If I might paraphrase some of my favorite passages from Thoreau: “The unexamined life is not worth living – Go forth in the direction of your dreams, live the life you’ve imagined – So many lead lives of quiet desperation and come to the end of life only to realize that they haven’t lived…”

For me, it’s a question of balance – trying to keep things in perspective. I’ve pursued my dreams and strive to quietly examine my life so as to live fully. I find it a difficult task juggling family, business and taking care of myself. Obviously, family and business come first, but I’ve found that if I’m not taking care of myself the other two suffer.

I’m blessed with a healthy body that allows me to actively pursue my two athletic passions: cycling and telemark skiing. I recently rebuilt my 1972 Atala bicycle, which I ride twice a week. I feel as if I’ve gone organic after owning three Eddy Merckx’s and a Waterford. My rides allow me to clear my head as I get the endorphins flowing. It’s cathartic. Margaret finds a similar experience on her bike. By the way, if you’re ever in the market for a new bicycle built to your specifications check out They build high quality bikes in Wisconsin under the leadership of Richard Schwinn. Yes, that Schwinn.

Skiing is an uplifting (no pun intended) experience for me. To be in the mountains in winter at the ski area, backcountry or hut system reminds me of what brought me to Colorado so many years ago. The scenery, solitude and challenge of pushing myself renew me.

Lastly, I strive to live in the moment. It’s a gentle struggle to remind myself to slow down, take it all in nonjudgmentally, and just be. Balance…

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