In Honor of…Friends.

This week we celebrate a good friend, Simon Andersen.  In honor of Simon, I dedicate this blog post to him – and simply allowing yourself to the joys of life.

As we bustle through this thing called life, we cannot take for granted how short it can be.  We remember Simon, taken way too soon, with whom we shared awesome moments of taking the time to enjoy what we have.

In Los Angeles, our group of friends worked hard.  Very hard.  But what I remember most about that time was Working to Live.  We all focused on our careers, but what I remember most was our time with friends after work.  You see, we worked to Live.  We enjoyed those around us.  And, we took the time to enjoy what we had.  Took the time to cook with friends. Learn from them.  And, value the time we had together.

Five years ago this week, he was gone. This friend who worked hard, but opened his heart and home to friends.  I find it hard to believe he’s gone.  Simon and Anastasia were our foodie-friends.  I remember the ladies enjoying martinis and apps as Simon and I grill with cocktails in hand.  Proof that you can work hard and enjoy the good times.  Gifts.

My point is this.  As we navigate through our careers, let’s not forget why we’re doing it.  We’re doing it to Live.  And while some will leave sooner than others, the time you have is what matters most.  Max it out. Work a long day, but Live a longer day. Here’s to Simon.  Rest, our friend.  And, to the memory of such kept alive by Anastasia.  We thank you.

Folks, find your groove.  If you have to work, use that time wisely.  Remember why you’re doing it.  You’re working to Live.


Combining his love of food and communications, Rod is a marketing guru with extensive experience in the healthcare, restaurant and luxury services industry. Rod’s special talent is cooking. He makes magic in the kitchen by relying on fresh foods and unique flavors. He is married to Beth, and together they have two little girls. Rod and Beth have the perfect Live Pretty partnership: he cooks fabulous dishes and she creates the beautiful ambiance that combines to make their events special and unforgettable.

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3 Responses to “In Honor of…Friends.”

  1. Kristyn — March 23, 2011 @ 6:22 pm (#



  2. Jennie Steele — March 24, 2011 @ 12:23 am (#

    Charlie and I were just talking about Simon not two weeks ago – wishing we had known him longer, talked to him more. It was a random memory of who he was, and how much we liked him in the short time our lives intersected.


  3. Rod — March 26, 2011 @ 7:57 am (#

    Great memories. We learn something from every friend that is presented to us.


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