There's something incredibly uncomfortable when it comes to this section. This is probably why people let other's write their bios. But as I'm building this site myself and everything contained in it is mine, I have to do this too.
The down and dirty is that I'm in my 40s, single (technically divorced) and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Along with the things you find here, I work for a great international ministry as a Vice President.
To any past teachers or others that always told me I wouldn't amount to anything, I'm sorry to disappoint you. Okay, not really, and this isn't the nicest thing to say, but if you do stumble upon this, I hope you use it as a lesson to not discount anyone. You have the power to influence and guide. We all do. Use that properly.
Most importantly, though, I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by wonderful people; my family, friends, and God.
Now for a bit more detail.
I'm what I consider a "life reboot."
If you knew me 20 years ago and still know me, you know the person I am today is not the person you knew then. Thankfully.
I could do what many do and blame my past, my childhood, hardship, loss, or a myriad of other things, but the truth is, there is no one to blame for my choices and mistakes but me. I know that's not the "popular" thing to say these days, but it's the truth.
Yes, there were many dark times and those times helped me cross into some very dark places, but each step I took in darkness was a step I chose to take. It wasn't forced on me. It's important to recognize that.
But just as each step in the darkness that I took was my choice, so was the choice to exit that darkness. It isn't an easy thing to do, but the worth is beyond measure.
It was with faith, family, friends, love, hope, courage, and a lot of fear that I was able to come out of that darkness and into the light that is now my life. And man, life is good.
It doesn't mean that life is easy. It isn't. It isn't meant to be.
Just like everyone else on this planet, I have bad days. There are things I don't understand. There are things I know that I wish I didn't. I have regrets. I have scars, both physical and emotional.
But each of those is mirrored with and balanced by love, faith, hope, family, friends, and much more. These things are much stronger than the others.
Now I do my best to live my life in the service of others. If the last thing I think of caring about is myself, then I consider that a good day.
Also, if you couldn't tell by now, I believe in God and Jesus Christ fully, faithfully, and thankfully. Many will say this is "the road most traveled" and therefore the easiest. If that is the case for you, I would challenge you to take an honest look at the "road" you're on because faith isn't easy.
But like life, it isn't supposed to be. I wouldn't want it to be.
Yes, I know I'm beginning to ramble on (great song, by the way) to answer your current question. So, I'll do the express round now to highlight anything else I can think of.
I've been blessed to have traveled the world in various capacities.
I've cheated death (thank you, God, cause I wouldn't have been able to without you) several times, so I figure there is a reason I'm still here. I'm doing my best to make my life worthwhile as I try to figure out that reason.
I've jumped out of planes, climbed some really cool and big rocks (some of them are called mountains), tasted food, and drank beers I still can't pronounce the names of.
I've surfed and gloriously fell off my surfboard in some of the most beautiful waters this world has to offer.
I've loved in ways that many have only dreamt of. The kind of love that starts and ends wars, inspires art, and much more.
I've lost that love and felt the pain of that loss. While I know she's with our Father now, it still isn't a pain I would wish on anyone.
While I never turned away from it, when I'm honest about it, I never expected to find love again. But, as with many things, God had different plans. And I find myself redeemed by the love of a wonderful, beautiful woman once again. They say behind every great man (no I'm not saying I'm great) is a great woman. I'd argue that if we do reach that level of "great" it's because we were built up by an even greater love. At least that's my story.
I've seen terrible things happen to great people. I've then seen them display strength and faith I didn't know was possible.
I've written songs with some of the best artists and writers around. I'm lucky enough to call some of them friends.
I know that nobody is beyond salvation, but it has to start with them.
I have tattoos and will likely have more before I die, even if they won't look anything in the end like they did in the beginning.
Racism, hate, and discrimination make no sense to me and have no place in this world. I'm blessed to have friends covering the spectrum of race, faith, nationality, and orientation.
I love my country, but I admit there are times where my government confuses and disappoints me. But I would gladly give my life for what my country stands for.
I believe there is a special place in hell for those that hurt women, children, and animals.
I also believe it is the responsibility of those of us who can protect them to do just that.
Lastly, I'm short and okay with that. Who uses their top-shelf anyway?
If there are any questions you have, feel free to shoot me an email, and I just might answer you.