Another year for the history books. October marks the end of my twenty-eighth year. Each year I enjoy the opportunity to pause and look back at the year that was and think about what has happened. Twenty-eighth was an eventful and challenging year that required me to practice the art of resilience and take on new responsibilities. Like any good year should be, it featured moderate…
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In a world of perfection often perpetuated by social media and digital culture, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that everyone else’s life is perfect and the film of your life you’ve been making is mostly bloopers. Over the years, I’ve come to realize this idea is pure fiction. Life in general is mostly bloopers. That final film you see is often carefully…
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Routine, it often helps lay the groundwork for success. But while routine is often billed as the formula for success, the form it takes widely varies. After all, some business leaders start their day with a solid 3-mile run while others prefer a slower pace which includes coffee and a collection of news stories. So that begs the question, what is the perfect morning routine? Honestly, I thought about…
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  Spent time this weekend reviewing old journals and blog post entries. It’s refreshing sometimes to pause and take a look at the past for minute. While nothing can be altered, information can be gleaned from the past and help inform the future. It’s also a great reminder of where you’ve been. Whether it’s up a mountain, across an ocean, or down a long road, it…
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Winter is starting to trail off in Seattle and spring is beginning to show its colors. The sun is rising earlier each day, ice is melting from Northwest hiking trails, and the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington are starting to bloom. Spring is almost officially here in Seattle! Personally I am starting to feel some of the winter grey associated with Seattle winters melt…
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In February I had the opportunity to partner with Taichi Kitamura, owner and chef of Sushi Kappo Tamura. Taichi was recently selected to participate in Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay” TV show. To celebrate this honor, Taichi wanted to organize a small event for close friends, staff, and loyal customers to watch the show. Having heard many good stories about the restaurant and lived blocks away…
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When working on a project it’s easy to get caught up in the fine details. Is the writing crisp? Is the photo right? Did we anticipate every possible thing that could go wrong? While it’s important to strive for the best, it’s also equally as important to not let the fine details hold back the final product. “What’s your minimal viable product (MVP)? Start there and…
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Borrowing a page/blog concept from Seattle Transit Blog, one of my favorite blogs. Below is a collection of links from the week which made stop think about emerging trends and adjust my perspective about topical issues. Technology Pebble sells a million smartwatches and reveals plans for 2015 Microsoft continues to improve its mobile productivity options by acquiring Sunrise for $100 million Rumors has it that Amazon might be…
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I’m never really sure what to say when people ask me where I’m from. The short answer is always, Orting, Washington. This answer used to get a couple of pauses and a brief, “awe, where is it located exactly?” Like I frequently do after receiving a puzzled look, let me give you my Orting pitch to help you understand this little town nestled arguably dangerously close…
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Short post this week. I’m…   Learning: New recipes New exercise routines   Experimenting with: Refresh Vine videos Instagram videos Postmates Code Academy  – Hour of Code   Playing Pikmin 3   Watching: Amazing Race Mindy Project Seahawk Games   Attending: #SeaSocialMen Brown and Down Family holiday events   Thinking about:New Year’s Eve The year of 2013 Working on: Becoming a better home chef Refreshing joshuaholland.co…
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