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Four years in Retrospect

Four years in Retrospect

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Everything happens kind of the way it’s supposed to happen, and we just watch it unfold. And you can’t control it. Looking back, you can’t say, ‘I should’ve… ‘ You didn’t, and had you, the outcome would have been different. – Rick Rubin

Review of 2012

Now I know what you are thinking…didn’t you say that you would update us on your travels? Yes, I did say that and I am sorry that I didn’t fulfill my promise. I have realized that my yes was not truly yes and my no, has been maybe’s at best. Please accept my apology, I know it is not a consolation, but it is a point of repentance.

It is hard to believe how fast four years go by. My last post on this blog was written on July 28th, 2012. When I think about 2012 it feels like only yesterday. I was full of zeal, adventure, and courage. Looking back I can see how much of my zeal was probably ambition and my adventure was truly drive for recognition. It may be blunt but it is a fair assessment. I tend to be overly critical of myself, but looking back I am happy with where I have been and where I am going. I have been blessed by being able to travel as much as I did during 2012, here are a few highlights.

  • Traveled in the Middle East.
  • Met my future Wife!
  • Joined Iris Global
  • Served in Africa for 4 months.
  • Traveled to England, Whales, and Ireland.
  • Lived in Paris for two months.
  • Got engaged in Paris.
  • Met some world-changing individuals who forever changed the course of my life.

Wow!, that was a lot to catch up on. I had a busy year and didn’t truly know what I was getting myself into when I left America, but it was that step of faith that really pushed me into my destiny. After leaving Paris I was a bit lost. I didn’t know what to do or where to go, I had a new fiancé and was truly burnt out.

Catching Up

Valentine’s day of 2013 I returned to America. It was a miracle that I even made it back stateside after almost two years away. I happily arrived at Cleveland Hopkins International airport and my life restarted again. I wasn’t the same person that I left as. I am, hopefully, a wiser, and a more discerning individual. The days after Valentine’s day of 2012, many great things happened as well as some challenging times, here is a list of some memorable highlights:

  • Three months of rest (aka. jobless)
  • Got married! (Best day of my life)
  • Started an official career in I.T.
  • Birth of our first child.
  • Moved three times over the course of Heather’s pregnancy.
  • Bought a house.
  • Cultivated deep and life-giving friendships.
  • Changed Jobs.
  • Death of my spiritual father/ mentor and friend Scott Evelyn
  • Birth of our second child.

2017 and Beyond

You made it to the end! Congrats! The purpose of this blog is part therapy, part exploration, and last part learning. I will write on my multiple interests, hobbies, and passions but the one main goal is to make you think. I enjoy stirring the pot and challenging mindsets at large. So expect the format to be short and concise. I hope to write a blog post at least once a week, maybe less depending on the topic. I will do a series on a topic if there is enough context but primarily and always the content will be thought-provoking.

Thanks to everyone for your prayers, thoughts, and encouragement throughout the years. Your individual impact and investment in my life are immeasurable.

Shalom.