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My Post for the Raleigh DLA

I was recently asked to write a post for the Raleigh Downtown Living Advocates on the opening of a new restaurant in my neighborhood. Since I live so close to it they thought it would be cool to have a residents perspective. So, here it is:

For the past couple of years I’ve had the great pleasure of living about 100 yards from the amazing food and people at The Market Restaurant. Chad and his staff are great and the food they’ve been putting out at Market is only matched by the sense of community they’ve fostered in that space.

So, naturally, when I heard that Market was moving I nearly had a panic attack, but luckily I found out they were moving just down the road. After I calmed down I quickly realized that there was going to be an empty space in our community.

That empty space kinda scared me. We had developed such a great sense of community with Market. What if it just sat there? What if our North Blount St. area was left with a gap in it? What if someone did come in there and didn’t share that sense of community? There were a lot of “what ifs.”

Recently, I found out that a new restaurant is coming into the space on North Blount Street. I love new places. I love trying to food. And I love meeting new people. From the first line of the press release I saw on the opening of Stanbury I was really excited; “Drew Maykuth and brothers Joseph and Will Jeffers are opening Stanbury.”

I’ve always thought that the best work is done in teams, in community, and Stanbury already seems to be starting off that way. Not only the 3 guys starting it, but the community of farmers, gardeners and brewers who will help make Stanbury a community restaurant.

I have no doubt that this new neighborhood restaurant and bar will be a hit in the North Blount Street community. Despite the fact that they will be offering mostly local and seasonal items, including sweet breads, fish, meats, homemade pastas and gnocchi, which sound amazing, Stanbury, it’s owners and employees will be welcomed into our community with open arms.

Can’t wait for opening day.

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Perspective

I had a really cool opportunity yesterday. A good friend of mine asked me to shoot a couple head shots for some of the staff of the non-profit he started, Help One Now. (It’s awesome, by the way. Click on the name for more info.) What’s even better is that he paid me in coffee, which is usually an acceptable form of payment for me, by the way.

Anyway…while I was trying to think about a good place to take the pictures one of the guys on the team said, “What about the roof?” It was a beautiful, bright, sunny day and even though I knew the roof probably wouldn’t work because of all the shadows it could cast on them, the fact that they would probably squint a lot, and because it was super bright…I still wanted to see the view.

One thing you should know about me…I love Downtown Raleigh. I love living here. I love the people and the community. And even though it’s not the biggest city with the biggest skyline, I love the way downtown looks. Lucky for me, the rooftop I was exploring was right in the center of downtown.

I climbed the ladder to the rooftop of their office building and fell in love with my city all over again:

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One of the things I got to thinking about during the short time I was up there was, “What if we could do this with our lives?”

It’s pretty cool to find a new spot in the city and to be able to see it from a different perspective than you have before. It gives you a new appreciation for what you love and lets you in on nuances you may not have known before.

Like when you’re flying, for example. Up at 30,000 feet you have a view that you don’t normally get that gives you a different perspective on the world.

There comes a time in our lives when we need to step back and try to view what’s going on around us from a different perspective. To get that 30,000 foot view so we can get the whole picture. To do an honest assessment of the people around us, the direction our lives are heading, the choices we are making or getting ready to make and the way in which we are handling life’s situations.

Sometimes it takes drastic measures in order for us to do this. You may have to go away for a couple days. You may have to really start asking yourself some tough questions. Questions like, “Is this where I want to be? Are these decisions going to get me where I want to be? Are the people around me going to help me or hinder me from being where I need to be? If I’m not where I want to be, what changes do I need to make in order to get there?”

Maybe you’re not able to answer those questions objectively. Of course, only you are able to answer the overall question of where you want your life to go, but another thing you might try doing is asking others around you. Ask your spouse, your kids, your best friend, your girlfriend or boyfriend…whomever you’ve given permission to speak into your life.

If you change your perspective on life, things really begin to change and your life can really be transformed.

Don’t forget though…at some point we have to climb back down the ladder. At some point the plane has to land. We have step back into the first person perspective of life and work hard to make the changes and choices each and every day that will get us where we want to be.

The view is pretty on the rooftop, but the work gets done on the ground floor.

The challenge for both of us today is to get on the rooftop of our lives. To step back and view life from a different perspective. To dream and look towards the future and see if what’s going on around you is going to get you to where you want to be in life. Then to climb back down and get to work.

Let’s do it.

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