Peter Kowalke


Summer Vacation in New York

By on June 13, 2015

IMG_3128-smallI’m back in New York City. The last time I was in the United States, drug stores were getting ready for Thanksgiving and getting rid of unsold Halloween candy. It was chilly, a little gray, and my stuff was all in boxes as I prepared for my trip

When I arrived back in New York on June 1, it also was chilly, a little gray, and my stuff was in boxes. But I’ve been working on unpacking the essentials, and the weather sure is better now in New York: It is warm, sunny, and the perfect time for writing on my balcony.

Which is exactly what I am doing.

The weather seems an awful lot like Asia, but the work is different. Instead of logistics, sightseeing and lots of plane travel, I actually get to enjoy the weather for once. I’m more or less camped out on my balcony 14 out of every 24 hours, writing and producing.

I’m writing what I always write: stories, copy and blog posts for businesses. Several large writing projects wrapped up earlier this month, so I’m currently in talks with some new businesses, and there’s even the off chance that I could be taking on another editor-in-chief role soon. Even with the changes, though, there’s still plenty of editorial work to churn out every few days.

What I’m producing is more exciting: Kowalke Relationship Coaching is getting a formal launch, complete with a new web site, a weekly video series and plenty of cool stuff ahead. I’m evaluating software, writing code, developing strategy and working my butt off in the classic entrepreneurial style. You’ll be hearing much more about this in the months to come.

So I’m still working every bit as hard as when I was on the road in Asia, but it feels like a vacation.

It feels like vacation not just because the weather is perfect, but also because there are relatively few distractions; every morning I wake up, check my planner, and head to the balcony for work. The routine is the same most days, and there are few surprises. This consistency, combined with gorgeous summer weather, creates the impression of vacation.

Ironically, I feel more on vacation now than when I was traveling around Asia Pacific the past few months.

Peter is a relationship coach, writer/producer, and R&D monastic. He splits his time between San Francisco and Asia. Read more about Peter.