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 Senior Director.
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 any of you do stumble upon this I hope you use it as a lesson to not discount anyone. You have 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 you still know me, then 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 a lot of 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 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 understand 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 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.
To answer your current question, yes, I know I’m beginning to ramble on (great song by the way). So, I’ll do the express round now to give highlights of 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 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 end wars, that 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.
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 that cover the spectrum of race, faith, nationality and orientation.
I love my country but 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.