When you have your own company, there's rarely a time that you're completely free from thinking about your business. It's always on your mind. And, since Yun and I spend most of our waking hours working together, some aspect of what we do is constantly a topic of conversation. Our weekends and holidays don't offer much reprieve, and meals are often just an extension of work, except with food. 

But, there are those times when being an entrepreneur does have its perks. This past Tuesday, I had the chance to power off my Blackberry, ignore emails, and enjoy nature for a few hours. After spending the weekend visiting my nephews and newborn niece in San Francisco, I stayed for a few extra days and my buddy Jon and I took the two hour drive down the coast from SF to Monterey so that we could play one of America's true golfing gems, Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Not as famous or scenic as its sister course, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass is simply a golfer's golf course. One of my favorites. Jon discovered a membership card that would get us a 40% discount on the greens fees at Spyglass, so like a moth to a flame, we rushed to take advantage of the deal before anyone changed their mind.  

It was a chance to unplug, getaway, and to employ a pair of very loud pants made possible by one of my favorite brands — Moods of Norway. As another friend noted after seeing the picture above on my Facebook page, where else do you get a chance to wear teal plaid pants, but on the golf course? (Needless to say, Jon doesn't share my fashion sentiments) In any case, it was also an opportunity for me to once again use the greatest golf innovation of my lifetime — Taylormade's new R11 Driver. EVERY GOLFER SHOULD HAVE ONE! Seriously. I feel like I'm cheating when using it — it's that good.

But, I digress. 

Whether it's playing a round of golf, going for a walk or watching an episode of Ace of Cakes, it is so important to find time to clear your mind from work and decompress. It's cliche to say that sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses, but it's true. When your business only goes forward if you're the one pushing it — as is the case for many entrepreneurs — it's easy to feel guilty when you're not working, so you end up working all the time. This past week I was lucky enough to play a round of golf at one of the most beautiful places on earth with one of my best friends, and walking around with not a care in the world for the better part of five hours put in perspective why dealing with the constant work pressure is ultimately worth it. There's nothing better in business than having your own company as long as once in a while you remember to stop —and make a late tee time on a Tuesday afternoon. — K
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