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3 Bucket List Destinations for 2015

"Every year as spring rolls around, blowing away the snow clouds of winter and replacing them with all sorts of lush green adorableness, I promise myself I’ll improve my life. I’ll cut all things mundane from my life and concentrate on all things awesome instead.

That’s around the time when my bucket list makes a fast reappearance. You might have already seen the one on my website, filled with all kinds of fantastical things. From getting wasted in Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day to visiting the Himalayas, it includes all the wonderful travel moments I would love to experience – preferably in the near future and at least once in my life.

Today I want to present you with the top three bucket list adventures which I will try to tick off in 2015 – and a chance to win one of your own! Because what’d be the point in talking about my dreams if I did not try to help you fulfil you own?"

Read on and check the competition (Ends 30.4.2015) http://bit.ly/1OK956x

#Travel #Finland #BucketList
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C-leveling done right. One of the most inspiring and best execs I have seen in my career
 
After nearly 7 years as CFO, I will be retiring from Google to spend more time with my family.  Yeah, I know you've heard that line before.  We give a lot to our jobs.  I certainly did.  And while I am not looking for sympathy, I want to share my thought process because so many people struggle to strike the right balance between work and personal life.

This story starts last fall. A very early morning last September, after a whole night of climbing, looking at the sunrise on top of Africa - Mt Kilimanjaro. Tamar (my wife) and I were not only enjoying the summit, but on such a clear day, we could see in the distance, the vast plain of the Serengeti at our feet, and with it the calling of all the potential adventures Africa has to offer. (see exhibit #1 - Tamar and I on Kili).

And Tamar out of the blue said "Hey, why don't we just keep on going". Let's explore Africa, and then turn east to make our way to India, it's just next door, and we're here already. Then, we keep going; the Himalayas, Everest, go to Bali, the Great Barrier Reef... Antarctica, let's go see Antarctica!?" Little did she know, she was tempting fate.

I remember telling Tamar a typical prudent CFO type response- I would love to keep going, but we have to go back. It's not time yet, There is still so much to do at Google, with my career, so many people counting on me/us - Boards, Non Profits, etc

But then she asked the killer question: So when is it going to be time? Our time? My time? The questions just hung there in the cold morning African air. 

A few weeks later, I was happy back at work, but could not shake away THE question: When is it time for us to just keep going? And so began a reflection on my/our life. Through numerous hours of cycling last fall (my introvert happy place) I concluded on a few simple and self-evident truths:

First, The kids are gone.  Two are in college, one graduated and in a start-up in Africa. Beautiful young adults we are very proud of. Tamar honestly deserves most of the credit here. She has done a marvelous job. Simply marvelous. But the reality is that for Tamar and I, there will be no more Cheerios encrusted minivan, night watch because of ear infections, ice hockey rinks at 6:00am. Nobody is waiting for us/needing us. 

Second, I am completing this summer 25-30 years of nearly non-stop work (depending on how you wish to cut the data). And being member of FWIO, the noble Fraternity of Worldwide Insecure Over-achievers, it has been a whirlwind of truly amazing experiences. But as I count it now, it has also been a frenetic pace for about 1500 weeks now. Always on - even when I was not supposed to be. Especially when I was not supposed to be. And am guilty as charged - I love my job (still do), my colleagues, my friends, the opportunities to lead and change the world.

Third, this summer, Tamar and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary. When our kids are asked by their friends about the success of the longevity of our marriage, they simply joke that Tamar and I have spent so little time together that "it's really too early to tell" if our marriage will in fact succeed. 
If they could only know how many great memories we already have together. How many will you say? How long do you have? But one thing is for sure, I want more. And she deserves more. Lots more.

Allow me to spare you the rest of the truths. But the short answer is simply that I could not find a good argument to tell Tamar we should wait any longer for us to grab our backpacks and hit the road - celebrate our last 25 years together by turning the page and enjoy a perfectly fine mid life crisis full of bliss and beauty, and leave the door open to serendipity for our next leadership opportunities, once our long list of travels and adventures is exhausted.

Working at Google is a privilege, nothing less. I have worked with the best of the best, and know that I am leaving Google in great hands. I have made so many friends at Google it's not funny. Larry, Sergey, Eric, thank you for friendship. I am forever grateful for letting me be me, for your trust, your warmth, your support, and for so much laughter through good and not so good times.

To be clear, I am still here. I wish to transition over the coming months but only after we have found a new Googley CFO and help him/her through an orderly transition, which will take some time. 

In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavours and family/community. And thankfully, I feel I’m at a point in my life where I no longer have to have to make such tough choices anymore. And for that I am truly grateful. Carpe Diem.


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And then Senator Cruz was all like ""Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government" and the Internet was all like...
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'...Google helped build a specialized Android tablet where Achar and other doctors could record medical info from inside the high-risk zone and then send it wirelessly to servers on the outside. Here in everyday America, a wireless tablet may seem like basic technology. But in the middle of an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which offers limited internet and other tech infrastructure, it’s not.'

'The tablet is encased in polycarbonate, so that it can be dipped in chlorine and removed from the facility...'
Jay Achar was treating Ebola patients at a makeshift hospital in Sierra Leone. He needed more time, and he needed better tech.
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Dear Analin, ...

I miss you. More now, to be honest, with another baby growing. I'm scared for a lot of things but trust this is the way things are supposed to be, whether or not I understand it. Deep breaths. Lots of rest. We'll make it to our August due date eventually.

I love you, beautiful girl...


16 weeks on Thursday. :)
Dear Analin, I have a very, very good reason for such a long silence. I have been sick. Super sick. Going on 16 weeks now, and still not quite through it. (Right. Bandaid method.) You're going to be a big sister. Well, I...
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Chili made by who?
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Martha! Cooks in the kitchen with a hoe again! 
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Today I am thankful I got to know you. I am thankful your big brothers talk about and love you. I am thankful your daddy knows when to sit beside me and when to let me sit by myself in the quiet. I am thankful for the joy of the holidays and the excitement I'm sure will return.

And I will wish. It doesn't matter that this wish is impossible. Sometimes, wishes should be out of reach so we learn to reach higher. I am thankful for that, as well.
Dear Analin, I thought I had learned a long time ago to keep my wishes simple and attainable. Now, to me, attainable is still pretty high. For example, it was always okay to wish to marry a prince as they exist in the world, ...
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I have a favour to ask of you my darlings

As you're aware, I've done as much as I can to help indies where I can, as much as possible. Now I'm asking you to help me. 

I have this beautiful cover, a book that I'm really proud of, that's been edited to amazing standards, thanks to my dear editor. 

Will you help me get the word out? 

Will you share this book far and wide to help me find new readers so that I can make more people happy? I can't do this alone, and I'd really like more people to join in my happiness. 
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Going through pics for Christmas albums and found this gem of our youngest son, Sebastian.
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That's just awesome. And I need it!
 
We need a conference table like this at work!
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Googler, Daddy, Husband and Liverpool FC fan
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I'm a senior account manager at Google where I help companies and organizations develop their online social and marketing strategies. 

I have a passion for all things technology - especially internet related services that make my life easier. 

I'm married and my wife and I have two sons, Joshua and Sebastian. We have 3 dogs, two boxers and a mutt.

Please feel free to reach out to me with questions regarding Google or Google+. I do ask you to respect  that I can't share confidential information about Google or our products. 

Thanks! I look forward to getting to know you!

Kris


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I went to school with Prince William and Princess Kate :)
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Aalborg, Denmark - Denmark, Scotland, England, US
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The meat counter is great at Borchardt's. You definitely need to try out the smokehouse chicken - awesome on the bbq.
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Checked in last night and everything has been a very pleasant experience. The rooms are really awesome - quite possibly the best and nicest hotel room I've ever stayed in. The shower is incredible - and get this: They actually have a real steam iron and a proper ironing board. As a business traveller that's not something you see that often but it was a really nice surprise to actually be able to iron my clothes this morning. The front desk staff and the bell hop were a pleasure to interact with. Sitting at breakfast with now, and while it's not excessive, it's a solid continental breakfast. I can highly recommend this place.
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Really good pizza for a small town. We normally get the family deal which has 2 pizzas - one special and one two-topping and it's really good value. Definitely check them out if you're looking for a solid pizza and you're in Blissfield country :)
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