Happy Mother’s Day Mom! One of the toughest parts of living overseas is not being able to see parents as much as I’d like. We’re quite lucky considering the distance and manage to see one another at least once a year but it would still be nice to see Mom today and give her a hug.
Approaching 21:00 here which is getting late by Nepali standards and the time I’ve been keeping at Mads and Clare’s place so this entry will be quick.
Had a nice lazy day, got up at 05:30 due to some of their guests departing early, had some breakfast, read and enjoyed the soft grass that forms their lawn for a nap which is becoming a nice afternoon habit. Lunch was with some friends of Mads and Clare from Holland and Denmark who popped-up, then got some more reading in and finally a late afternoon bike ride. Mads made sure I got on the bike despite being tired from the last two days and we had a nice 14km ride, the same one we did on Day 2 here. Still climbing super slow but felt a bit better this time around and it was truly a treat to ride through a pine forest, which is a very nice change from the concrete of Bangkok.
While reading Beer School today I read a passage that did a pretty good job of summing-up partnerships in business and the stresses that can result with perceived work loads and effort put in (Page 155):
“If partners divide up the responsibilities of running a business, there are times when one partner will be working harder than the other. There are times when one partner will be growing, professionally and personally, faster than the other.” “Partnerships repeatedly are tested by such dynamics.”
And another good bit from Beer School about the importance of having a Mission Statement when starting a business, sharing it with all employees and revising it as needed (Page 107):
“…you must have a clear mission when you start a business, and you must revisit and redefine that mission as your company evolves. There must be an understanding of the mission throughout the company. And you must recognize that any deviation from that mission is a huge risk that can make, or break, your company. There will be slight modifications, but the initial mission should always ring true. You should always be able tot look up at that polestar.”
Enjoy a couple pictures from riding on May 11th and not sure what tomorrow will have in store. I believe relaxing on the lawn, reading, checking out website templates (didn’t get to that one today) and then a solo bike ride out and back on part of the trail from the 11th.