The Best Summer Yet

Sep 18, 2014Stephen Charles Lincoln

I'm determined to fall in love with Fall.

After having one of the most amazing Summers of my entire life, I definitely want to keep that inspirational party going. When I look back on my recent trips to California, Germany and Holland—I just want a return ticket. I spent this entire summer out of my comfort zone, by myself more than ever and I returned with an entirely new perspective. 

The adventure started in Northern California with family and at the celebration of a very important person in my life who was getting married. The communication with my family was better than ever. It really showed me how far I've come and how supportive they are. My vision (and my hearing) had never been better.

The wedding brought together guests from all over the world, with all of us bearing witness to love. Being in Napa Valley, near my hometown, made the occasion all the more visceral. I was honored to be there and was awestruck seeing my friend sharing in the ultimate gift.

Then I was outbound again, but in the other direction—I went to Berlin for two weeks. Many people have said it's like New York City in the late 90s and I can see why. The street fashion, the street art, and the music in the clubs were familiar, but so out of contextIt was another opportunity for me to experience something seemingly familiar, but now with a whole new twist. I did everything—the museums, the public parks, and dancing all night. (Cardio, right?) 

Interestingly, the rush to "get to the next thing" reminded me of how I was in the 90s. I met so many people, which I always enjoy. Plus, my own life gets put into sharper focus when I expand my social circle and my usual surroundings. 

I ended my trip biking through Amsterdam. One more city in which to enjoy the architecture, food, and meet more wonderful people. Speaking of biking, the most tremendous thing happened while I was away—I got over my fear of riding a bike. Back in high school, while riding a bike, I was hit by a bus. I was severely injured. The same could be said of my bike.

I'd not been on one since (spinning classes don’t count)…until Berlin. Something about that city and encouragement from friends gave me the courage to finally test myself. It was an instant love connection. I joined the NYC Citi Bike program the instant I got home.

Every turn of the pedal reminds me that change is always possible. I'm even more determined to push what's possible at the bakery.

Staying in my comfort zone is not nearly as exciting as traveling beyond it. new mission is to take my bakery global. That's a lot of bike paths to explore.

Thank you, Summer. You were just what I didn't know I needed. You reminded me to make sure to optimize every season. And who knows, maybe I'll learn to like the winter weather too. My CA body temperature still lurks within.

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