My Life’s Highlights

As I prepare for the new year, I feel the need to reminisce on the highlights of the past years of my life, beginning in 1985— the year after the year that I decided to swim quickly and fertilize an egg to spawn a baby Geremy.

These are the highlights of my years…
1985 – Finally getting out of that cramped womb
1986 – Learning how to bite things and people
1987 – Learning how to walk and read
1988 – Meeting my first girlfriend, Cavita.
1989 – Coming to America from Trinidad
1990 – Seeing snow falling on the ground
1991 – Getting straight A’s on my report card and getting electrocuted
1992 – Getting a brand new bike
1993 – Getting three Trophies in the school’s award ceremony
1994 – Getting my first computer and dot matrix printer
1995 – Getting my first pair of brand-name sneakers (Fila’s)
1996 – Getting a new, much faster computer (IBM 486 DX100!!!)
1997 – Getting my own bedroom (no more bunk beds and sharing a room with my sister)
1998 – Getting a Playstation with GranTurismo– the game that’s responsible for my current driving abilities
1999 – Getting accepted to Montclair Kimberley Academy
2000 – Getting my first cell phone & my first brother
2001 – Starting my first blog
2002 – Getting my first car (’91 Lexus LS400)
2003 – Getting accepted to college and finally getting the domain name
2004 – Starting my first business (FX Comp) & Getting my first Mac (PowerMac G5)
2005 – Getting my first business-related internship and getting my G-Head logo
2006 – Buying my dream car – the ’98 Lexus LS400
2007 – Graduating college with a business management degree and immediately having a full-time position
2008 – Buying my first house
2009 – Buying my other dream car – the Lexus LS460L
2010 – Traveling more than ever before (9 US states 1 international country) / sitting on a light jet for the first time

The best is yet to come in 2011!!

Lessons from Shoveling

Closed Highway in the Snow

When I was a kid, I prayed for many blizzards so school could be cancelled and I could play outside all day. Unfortunately, this prayer took almost two decades before it came through, and the sad, cold reality of the snow hit me yesterday. Since I’m a landlord and it’s important for me to to take care of my rental property, I grabbed a shovel and went down to my multifamily house to clear the snow.

When I got to the house, I couldn’t identify where the sidewalk started because there was a huge mound of snow that existed between the door and the street. I wanted to turn around and drive back home, but I figured that I would have to face this problem sooner or later, so I might as well tackle it today. The more that I shoveled, the more that I learned some valuable lessons and I am so excited about the lessons that I am going to share them with you all–my e-family!

Sometimes the challenge seems insurmountable, but after you get started, you’ll see that victory is possible
As I stepped into the snow to shovel, I was almost completely buried. The more I shoveled, the more I felt like I wasn’t accomplishing anything except making the snow messier than it was before. It felt like I was shoveling for three hours, but nothing seemed to be getting accomplished (and only actual 15 minutes had passed).

You don’t have to operate on someone else’s timetable
While shoveling, people passed and said to me, “oh, you’re still shoveling?!?” They didn’t realize that only a few minutes had passed by and I felt like I’d accomplished a lot. Time seems to pass by a lot quicker for the bystanders who sit and watch the work happen, but it’s a lot slower for the person doing the work.

Look at your past successes for motivation
After I reached halfway in the shoveling process, I wanted to take a rest and tackle the rest of the job the next day, but after I saw how much was already accomplished, I was motivated to finish.

Your body is going to want you to quit, but don’t stop
Last week I sprained a muscle in my back while moving some heavy furniture and this sprain caused my back to hurt tremendously as I shoveled the snow. Regardless of this barrier, I had to continue shoveling and not let circumstances stop me from finishing the job.

There are watchers and there are doers. Be a doer–it benefits you more
The entire time that I shoveled, one of my neighbors stood in his driveway and stared at me. This was awkward, but even more importantly, his sidewalk was not shoveled and full of snow. When I was done, I hopped in the car and drove home, but he was just getting started with the shoveling process. By him watching me shovel, it only irritated me and didn’t benefit him at all. If he shoveled at the same time as me, he would’ve gotten some motivation and accomplished something in the process.

Any job worth doing is worth doing well
At first I did a pretty mediocre job at clearing the snow and I wasn’t happy with the end-product. I couldn’t proudly put my stamp of approval on the task that I just accomplished, so I had to re-shovel the entire thing until it was up to my own standards. This was annoying, but worth it because any job worth doing is worth doing well!

There are some things that you have to go through in order to learn and grow
I considered paying some teenagers a couple of bucks to shovel the sidewalk and walkway, but I knew that there was a reason why I was shoveling. In the end, I came out with a valuable lesson that increased my endurance and will make me more successful in the long-run.

With all of these lessons learned, I am more motivated than ever to enter into 2011! Hopefully this was the last snowfall of the season so I don’t have to learn any more painful lessons!

I call this 17 x 14 space…THE LAB

It was 2007 and shortly after I graduated college I was filled with tremendous zeal and motivation. My parents were out of the country and I badly wanted an office to call my own. That’s when I removed all of the furniture from our house den and purchased a van-load of furniture to transform the room into my new office. When my parents returned home and saw it, they said “oh, okay.”

The Former Office

From 2007 until recently, this space served as my home office. Many ideas came out of here and I used it as an area to focus on important projects. It was a great environment because it was in a really nice room with french doors, recessed lighting and berber carpet—it seemed perfect, but it had its downsides! I realized that having an office in the house was more of a distraction than a benefit. Often times, I would start editing a six hour long wedding video and then I would have to stop to help my brother with homework, or I would hear an interesting TV program blasting in the background. I knew that I needed to find another space if I wanted to get things done.

The New Lab

That’s when I turned my attention on my income property and decided to renovate one of the rooms in a vacant apartment to be my new office. The room is 238 square feet and now has new windows, its own heating zone, built-in wall speakers, a separate entrance, new carpet and a fresh coat of paint. After the mini-renovation was done, I sat there and thought “my God… it’s…’s beautiful,” as a single tear rolled from my left eye.

The New Lab

The New Lab

The New Lab

Soon after the space was complete, I got a white leather sofa, an ikea relaxing chair and a desk and I set-up-shop in my new spot. After spending a few days here, I know that many great things will be coming out of here and I know that it will open up a world of new possibilities!

The space shall henceforth be called “THE LAB!”

A Thanksgiving Cereality!

For Thanksgiving this year, my family put me in charge of obtaining dinner. I made my favorite dish–cereal, with seven side dishes consisting of cereal.