“Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?”
Colby, one of our four Out There Brocialites, talks to us about where he’s from, where he’s been, and where he’s going to. His zest and enthusiasm for life and all it has to offer will leave you feeling motivated to take on the world.
We rewind back to beginning of the life of young Colby…
I was born at Yale New Haven Hospital and grew up in Killingworth CT before moving to North Haven CT for high school. I attended Sacred Heart University where I ran track and cross country and also started, with the help of many others, the sailing team at SHU. If you asked me as a young child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said astronaut & race car driver. If anyone has seen me driving on the Merrit Parkway, they may think my second dream came true. I love the outdoors as many of my pictures will show. Hiking, mountain biking, skiing and sailing are just some of the ways I get outside to enjoy what the world has to offer. I live with two of my best friends and sailors in Blackrock CT and have an amazing travel companion and girlfriend, Irene.
While Colby may not have become an astronaut, he has never stopped reaching for the stars. Although some may say he never grew up, he currently works as an accountant at a public accounting firm in CT. He appreciates the flexibility that his company gives in him being able to travel and see the world.
The best place I’ve ever visited was Mallorca, a small island off the coast of Spain where mountains rise from the Mediterranean just after the soft sand beaches, and the locals treat you as one of their own. To choose a worst place is hard, almost everywhere I have been had something redeeming about it, and I wouldn’t want to give anyone a closed mind while traveling. Patagonia is on the list of places I’d love to visit!
Colby’s positivity shines through his messages. We asked Colby what the “comfort zone” means to him…
The “Comfort Zone” to me means a fear, rational or not, that points you in a direction other than what you believe you can accomplish. Not everyone likes uneasy feeling of the unknown, but I need it. I am more comfortable out of my comfort zone knowing I am not letting my life pass me by. I left my comfort zone big time, and at times I thought it was my last time, In Jackson Hole Wyoming. I have been a skier since I was two and a half but nothing prepared me for the backside of the mountain and the subsequent 8 mile trek back to the face of the mountain. My cousin and I were certainly over our heads at times during this but perseverance and not wanting to miss happy hour got us back safely.
Celebrating our accomplishments reminds us of the incredible things we are capable when we set our minds to it. We asked Colby to talk to us about a moment of great pride…
One of my proudest accomplishments is probably when I crewed on a sailboat that won a 240 nautical mile race that took 43 hours of constant sailing to complete. there were 90 boats competing in the race from Stamford CT around Block island and back.
Goal-setting is a surefire way to reach new heights. Colby’s current goals take this quite literally!
I am currently learning how to rock climb. I would like to be able to lead rope climb proficiently and tailor some of my destinations to that.
Colby signs off with some words of wisdom asking, “Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?"
One of my most amazing travel and work experiences was in St. Croix. I was a sailing instructor at Fredrikstead community boating. Teaching kids from age 8-13 how to sail small handmade wooden boats. These kids would not otherwise have had this opportunity but the founders allowed attendance for next to nothing. Seeing the kids grasp the skill that I have spent much of my life improving was a rewarding experience. the smile on the parents’ faces seeing their kids succeed was priceless. The family I stayed with were the most amazing hosts and I met many other incredible people out there like Tom Elicker, and amazing sculptor and down to earth guy.