As we seek to inspire you and your family to Appreciate the Wealth of Your Life®, we would be remiss if we did not lead by example. To that end, this week and next, we’d like to share the ways each of us at SageBroadview embodied our firm’s tagline in our summer activities. How have you appreciated the wealth in your life recently? We’d love to hear from you with your own summer reflections!
Sheri Iannetta Cupo: On the Oregon Trail
Before our eldest son Dominic headed off to college, the Cupo clan wanted to have a special family vacation this summer. We considered a number of possibilities before settling on Oregon. Our younger son Devon and I are big fans of Portlandia, so we thought, “Why not Portland?” We also wanted to explore farther afield, so we rented a house in Bend, Oregon.
What first struck us was how fit everyone is. The only overweight people seemed to be the tourists. It inspired us to be more active than usual; at least it inspired me to be more active. While my usual vacation speed is lounging around with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other, my guys have no problem going full tilt on theirs.
We bought a map and plotted our first hike. I asked for a relatively sedate one to start. Well, their idea of “sedate” was an 8-mile trail loop, with the first leg straight uphill to the Tumalo Falls. I could barely catch my breath but fortunately, after acclimating, I was rewarded with gorgeous views the entire hike. We spent the rest of our vacation hiking and eating and spelunking and eating.
The boys also ran a 5k race where Devon finished as the fastest male runner, and Dave and the boys enjoyed some stand-up paddle boarding. We ended in Portland, where I could have spent all day and night in Powell’s Books; we also loved the Oregon Zoo. At the end, we flew home on the red eye, squeezed into middle seats, but having fully appreciated the wealth of our time together. Dominic may pursue an engineering internship and Devon wants to march with Drum Corps International, so who knows what future summers will bring?
Larry Annello: A Jazzy Time
Reflecting back on the most memorable events of my summer travels, I come back to Burlington, Vermont and the Burlington Jazz Festival. After a five-hour drive through the scenic mountains, we parked our car at the Hotel Vermont … and did not touch it again until it was time to depart, four days later. We were able to walk from venue to venue, enjoying great jazz musicians all along the way. Our favorite performers were the Vermont High School All-State Jazz Ensemble. These kids were so enthusiastic and dedicated to their music; we and many others in the audience found ourselves dancing in the streets, celebrating their talent.
Bev and I felt so fortunate to find such a great (free) performance, tucked away in the corner of our beloved Vermont. We are sure to return, to appreciate it all over again. In the meantime, the memory remains a vibrant reminder.
Next week: Look for more summer reflections from others of our SageBroadview team.
Sage Serendipity: While we’re on the subject of appreciation, we appreciated C.S. Lewis’ take on true friendship, as shared in a recent Brain Pickings.