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One month ago on this blog, I wrote at length about testing my metaphorical, professional parachute. On April 25, I filed for the incorporation of DB + Partners, seven days after beginning the grassroots efforts of actually having a business worth incorporating – on the day I wrote that blog. That first night, I stayed up until 1:00 a.m. writing down a list of contacts and old friends that I would need to reach out […]

In 30 Days

I got fired from my job yesterday. In my subjective opinion, what I did – or failed to do – was low on the list of fire-able offenses. But guess what? My name isn’t on the side of the building, and my opinion on what qualifies as a fire-able offense is irrelevant. Even more so as I write this.

Opening Your Parachute

This week, I “celebrate” the 15 year anniversary of a car accident that nearly claimed my life. I’ve reposted this story on the anniversary of the accident, and made some improvements along the way, each of the past 10 years. Each time, it’s a fresh reminder of my “miracle.” Now in 2018, and for the first time since it’s happened, I can say that the incident feels like a lifetime ago. In fact, close to half of my […]

15 Years Later: April 4, 2003

1 year ago today, I lost my grandmother to kidney cancer. A few days after she passed, I was honored to deliver the eulogy at her memorial service. The moments that surround her death still feel surreal to me. Four days before she passed, she was placed in hospice care. We had all been told that she had about a month to live. I was scheduled to fly home for a wedding the following week, […]

3 Lessons from My Grandma

On September 24, I turn 31 years old. Not a real milestone, but I find that birthdays are a logical time for self-reflection. I’m far from a finished product – and frankly, I can’t believe I’m responsible for adult decisions – but I’ve learned some valuable lessons. Here are 31 of them.

31 Lessons at 31

Going through a break-up is akin to getting murdered but living through it. When people describe heartache as a physical pain, they’re not exaggerating. When I first sat down to write this blog, nearly 10 weeks ago, I was feeling it intensely. I battled myself over and over about whether or not to share the story about the break up, because having yourself (metaphorically) ripped open and laid bare feels like it should accompany an […]

The Validation of a Broken Heart

In the spring of 1987, I was fortunate to experience the birth of two new cousins. I was 3 years old, so I don’t remember the details. One cousin was a boy, Michael, born to my father’s sister – so we were real cousins. After him, I wouldn’t have another male cousin born for more than seven years. Naturally, we were expected to be close. And for a couple of years, and based on the […]

What’s Meant to Be

By David Berry: The dust is settling on the biggest event in boxing history, with the anticipation of a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao showdown clearly in our rearview. Five plus years of anticipation culminated in a 12 round world title unification bout on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. And one thing is certain – the answer regarding which talent was the best of his era was emphatically answered on Saturday […]

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Aftermath

This week, I “celebrate” the 12 year anniversary of a car accident that nearly claimed my life. I’ve reposted this story on the anniversary of the accident, and made some improvements along the way, each of the past sevenyears. Each time, it’s a fresh reminder of my “miracle.” No matter how I lead up to this or what you read in my story, it’s going to seem like I’m being dramatic, but I’m pretty sure […]

12 Years Later: April 4, 2003

By the time I was 16, I had learned that there was a meaning behind each of the looks that appeared on my mother’s face. She’d always been animated that way, and needless to say, she’d have a rough go at a poker game.

The Ripple Effect