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  • August 14, 2014 3 min read

    It’s been one year to the day since Hurricane Sandy hit the coastline of New Jersey and forever altered the course of my life. I write this from the back of a small taco shop on the coast of North Carolina, homeless for the time being, reflecting on the year that has passed and how much has changed since that fateful storm surge entered my world. I sold my condo in Hoboken and am in the midst of traveling the East Coast and the South before settling into the fairy tale like beauty of Hanalei, Kauai for the month of November. From there, I will be moving to Burlington, VT to begin a new, hopefully simpler chapter at the footsteps of the majestic Adirondack high peaks and the awe inspiring splendor of Lake Champlain.

    I have streamlined Solid Threads entirely, finally allowing for the freedom that inspired me to leave my corporate shackles behind and start this company in the first place to take hold. In the past year, I’ve slowly but surely been cutting everything out of my life that didn't FEEL necessary, most important being, the false sense of control that kept me in an overworked, overstimulated, over-stressed haze for such a long time. As a result, I’ve been able to outsource 90% of the grinding and tedium that I had previously considered a prerequisite just to be able to say that I “run my own business.” 

    I will soon be launching our brand new website that celebrates and enlivens the parts of the business (and my life) that I most enjoy, the t-shirt designing process, the branding and marketing efforts, the eventual sharing of a cast of characters that have found the courage to follow their hearts, and most importantly a sense of alignment with an inner purpose that far outweighs that which an income statement could ever afford.

    I think back to how hard I worked to follow what I thought was the only recipe for attaining this elusive sense of contentment that now comes so much more naturally. I ponder how close I came to continuing down this exhaustive path; how I had tried to sign a lease on the main drag of Hoboken after having to relocate the business due to the severe impact of Hurricane Irene a year earlier, and how if my offer had been accepted I would have stayed dry during Sandy, yet that much more deeply entrenched in this restless way of being, and wonder what it all means.

    If I could sum up what I’ve learned from all of the confusion, uncertainty, and enormous changes that have transpired since I met Sandy one year ago today, it would be this. The love, beauty, and happiness that we strive to attain through everything we do, consume, and believe are ALL that remain once everything else is washed away. This washing away process can (and should) begin before something devastating has to literally take place to be reminded of that fact. The only certainty in life is how inherently uncertain it truly is. TODAY is the day to let go of the fears that ceaselessly swirl on the surface of our minds and make way for the knowingness that endlessly stirs in the depths of our hearts.

    "There’s no fortune at the end of the road that has no end.
    There’s no returning to the spoils once you’ve spoiled the thought of them.
    There’s no falling back to sleep once you’ve wakened from the dream.
    Now I’m rested and I’m ready, I’m rested and I’m ready to begin."
    -The Avett Brothers



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