Realistic Idealist*

I just returned from Green Drinks NYC Island to Island Holiday Party (, where I met a handful of people as idealistic and enthusiastic as I am about my trip to India. It's very difficult to remain motivated through your idealism and passion when others can't understand, or flat-out insult, what you are trying to do (pessimism is one of the worst traits in people).  Fortunately, when you meet peoplewith deep, vibrant enthusiasm and optimism - if not idealism - it's a blessing.  Those are the people I am trying to call to action to support my cause!  


The praise and energy I received from people today will continue to motivate me through this journey, but I need your help.  Please donate...I am looking to depart in less than 2 weeks!

Shout-outs to supporters that are putting positive energy into the Universe:
  • C.C. Chapman - Managing Partner of The Advance Guard - Blogger, Podcaster & all-around great guy (, - for giving some pointers and showing general support, and indirectly being responsible for this journey thanks to his podcast Managing the Gray (check it out on iTunes)!
  • @Dani3boyz for spreading the word
  • @Goaliegirl for being the first donor
  • Sammy - former schoolmate & teammate on the Red Dogs (college roller hockey team) for donating
  • Eric - also former schoolmate & teammate on the Red Dogs (college roller hockey team) for donating
  • Angela Ruggiero (mentioned many times on this blog) - she got me hired straight out of my internship with the Islanders specifically to work with her on Project Hope, and we remain close ever since.  That is something I will be eternally greatful for, and I am proud to call her my friend.  Get ready for Angela Ruggiero hockey camps!
  • Julie - one of my best friends in the world who has endured every stupid act and idea of mine, but still continues to support, for donating and being a loyal friend in so many ways!
  • Chris Lucas (@Hockeyskates) - for his awesome blogging support:
  • The folks I met today at Green Drinks were amazing, and I am incredibly appreciative that I had the honor of meeting and speaking with you.  There are a few in particular that really stood out, and in due time will get their shout-outs!
  • My Mother, for her understanding of the reasons why I need to do this.
"Realistic Idealist" is a phrase I have been using for some time now.  John McCain used it in a speech during his campaign.  Without getting into politics (although my political affiliation is probably apparent through my idealism, I did not start using it after him, and only realized he used it when I did a Google search on the phrase.  What I'm saying is: John McCain copied me.