E ver since I lived abroad as a teenager, I have always immersed myself in different cultures – living and learning in lands different than my own.
My luxury hospitality career began in 2003 in NYC with a stint in freelance travel writing for a local upscale publication. That opportunity quickly blossomed into a whirlwind adventure of living and discovering foreign lands to rate ultra-upscale hotels and fine dining experiences with the prestigious International Five Star Diamond Award for The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS).
In 2005, I worked at The Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s upper East Side to absorb all that I could about high-end hotel ethos, management and operations. I primarily focused on creating marketing strategies for new streams of revenue, but surely the best moments for me were when I was “Manager on Duty” and had to learn trial – by – fire style all aspects of the luxury hospitality business.
For over a decade following, The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences slung shot me to all parts of the planet from Asia to South America and everything in between. I lived abroad and traveled extensively worldwide with lots of stars and diamonds. During this time I evaluated over 5,000 of the world’s best fine dining, hotels, spas, airlines, cruise ships and other luxury lifestyle experiences.
I received wonderful opportunities from the luxury world to learn experientially about high quality hospitality and the invaluable gift of giving excellent service to others. It was a beautiful journey of living abroad and exploring excellence.
Wherever I found myself amidst different cultures around the world, I would continue to dive deeper inward. During my travels, I encountered healing experiences with Shamans, soothsayers, monks and other interesting people with incredible and unexpected wisdom that was simply profound.
In 2017 I lived and worked in a Dhamma Center where I served ten and twenty day residential meditation retreats and followed a monastic way of being. Thru this experience, I started to live a new version of luxury. I redefined my ideas of service and striped away much of my limiting habits so that I could re-grow into a new direction. Circumstances brought me back to NYC and in the life I thought I had forever renounced. I soon realized that there is a middle way; that I could blend the best of the glossy worldly-world with the sincere authenticity and humility of something beyond…