Reset the Mojo

It’s been a while since Ali and I went on a real vacation. I don’t mean a trip to the Carolinas to see the in-laws, or the occasional trip to one of the New England states for a wedding. Those really aren’t vacations. Neither is going to New York or Florida to see the family.

We just returned last night from a vacation – one of those real vacations like the kind the soul needs often but if often starved of. During our vacation I got exactly what I expected from it, mostly because I’ve been going to Moosehead since I was barely able to walk. But now that I’m in my early 30s, times change, and time has a way of changing us. It seems it takes a lot longer for me to deflate. It wasn’t until about Tuesday that I felt truly relaxed and disconnected from society, from technology, from professional Ben, and back in tune with a much greater reality. Of course, being surrounded by a thriving ecosystem doesn’t hurt. I mean, we were spending most of our days on a glacier lake brimming with life. We spotted bald eagles, deer, hawks, loons, turtles, herons, amazing insects and monarch butterflies, gophers, muscrats, and of course fish like small and large mouth bass, northern pike, perch, sunfish, etc etc.

Anyway, before I unleash the Henry David Thoreau inside me, I’ll move this forward by adding that I was fully expecting to come back from this vacation like I have in the past – not only relaxed, renewed, and refreshed, but also inspired with new creative ideas and innovations. That’s how the last two were. I came back with some pretty clever ideas that ended up making a positive impact on business and on my professional self. This time though, I don’t have any clever ideas or innovations. Instead, I feel like I just hit the reset button in my brain. Like I was rebooted. I feel totally back in the groove…

Back a few months ago when Citysquares raised our money, I think I sort of lost the groove – lost my mojo. I was kind of going through the motions, acting it out and waiting to maybe snap back into the groove – to rediscover my mojo. When I left for vacation I felt confused, almost lost like I didn’t deserve it. Yet now, upon returning, I feel a total sense of purpose again, I’m totally inspired. I am totally excited and eager to go in to the office tomorrow morning.

So while I may not be inspired with some new twist to our business model, or some innovative new method for selling our product, or for generating traffic, I have something more important and more valuable – I have my mojo back and I’m ready to get back into the groove and do what I do best – execute, get the job done, make things happen.

Gone Fishing

I’m officially out of the office on Friday. No really though, I’m not even going to be working virtually. I’m off to my secret getaway in Quebec, several hours north of Montreal. I actually have to drive about two hours just to get a single bar on my cell phone. Yes, a real vacation. I’ll be waking up early every day, because I’ll want to. I’ll be eating french toast, bacon, eggs, OJ, coffee every morning. Then Ali and I will be heading out onto the lake to catch that northern pike, or that bass. Then we’ll come in to the lodge for lunch, and maybe after lunch we’ll take a nap, or just chill out on the porch of the lodge, or in our cabin, have a drink, read a book, or just take a nap. We’ll be checking out the wildlife, cuz it’s all around you. We’ll be reconnecting with Mother Earth, cuz we’re very disconnected from her. We’ll be getting burned by the hot Canadian summer sun (and make no mistake about it, it’s hot!). In the evening we’ll have dinner in the lodge, and we’ll have a drink, and relax. Maybe we’ll go fishing with best marine battery, maybe we’ll play checkers. Maybe we’ll just look at the stars.

We’ll do this for 7 days. And we won’t want to come home.

So, needless to say, I most certainly won’t be blogging. But I have to admit this – I will come back not only recharged, but fully inspired and saturated with fresh new ideas for CitySquares. That’s inevitable.

See ya!

Moosehead Lodge

I’m going to take a detour from my normal blog topics and talk briefly about a vacation spot. It’s called Moosehead Lodge and it’s in Messines, Quebec. Yes, that’s Canada. It’s about five hours north of Montreal. I’ve been going to Moosehead Lodge since I was two years old – it’s my heaven on Earth.

Moosehead Lodge is on Big Cedar Lake, half of which is an Indian reservation. The summer days are sizzling hot, the evenings are very cool. If you enjoy fresh water fishing, this is the place for you, just make sure you got the best spinning reel (check one at www.reelchase.com/best-shimano-spinning-reels/). 4 lb smallmouth bass are regular catches. The allure of the northern pike is nowhere more alive than in Big Cedar Lake. And the lake trout are plentiful.

If you’ve never experienced the haunting calls of a loon echoing over a still and silent lake in the dusk hours of a Canadian summer night, you’re missing out on an almost spiritual experience. The sun sets at 10pm. The wildlife surrounds you, protected by a wall of trees. The Milky Way is nowhere more visible. The sunsets over the hills surrounding the lake can make an old man cry.

Moosehead Lodge was run for over 30 years by Malcolm Taggart. Mal was one of my best friends. Mal passed away a couple years ago unexpectedly. He had a heart attack while hauling wood with is truck. He died doing what he loved. Malcolm was 69. Malcolm’s wife Corinne, a Hawaiian and a wonderful person, now runs Moosehead Lodge by herself.

If you have any interest in any of the following, send Corinne an email.

  1. You’re so far away from a cell tower that turning on your cell phone yields nothing but laughter from those around you.
  2. Waking up and having a big breakfast in the lodge.
  3. Heading out onto the lake where you’re pretty much the only boat on the water.
  4. Driving your boat along the shoreline and spotting a family of deer, or even a bear, in the water.
  5. Catching a big fish, and having the honor of letting it go.
  6. Sitting on the porch of the lodge sipping a beer, reading a book while taking moments to just look at the lake while the summer breezes envelope you.
  7. Reconnecting with your spouse, your children, your siblings, in a totally serene atmosphere.
  8. Remembering what it’s all about.