3 things to tell you “about”, to best understand the perspective and intent of this site.
1st, about Mike.
From a professional standpoint, my linked-in profile highlights my 25+ years of experience in Silicon Valley as a sales & marketing professional for 5 different companies: ROLM, IBM, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle Corporation. I have a beautiful wife of 28 years and two grown children. Here’s my resume.
My blog provides an overview of what I have learned over the years in the area of work/life integration through many varied experiences with each individual company culture (a book/memoir is in the works!). While growing up on the beach in Southern California has definitely influenced my views on life here in Silicon Valley (see Corona del Mar and Growing Up and San Onofre Surfing Club), it is the hard-earned experience of 25 years in high technology marketing and sales that has transformed my thinking on how best to balance it all in this valley of non-stop work and endless opportunity (see Begin with the End in Mind).
My overall purpose with this site is to offer help, encouragement, and coaching to those who struggle to keep it all afloat in this valley of constant demands on our time. My passion for helping people in the work/life integration challenge has led me to a coaching profession, where I am a New Ventures West certified Integral Coach® (see Integral Life Coaching). I also do professional development coaching across a wide range of topics.
2nd, about surfing and my Christian faith.
I was 35 years into my life before I stepped into a Christian lifestyle and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. My walk with Christ has been a walk of growth and understanding of the plan God has for my life. He has not changed who I am as much as He has changed who I want to become. Through the years of raising our family in Silicon Valley while struggling to maintain my career and stay healthy, God has led me on a path of finding rest through my faith.
As for surfing, let’s just say I’m at my very best when I am in the water on a surfboard!
Part of my personal growth since accepting Jesus into my life is the great joy of being able to fulfill His plan for my life. For reasons He will surely make clearer to me in the life after, surfing has been a large part of that plan for as far back as I can remember. It is ingrained into my soul and provides me the best escape I know of when life just gets to be too much (which it often does!). Surfing is a way for me to escape the high-stress environment of work and constant demands on my time, while also drawing me closer to God and his magnificent creation.
3rd, about dad (Jack B Mulkey)
The picture on the cover of this web site is the only picture I have of my dad surfing! It was taken at Malibu circa 1949 by Doc Ball, who was later labeled as “surfing’s first dedicated photographer” (original photo). Like so many of his generation, dad was not too big on taking photographs. He was much more intent on enjoying what you were doing at the time. Dad hung around with a very small crowd of post-World War II generation young adults who were experiencing freedom on the beach at Malibu way beyond what any of them could have dreamed just a few years earlier while entrenched in the war with Germany and Japan. In this picture, dad is riding a 10’9″ Bob Simmons Plywood Foam surfboard (called a “Foam Sandwich”). This surfboard was a major breakthrough from the Redwood Planks they had been riding, which could weigh in over 100 pounds. This exact surfboard sold for $40,000 at the Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Action in 2009. Dad did not even know this picture was taken but ran across it in a photo album at a party at Doc Ball’s house (a friend yelled out to him, “Hey Mulkey, your picture is in here!”).
Dad was living out his dream at 89 years young in Kailua-Kona on the big island of Hawaii, when he passed away peacefully in his sleep, after spending a delightful Father’s Day with his daughter Terry (see Kona Jack). This blog is dedicated to dad, for all the wonderful lessons in life I learned from him through the sport of surfing. They have served me well.