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Saturdays

October 9, 2016

I approach almost everyday the same.  What day of the week it is rarely matters to me.  That is one of the perks that comes with entrepreneurship.   Obviously there are set days and times for conference calls, and meetings in regards to business.  On the personal end of the spectrum in order to be a social member of society it is also important to revolve my schedule around when friends and family are available.   This morning I went to grab a coffee at a place that I have ventured to everyday for the past week.  On all other days there was no line and I was in and out of there within five minutes.  To my dismay there were about three dozen people lined up around the block.  I decided to keep walking and found a smaller coffee shop that had nobody there.  Less than a minute later I was walking back to my apartment past the line of people with a black coffee.

For the first twenty eight plus years of my life I never touched coffee.  Than I met a girl who was obsessed with coffee, and I happened to like this girl.  We then bonded over coffee, dated for a little while, broke it off, but my coffee habit continued.  Being a very energetic person as is, there are some days in which I don’t even need it.  However, it has become a great compliment to my morning workout ritual, and definitely gives me a nice boost.  Once in awhile I will treat myself to a Latte, but only on Sundays.  So when thinking about it, another reason why the day of the week matters is to know when to treat myself to a Latte, and when to avoid the coffeeshop with long lines.

As I down the last of my 16 oz bitter hot liquid caffeine I mull over what to do with the rest of my day and night.  Why is there that constant pressure to always be doing something?  Finding contentment in doing absolutely nothing is really how I should spend my day.

 

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Avocado is the new cool

October 7, 2016

This morning I was out for breakfast and ordered Avocado Toast.  Ten years ago if you were to tell me that would be my breakfast order, I would ask you what an avocado even looked like!  Have you noticed the waive of momentum that Avocados has gained lately?  They are doing really well for themselves.  Eggs are having an affair with avocados now on toast and in sandwiches that is looking like it could be everlasting.  Have you ever tried avocado on a sandwich instead of mayo? Tastes very similar, without all the bad fat!  Lets just say there is a reason they call it a Superfood.  Avocado reminds me of that kid in high school that was friends with every group of kids you can imagine.  Whether hanging out with eel in a hand roll, chilling with an egg on a piece of wholewheat toast, or mixed in a salad or some guacamole, Avocados can’t seem to do any wrong lately.  You know when you are available as an add on for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in any cuisine from american, to asian, to mexican, things are running smoothly.  What has really puzzled me lately is where this sudden burst came from?  Out of nowhere in the past couple years the green goodness has been getting more face time than all A-list celebrities combined.   You want to make a smoothie?  Use an avocado!  How about a cocktail? Avocados come to the rescue!  Fast food chains are even utilizing the fruit these days!  Yes I said it, avocados aren’t vegetables.  They should rename it the chameleon. Is this just a trend or will the Avocado be here to stay?  I don’t see many fruits or vegetables for that matter dismantling the oval shaped green fruit.  Brussel Sprouts and Cauliflower are gaining a bit of steam, but I think it is safe to say the Avocado is a bigger deal than Uber these days.

Back in action

October 7, 2016

I stopped writing on here a couple years ago and figured it was time to get back in action.  A lot has happened since we last touched base, and I am now older, and hopefully at least a tad bit wiser.  Last week I made the roadtrip from Flagstaff, Arizona to Venice, California.  I am testing the waters out here in California for awhile to see if I can see myself here for the foreseeable future.  I was going to say longterm, but we are in 2016, and its nearly impossible for me to intertwine the two.  There is a reason why Airbnb and Uber have gained global popularity so quickly.  People are constantly on the go, need instant gratification, and most importantly want the freedom to be able to control their time.

Time is the most valuable asset we all have.  As I have racked up more days on planet earth it has made me come to appreciate the fact that we really are all on an even playing field.  Being an entrepreneur engulfed in a hyper competitive industry has forced me into a pattern of wanting to thwart competition.  Isn’t that what survival of the fittest is all about?  However, when push comes to shove, we are all in the same boat here.  Life is a giant distraction and nobody is going to remember you for how much money you made.  They are going to remember what kind of impact you had on others.  That is the catch-22 that I deal with on a daily basis, and part of the irony in life.  How can you be at the top of a food chain in a business and still not be looked at by some as an asshole?  Well that is completely impossible, it just took me awhile to realize it.  You can’t please everybody at all times, all you can do is try your best to be a decent human being and as civil as possible.

I am in a good place with my business right now, as well as my health.  Along with a great supporting cast of loving family and friends I should be able to find a lot more peace on the day to day.  However, that is part of why the title of my blog is called “The Fear of Complacency”.  I am always fearing not doing enough in life.  At the end of the day though if you aren’t able to bask in your success than what the fuck is the point of it all?  Everything is all about a balancing act is what I keep telling myself, but my brain just doesn’t work that way.  All in or nothing has been my mantra for as long as I can remember. Whether it was a subject in class, a girl that I wanted to pursue, a new startup idea, I am not one to dip my toe in to feel the temperature.  Either keep me out of sight of the water or just let me loose.

I don’t know what triggered me to get back on the saddle and start writing on here again, maybe it is the LA air.  My mind is at ease when my fingers are on the keyboard, as it helps fill an empty void.  Expect to see me back here pretty frequently, as this little warm up today feels good.   I will delve into what I have been up to lately in some upcoming posts, but for now go enjoy the weekend and the idle time that comes with it!

Bring on Belize…

December 18, 2014

Its 2:30 in the morning, and I plan on pulling an all nighter so I don’t miss my 855am flight.   I have never been much of a sleeper.  Going back to my days as a young kid, I used to have ice hockey games at 545am.  I remember laying in bed, wide-eyed, with a mixture of anxiety and exhilaration filling my nine year old body and mind.   That feeling creeps back inside of me as I eagerly await my vacation to Belize this morning.  Its been a grueling last four months since I embarked on my eastern european adventure.   My plan heading forward is to try and always have a trip booked far in advance so that I have something to get excited about at all times outside of my business.   After spontaneously going to Croatia and Prague, it gave me insight on how important it is to escape your bubble from time to time.  Everybody has their comfort zone, and if you have read previous posts of mine, you know that I am a huge proponent on cracking out of that shell.   I am trying to make my comfort zone be uncomfortable as much as possible.  This is the only way I can continue to grow and have that childhood drive and curiosity sparked back into me.

I am excited to visit Belize, a country I’ve never been to before.  I’ve heard its gorgeous, and warm weather, adventure, and relaxation is exactly what the doctor ordered.

 

Happy Holidays and I will catch you all in 2015!

Raking in the leaves

October 13, 2014

Fall used to be my favorite season of the year.  As a kid, halloween was more exciting then finding out school was canceled because of a snow day.  Leaves turning colors and then falling off trees.  My brothers and I used to make giant piles of raked up leaves and jump in them for hours on end.  Then hot chocolate would be waiting for us, compliments of mom.  That scent in the air of chopped wood being burned for the first time in fireplaces around our neighborhood is an aroma I will always yearn for.

 

This weekend it really felt like fall has finally arrived in Denver.  Before I moved out here a few years ago I held the misconception that Denver was an iceberg 24/7/365.  In stark contrast its actually really nice from may-october.  Even in november-april there are sporadic 70 degree sunny days.  In saying that, there are also the blizzard like conditions that pop out of nowhere.  It cracks me up whenever I speak to somebody that lives in a warm climate all year.  They say to me, “Mike I wish I had four seasons, 75 and sunny gets boring after awhile.”   I will take that weather any day!  The irony in it is that my business thrives in shitty weather.  Rain, snow, and/or cold leads to a lot more of our customers ordering food for delivery.  In saying that, on the other end of the spectrum I thoroughly enjoy a nice 75 degree and sunny day as much as the next guy/girl.  I am hoping to be able to start spending the winter months outside of denver in a couple years.  I choose beach over the ski mountain any day of the week!   I never really got a thrill of getting dressed up in winter gear to go freeze my ass off for hours on end up on a mountain.  To each their own…

I have been in a good workout routine and have been eating relatively healthy.  The occasional couple slices of pizza are thrown in for good measure once in awhile, and of course that late night scoop of ice cream…but a guy’s gotta treat himself, right?

Business has been great, but my social life has been somewhat nonexistent lately.  That abroad trip was great over the summer, and I have gone out in Denver a couple times since then.  However, its been a 7 day grind out here and the nights that I have the least on my plate are usually mondays and tuesdays.  When most people are out on the weekends Im helping out with dispatch and deliveries.  The catch-22 of life… I go out of my way to do my best to keep in touch with family and friends, but I still have a way to go to get out of that tunnel vision mindset.

I am at that age where facebook is just flooded with pictures of friends getting engaged, married, on honeymoons, and having kids.  Kudos to them…I am still trying to figure out how to take care of myself!

I am doing my best to…

cut out all sweets (that sweet tooth is tough to fight)

be asleep by 1am (insomnia strikes again)

be awake by 7am (this is easy because I constantly feel like Edward Norton in Fight Club)

be in that yes man mentality within reason

be open to going on blind dates with girls in denver (no keepers thus far)

To sum it up I still am young, am somewhat naive in the grand scheme of things, and have a long way to go, and a lot to learn.

Another week is in the books…thats why they call it the weekend.

 

Until next time…thats all folks!

Its been awhile…

September 9, 2014

John Lennon said it best: “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans”.  I turned 28 years old a few weeks ago, and “age is just a number” is a mantra I fully support.  In saying that,  something struck a chord on July 28th (my birthday).   The last few years my business has consumed my daily life, and it seems like things really were passing me by at lightning speed.  Stopping and smelling the roses once in awhile isn’t a saying I have ever liked abiding by.   My brothers, Corey, and I took a great hike on my birthday.  On the few hour trek it gave me a lot of time to reflect on the past, and contemplate the future.  Birthdays seem to have a way of making me nostalgic and deep in thought.   Whether it was the thin air from being up in the mountains, or realizing I wasn’t getting any younger, I made a pledge to myself.  Heading forward I would have a yes man mentality.  Too many opportunities were squandered over the last few years of my life, as I used my business as a clutch for missing out on a lot of potential great experiences.  So when a couple childhood buddies were pushing me to go on an abroad vacation, instead of coming up with an excuse, I said fuck it, lets do this.   Two days later I was on a flight to Split, Croatia, and ended up having twelve of the best days of my life in Croatia and Prague.  That trip will be a gateway to me taking a much more open minded approach on getting out of my comfort zone.   Heading forward I have promised myself to take at least one vacation every six months.  Before my trip I was on the verge of burning out.   Waking up feeling lethargic and on edge, it was obvious that I was in desperate need of a break from my day to day grind.  Now I am rejuvenated and have new inspiration from my experience abroad.  When I got back to the states, I went to LA to meet up with a few great friends.   They all inspire me to be better, and its always exciting to be around likeminded individuals that you can confide in, and learn a lot from.  As you get older, its easier to appreciate great friendships because they are hard to come by.

As chaotic as running a business on the day to day is at times, ironically it has almost become a bubble/clutch for me.  A lifestyle business is a good term, and I get into such a routine that it becomes tough to crack out of sometimes.    Cracking out of my normal routine over the past couple months has been enlightening.  Reason being, it has actually aided in providing valuable insight regarding  potential consumers for my company.  What can I do to get John Doe to stop walking across the street to grab a pizza, or driving a couple miles to the drive thru?  Wouldn’t John prefer to just order food for delivery?  Or does John like getting out of the office once in awhile?  What can I do to capture his business if he always eats out?   If you are able to crack into somebody’s day to day routine, its an invaluable trait that can be carried on for the rest of your life.

To sum everything up, business is great, my mindset is on point, and I am very pumped up for what lies ahead!

 

Thats all “for now” folks

Insanity at its finest…

May 4, 2014

I woke up, got a great workout in, and then decided, fuck it, why not go out for derby day?  Went and bought some white shorts, high socks, and shoes that looked like I was getting ready for yacht week.  For those of you that know me well, this is not the Mike Rolland norm by any means.  A gorgeous 80 degree day in Denver, not a cloud in the sky, and over 1000 miles away from Churchill Downs.  Yet for some reason there was something nagging me to fall into the trap of going with the flow and being part of the “scene”.  Hang out and watch the NHL playoffs and NBA playoffs on TV or go out and be a person, socialize and have some fun out at the bars? I decided to take the latter option. Im turning 28 years old in a couple months, and although age hasn’t meant much to me since I was legally able to gamble and buy an alcoholic beverage about seven years ago, I like to pride myself in logical decision making as I lean closer to 30 than 25.  Today was not one of those pat myself on the back type of occasions.  Ten hours later, a few beers and a couple drinks deep and my body is telling me to go fuck myself.  (metaphorically speaking of course).   I’m not the spring chicken I was as a naive college freshmen or sophomore, nor am I suffering from a heavy case of senioritis anymore.  Not that I go out and drink more than 1-2 times a month, but come on Mike, what are you really thinking here?  Sure I made some good connections out at the bars, met a couple hot women dressed in their finest derby attire, but looking back at the day I wish I caught the end of that Bruins vs Canadiens game.  The bars aren’t going anywhere, there will always be hot girls out, and Ive drank enough times to know what a hangover in your late twenties feels like.   Everything in hindsight is always 20/20, and there is no point in regretting the past, but it leaves me wondering what I was really trying to accomplish today?  Best case scenario, I get laid and then wake up tomorrow hungover next to a chick that I don’t know? Worst case scenario, I wake up hungover next to an empty pillow?  Life in your 20s really has its moments…time for a few glasses of water, an advil, and to call it a night…