About Todd

 

This is a blog about life’s journey.  The particular journey of a corporate ladder kind-of-guy looking for more out of life than, well, just climbing a corporate ladder.  

This blog will chronicle the expeditions of an extended sabbatical:  cycling solo across Europe, climbing Kilimanjaro, and venturing to Antarctica with family in tow.  But this blog promises to be much more than a travelogue.  It will also chronicle a personal journey as I jump from the corporate ladder into the deep end, and then work hard — probably very hard — to re-enter the corporate world a little later and perhaps a little wiser.  Along the way this blog will also highlight my passions of supporting Asian children charities and promoting environmental awareness.   All of these adventures will be wrapped in a prevailing effort to enrich and enliven my family experience.    

This journey may be bumpy at times, but I promise to keep it real.  Fasten your seatbelts. 

About Me

Hong Kong is home.  I have lived and traveled extensively in Asia for 20 years.  Fatherhood is my greatest joy.  Beyond fatherhood I am a hard-core adventure traveller and avid cyclist.  My travels have taken me to nearly 100 countries, many off beat and out-of-bounds (North Korea, Bhutan, Cuba, Kowloon).  My cycling has transported me to several continents and across thousands of miles. 

For 17 years I worked in the television industry in Asia for a major Hollywood studio, serving in a number of roles and helping to entertain a continent.  I could not have asked for a better employer, a more exciting and rewarding career, and terrifically smart and capable executives to work with on a daily basis.   When I joined the studio as a freshly minted Columbia MBA I never imagined that job would take me so far, literally and figuratively.  It has been a thrilling career, but over time I began to develop a yearning for more than just a thrilling career.  Call it the effects of fatherhood or a classical mid-life crisis. 

Last summer I cycled coast-to-coast across the United States on behalf of the children’s charity, A New Day Cambodia.  Cycling 3,700 miles and raising over US$37,000 in the process was an epic, life-shifting experience.  The hardest part about cycling across America was stopping.  But after  pedalling from the Pacific to the Atlantic in 50 days, geography, family, and a job in Hong Kong required wheels up.    (See: TransAmerica 2010 link).

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Fast forward to March 2011.  I announced my departure from my long-time employer, and so begins this new journey.    The rest of my life began on April 16.  

In thinking about all the possibilities for this extended sabbatical, several things resonated.  After cycling across the USA, I developed a strong desire to  ultimately circumnavigate the planet on two wheels.  So this cycling trip across Europe is part of a bigger mission.   I also feel compelled to pedal with a purpose, and will support Yaowawit, a very deserving Thai children’s charity located in Phang Nga, Thailand, during this ride.   I have a deep connection to Phang Nga, and also share a connection with Yaowawit through my son’s school in Hong Kong.  Sometimes the planets align neatly, as they did when I discovered Yaowawit.   

I will also leverage my cycling expedition to create noise around climate change and the need for individual action [see:  Go Green].  While cycling is very important to me, I also want to do more during this sabbatical than just ride a bike.   The journey to Antarctica in particular addresses an aspiration I have maintained for many years, and also highlights the global warming message.  Plus it coincides with the centennial of the Scott/Wilson expedition to the South Pole.  All of these experiences will provide rich material, I hope, for a work-in-progress book about life’s adventures and work-life balance.

Living in Asia has created a strong sense of gratitude…..gratitude that I have the energy and the means for an epic journey.  Gratitude to my family and the many friends and industry colleagues that are helping me in big and small ways on this journey.  Gratitude at the chance to pedal with a purpose on a cause for which I truly want to go the distance.   Thank you all.

And thank you, reader, for your interest in this endeavour.  I hope you enjoy this journey.  As Indiana Jones put it best:  “It ain’t the age, babe.  It’s the mileage.”

Todd Miller

todd@toddmiller.asia

13 Responses to About Todd

  1. Janine Stein says:

    I’m trying to think of something clever and creative to say, but really all i can think of is that you’re an inspiration. I look forward to following you across Europe!

  2. Nancy Lee says:

    Thank you for sharing, Todd. Keep on riding, impacting and sharing!

  3. Lanny Huang says:

    Todd – We here in HK are thinking of you…cycling in Europe is not easy task, do be careful & remember not to book the hilltop hotels, drink alot of water, be nice to police, hide some money in your hidden areas, keep us informed. Take care, Best, Lanny

  4. Tod,
    Inspiring! Best of luck on this incredible journey.

  5. Jonathan says:

    SIA’s (South Island Amigo’s) are thinking of you. Ride safe buddy and we look forward to hooking up with you sometime soon.

  6. Sheel says:

    echo that Todd! Your blog is a great read. It was good riding with you on Saturday. Looking forward to doing it again once you’re back from Istanbul.

  7. Claire Chung says:

    Dear Todd,

    This is a great inspiration to many and keep up the great job. If you ever come to Portugal, let me know and I will def, share this in FB and across our social media.

    I am launching a blog called changemakers with story like this to inspire others to take action and contribute to the world. Would love to share your story with others!

    All the best,
    Claire

    • Todd says:

      Claire, it’s great to reconnect with you. I kick myself because I did start this ride in Portugal in earlöy June. It would have been great to see you. In any event thank you for your interest and appreciate any help you can provide to get this message and cause out. Best wishes on your blog; sounds like a terrific idea, and one that is much needed. Please feel free to share this story. My best., Todd

  8. wutravels says:

    Todd! I love your blog, and your new take on life and purpose! Very much applaud and admire what you are doing. And you are a great photographer and writer to boot! I recently did a “trip of a lifetime” and family reunion to Ecuador, but also visted Peru — we visited family but also went to Machu Picchu, Galapagos, Amazon rainforest, and the world heritage sites of Cuenca and Quito. My blog: http://www.wutravels.wordpress.com. I’ve subscribed to your blog and will write! I know when I blogged while I traveled I was so heartened by folks’ comments. Take care, be well! Celia

  9. Arthit says:

    Hello Todd – just be aware of your blog. It is a great read and inspiration. As we know each other for years, this blog and your adventure reduces me to tears of joy. Have signed up for the mailing list and will follow your transeuropa journey with baited breath!

    • Todd says:

      Arthit, I am very happy you like this project. Thank you for your interest in this bike ride. Since I am trying to help a Thai children’s charity, any ideas or help you can provide in getting the message out in Bangkok would be very much appreciated. Hope to see you soon. My best, Todd

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