Another Year Gone

How could it be that I’ve already been out of college for a year (still wonder how I graduated lol ha)? This year has been crazy…defiently the year of transition. Transitioning to “real” life, a new state, a new city, new friends, new job and new challenges. Overall though I think I have been able to adjust quite well to all these new changes. Was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be when I left the oasis/hidden gem  that is Bowling Green, Ohio.

This past year has truly tested me in a bunch of ways that I’m glad I have gone through. With the biggest test (don’t want to go to in-depth for personal reasons) being my whole situation with not doing a DTS with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) really was crazy but glad I had to deal with some of that stuff. Honestly, I still struggle a bit about what if I would have gone anyway. But on the contrary I’ve been able to meet some awesome people and have some cool experience up here in Kalamazoo.

Moving to Kalamazoo has been interesting to say the least ha. I didn’t know anyone moving here, a friend of mine knew someone who lived here but that was about it. Glad I met up with my friend’s friend haha, he’s one of my best friends up here. Through this one church I kind of attend I was able to meet some awesome people that have made my transition to living here a lot easier and better. So thankful for all of them who have welcomed me and what not ha. Like seriously, some awesome men and women that love the Lord and are always fun to be around and cook great meals lol.

I’ve been working at Western Michigan Universities athletic marketing, communication and engagement department and it has been alright. Glad I am here cause I’ve been learning what it’d be like doing this full-time and this has made me realize I don’t see myself doing this long-term. Hate sitting at a desk all day, don’t get to be one on one with people and interact with them and just isn’t for me. Thankful I’ve been able to realize this and try to start figuring out what I really want to do to impact as many people as possible through whatever career path I go with.

By far the best thing I have done this year was coaching freshman baseball back at Aurora HS when I just got out of school. I was trying to organize a summer baseball team through a facility I used to train at but that fell through and luckily the owner knew about an opening at the high school. It was so much fun coaching and hanging out with these high schoolers. They were a very interesting group of kids haha. We had some fun times for sure that I miss a lot, love when they text or Snapchat me. Plus we were G’s on the field think we went 15-3 or 14-4 something like that. Should have been undefeated but whatever, still had a great year. Stoked to see how those kids will grow into better ball players and a little bit more mature men haha. Already seen a few of the kids commit to play college ball which is awesome so I’m really excited for them.

That in-between time from moving back home to moving to Kalamazoo was hard at times. Just readjusting living with my parents and all that but also only having few people around to chill with. Thankfully those people are dope so made it easier ha. During that time I got to explore Cleveland a lot more than I had before. I would skateboard all around the city from Ohio City/West Side Market to Prospect Ave to the bicentennial park near the shore. Then doing prayer walks with a buddy of mine downtown who knew some other cools spots as well and friends from my church downtown  who knew spots as well. Man Cleveland in the summer is wonderful ha.

Had plenty of adventures this year that made great memories. My few trips back to BG to chill with my homies were always great. Then the greatest tradition ever…Jimmy Buffett concert with my friends ha. Going to Chicago solo dolo to see Kid Cudi haha (thanks Callie for being sick lol). Another great summer of softball with Chester (s/o to the champs haha…still waiting for my t-shirt).

To finish…2017 was a rough but good year ha, the times of struggle have shaped me for the better and I know it sucked and some things still linger but getting through these things have/will make me a better Godly man. The Lord is good ya’ll, He loves us so well…He provides when you least suspect it so remain in Him and never loose hope. Excited to see where God will send me in 2018. Love you all…have a wonderful and blessed holiday season.

 

Psalm 73

23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
    you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength[b] of my heart and my portion forever.

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Breakthrough

Well, ironically the church I’m going to right now is doing a series called breakthrough…but things are kind of starting to unravel and are starting to make sense more to me just about what my passions are and where my heart is at.

Like I have shared before this season I have spent a lot of time in the prayer room laying things down before the Lord and seeking His presence more and more. In typical God fashion the more I have been doing this the more I have felt Him reveal things to me that just totally make sense and refresh my soul.

Some of the highlighted things that He has shown me have been sonship, surrender, fear of the Lord, joy and trusting Him. Some good stuff right there lol. I will usually (unless I forget) ask God for a word for the month to kind of rally around or something to continue to remind myself to walk in. Last month He gave me the word surrender. Being reminded of surrendering my worries and my “things” to God is so good I mean releasing those things off my back onto His has been so awesome. I had some things bringing me down but releasing those to a Father who can carry it and loves us in those rough times is such a blessing. Throughout the past few weeks the song Nothing I Hold Onto has been playing in my head. There is this awesome verse that goes, “I lean not on my own understanding my life is in the hands of the Maker of heaven, I give it all to you God, trusting that you’ll make something beautiful out of me.” I began to soak in that truth and stop trying to do it all by myself because like a lot of people, I think I can do it all on my own and during the rough times its hard but when you truly surrender these things to God…man does it get easier ha. Such freedom when we release it and truly surrender because then He can use us in miraculous ways.

The words of joy and trusting in God just have been good reminders to myself to continue to live in that joy and welcome it. We all know that it can be super hard to trust the Lord in things and then we’ll trust in Him and boom it all works out. I have been going through Exodus and it was awesome to see God provide in telling Moses that if he listened and told Pharaoh what he said that the Israelite’s would be released…sure it took a while and a whole lot of other things went down that made it a little more challenging but they were released and then God revealed the Ten Commandments and the land that was promised to them (unfortunately they botched that by worshiping the golden calf) . When the Israelite’s saw God’s power they feared him (get into that in a sec) and began to trust Him even more. Seeing the Lord’s power in that book had me thinking like how could I not trust that He will help me out or how could I not trust in Him providing.

I really never heard a word about the fear of the Lord until like two years ago and like since then it has been highlighted to me to be sure I understand this. Past few months I think I have forgotten to remember this and will let earthly fear seep in and forget that the fear of the Lord will bring me way more than fearing anything on earth. Like this generation has molded God into our imagine and if we don’t think God judges then what’s the need for salvation. We don’t have a proper fear of the Lord so we live like we wanna live and we start to begin to look like the world. You can’t change the world is you look like the world…come on! I could go on about the fear of the Lord but I’ll leave it at that.

The biggest thing that has kept coming up is understanding my sonship. I was at Azusa Now Cleveland in July and Todd White (S/O to Callie haha) and he went off about sonship and dang it was so good he said, “How can we live like our Father if we are living like an orphan … we need to know who we are and whose we are.” Man that was so good. I have been thinking about that lately and during my small group at church we where in Ephesians and somehow sonship got brought up. Anyway just have been thinking more about how to live that out more and what it means to be a child of God you know. Just was good.

With all of that, I also work. It has it’s highs and lows like any job but you always hear do what you love and it won’t be work and things of that nature. Since I’m newer to the area (I need to stop saying this haha its been 3 months) when I meet people I tell them I’m gonna be here in Kzoo for a year then who knows. I’ll share my dream of opening either a crepe shop or opening a baseball academy for kids. The more I say it the more I want to pursue it more and more. I know these ideas may be 10 years or so away which stinks cause I mean if I could do it right now I would but I need money and develop a plan to start them up. At work like its not a bad gig I enjoy it sometimes but it really doesn’t satisfy me, I really don’t see myself doing this long term…I am constantly thinking about those dreams. I want to be my own boss…no further explanation lol. One of the biggest things that troubles me with working in athletics is the hours. It stinks when people I know are chillin and I can’t cause work or my boss will call me while I’m at a party or friends house telling me to fix or do something. Like once I leave the office my mind is on anything but work. Like down the road when I start a family like I’m sorry but my family is going to come first over my job…so having my own hours will be clutch ha. I know I’m going to have to spend a few years doing something maybe more sport information stuff or who knows to start making moves toward my dreams.

Prayer room sets are the best…am I right?!?! Whether its IHOP or Upper Room or Toledo House of Prayer resting in His presence and purposely setting time for prayer and for revelation is so good. Stepping into the tabernacle and into the holy of holies… man…gaining that intimacy with God is….something I can’t put words to haha. When we let Him move in us it is so powerful and encouraging. I declare freedom over whoever reads this, may your lamp always remain burning!

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

Hidden-ness

I remember this message I heard in Toledo a year or so ago about knowing the season you are living in. It was something I never really thought about until then and I reflect on it sometimes when I feel change to understand how to flow in those times.

Says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven …  10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live

A lot in there haha, I’ll start with this though, I visited BG and Toledo a few weeks ago and man that trip was so refreshing for me. Since then things have been going really solid (besides someone busting my car window…while I was at KHOP lol) for me, like I’ve been getting some solid revelation about my time here in Kalamazoo and its been so awesome.

I’ve received some words from some trusted people and have felt them too about my time in Kalamazoo. I knew that my time here was going to be spent more on my own and isolated. I received words from people I know in Toledo and here in Kalamazoo that totally confirmed this and it gave me encouragement.

The words about a challenging time through a “hidden season” that are going to take my roots deeper and deeper. I wanted to receive some birthday glory lol the other day and went to this guest speaker who was from IHOP. Dude (Josh MacDonald) was talking about John 15 and gave insight on it which I never really thought of before.

1I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

Pruning is defined as cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to increase fruitfulness and growth. As Christians we are told that we need to cut away the things in our lives that aren’t fruitful and grow the ones that are. When I think of pruning I get this negative tone in my mind for some reason and this sense that I’ve done something wrong and need to change and things of that nature.

He started saying that just like how Jesus went into the wilderness to be tested and stuff that being in a season of pruning is a good thing and that the Lord has put us in this season (unless you did something dumb to get yourself in a wilderness season) because we are doing well and He wants us to grow stronger because He knows we are going to walk strongly through it. That this time is only going to be preparing us for the future.

I’ve been doing my thing but things just haven’t seemed the same with God. It has been a bit challenging so thinking about the pruning season, it kind of makes sense the more I thought about it. Like things are going pretty solid for me and in my prayer life asking the Lord to help me down the road with relationships, marriage, children, jobs, revival, and all of the future things ha has been some of the things on my mind. So having the Lord help me take care of those issues right now and not struggle (as much) down the road is awesome ha, well sure there will be some problems but preparing for that now will only help me grow stronger in my faith and as a true Godly man.

Dude told cool story about how he ran through the ministry ladder quick fast and the Lord pretty much showed him failure and had him in this type of season so that he wouldn’t burn out and that his family life and pretty much everything wasn’t affected by the way things were going for him.

I know that this time may be rough cause I mean being isolated can take a toll and the enemy can speak through that and try to hinder the power/authority I have. The secret place is special and that is where the work has to be put in. I can’t just expect for this growth to happen without chasing it, studying it, or working at it. You can’t expect to step up to the mound and throw strikes with all your pitches without working at it. Takes work. Same is true.

Yeah so that’s kind of what I’ve had in my head past few days. This season of kind of battling through things I have in my life that I need to take care of or grow upon. It’s gonna be hard at times but its worth it you know. Going back to the start of this, like knowing that I’m in this season and not getting frustrated with it but knowing it is for the better. Then at the same time doing this internship which takes a good amount of time ha.

I was at KHOP the other day and we did this cool thing where we sang the chorus of Worthy of it All to each side of the room declaring it to each direction of the city ha was powerful man … I also love sharing Upper Room’s spontaneous sets haha.

Peace & Love

Seeking

IMG_8854-editLike I’ve stated before in some of my last few posts ever since graduating things haven’t really been what I wanted or thought it was going to be like. The roller coaster of emotions from planning on going to Australia with YWAM (still struggle with pondering what if I would have gone) then that changing, coaching freshman baseball (which was awesome), trying to find a job for past few months (which just changed ha), and just not having the same consistent community I had back in college has taken a toll. I’ve had some revelation the past week or so on my whole time in that season and it’s been super refreshing. Quickly to update, I got a paid internship at Western Michigan University in Athletic Communication so legit just moved to Kalamazoo a week ago.

Back to my other points though, during my time where I kind of was at home every day waiting for baseball practice or once that was over just applying for jobs I had a TON of free time. During this challenging time I was seeking the Lord out on my family room couch reading the Word, praying, and worshiping in whatever way I could. I knew that I did not want to let my mind wonder or slip up (which it did a few times) and let the enemy plant negative thoughts or just give into my flesh so I just kept seeking Him. That time really helped me just quiet my mind and focus on what matters in my life. In that time it seemed like God was far to me even though I was in the Word and praying daily. I know He was though, I watched Todd White’s testimony (look it up!) and he said, “Just because you aren’t feeling, doesn’t mean He isn’t there.” How good is that come on! Felt like I was isolated and knew I needed to lean on Him no matter what because I knew He’d provide for me and show up. I was praying for a job and was like Lord by the end of June I want to know what I’m doing for the next year so send me wherever! On the last day of June I received the offer from WMU haha.

Since I’ve moved here I do the same thing, I don’t have to be at work till 10 am so I got plenty of time to do my thing in the morning and church I’ve been going to has a prayer room so I’ve been there several times already and man the Lord is just revealing some things to me that have been so refreshing to my soul. I still haven’t meet anyone besides my co-workers (trying to get connected with church been goin to) so I have a lot of time for myself and just find myself always seeking Him and trying to find cool spots here.

I was introduced to soooo many people my first few days of work and a lot of them kept asking me so man like what do you want to do with this and where do you see yourself in 5 years. Hate that question man ha, this one guy who is supposedly a “big” deal (don’t remember what “important” thing he does) was on my case about it and kept prying and it just gave me some bad vibes like why don’t I know, I just told him I have so many thoughts and ideas of what I want to do/get involved with. I know that this is a 1 year gig so feel like I’m gonna really know if I really want to do athletic communication stuff or chase after the other dreams that I have once this year is over. Am constantly praying into it.

Being kind of isolated in my own apartment is wonderful (s/o Arubbah House). Feel the Lord continue to test me in this season and I feel like my apartment is going to be a war room (well apartment) for me to press into things and refine things that may come up and what have you. I’m looking forward to what God has for me here in Kzoo with working and what comes up with that, volunteering with Cru whenever I can, attending Radiant, and who knows what else is going to be headed my way, who I’m going to cross paths with, who’s lives I will impact, how I’m going to impact this city/campus, and what may lead from here. Stoked to see what God has here for me. Bless you all in Jesus name!

 

And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”  And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

 

Just found this Upper Room Music group ahhh fire! This song though has hit home big time. This dope dude Vince from church I used to go to in Toledo told me something I’ll never forget “The battle begins in the prayer room”. The power we have when we pray is INCREDIBLE and I feel like a lot of people may not realize that. In the prayer room is where I go to fight my battles and that’s what this song is called ha its so good ha.

Parrothead For Life

First off, this is not an idol in my life haha. As many of you know I’m a huge Jimmy Buffett fan. Believe it or not for a very short time in my life I didn’t like him at all. I briefly remember riding in the car listening to him when I was probably like 4 or 5 and was so mad we were listening to him because that’s all we ever listened to. That phase quickly vanished and I became a huge Buffett fan growing up. Jimmy says in one of his live recordings of A Pirate Looks at 40, “Thanks to all you parents who raised your children on my music.” Well that was me, one of my parents 1st dates was to a Buffett concert, so I mean that kind of set the tone for what I was going to be listening to growing up. Now they aren’t as into it as I am but they are Parrotheads none the less. We took hella trips to Florida when I was younger so I mean we’d always put Jimmy on during our road trips and find our way to Margaritaville restaurants in Orlando, Vegas, or Myrtle Beach.

It wasn’t until I went to my 1st Buffett show that I began to understand the culture of it all. Oh the summer of 2010 ha, like my best friend is also a Parrothead and his parents are also very into it as well, so both our families went to see Jimmy at Blossom Music Center. A great show to say the least, completely was blown away by the atmosphere of the place and of how great the show was. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been back to Cleveland in a while, so my friend and I road tripped to see him in Pittsburgh. The last 2 shows I’ve been to in Cincinnati (aka Fincinnati) have by far my favorite ones. I had to convince a bunch of my college friends to go with me (them skeptical of it all since I was very biased) and they caved in and went haha. Since I was 21 umm lets say that a few margaritas made their way to me haha and we got there really early to tailgate both times which gave us plenty of time to tailgate and have a great time. If you haven’t experienced a Buffett show/tailgate you don’t know what your missing! I could tell a bunch of stories from the shows of hilarious things I saw or great moments from them. Such a blast, words can’t describe how fun those times are!

Anyway most people when they think of Jimmy they think of his restaurant Margaritaville (just opened in the CLE!), the song Margaritaville, Cheeseburger in Paradise, and maybe Volcano or Brown Eyed Girl. There just is so much more to his music than those songs. Like it’s not just vacation music, he has so many songs that are beautiful and have some awesome meanings behind them. Plus like the personal meaning that these songs carry with me and the whole lifestyle that comes with it. The whole culture of Parrotheads is the greatest. Everyone is REALLY into it with the way we dress, act, and really everything. The coolest thing is that everyone is so open, friendly, and encouraging (it could be the margs lol). I always try to walk around and interact with people to just see what they got going on and meet some awesome people (and low key try and get free food or drinks ha). There are NO BAD VIBES at Buffett shows, only good vibes, there’s this family feeling you get when you start interacting with people, and it creates such an awesome environment to be apart of. We all share a love for great music, tropical paradise, and party’s.

If you know me you know I love the ocean, warm weather, margaritas, good times, and good vibes. Jimmy’s music has been a big influence in why I like those things so much. Just the idea of being in a tropical paradise is so wonderful in my mind like seeing palm trees sway, a slight breeze off the ocean, ahhh just brings joy to my face. The songs that are about that stuff you can just close your eyes and imagine sitting at a beach relaxing and soaking up the rays. One of my favorites is titled One Particular Harbor and its all about that one place in the world where it makes you feel at home and everything just seems alright. Lately when I’ve listened to it, I just have been thinking about Bowling Green and Toledo, NW Ohio just brings so many good memories and whenever I go back there just something seems right and if something wasn’t right before I got there then it changes and feels all good because I’m back at a place that I love. Then some of his older stuff when he talks about the Florida Keys ahh, it has made me want to move their so bad. I have a dream of opening a crepe shop and the ideal spot for this would be down in Key West. Maybe one day ha.

Yeah I just wanted to say that Jimmy is more than just a musician to me. His music, entrepreneurship mind, care for ocean conservation, and idea of finding your own “Margaritaville” just has meant a lot to me over the years. Not sure where to go from here ha, umm Jimmy’s the man, Parrothead for life, fins up!

It’s those changes in latitudes,
changes in attitudes nothing remains quite the same.
With all of our running and all of our cunning,
If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane

 

 

3 Years Later

I was scrolling down Twitter and saw a post from a friend of mine who I went to the Dominican Republic with 3 years ago with Athletes in Action. His post was brief about the effect that the month we were down in the DR had made a big impact on his life. After reading that I began to reflect on the experience as well.

It’s crazy that it’s been 3 years since I was down in the DR to begin with, like time has flown by man. That was the summer after my freshman year of college and my oh my things have changed since then. I often think about and pray for the DR, the country was beautiful in my eyes. Not just because of the glorious palm trees, beaches, and unique structures. The people we ran into and saw always seemed vibrant and filled with energy and joy. This could have been because we were Americans but they were always very welcoming to us wherever we went. I remember we were going around one of the barrios talking to some of the people and this lady (who had sick story about her cancer leaving her) went around the whole street gathering chairs for us to sit in so we could talk with her and be in her home. It just was so cool you know. We’d drive by corner stores and like everyone would be hanging out there playing dominoes and just chillin. On top of that we played at and saw some of the coolest baseball fields I’ve ever seen in my life. They may not have been in tip top shape but there was something about them that just gave them this wow factor.

I went on this trip because I was still trying to grind out for baseball and was thinking about transferring from BG to play ball at some small D3 schools. Also I wanted to learn more and understand my faith as a Christian more. I was still very young in my faith and did not know a whole lot about the Bible and how to live out my life as a Christian. In short, baseball wise I did alright, could have done better but am happy with how I did. Anyway, we went through a booklet that went through a bunch of awesome stuff about having sport as a way of worship, ways of growing, and responding in times of suffering. This stuff was so helpful for me, I’m a person who needs to just soak things in when they are being taught. During school I rarely would raise my hand (well I also just wanted to chill in class) because it is easier for me to just listen to things and take them in and think about it to myself. So like most of the time during our sessions and meetings I wouldn’t say much and just try to understand everything. I would talk to some of the guys and learn some things from them from their experiences and hear their opinions on things that we brought up. Being in a solid community like that was really helpful at that time with just growing and things of that nature. Leaving school the 1st time was hard because I didn’t have a community like that back home and I was so curious about learning more after learning a bunch my freshman year at BG so having those guys around was crucial that summer.

Beyond the discipleship sessions we had this was kind of the 1st time I really understood the importance of quiet time and quieting my mind and listening for the Lord. Since then like those are the times where I’ve grown the most when I let Jesus just come in and reveal things to me. We had so much time to go on our own and journal, pray, reflect, or whatever. I can remember a few times I would find my way up to the roof of the places we were staying at in La Romana and Santo Domingo and just look out over the land/buildings and I kept getting reminded of the joy of the Lord and how magnificent His creations are. Man being in nature and praying and just being silent in those areas is one of the coolest things.

To kind of wrap up here, this trip really helped build a strong foundation for my faith. It taught me so much not only about my faith but just about life. Seeing a country like the DR really put things in perspective of what is important in life. These people didn’t have much but you know what…they were some of the happiest people I’ve ever seen in my life and up here in the US of A people get all stressed out about their wifi bein messed up or Don’s (McDonald’s for everyone else besides Colton Flaherty) always having their ice cream machines not working. Simplicity is good enough man, if I’m blessed to have more than enough…sick I can give back more. Since this foundation in me has been so strong it has only helped me grow more and more by the day and I’ve just got this fire burning inside to see people’s lives changed by Jesus! Come on! Whenever I think of this trip it just reminds me of having a child’s like faith and the joy that comes with having a relationship with Jesus. The Dominican means a lot to me for those reasons and many more, I say this a lot but I really hope I can go back in the future and just do what ever I can to impact people’s lives down there and really anywhere…send me ha!

Romans 10:9-10

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

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Wild Blue Yonder

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Came across this sign driving around where I live and just really liked it. Made me just think of this desire to kind of go rogue for a bit and travel to places over the US and just see what adventure would come of it. I’ve had this desire to drive the east coast for awhile and I like spontaneous adventures so road tripping has always been something I’ve wanted to do. I love baseball and one of my favorite players is Daniel Norris of the Detroit Tigers, a friend of mine told me to check him out few years ago. He’s known for driving around in a 1970’s Volkswagen Van. Homie like surfs in the off-season, has good eye for photography, and is pretty much a G. There’s this video on Youtube where they did a little story about him and I was like shoot I need to road trip and do what pleases me. That sign I saw says “Road ends in water” in my head I’m like A. I love the water so I’m like the road is just beginning in the water. There is great opportunity to adventure in the water, whether that’s on a boat, board, kayak, or whatever. And like there is adventure beyond that road. The second thing I thought of is the thought that we are all on this metaphorical “road/path” of life. We have been told or have a vision of what our lives should resemble if we follow these paths. But like sometimes creating your own path may lead to going off the main route and you might discover things you haven’t before which could lead to some incredible stories, adventures, or opportunities.

In my life people around me have a picture of what I should be doing and have this idea of what things should look like. I’m just like nah I want to do my own thing and like see where things lead. I’m an introvert so I love being on my own and being in nature and just hearing the sounds that it makes brings so much joy to my heart. God created such a magnificent world it’s hard not to want to explore it and see what hidden gems are in the world you know. Like ahh this world is so beautiful man, staying in one place is cool but I want to see what else is out there you know. When I was in college it got boring at times so we would drive around all over northwest Ohio to find cool spots and we found some dope spots to hang out. So like I know if there are places there, there must be cool places all over the US and the world.

My parents like grew up here and are most likely going to stay here all their lives and I just can’t do that, whenever I bring up moving somewhere cool to them they are like yeah good luck with that. Come on man like there is too much in this world to not explore it! We only have a limited time on this Earth so why not go out and see as much of it as we can. Chase after the things that we want to see/do. I mean I started a bucket list a few years ago and have already started crossing some of those things off. I don’t want to look back and regret not doing things or seeing things. Money is so emphasized and unfortunately necessary today to do like anything. Since I just graduated I don’t have a lot and on top of that I have to pay student loans back. I’m constantly reminded about money by my parents and yeah I get it that I need to save to pay that back, pay bills, rent, and save for whatever else could be important. Not sure where I’m going with that but to conclude I just can’t do the typical 9-5 life that so many people do in this country. I want to see different places all over and be able to have cool stories, pictures, and life experiences that will bring me joy. Sometime I’d like to settle down and start a family and what not. But right now I’m not sure what the plans are still, just trying to figure it out and see what’s in the Lord’s plan yaaaa feel me.

Thought I’d share some of my bucket list

  • Visit every MLB ballpark
  • Go to Brazil
  • See volcano
  • Attend Bonnaroo or Firefly Music Festival
  • Long road trip with friends
  • Visit Machu Picchu
  • Go to World Cup game
  • Hike up a mountain
  • Surf in Hawaii
  • Live in Key West, FL for short time
  • Surf with wife (whenever that happens)
  • Meet Jimmy Buffett
  • Talk to celebrity about Jesus
  • Go back to Dominican Republic