every moment. You need to be fully engaged with all five senses while skiing if you want to enjoy it. It also helps you avoid running into trees or slipping in the snow, like I did many times while learning. This January, I had the opportunity to join an MIT ski trip to Sunday River, Maine. With the help of friends, I used my tourist attitude.

I had a great time the first two days skiing, but by the morning of the third day I was beat up. I wanted to avoid skiing. I was sick of falling in the snow every 10 minutes. The temperature was minus 25 degrees (I learned that at a certain point the negative point of Celsius and Fahrenheit are the same), and my laziness levels were off the charts. Fortunately, the friends who invited me persuaded me to go skiing with them instead of staying in my room and arguing with myself. They helped me live in the moment.

That day, Carolina and Arturo encouraged me to take a class to improve my skills. At first, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea, I felt that I had learned enough by falling so much, but in the end I accepted the challenge. It was a great decision. I met a fabulous instructor who cheered me up and made me think about the importance of being grateful. I was having fun skiing again and it was because this instructor showed me a few ways to be a better skier and encouraged me. Her name is Michelle, and she’s very passionate about her job. Her energy that day was extremely contagious. She’s been teaching at Sunday River for ten years and she still sees every day on the mountain as a new adventure, every day a tourist moment. Like she says, “If you love what you do, every moment is different.”


TIP: Appreciate and enjoy every season of the year. Don’t allow the cold winter to bring you down, and if you have the opportunity to ski, do it!

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Happy Post Kickstarter Shooting

February 1, 2011

Alright!  After seeming endless pre-production we finally started shooting the happy-post kickstarter tonight.  It was a really positive experience and should lead to really great results.  I think that  Serious business’ first kickstarter is going to be a resounding success-mostly thanks to the passion that Mario Chamorro has for the project, he really keeps us going and the morale high through repetitive takes.

We also got help from some new blood at serious business, that being Emily Badger who was kind enough to come in and be a part of the video.  The best thing about working at serious business is being constantly surrounded by such talented people like Emily and the regular crew.  The energy and drive in the room becomes tangible and really inspires people to be at their best.  I hope we can continue to collaborate with more gifted and lovely people in the future and am sure there are great things on the horizon for Serious Business.