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The Little but BIG Things In Life – Appreciation List

  1. THANK YOU for giving me the strength to be alone and be okay with that. To find and fall in love with who I am, to be my own self in a world that can sometimes feel like it’s tearing you apart.
  2. THANK YOU mum for being there for me, always. For always having the most beautiful smile in the world. Mum, I want you to know that when you’re happy, the world lights up and there is nothing but happiness in this world.
  3. THANK YOU dad for being the biggest and most incredible role model that any son could have ever hoped for. Dad, I want you to know that you are my inspiration in this world, your strength and fortitude, bravery and persistence to make a better life for you and your family has taught me everything I know about what it means to raise a family; no doubt this will be passed on to many generations to come.
  4. THANK YOU Michael, my older brother. You are the smartest person I know, most of the time. You give advice that is often sound and responsible and has always kept me on the right path in life. You’re the first person I go to when I seek guidance, without you, my life would not have the structure, the building blocks it does today and I can only hope that I continue to listen and take in your knowledge.
  5. THANK YOU Ken, my youngest brother. You have taught me that everyone is on a different path to success, that there is not one but an infinite number of ways that one can reach success. I know us older brothers sometimes can seem to have expectations that are not always easy to achieve; you shouldn’t have to live up to them because you are on your own path in life and I realise that now. Just know that we have always wanted the best for you and are here to support any decision you make.
  6. THANK YOU Jasie, my dear sister in Law. Far more than anyone else in the world, you have taught me to welcome others with the biggest open arms. Our family is incredibly lucky to have and welcome you into our home. I thank you so much for your patience and acceptance of who we are. I know that we are not always perfect, myself especially but know that we will always be here for you and the little ones.
  7. THANK YOU little Jasmine and Alicia, oh my two little beautiful nieces! You two are an absolute bundle of joy! The hardest question I’ve had to answer since moving abroad was what will I miss the most about home and the answer is not what, but who and it’s you two. It saddens me greatly that I am not there to see you grow up, running around the family house chasing each others tails. I hope that you will remember your old uncle Jason, known for his bravery to chase his dreams, to jump into the unknown and explore the wild corners of the world. I promise to bring you wild gifts and stories from distant lands, even dragons if he ever comes across one!
  8. THANK YOU so very much my best friend Epiphany. You taught me the true meaning of what that meant and it only took two decades to meet you; but oh my am I glad we finally did! You’re a big part of my life and a big reason why I can stand tall and not be afraid. I’ve always got your back and you’ve got mine. A great day? Tell me about it while I cheer you on. A really bad day? I’ll be here to listen! And of course by the end have you smiling away 🙂 Stay strong, keep being you because you are awesome!
  9. THANK YOU teddy Beary for being there from the start. For being the light in the darkness, for fighting off the monsters under the bed and being the comfort I needed when I was young, scared and weak; so that now I have become none other than the protector.
  10. THANK YOU for the sun and warmth that comes each but not every day. It reminds me that life is not all sunshine and blue skies, but instead it’s how you overcome the grey to see the light of another day.
  11. THANK YOU for my good health! I know I don’t always appreciate it as much as I should, but I know my physical body is strong and in good health, that it can take me to places and move mountains at my call.
  12. THANK YOU to those of you who keep in touch even when I am so far away, even when it’s been so long since we last spoke. The little things such as “how are you” keep me going knowing people out there do care about me just as I do for them.
  13. THANK YOU for my absolute LOVE to bring people together. I find the most happiness when I am connecting people, when I am bridging the gap between you and me, between you and him and between him and her. This is because I truly believe in the power of the mutual connections that we give each other, it is one of the few things that really matter on our short time on this Earth. This love to bring people together has made me feel loved by many, has helped me build real heart filled relationships with those around me and simply has helped me become so content with the life I have been given. If there is ever a goal in life I cherish more than anything, it is that I continue to pass on the bright light that I have been given by you and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
  14. THANK YOU to all those who post recipes online whether that’s on my favourite Subtle Asian Cooking page, blogs or websites. They give a big newbie like me hope to cook things that I never thought I could of, to enjoy the food i make and most importantly to know what’s going into everything i make and eat.
  15. THANK YOU to the world wide web! How crazy does it sound to know that was a time when the world wasn’t even near as connected as it is today. Not only are we more connected to each other socially but more importantly, connected by information. This is to ensure I never take for granted how easy it is for me to satisfy my thirst for knowledge, more open to me than 99.999% of humans ever been in the past.
  16. THANK YOU to the sound of music. You move me. You have always moved my body and heart, made me feel emotions that I could not describe but only feel. Music really is the universal language that connects us all, vibrating strings is what we are made of and vibrating strings is what we are all changed by. I am glad that we have ears to listen, hearts to feel and our bodies to move along with it.
  17. THANK YOU to those who choose to smile. I often get caught up in the movements of the day to notice that I haven’t stopped to enjoy the moment, the life each day that I have been given. But you, stranger, with your smile remind me. You remind me of the good that is in the world, to not get sucked up in the pattern, the mindless moving. You remind me to smile back and give a smile once again to another stranger.
  18. THANK YOU for listening. To those who listen with their hearts to you and mean nothing but the best for you. I know who you are because I know how you have made me feel, absolutely and undoubtedly supported through the ups and downs of my life. Without you I would be an empty shell, cast out into the ocean with no one to pick me up and listen to my tune. We all need heroes in our life, we all need that wind beneath our wings that allows us to fly and soar above the clouds; so I hope you know that it is you who has made it all possible.
  19. THANK YOU to my outbound friends. Those of you who are eagerly finding adventure beyond the horizons of what you see and crossing borders to places you’d never thought you’d find yourself. It is you I seek out most because when I see you doing this; I want to join you. Often I will and I do, the stories we share with one another are unforgettable and the bonds we make are unbreakable because one of the things I do know is that friends who travel together, stay together.
  20. THANK YOU, my mentors in life. I see mentors in so many people that I meet, so naturally I have many mentors both personally and professionally. I think it’s important to remind ourselves that there is something to learn from anybody and it is with this thought that has allowed me grow into the person that I am today, a combination of the many whom I’ve met and looked up to before.
  21. THANK YOU for giving me the chance to truly be proud of the work I do, of the projects that come to life in front of my eyes. Not often enough do I pause to remember that I and with the help of many others, change the shape of the landscapes we design. That we design and build things on this Earth that will stay for lifetimes past; places where people come together and bring joy and love to one another! That is much to be proud of and I am thankful to remember this each and every day.
  22. THANK YOU for my forever curious and wandering mind. You keep my on my toes with new questions and new discoveries each and every day. You keep track of my sensors and question the things I see, the scents that I smell, the taste that I taste, the sounds that I hear and the feeling of what It is I touch. Maybe more importantly, you make me think about the way I think and wonder about how it is to feel about the way I feel.
  23. THANK YOU for allowing me to give meaning even to the most mundane of things. Today I found great meaning in even the letters of the Alphabet. The T for Tau for example, used as a symbol for life and resurrection in ancient times was also used by the Greeks to symbolise death. Soon after, in biblical times it connected to the cross of Jesus. I realised that even the most simplest of things we take for granted weave across the history of time and space. There is meaning all around us, it is only for us to open our eyes and see. So beautiful.
  24. THANK YOU for the high life energy. One of the most profound things I have learnt about myself over the years is what makes me want to move. In moving I mean to excitedly jump for joy, to enthusiastically wave my hands up in the air and to sing on top of my lungs. It made me realise that it’s not something you’re born into, but it’s something that can be found and the secret is simple, to do something you love. When I do something I love, the energy I put into it feels like my all plus an extra battery pack to top it off. So, I think you for helping me find my high life energy.
  25. THANK YOU for my smile. I never knew the power of a smile until others made me smile with theirs. It’s contagious! Often, people say that I am that person who is always smiling, I’d like to think it’s because of the storyteller in my mind. The vivid imagination that is weaved by the subjects that it finds in everything. But also, I smile because I know it can make you smile too, it can brighten up somebody’s day even for a little moment so I think you for giving me the big bright smile I have (and the wrinkles that come with it!). P.S. that’s why the sunflower is my favourite flower, it makes people smile just by looking at those beautiful golden petals.
  26. THANK YOU for the music community during these times of incredible isolation (2020). Whilst we are more isolated than ever, the strength of communities like these to shift onto the virtual world has been amazing giving a sense of unity, support and love from afar. DQ 1 @ home is a great example of this, uniting the community through Zoom chat where we can all see each other and communicate over chat whilst we enjoy an event that would have been in person. There have been many more great examples of this with individual artists hosting live streams where fans can come together for the love of something common. This sense of community gives me a sense of hope that one day we will return to normal and we will be reunited once again.
  27. THANK YOU for giving me the insight of seeing the beauty in each and every person I meet. I’ve always had the natural ability to see the best in people because that is what I truly believe myself; that within each and every one of us, there is beauty, there is talent, there are achievements that cannot be compared. Too often do we doubt ourselves and see the flaws from within, so it is with this ability I am able to share this beauty with those around me.
  28. THANK YOU for keeping those closest to me safe during the pandamic years of 2020-2022. As challenging as the years were, I am excited about how much has come out of it too. The absolute cultural shift of work life balance has moved forward by many years and I think that we are and will live happier lives because of it. I have been really impressed with the whole scientific community (and the world really) and how they have come together during these times, breaking traditional borders for the greater good of humanity. I am also excited about all the great innovation and technology that has come out of this and in particular those surrounding the conversation around climate change. 2021 was the first year that I’ve really started seeing a cultural shift in how we talk and think about the net zero carbon change and that gives me absolute faith that humanity will prevail. So with all of that, I thank the world for the challenges that we have faced and our collective resolve to put up a good fight!

As time goes on, this list will continue to grow, to forever be a reminder of how much good there is in this world and to that, I THANK YOU for being the biggest and most important part of it ❤ Love, Jason.

Mixing Drinks

From time to time, I do enjoy mixing up a great drink. Whether it’s a healthy juice or smoothie, a dangerous milkshake or more likely a special cocktail for those lonely nights, I want to keep a log of some of my favorites so here is where I hope to log that.

Juices

Really healthy and simple fruit juices that is bound to make you smile.

Smoothies

Beautifully crafted smoothies that will have your heart and taste buds melting.

Milkshakes

Dangerously good milky and creamy milkshakes that will break any cravings you have.

Cocktails

A selection of tasty alcoholic beverages to enjoy any time!

Sloe Gin Fizz

A bit sweet, fruity with a buzz

IngredientsMethodology
– 50ml sloe gin
– 25ml lemon juice
– 15ml sugar syrup
– Ice ice baby
– Soda water
– Lemon slice (optional)
– Fresh blackberry (optional)
1. Just mix it all together!
2. Enjoy

Feature image – On my first solo road trip across Australia, I visited a berry farm and spent hours picking and eating all types of yummy berries! I also made sure I took a basketful away for the road. I remember on the day there was a snake scare, a snake was on the loose and seen around the berries! (not uncommon consider where I was haha). I loved the freedom, the beautiful outdoors, and the sweet sweet things that life had to offer, the photo was taken just outside of Melbourne on the 4th of January 2018.

Goals of 2022 – Being Part of the Future

I remember walking into 2021 with a huge fog ahead of me. Not knowing where I was headed, unsure of where I would be. When the clock ticked past 12 and 2022 came into sight, I was already well asleep dreaming of the possibilities.

Not long before this day, I’d had a vivid dream about what I had to do this year. I woke up feeling inspired even though the memory had faded. Have you ever woken up absolutely inspired? It was one of those nights.

And so, that defined my goals this year. Interestingly enough, it aligns very well with the professional goals I intend to tackle this year too!

  1. This year is about technology & Innovation. I was inspired by the past 2 years with how far we have come as a society and how much technology had a part to play in that. I am lucky to not only have a natural interest in science and technology as they come hand in hand, but also have a knack for breaking down complex technical concepts into easy to digest bits. I have a feeling this natural strength of mine will be of greater importance as the world becomes significanly more complex in the coming decade and so I want to pursure that ever changing and exciting world. I want to really be at the forefront of applying technology to solve some of the worlds most challenging problems.
  2. Experiencing the Alps. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years here on this side of the world and I have yet to experience the Alps. This is the year that I will make sure that happens. Plans are underway and nothing will ruin it this time! I think this is probably the fifth time i’ve taken this plan to the drawing board hahaha. I want to get really good at skiing and snowboarding, I want that skill to be a part of my reppritour, it’s incredibly fun and exhilirating and is a part of icy nature that I’ve yet to fully experience and immerse myself in.
  3. Visit home. I turn 30 this year and there is absolutely nobody else I would like to spend this with other than my family and close friends. I will finally be returning home to visit, to catch up and to spend time with those I love. Another farm party is at hand, this time, 5 years on from the last I hope it will be just as fun but a little bit less tragic with me passed out with penis’s drawn all over me but maybe that will depend on how much my friends have matured really!
  4. Last years reading goal was 25 books! I’d have to admit, between those insane working hours and covid strained days, I was too weak to stick to that. Let’s rebuild that momentum for 2022, 25 books and let’s make it happen this time! The good thing is a few days in and I’m already one book down 🙂

Short and sweet this year but it doesn’t mean it won’t be a challenging one! What are your goals for the year?

Feature image – I love this photo of us, our family together on NYE 2018 up on the hills of Barangaroo. It was warm, wet and yet we enjoyed every moment of our presence together. I remember it being fun-filled too as we attempted to use our picnic mat as another means of avoiding getting wet! we clamored closely together under the two umbrellas and waited for those amazing fireworks on the famous Sydney harbor. These are the moments I hold onto dearly, ones that are spent with the best of people and those of which you know can never be recreated. This photo was taken beautifully together on the 31st of December 2018.

2021 – A Dash of Optimism

Covid defined the year of 2021…

But we often forget how much progress we have made this year too. Let me share some of what I’ve been excited about and let us celebrate these on a high as we come to the close of another challenging yet exciting year.

Among many others, this was the year that…

– The largest wind farm in the world (Gansu Wind Farm in China) went live! with a target capacity of 20,000 MW expected to power “well over” 1.3 million homes!
– Electric vehicle sales more than doubled in 2021 compared to 2020 which was already a record increase of 40% from 2019
– Quantum computing saw IBM breaking the 100-qubit barrier
– The new space race saw SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin fight for the new industry of space tourism
– The launch of the $10bn James Webb Telescope into space after almost 25 years of preparation!
– Breakthroughs in mRNA techniques due to the global effort for a Covid vaccine have opened up a new era of disease prevention
– AI made huge progress in understanding one of biology’s greatest challenges, successfully predicting how proteins fold
– CRISPR, a powerful tool for editing genomes made strides by curing the first genetic disorder in the human body
– After a 70-year battle, China finally eradicated Malaria. From 30-million cases annually in 1940 to zero!

Finally, I’d like to look ahead to 2022. What am I excited about? What are the things I am looking out for?

– A more widespread understanding of the “Green Premium” concept to drive the climate crisis conversation
– The opening of the world’s largest solar farm will become operational in Abu Dhabi (Al Dhafra Solar PV IPP)
– SpaceX’s Starship orbital test flights paving the way for payloads to Mars
– The end of the WWF’sambitious TX2 Program to double the drastically declining Tiger population in 10 years

Feature image – One of the few places outside of the UK I was able to travel to in 2021. Barcelona was as beautiful as I imagined and the Spanish culture continues to inspire me to take life less seriously, to relax more, and take in each and every day. Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain, taken the day before my birthday on the 16th of October 2021.

A Look Back on 2021 – A Challenging Year

2021 was an incredibly challenging year but it wasn’t all the world’s doing.

Inside my professional career, I tackled a new job title (Senior Engineer) and the responsibilities that came with it. I took on a second “part-time” role (SMART Buildings Consultant) within the business. I was chosen to join a group of individuals (Taskforce) who would go on to understand the challenges facing the business as a whole.

At the very same time, I was holding together a small group of inspired individuals trying to inspire others into a career in technology and engineering (Chair of the IET LYPN).

Because of this, my personal life dwindled. My mind was so set on the professional success that I had overlooked part of the reason why I had traveled so far.

It’s really easy how fast time can fly if you let it run you over, like a well-oiled machine that takes you by surprise. (I imagine myself as a small corn cob in a cornfield).

I would not say however that I am not proud of my achievements this year, there is a lot to be proud of. My formal Chartership title acceptance is definitely one of the highlights and being able to tackle all of the above is something to be proud of unto itself. Above all is the absolute pleasure being part of the Taskforce team, the team is one of the big reasons why I choose to go on and be inspired.

But I do feel overworked and undervalued to some extent, I’d have to admit and I understand it’s not the fault of others. It’s the fault of myself, taking on much and expecting more from a business as large as one I work for. Maybe that’s the well-oiled machine I was talking about…

There’s a lot I’d like to achieve next year and as much as I blend work and life together, I might want to give it a bit of a separation for a little bit but let’s talk about that in the next post.

Thanks for listening

Love, Jason

Feature image – I haven’t had the chance to meet many people this year but the absolute highlight is this group from the Taskforce UK team. I love working with them, the diversity of thoughts and revelations, the things I am learning from them and hopefully giving back over the coming year, the challenges we’re facing and the big goals we’re aspiring to achieve! This was taken at The Mailbox, Birmingham, United Kingdom, taken on the 23rd of November 2021.

Chartership Day

To my friends, make sure you celebrate your successes.

They often feel like they come too few and too far apart, but don’t forget the little things, the little steps in life that allow for growth.

The journey to Engineering Chartership was much like that. Little wins that kept me motivated, driven by the support of my good friends, my mentors and the leaders in which I aspire to be one day.

All I can say is to remember to thank those around you for those little things. It’s never too early nor too late to appreciate and be grateful for everything you have.

Behind me, I stand at an 150 year old institution, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). One where far greater men and women have stood before me in the shared pursuit of knowledge and truth, in the shared passion for all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. I am absolutely humbled by their presence.

With them by my side, I look excitedly into the future and what it holds for me, you and all of humanity.

Thank you

Love, Jason

Feature image – A really proud moment for me achieving my Chartership status in front of the famous Savoy Place, home of many who have inspired me to become the person I am today. The Institution of Engineering & Technology at Savoy Place, London, United Kingdom, taken on the 13th of September 2021.

Peering Into The Future – Machines & Buildings

I can imagine a world where machines and buildings come together.

I’m not talking about robot servers at cafeterias or flying delivery drones to deliver your Amazon underwear; although this is a real reality, it’s a topic for another day.

What I am talking about is the true optimization of our built environment, our buildings and our cities. An environment that is connected through data, understood through our human lens and calibrated by machines.

That vision of the world is not far off. The idea not so far-fetched. The concept very much so achievable and accessible to more of us than ever before. And so where do we begin?

We begin with data collection; 

  • What kind of data can we even collect from our devices? Is there potential to connect to more data points than we initially thought?
  • Is the data truly open protocol? Is it in a language we all (and machines!) understand 
  • How secure is that data? Is it encrypted? what are the risks of even collecting it?

Then we look at data analysis;

  • How do utilize the full power of that data?
  • How is it interconnected/ related to all the other data points available?
  • Do we understand the implications of being able to play with that data?

And finally, we need to understand the real value of that data, to the best of our ability;

  • Is there real value of collecting and analysing that particular data set?
  • Cost/ Benefit analysis and the potential for missed opportunities
  • What is the end user experience? (or is there even one?)
  • Are systems operating under improved conditions? Is there true optimization for the benefit of energy usage, sustainability and operation?
  • Importantly, how do you add a value to data that we’ve potentially yet to fully understand?

So the topic begins to unravel and you realize that it’s a complex balance of technological enablement for the optimization of our environment and for the improvement of the user experience.

But although complex, the benefits of a world where machines and buildings come together far outweigh the time and energy that is spent on understanding it now. Now that is something to be passionate and optimistic about.

Thanks for reading! Jason.

Dumb Choices

“It’s hard, in retrospect, to understand why you did something stupid. I don’t mean the small stuff – ruining your favorite tie because you tried to eat soup in the car or throwing your back because you got talked into playing tackle football on Thanksgiving.

I mean dumb choices in the wake of considerable deliberation: those times when you identify a real problem in your life, analyze it, and then with utter confidence come up with precisely the wrong answer.

Barack Obama

Personal Context – I’m a thinker. When big decisions are to be made I sit down and weigh all the options, I deliberate often and make decisions quickly based on the outcomes. I find it really comforting to know that even Barack has made decisions that looking back seem ridiculous. It shows how human he is, we all are and that making mistakes, even when closely analysed is part of who we are.

The Brave

“The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all

Richard Branson

Personal Context – I love this quote. When I first heard it, it resonated with every fibre of my being. I’ve always tried to live life my way, without any regrets and always being brave to the unknown. It’s definitely not the easy way to live life and I am almost never comfortable where I am, always itching to do the next big thing. Because of this, sometimes the people closest to me find it hard to ground me to Earth, my uncertainty becomes their uncertainty and it causes pain. And so, I just want to take this time to say sorry, but never regretting our time together.

Never Forget

“Never forget where you came from and those who made you who you are

JayysNotes

Personal Context – At this moment of time, far from home and old friends. I am reminded of how I am unique amongst these people. I am reminded how much stronger I am because of where I came from. I am reminded each day why I push so hard and strive for so much. And I can contribute all of these feelings to where I’ve come from and the people who have shaped me. I will never forget the things you’ve done for me. Thank you.

Moments – Transforming the Existing

I had a client ask me today… “How can I make my building work towards Net Carbon Zero by 2050?”…. the building is over 100 years old, it’s heritage listed and has had god knows how many renovations and fitouts over the years…I’ll be honest, I wasn’t as prepared as I would of liked to be!!!

Transforming existing buildings to meet the goal will be our challenge of the decade and I’m glad to see our team working towards that. Just saying…

Peering Into The Future – Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is on the verge of a widespread breakthrough and it is, I believe, the first and foremost important 21st century technology that will drive all other technologies.

As commonly defined, “cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage (cloud storage) and computing power (cloud computing), without direct active management by the user”.

So what does this mean for how we do things now and what it could look like in the near future?

Well, at this moment of time, we all know about cloud storage even if we don’t understand it. We all store our information that can be accessed anywhere at anytime wherever there is an internet connection. Think about how we use Dropbox and Sharepoint, or in more subtle ways, Google Photos and calendars that just naturally sync without a thought. We use these services and can already hardly imagine a world without being able to access them at our own call. This is the power of cloud storage and where (in the physical sense) the data is being stored doesn’t matter to the most of us as long as we can access it.

What is soon to be another game changer and one that will integrate with our lives as if it was always there will be the power of cloud computing. This technology has really taken off in the midst of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, and why? It takes the need for local computing power of millions and diversifies it across a range of supercomputers hosted on the cloud from almost anywhere around the world. In other words, your PC doesn’t need to be almighty powerful to run a few hardy software because the “processing power” is all conducted elsewhere on a supercomputer innumerable times more powerful than yours could and would ever be. This model also allows for vast benefits that are brought on by economies of scale that can significantly allow for more efficient ways of processing data and in turn work towards a more sustainable future.

For now and has been since the invention of the modern day “computer”, we’re all running around with our devices (laptops, phones, ipads etc) with enough computing power to do the things we individually need. Our devices, obsolete in a short few years time will drive us to buy the next big thing with even more computing power. This cycle, as unsustainable as it is, will end in my prediction. Not the fact that we will buy newer and nicer devices that will continue on forever as part of our human nature, but the fact that the computing power of the devices will reach a limit where it is more costly and less efficient to have individual supercomputers in our hands instead of having them in the cloud. I foresee a world where we buy devices no longer for their computing power but for their personal aesthetic and defining characteristics (which we do already but alongside the computing power) and the computing power we may need is found in the cloud, whether that be via a subscription service of some kind, or a given when purchasing the product.

I personally am excited about the prospects of this but the concerns over security and use of our personal data follows on very closely in this discussion. It’s a young topic at this point of time where I think most people are utilising the services of the cloud without fully understanding the technology itself, the negative effects of data breaches for example and the possibility of loss of data through natural disasters (which quickly is becoming irrelevant with the use of geo-redundancy). For the latter at least is where my personal experience comes in. As an electrical engineer who often works with designing “critical infrastructure” for data centres, hospitals and airports, I can rest easy knowing that the level of resilience on the critical infrastructure itself is up there in the 99.995th percentile (Tier IV Uptime Institute). Furthermore as mentioned above, with geo-redundancy, this brings the overall resilience of data being lost to a possible 99.999999999% annual durability!

Thanks for reading the first of a series of chapters exploring the future technologies that are apt to disrupt the very way we live.

Jason Li

The Pursuit of Happyness

What a rollercoaster of emotions.

It’s been awhile since I’ve watched The Pursuit of Happyness. The movie is so much of what is real in this world, that life is not always the sunshine and flowers that you see.

The large majority of the movie describes this struggle with heartbreaking scenes to find a place in the world, to find hope and faith even where there is seemingly none to be found.

As if we were the child himself learning from his father, the scene below has resonated with me for years, never failing to inspire me to take action now towards a future that I want to see, towards the dream that I’ve always envisioned.

The concept of happiness as a pursuit, as a journey worth every moment is an incredibly powerful idea reminding us that there is value within every struggle, that there is hope at the end of all the suffering in this world.

If you were as moved as I was with the movie, I’d love for us to connect and talk about it and much more. Say hi and let’s catch up!

Wishing you all good health and wealth and with love,
Jason

The Mind – Body – Spirit

Mind, Body and Spirit. We hear of these three terms so often, yet have you ever stopped to actually think about what they mean? and more importantly what they mean to you? This is my short attempt at describing what I believe is an integral part of what makes us who we are.

I wrote this piece a long time ago, sometime in 2015 but I never had the chance to return to it. It’s incredible how much has not changed in my beliefs. What has changed however is my understanding of how I can evolve and maintain each.

The Mind is part of us that observes and interprets what is around us. It is pure information in the form of memories, ideas and views. Think of it as sort of a machine, it can take in data through its senses, store it, interpret it, understand it and do something with it.

With the mind, I evolve by ever feeding the thirst for knowledge. I know my mind well, it seeks knowledge in many areas, finds interests and meaning in the most inanimate of things and so that is what I often feed it. At the same time, I maintain my mind by by keeping it happy, by staying positive and optimistic, by seeing the bright side of things and appreciating all that I do have. I stress very little about the things I cannot change and act strongly with willpower on the things that I can.

The Body is simply the physical structure, the means for your mind and spirit to be. It is the vehicle your spirit just happens to inhibit at this moment of time.

With the body, I evolve by tackling new challenges that test it’s limits. I run and cycle long distances and walk and hike for days on end. I endeavour to challenge it in the greatest of mountains and one day at the depths of the oceans. I maintain my body’s state of health by giving it the healthy balance of nutrition it needs, by being careful with it when harm is nearby. I watch my body, how it looks and moves and listen to it’s sounds to make sure that I am always first in line to take care when it tells me it’s in need.

The Spirit is much more complex. This is where it gets a bit fuzzy, the spirit, or sometimes known as the soul is something that is much more deeper than the first two. I believe it is the real you, the true nature of who you are. It’s something that can’t be explained with words of any kind but can only be felt and experienced. It is the part of you that goes on through lifetimes of experiences and forms and will never cease to exist. 

With the spirit, I evolve by looking deeper within to find a meaning in life that is greater than ones self. I am always in search of likeminded souls to connect with and that one very special soul in which I meet in every lifetime to share it all. To choose love above all is how I maintain my spirits content. With every encounter, I do my best to share without expectation and give without return.

Thank you for reading ❤

Love, Jason

Feature image – The absolutely gorgeous purple, pink, white and blue lavenders of Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, taken on the 25th of November 2016.

You Taught Me – FG

5 years ago, we talked about where you wanted to be and what you wanted to do “growing up”. At the time, we were both still students, you were searching for work and doing the odd jobs here and there, volunteering for great causes that you excelled in (because of your bubbly personality!).

Look at you now! You are pretty much doing exactly what you wanted to do and you are loving it. The definition of someone who has made it to where they set out to be and more impressive for someone in a unique role as yours (I can totally imagine you in that lab coat #Abby haha). You remind me that nothing is out of reach if you aim all of your hearts and desires for it.

I also LOVE our conversation on the Disney movie Soul! How smooth was the subtle segue of the topic into our conversation, then letting it take off into so much more. Reminds me of conversations we used to have over text which were a bazillion sentences long because of your extra-terrestrial typing speeds hahaha.

As always, you are such a great friend FG, it’s a shame that you have replaced me with my little brother, although whom I am very alike, I bet it’s just not the same. Catch up soon and keep in touch!

You Taught Me – VD

What makes me most happy in the world is seeing my friends succeed and living a life they enjoy. Ultimately, isn’t that what life is about? Finding the balance between our “work” and our life? For those who say that our work should be our lives, in reality it’s unrealistic and unsustainable.

So, with that it really sounds like you’re finding that balance well! Slowly navigating the joys of life, learning all the way through. I love how you took the leap of faith away from what seems like the big and stable 4 to pursue something different, totally outside your comfort zone to try something new that you think suits you better. This mindset will get you far in life and there’s no doubt that it will help you find a place where you will be at peace. I think what you reminded me most is that there are friends of mine out there who are doing pretty well, moving forward in their lives, slowly but surely.

Even if you don’t think so yourself, I think you’re a great example of this! So I thank you for being a great friend and wish you continued peace and success in the future. All the best VD, and catch up soon!

You Taught Me – CP

How amazing is it when opportunities come when you least expect it!

During our conversation together, we defined what it means to live a life free of total control over everything and your recent experiences are the best examples of that. When you gave yourself the time and space to learn instead of expecting yourself to know, you inevitably invited everyone around you to see your true and vulnerable self (just like we all are). It’s crazy to think that sometimes the harder we try and expect results of ourselves, the more it actually backfires and hurts instead. We are truly at times our worst enemy but also our greatest saviour.

What I find just as humbling is that when the universe opens up to you full of opportunities, you stay loyal to your word and have belief in the path you’ve chosen. It’s so important that we do believe in the choices that we make with all our hearts and be accepting that it may not always be the right choice. I love how we both have found a place to call home away from home and really, it doesn’t matter whether it’s halfway across the globe or in our great Australian backyard because what it really shows is your drive to make the life that you want for yourself.

Looking ahead, you are absolutely no different. You strive to work with people, for people and give them the best experience wherever they are because to you, the way to make the world a better place is by putting us first; our sense of well-being through meaningful interactions. All I can say to that is thank you for the amazing catch-up and reminding me of this.

I look forward to where it takes you and will support you all along the way!

You Taught Me – JK

It was an absolute pleasure catching up with you. It’s always amazing when you reconnect with someone that you haven’t seen or talked to in years and you just kick it off with really meaningful topics.

What I found fascinating was our conversation around keeping one eye on the future at all times. What large organisations lack is this ability to create this vision that they’re supposed to have from within and that’s where you come in with you conceptual designs and framework thinking. But as much as it is enjoyable, what you really want is to see is the results, the actual implementation without all the politics. In a world full of process driven design, it’s hard to see where we can just make things more focussed, optimised and far less long winded but you’re on the journey to find out what that is. The one thing that you and I both know for sure is that whatever the future holds, we will always need that human touch and the roles we’re both taking on, ensure that is what we’re learning.

In the near future, you’re excited and open to where you might end up, whether that’s across town or on the other side of the world. You’ve never lost your heart for the world and want to be doing something that helps heal and sustain it. The most humbling thing is that you seem to really know the true value of things. You see yourself from the perspective of others and realise that we, as Australians and as individuals are really well off and are in the prime position to drive the change we wish to see, without the struggles that much of the people of the world has inherited.

JK, you’ve taught me a lot in this short time and it’s absolutely humbling to talk to you, I wish you all the best in your endeavours and support you along your journey.

A Dream Journal Series – Stories Come to Life

  • Date: 17th January 2021
  • Lucidity: 5 / 10
  • Vividity: 7 / 10
  • Realism: 9 / 10

In the middle of nowhere, a house stood out in the night.

A warm orange glow could be seen from miles, warmth enveloped those within. Inside a group of friends lay in their beds, wide awake yet half dreaming telling each other stories of far away places close to our hearts.

It was my turn.

But before I tell, I must explain the days or even weeks leading up to this moment. You see, I had this book that was with me all the time. A book of short stories with beautiful illustrations of the characters of which they tell. Flicking through the book, there were dozens of characters and their stories told, but many more of whom had empty stages.

And so it was that night when I read these stories out aloud, that we all realised, it was the stories of ourselves. The characters were them and the stories were real.

How this was so I did not know. What I did know was that when I wrote these stories, it wasn’t just me. There was another hand. As if I was entranced while doing so and the story wrote itself. Sometimes it feels this way when you’re doing something you love and feel so natural in and it all just comes out. It was like that when I wrote these stories.

So the group wanted to know Shane’s story and although I refused at first to write, it came to me in a dream and I had one to tell. As everyone stared at me from their beds, eager to hear the story, I knew it was one that I could not tell for it was evil, it was death at one’s door.

The group, convinced that if once told the future could be altered, was more eager than ever to hear. And so I told the story knowing that it was false hope, that once death was at your door it could not be stopped and if anything, it would be worse.

Shane would die that night, the story foretold. He would fall asleep no matter how hard he tried. He would wander away, leaving the warmth of the orange glow and into the cold dark abyss of the night. And in this darkness, he would be struck by an oncoming car and there was nothing he could do.

The End.

A Dream Journal Series – Careful Where You Move

  • Date: 16th January 2021
  • Lucidity: 4 / 10
  • Vividity: 7 / 10
  • Realism: 8 / 10

We’re in our new place in South London. Recently moved as planned.

The first thing I see is how large the place is. It’s wooden floors and simple furniture, it’s shelves unmoved. It’s exciting as always being in a new place.

But that all changed the moment we took a step outside.

In front of our home was an area filled with young crazy people (which whom I recognize as hippies) dancing and waving their arms around to music unknown to me as if they were seeing and hearing something that I wasn’t. Whatever it was, I had the thought that it was induced from some sorts of drugs and having people like that right outside my doorstep was definitely not the plan.

At that moment my older brother, Michael turned up at my doorstep requesting me to come home to Sydney. He was quite convincing in that he was using the classic tactic of  telling me how there’s nothing here for me, that there’s no path forward here, that the family needed me back home. He said and quite randomly that my dad wanted to start his own railway business which did strike me as really odd and worrisome as if something had triggered my dad since I was gone. In any case, I was rejecting any notion of it, I was enjoying it here and still believed there was much to achieve.

We all started towards our van. I don’t recall where we were headed but wherever it was it didn’t matter because before I got there, the hippes from the party outside were already gathering around. One had taken up the drivers seat (which was in the middle section of a 3 section 6 seater van?) with my girlfriend next to him. Another two hippes had taken up the front seat whilst Michael was out back. I tried to jump in the drivers seat and remove the key but it was too late, the van had already begun to move! So I did the only thing I could of, was quickly take the back seat just to be in the van.

The hippy was crazy! His driving was definitely under the influence of substances and I was worried for our lives as he swerved left and right on the road ahead. After a few short minutes of his driving and extremely annoying hippy chants and in-car dancing, I had enough. I whispered into my girlfriends ear who was in front of me and told her to prepare to take over the wheel. When the time was right, I took the hippy by the neck from behind into a headlock. I was absolutely pissed off about the situation and was yelling to my girlfriend to park the car ASAP! She of course panicked and was doing the same, going left and right trying to find the perfect spot which made me even more anxious because I could see multiple spots where we could have stopped. This made me bring out my pissed off sarcastic self and I kept yelling here! here! here!

Eventually we did make a stop, I jumped out of the car and dragged each hippy out of our van with a punch to their face and a kick whilst they were on the ground for good luck. I was tempted to kick them some more before I decided otherwise and decided to leave, and so I did.

The End

A Losing Battle

“I realised a long time ago that the harder I resist and fight against my destiny, the more I am fighting a losing battle. Yes, you do create your own destiny but to an extent only, and when you start to see the difference between the two, everything changes.

JayysNotes

Personal Context – There’s somewhere I’m meant to be. Someone I’m meant to be with. I think about this all the time. The more I think about it, the more I think I am ready.

Goals of 2021 – Through Thick and Thin

How do I see through the fog of which I am about to embark?

At the end of each and every year just like a tradition, I write two letters to myself. A reflection of the year that has past and a look into the future, a year ahead to see the possibilities that lay before me. This is of the latter and I must admit, it is the hardest one I have ever had to write.

It would be easy for me to sit back and repeat the goals of 2020, many of which had been incomplete, put on hold because of world events. But that would mean that there had been no insights this year, that not only was the world put on hold, I was as well. Luckily for me, that’s not the case, upon pondering through my thoughts, 2021 looks to be one of the most important pivots of my life and below, my goals reflect that.

I challenge myself not only to take on the goals of 2020, but new daunting yet exciting ones as well. 2021 isn’t going to be easy, but then again, who said life was anything but, right?

  1. (On hold from 2020) A sense of community – One of the things that really surprised me this year was the overwhelming sense of shift in the community from an in-person perspective over to the virtual space. I’ve connected with a lot of great people within this online space but there’s always the missing element that only being next to someone can give. What this is exactly I am not yet sure, but I hope when we can all get together again without fear, I can rediscover this. To summarise, I am in search to make a deep connection with a community here in London, i.e. be an integral part of at least one community organisation or group by the end of 2021.
  2. (On hold from 2020) Travelling and exploring – 2020 was not the best year for eager travellers and explorers like myself and leading into the new year it still looks grim. I’m hoping that in the second half of 2021, we can rekindle this fire. It’s important to remember that my travel plans will continue to be led by my love for music, culture and people just as it was in the previous years. What I must do this year however is to make sure I meet more people along the way
  3. Healthy cooking and advanced baking – 2020 was a great year to explore my inner chef, being home all day for every meal meant that there was great opportunity to be creative. Now it’s time to take that to the next step. I want to really know what it is I am eating and how that fits into a “balanced” diet everyone keeps talking about. I’m looking at the food triangle as a good start for this but through this new year, I want to learn healthy recipes, eat less meat and more greens like mom always used to say. Baking on the other hand still feels like the dark arts! How does yeast work? why does flour quadruple it’s size in the oven, how can I bake something healthy without using a ridiculous amount of butter and sugar, really? If you know me, you know that i’m not much for sweets and I’ve always connected baking with being sweet. I know now that this is not always the case and will seek that out this year. Included in this is the making of baobaos and traditional Chinese baking!
  4. A new venture – Some of you might already know that I have something I’ve been working on through 2020. 2021 is the year I will try to build a new skillset to accompany that something. I’m talking about things like basic coding and website design, learning about business structure and finances. No matter what happens on this journey, there’s something I can learn and take from it.
  5. Reading at a higher level – 2020 was a great year for establishing some amazing reading habits. Every night now, I can’t fall asleep without having read my book! So the question for 2021 is, how can I top that? I’ve considered early morning reads, it’s a possibility and might be a really good start to the day. But one thing I know for sure is that I want to read a much more wider range of genres and go through a lot more books while I’m at it. Let’s set the goal at 25 books for 2021 and a large number of them to be non-fiction.
  6. Meditation & lucid dreaming – I began the practice of meditation over 10 years ago and what ties closely with that was the ability to learn to lucid dream. A few years back, I put this on hold. It was on hold because my sleeping patterns were off, I struggled to recall dreams and I was always moving from one place to another. This year, I want to bring that back. If this year permits, I’d like to attend some regular meditation classes and recall more dreams than I do now. I need to get into a regular pattern of dream journaling and finding a community out there who can support that.
  7. Social media frenzy – One of my big goals this year is to know exactly what information I take in day to day and from where. It’s crazy that in todays world, algorithms determine almost everything that you see on your social media feeds, so much so that you are drowned and lost in it! Today, my social media feeds are a total mess but with this goal, I want to clean it up. This includes improving the level of security on all my accounts, understanding how my data is being used and what I will and will not allow to be used, ensuring that I see my friends posts first before all else and making certain that the news outlets, articles, stories and content is one that is highly reliable from respectable sources and is of a high quality. Yes, that means this is the beginning of the end for many so called “news” outlets that use cryptic memes and comedic articles to subtly feed you their views.

So with that, I leave you with one thought. What are your goals for the year? How have you set them upon these uncertain times?

Thanks for reading. Happy goal setting and here’s a big wish for you and your family for good health and prosperity in the new year! Love, Jason.

Feature image – The opening celebration held at Tomorrowland, a famous yearly gathering of people from all around the world for the absolute appreciation for music, culture and love taken on the 18th of July 2019. It is only a matter of time that we are all reunited not only for the love of what this represents but the love for each other as a human species.

A Look back on 2020 – An Unexpected Year

As the year comes to a close, we look back on all the moments that the year has brought us. What will stand out from the rest?

For me, so much has happened. So much of the unexpected that no goals set at the onset could have ever predicted. That is the power of goal setting, to have a bar in which you can aim and compare against for constant reevaluation and growth.

All whilst at the same time, so much too has not happened. At the beginning of 2020, I spoke of two key goals I really wanted to achieve this year. To really be a part of the communities that London has to offer and secondly to ramp up my European travels. Both of which have been, as for many others, put to an absolute halt.

But as turbulent times bring uncertainty and fear, they too also bring vast opportunity and new ways to love.

2020 was an incredibly unexpected year for me. I absolutely loved the changing working environment that we’ve been thrown into, the ideals surrounding a more flexible home/ work arrangement is one that will bring benefits in our health and wellbeing and increased productivity for many years to come. I took on new challenges in the workplace, one of which was the proud works related to the Australian Embassy here in London, which led to my recognition and promotion along with the support to continue working here. I submitted my Engineering Chartership application which I have been working on for the past 3 years! I co-chaired the internal young professionals network within my organization and was voted in to be the 2021 chair of a volunteer organization (IET).

With all this, I think the thing I am most proud of is reconnecting with friends and family on a more personal level and being appreciative of your time and the things you have taught me. So as an ending note, I would just like to thank you and wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

Thanks for reading

❤ Jason

A Journey of Exponential Growth

Where do I begin.

I think it was 16 when I first really started thinking for myself. It was then when the journey really begins. Before that, like most of us, we were just kids. Children in the playground, following the way of the world not really asking ourselves the questions that had to be asked at that age.

It was at age 16 when I remember clearly asking myself something that would ring true for the rest of my life. To give some background, that age was an incredibly turbulent and tumultuous time for me. Like all young adults, the teenage years are a time of so much confusion, sometimes so much pain and heartache in which many carry over their shoulders for the most of the best part of their lives. Mine was no different. But the questions I asked and the things I told myself may have been, because without it, I would not be the person I am today.

I remember having the ability to think to myself quite often, to talk inwards if you might say. It might have been then when I truly found that inner voice that still speaks to me today. I held onto that inner voice like a child with his teddy bear, it was my best friend, my consular, my hope because outside of that, the outside world seemed so very cruel and rough and hard to understand.

And so I remember asking myself these questions I had no answer to. “Jason, who are you amongst the crowd? Do you even know who you are? Are you pretending to be someone you are not to fit in? Why does every day feel the same? Why does life feel so small and tight and close?”

With all of these questions I did not know, I had only one that I did, and this one somehow felt like that it was all that mattered; “Jason, are you doing the best that you can right now with everything happening in your life?”.

My answer to that was always yes. Everything else followed after.

It took me about three years to really grow out of those teenage years, and rightly so between the ages of 18-20 when I really started to enjoy life. University was such a bright light in my life. I remember my first day, I was on my own walking around campus and there was a little animal farm the university had brought in for the new students to enjoy. There’s a picture of me somewhere holding a snake that day and I absolutely loved it. What I loved most wasn’t the fact that I enjoyed animals (although I do) or I was feeling strong, it was the simple fact that I had made the choice to do it.

Before this moment, there was a sense that everything in life had been chosen for me and all I did was follow blindly. It was with this moment of choice that changed my life. I remember that day to clearly. I remember feeling a sense of release, a burden off my shoulders and for once in my life I felt like I could breath. This moment was and still is the most calm, relaxed and peaceful time of my life. Time was slow back then, I could feel it. Each day after class I’d spend doing things on my own, I’d go for a long walk to anywhere, have a picnic on my own in the grass, I’d go for a drive somewhere.

One of my favourite memories of this was being woken up by one students with what looked like a movie set of equipment, having taken a nap on the university greens. I was so taken aback by this when they asked if I could answer some questions for an interview about student life at the University. At that age, being on camera meant you were famous, and for that week in my mind at least I was!

So it was the power of choice that took me to new heights. Choice that made me realise that life is what you make of it.

When I was at the youthful age of 24, I felt that time was against me. The older I get, the more I realise that it was farther from the truth! But nonetheless, it’s human intuition to fear time and it’s escape. It was at that age in which I had just come out of a long relationship where I knew I needed to return to my roots. In the years before it, I had the power of living in the moment and that of choice. In the years after, I would have so much more.

It is only when you reach your lowest point, that you are open to the greatest of change.

That ring so true at this time in my life. For the first time in my life I’d felt real heartbreak which lasted for months on end. Within a time frame of 6 months, I had lost so much of what I had built the years before. I quit my part time job, put a pause on what I really enjoyed, volunteering as a firefighter, my studies and grades at the University were at it’s worst, I was avoiding friends and family, my motivation and drive was faltering in every single thing I did. It was crazy, havoc in my life.

I realised then that when things go wrong, you can tumble down the rabbit hole very very quickly.

I think it rings so true in life and for so many people out there. Their pain and suffering is real and when it is felt, it is felt all around, surrounding you in a coat of pain and tears.

So at the lowest point in my life, I turned inwards once again. I returned to that 16 year old inner voice which over time, I had slowly lost and I missed him so dearly. What was incredible about this voice was that even through all these years, it had not changed.

I was still in there somewhere, providing me strength, giving me hope.

And like before he asked me those very same questions. “Jason, who are you amongst the crowd? Do you even know who you are? Are you pretending to be someone you are not to fit in? Why does every day feel the same? Why does life feel so small and tight and close?”

But of course, the answers to those were still hard to find. All but one, “Jason, are you doing the best that you can right now with everything happening in your life?”

And my answer to that was no. Everything else followed after.

It took me about a week after answering this question of mine to having absolutely changed the course of my life. I began to LIVE, like really live. I set myself some life rules based on things I knew would answer the really important questions.

When I asked myself who I was amongst the crowd, I set out to define that by spending more time doing the things I loved. When I asked myself if I was pretending in any way, I set out to always be true to my beliefs and heart. When I asked myself why life felt so small and tight and close, I set out to redefine the boundaries that my life contained.

In a timeframe of about 6 months, I had joined over a dozen University societies, I had met hundreds of new friends that I still call close now, I networked like a maniac and because of it, I was successful in finding a job I enjoyed, I studied in Beijing, experienced North Korea and found my absolute LOVE to travel and explore.

I still did not have all the answers, but I was finally on a journey through life that felt real, that felt worthwhile, that felt like it had meaning.

At the age of 26, I took a massive leap of faith to move abroad to London indefinitely even against all logic at the time. Flying away from everything I have ever loved, the family home and the building of a new home, my investment home and mortgage and responsibilities that came with it, my job and having to take a 25% pay cut and most of all, my family and friends, missing out on the big moments in life with them. This leap was for me, for that inner self to grow and expand what I knew about life and more importantly to learn about the things I did not and could not possible know without taking on the endeavour.

And so here I am, at the age of 28 writing this piece so grateful of the journeys past and so excited about what the future holds. That inner self, the voice inside of me? It’s no longer just a voice, it’s become who I am, it’s defined me and I never would of found him without the going through it all. I wear him on my sleeve, I trust his guidance and truly believe that together, we will do great things.

Thanks for reading and remembering,

Love, Jason

P.s there’s an incredible difference between why there was a yes to the question when I was 16 and a no when I was 24. It’s hard to know exactly what that is but it has to do with freedom. Largely an external societal influence that makes you feel like you either have to do something because it just is what it is or you have the choice to do something because you have the ability to see further into your future, into the possibilities that could be.

The Challenge of Self-Discovery

“For my father, and now me, the essence of a good work ethic starts with meeting a challenge of self-discovery, of finding something you love to do, so that work — even, or especially, when it’s very difficult and arduous — becomes joyful. Maybe even sacred,””

Warren Buffet

Personal Context – I love this quote because it was only a few years ago that I discovered this on my own whilst I was at my lowest point in life. I remember back then, how lost I was not knowing where I fit in, in this great big world. I remember just walking through life as if it all had no meaning at all, that it was some sick joke played on us, puppets in a never ending show.

And then it was all suddenly so clear, so blaringly obvious even; that the only thing worth pursuing in this lifetime was forever growth and self-discovery. To find the love of my life, not in someone else but within myself above all else.

Since then, my path has been more true than it’s 23 years before it, it has been more clear than it ever has. The realisation that life is not some sick joke, that it is absolutely and wonderfully precious and that it works for you if only you let it.

A Call to Remember

Today is a wonderful day.

We’re less than 2 weeks till Christmas, the most incredible time of the year where families come together and friends unite to celebrate what was traditionally the birth of Christ but now is also (for the most of us), the love we all share for one other.

I want so much to be a part of this, to fill our hearts full of love, not only just our socks or shopping baskets!

So this year and starting with today, I set out on a personal quest to share with you and all those whom I love dearly a time for me and you to catch-up, share the highlights in our lives, to rekindle our friendship and most importantly SUPPORT each other in our life’s goals, aspirations and passions.

See you soon,

Love, Jason