Get the Sunday Newsletter

Category Archives: Swimming

Step out of your comfort zone…

The cold water shocked my arms and sent a panic message from my limbs to my brain–and my heart. I was set to make a big swim–a 1.5 mile arc from San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island to Ghirardelli Square, the famed Alcatraz swim. The thing is, I said I would do it naked as part ofKeep Reading

You will disappoint people.

In your life, you’ll disappoint people. You may be wildly successful, outrageously funny, brilliant and do extraordinary things. You also will likely disappoint someone, at some time. And the more that you attempt to do, be, and discover, the higher probability that you will not please everyone. It’s okay to disappoint a couple of people.Keep Reading

We did it!

Raising $29,000 for charity: water and swimming from Alcatraz wearing nothing but my birthday suit! Keep Reading

Let’s Make It Rain. And You’re Invited.

How far would you go for clean water? (All images in this post from Charity:Water’s 2010 Haiti trip.) Updates to the Birthday Swim Campaign! I’ve got some pretty good news. So exciting, I can barely stand it.  Six weeks ago we set out to raise $29,000 for my 29th birthday Charity: Water birthday fundraiser. Did IKeep ReadingKeep Reading

100 Gratitudes, One Hundred Dollars, and the $29,000 Birthday Swim

We live in a world of abundance, and this is the year that I finally became worth nothing. Out of all the things that I worked through and built this year, the entire time I still had a bed to sleep in, a family close by, a job that I went to everyday and plenty of food to eat. A pool to swim in, places to run, a city to call home. When I returned from WDS this year, I was humbled, quiet, confused, and a bit sad: despite all of the engagement, inspiration, and learning, I still wonder: Am I doing things worthwhile? I’m not sure yet. Is there more to do? Absolutely. Have I reached all of my capabilities? I don’t think so. Can I do more? Yes. There’s so much more I want to do. Join me as I try to raise $29,000 for my 29th birthday — and if I do it, I promise to be a little crazy. More crazy, I mean. Keep Reading

You Don’t Get it Back: Thoughts From a Swimming Alumni

It’s been a long few weeks–I’m traveling back and forth for lectures, office visits and events and find myself staring out the plane window more often than not. This morning, on the plane ride across the country from San Francisco to Philadelphia, I remembered that this weekend is also a big weekend in college swimming.Keep Reading

Swimming Taught Me This: Early Morning Reflections

I’ve taken a four-month break from swimming; launching a project, traveling, and other interests have put my swimming adventures on the back burner recently. For several reasons: A) I’m not super-human, and therefore, B) I can’t do everything at once. Yet I’m getting the itch, again, and feeling the need to be swimming. The glorious (albeit strange)Keep Reading

Alone in the water: bridge to bridge

May Twenty One. Two thousand eleven. Saturday. It’s eight in the evening. I’m tired, but I can’t sleep. My eyes stay open even underneath the closed lids, and I think fleetingly about tomorrow. I’m tucked into my warm bed, lying flat against the bed covers, staring up at the ceiling. Words and ideas dance acrossKeep Reading

Yes, You Can. Swimming Across the San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco. Monday, June 20, 2011. Walking in San Francisco. Wow. When you come down off of a high like this, the world – the normal world, with people floating in and out and waking up, walking around – looks strange. Normal is strange. Regular looks weird. Nothing is how it should be, but IKeep Reading

Four Ways To Tap Into Your Own Creativity And Inspiration

Creativity, innovation, and brilliance: why do some people have it and other people don’t? Creativity and innovation are the source of new business ideas, excellence in entrepreneurship, and talented individual success stories.  It would be nice to assume that creative people are “just talented,” and fall back on the assumption that “you either have itKeep Reading

Get notified when new essays are published: