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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Favorite 10 Spots in Bowling Green

As I approach my last semester here at BGSU I’ve began to reflect on the wonderful memories that I have had here over these past few years. I thought I’d put together a list (in no-particular order) of my favorite places in BG. So here it is…

10+1. Carter Park- I thought of this one on the spot, this place means more than the Rec Center I just don’t want to go take a picture of it. I was almost arrested here for trying to take some batting practice so it’s off to a great start! Two wonderful seasons of Brookside softball getting to know some awesome men from the church and do work on the diamond. Then just escaping to the batting cage to just hit balls for hours because why not baseball is awesome. Brings me peace because I can play the game I love here.

10. Rec Center- Yeah ha kind of a random one I guess but I’ve been here so much whether that’s getting a lift in, playing basketball, rock climbing, or playing intramural sports. I love being active so I mean it just makes sense why I like to go here a lot and why it’s on the list.

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9. Slippery Elm Trail- More so the past year or so I’ve put my time in here. When I began training for the Columbus Half-Marathon I found this place and would go here for my longer runs. Once you get past the elementary school it’s really peaceful and quite place. For that fact that I could run in peace, enjoy a nice sunrise if I ran early enough and be able to have nice talks with the man above. IMG_8045

8. Frosty Fare- Mmmmmmmmm one of the BIGGEST perks about living in BG is the awesome ice cream shops that are in town. DQ held the crown for awhile but obviously since new management its gone down hill (in my opinion). Frosty Fare however, was a hidden gem I heard about last summer and my oh my every time I go it hits the spot!IMG_8049

7. The Union- The union sticks out to me again just because I’ve been there so much and a lot has happened here that I’ll remember. Like Surf Club was started in this building so I mean that’s part of BGSU History haha. From the “Cru Table” all my friends sit at and share laughs to the greatness that is Peanut Butter Mood from Jamba Juice ha (S/O to everyone that has given me meal plan so I can get one haha). IMG_8057

6.  The Ridge House- Well umm I never lived here ha, but this place is like the 1st place where I met a lot of my friends in Cru. I can remember going here for the opening weekend party and meeting people there which became great friends and just really helped me understand what a great community we have in BG. On top of that just countless other times I’ve been here knowing something fun was probably going to happen (S/O to Allie, Liz, and America). IMG_8054

5. Grounds for Thought- Sorry Flatlands your not my favorite coffee shop in town, side note RIP Parker Coffee hahaha. Anyway last summer I really began to spend a lot of time in the mornings here just reading and journaling. This time really helped me grow spiritually and taught me a bunch of other stuff from books I was reading. Then I’ve had some awesome conversations with people here so like that’s dope ha, it’s just a chill spot that I can focus on work and things of that nature. IMG_8052

4. Prout Chapel- In my amateur photographer opinion I took some sweet pictures here I just choose this one out of all of them ha. Yeah so like Prout is insane, like I’ve had so many memories of worship, prayer, and other things in here I can’t call out a specific time because there has been so many. In between my classes if I’m not in the union you can probably find me in here waiting for my next class.iIMG_8065

3. Olscamp- Ha I’ve only had like 2 classes in here but like I remember more of the time I’ve been here for Surf Club (lol), Brookside, or Cru. I was baptized here I mean come on! This place is full of God’s presence! Again so many memories from awesome Brookside services, messages, baptisms to Cru on Thursday nights. IMG_8068

2. Shatzel Hall- Yeah if you didn’t know I’m low key kind of a big deal at Shatzel Hall. I hammock here like ALL the time and people that work there call me The Hammock Guy so I’m a bit of a legend lol. Some great times again just hanging out (see what I did there) reading, writing poems, journaling, praying, and worshiping here. I remember like both times we worshiped here it was in a down pour of rain both times and it was just awesome! IMG_8062

  1. Arubbah House- Ok I saved the best for last, I lived here for 2 years and words can’t describe my feelings toward this place. I know it looks sketchy and is but it’s fine. How this place has changed from when I first moved in to the countless additions of couches, glory and pirate flags, flowers, and a bar this place looks way better than it did before. Memories on memories here man. Throwing bangers and campfires all the time to the amazing conversations with my roommates and funny times with them to having friends over whenever they wanted ha. This place is a floodgate of glory and is filled to the chimney (if there is even one) with God’s presence. Was an honor to live here with some of my best friends. IMG_8034