Excited for the new Guardians of the Gal

Excited for the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie! http://ow.ly/xVAcK #gamora #cantwait #part5

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Doing The Most #DTM

This year my little sister charged herself with a simple task- to do the most in 2014. While confusing at first, her hashtag #DTM2014 was straightforward once she started posting all over instagram and facebook with it attached to EVERYTHING.

So I decided to take #DTM and use it.

Amanda and I decided to keep up with the mantra this past week without much of a struggle. We hosted some friends, enjoyed some of their music, and took a quick trip to Memphis to drop them off at a blues festival. Things kept up on the home front as well; I took Pat on a walk at the park, got his shots up to date, and Amanda and I both started to really focus on his development. After a solid week of “no’s” and a few more confident, stern stare downs, paired with positive reinforcement, Patrick is starting to understand when we need him to calm down, and when it’s ok to be goofy and fun.

Photo courtesy of Rosie McPherson
Oh, that pup.

DTM rewarded me with a few things:

I got some Jelly Babies at a candy store,

I wish this British candy tasted sweeter
I wish this British candy tasted sweeter

witnessed a great view from the Mississippi river into Arkansas,

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Thanks to Amanda’s mom, Sue, for the early Anniversary gift! We stayed at the River Inn at Harbor Town, Memphis.

and learned the value of serving others.

Amanda’s good friend Leah came down from Tacoma, WA with her boyfriend/band mate Rafael, and their photographer Rosie. Having them in our house was a breath of fresh air. Being able to accommodate almost complete strangers in my home was a big step for me (while Leah and I met at my wedding, neither Amanda nor I had  met her friends). It allowed us to deny ourselves for others, and gave us the opportunity to share the blessings we’ve been given these past few months.

Eggs in a hashbrown-bacon basket. Yum!
Eggs in a hashbrown-bacon basket. Yum!

#DTM means to me a variety of things, with the biggest meaning revolving community and being able to serve. Communion is more than just a religious term – it focuses on doing the most for others, giving and sharing your own blessings while also enjoying company with friends or family. I love that Amanda and I have been blessed so much these past few months that we can finally enjoy life more, and we hope to continue to share in these blessings as the months go on.

As we drove back  from Memphis yesterday, Amanda and I shared updates on our families, who’s doing what now, and wondering whats going on with those we’ve haven’t talked to in the past couple of weeks. Once home, I had to rush to work, and was met with the fast pace of my store. The stresses of getting things put back together, and other various fires that needed to be taken care of are a usual part of my work day. As I was getting things together, I reflected on how much I really enjoy taking care of people, regardless if it’s friends, family, or coworkers. At the end of the day, I get the most out of life when I’m with others.

As I came to that conclusion, my co-worker handed me a brown package with my name on it. My cousin Wynter, who we don’t get to see very often since she lives in Phoenix, had made something for me. As I tore the tape off, I realized how fitting it was to open it at work, where everything seemed to be coming full circle.

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How fitting.

How are you going to #DTM2014?

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Sorry for the delay…

In about two minutes I will have officially have been away from posting online for too long.

And for a lack of better words, for a minute there, I was… lost.

What’s my direction?

I moved out-of-state, found a new identity in my work, and reoriented what it meant for me to be a person I was absolutely proud of. I set the course of a few relationships into life shaping friendships, got married to the girl of my dreams,  and traveled over 6,000 miles to get to where I am today.

And what did I learn? Self reliance is important, but pride should never block me from asking for advice along the way. I decided pretty quickly I didn’t want to end up walking to work in the middle of the night for the rest of my life, so I started getting my bearings straight. I worked out some of my aggression and turned it into a skill set. I plotted coordinates to smaller goals in order to get to the bigger trajectory. Results were easier to achieve, and in the end, much more rewarding. 

Ain’t she pretty. 🙂

I’ve decided to start this blog/press thing up again. But how will I make what I’ve learned into something I can keep logged in? I’ll start by making smaller goals and seeing where that takes me. Instead of trying to meet 100 people this year(last I checked, I got to about 30 people before it became a chore), I’ll compress the list to 50 events, not people, and set my compass somewhere that is truer to myself.

I will try to have a new experience every week – whether it’s big or small, so at the end of the year I’ll have achieved something more impactful in my life than just a few people I’ll have come across.

For example: going to Starbucks with good people, not just to meet someone new.

I can safely say I’ve found myself in a realm I never expected with a wife I never knew I’d love so much, and with a job that for the time being, continues to let me inspire and be inspired with the challenges it presents.

If along the way the trajectory alters a bit, that’s fine, but I want to make an effort to continuously reflect on the expedition and see where we touch down.

Hello Again

I’m getting back on the horse, this time for real.

In the next few days I’m going to start writing again, with all of my ramblings and goings on about myself. Feel free to let me know what you think. Check back soon to see what I have to say.

But for now, it’s ridiculously late and I should be in bed asleep. Until then check this site out: http://ow.ly/2rHLR\

Also, here’s my LinkedIN page: http://ow.ly/2rHLy