We "participated" (would like to say 'competed' but we really participated...) in TriYas this past Friday at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. Since we signed up too late, we were at first unable to enter the race. However, an email to the race director resulted in ActiveLife sponsoring us. Since there was not enough women competing in the Olympic distance (1.5 km swim, 40 km cycle and 10 km run), I had no choice but to enter for the Olympic distance. The opposite was true, I guess, for men so my husband was sponsored for the Sprint distance (750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run).
This was my transition area with my new bike Quintanaroo tribike, cycling shoes, helmet, sunglasses, running shoes, race belt with a race number and protein bars and choco dates!
To remind myself of the 'manifesto', I am buying this poster this year for Christmas. Easier said than done so I need to keep reminding myself. Holstee also has other amazing gift ideas for Christmas.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how someone like my friend, Etienne of MONDA Gallery inspires me to go out of my comfort zone and follow my passion. I think too many of us live in the lukewarm boundaries of our own comfort zones and make excuses for not challenging ourselves and really living the life that we dream of living out of fear that we might fail (and lose money, and all that comes with failing...). Now that I have kids, I, more than ever, want to be the person who pushes her own boundaries, challenges herself and follows her dreams. I want my kids to be proud of me.
But I need almost daily inspirations and reminders that I am capable of doing that. For this reason, I watch a lot of TED talks and for the weekend, I wanted to share a couple that I found inspiring.
Here is the talk by a guy who survived a plane crash.
Here is the Harvard Commencement Talk J.K Rowling gave.
Here is a truly AWESOME talk.
Here is Steve Jobs's Commencement Talk at Stanford.
Here is a talk that really made me think about my kids' future.
Here is a talk that made me cry.
Here is a talk that made sense about inspirational leaders.
Here is a talk by a woman leader whose book I am reading right now.
Bill Cosby once said "Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it". Many of us are afraid of leaving our comfort zone and are much better at coming up with a list of things that we think prevent us from pursuing our true passion or dreams. There are, however, those who are brave enough to take the leap of faith and just do that: follow their passion.
I have been fortunate enough to meet some friends in Dubai who are living by this example. One of them is Etienne van den Peereboom from MONDA Gallery.
He is originally from Belgium, married to a beautiful Chinese lady with a gorgeous smile and is a father of two beautiful kids (I am of course biased but I find the Asian/Caucasian mixed children edible! Note: my kids are Japanese/White American). He is a former management consultant who lived and worked in many different cities and countries including Paris, France, Shanghai, China and now in Dubai. So, why did he leave this glamorous life of a consultant behind?
Since our two kids are the same age as Etienne's kids, we had a play date one Saturday afternoon and he shared how he (and his brother and a business partner) got started with the idea of starting an online art gallery based in Dubai and where they see the business expanding in the future.
Read more about Etienne and his brother Gilles here and here. They also have a MONDA Gallery facebook page. They are having a launch of their new collection on Oct 9th from 6-9 p.m. at Objects & Elements.
ビルコスビーさんが言った有名な言葉に”Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it" (怖がるより自分がやりたいとまず決心する事だ）というのがあります。人は（自分もやけど。。。）本当にやりたい事や夢があってもなかなか自分の”安全地帯”から出るのが怖いんですよね。でもその中でも夢を追ってる人はいっぱいいます。
Top: Gilles and Etienne at “Shelter” in Al Quaz and bottom: Etienne's office filled with art and the World Map.
Between splashing with our toddlers in our community pool and rocking our babies (Etienne's son and our daughter were born on the same day in April!!), he told us what motivated him to start his own business together with his younger brother. Being a management consultant meant spending much of his time traveling where he saw very little of his family. "A time came when both of us had enough of salaried jobs," told Etienne to the National (March 1, 2013). He quit the management consultancy in August. His brother, Gilles also left his job at Samsung in Korea to join his brother in the UAE. The two brothers who have traveled extensively around the world are now passionate about sharing bits of their experiences with others through contemporary art.
Read on to discover more about MONDA Gallery.
This week has been a tough one for us as we learned of our friends' tragic death in Kenya. We keep their families in our thoughts and are planning a memorial in NYC with our classmates. One of our close friends advised us to call our loves ones and connect with our mutual friends in times like this. So, that's what we have been doing. A friend of mine in Japan sent me some silly videos to make us smile a little and our own kids are there to make us smile, too...
This year for our son's third birthday, we did an airplane themed birthday party.
We had as much fun preparing for it as we did on the day! We had soooo much fun!!!!!
Here is what we did...
On Saturday, we celebrated our son's 3rd Birthday!! Last year we did a car-themed party and this year was AIRPLANES!! Some pictures but more to come...
The cake was made by lovely Olga of Olicakes Dubai. The toys were of our son.