|Me on a private jet (not mine, of course!) returning from Kiawah, SC, in March 2021.|
Today is Commencement Day for the Yale School of Management's Class of 2021, making it 10 years since I graduated from their MBA program, and one year since last I posted an annual update.
|My SOM cohort (Blue) reunites over Zoom.|
|After bowling on my birthday |
with "the core," December 2020.
|Dose #1 in March. I'm now fully vaccinated!|
|Derby will turn 7 in two days! |
Still a good boy.
|Me back in my first bedroom.|
When I lived there, these beautiful
floors were hiding under carpet.
|Me with my parents in May 2021.|
|Last year, I won a B-level mixed doubles|
round robin to raise money for cancer research.
It was my first tennis trophy ever.
Back home in New York, our oasis during these past 12 months has been our tennis club, which gradually started reopening last May and offered us social and recreational normalcy. I also took on a new role at the club as Chair of the Nominating Committee, which means I'm leading the effort to determine club officers (president, secretary, governors) for the next term. I'm also co-captaining one of our summer tennis teams, and organized a weekly Thursday evening mixer on the red clay that just began last week and will go through mid-October.
Despite Covid-19, James and I managed to take a few trips over the past year, including to Cancun for his birthday in January. He's doing well in the real estate biz. I mentioned in my 2020 post that I'd stopped drinking for Lent and was continuing to live alcohol-free during the pandemic. I’ve remained sober since, 15 months and counting. This lifestyle change has been better for my physical and mental health, without question. It's a relief never to have to nurse a hangover or feel nervous that I can't remember the previous night's conversations. It's also pushed me to spend my social time doing things I genuinely enjoy instead of subconsciously gravitating toward activities where there'll be alcohol. And even though the past year has had many stresses, I believe I'm coping better as a totally sober person than I might otherwise.
|In Cancun for James' birthday.|
Looking forward to seeing what the next 12 months bring us! See you next year.