Cork, Ireland

What Nonresidents Need to Know About Buying Your First Home in Ireland

  Note: We didn’t end up buying this property, but we learned a lot in a short time. I wanted to keep a record of lessons learned, as buying a house in Ireland is still something I’d like to do in the future. My in-laws have a family home they’re looking to sell, in Cork, Ireland. It’s a 3 bed, 1 bath in Douglas, Co Cork, minutes away from University of Cork College. It’s a rental home that brings in €1,200 per month. They wanted to sell for €250,000.
Continue reading...

When It Was Time to Stop Working for My Father

Last week, I talked about how to recognize when it’s time to leave your organization. If they’re telling you: “Don’t try new things.” “Toe the line.” “Do what worked before.” Then it’s time to go. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Of course, quitting your job never is. This is the story of quitting my first job after college… working for my father. I worked for my father for about two years, starting in the winter of 2008. It was one of the best learning and life experiences I could ask for. In hindsight, we opened the first restaurant, Shogun
Continue reading...


I don’t mean it when I say I’m only here for the open bar. Because the food is nice, too. But the nicest part, the secret sauce of weddings, is for all the days leading up to it, you know how special it is. Most days, we go through the motions but nothing changes. The morning of a wedding, though, a couple wakes up in their bed knowing they’ll never experience today again. That for better or worse, nothing is the same. If you’re a guest, the day still feels a little rote: laying out the same suit, coordinating your
Continue reading...