Building Love

 In July I took my first trip out of the US. I went to Nicaragua with a team from Riverbluff Church in SC (where my dad is the pastor). It was a great trip and I absolutely loved it. First off, no I’m not planning a move- just working on some things that will allow me to go visit again. While in Nicaragua we met families (and their extended family) living in very small (15′ x 20′) houses and many times 10 or more people were sharing one house. We met a young expecting Mom named Haley who asked us to help her complete her house. We visited her place and she had 4 posts up and the house was going to be less than 15′ x 15′!  The size was not a concern because it was going to be hers. Looking into the specifics of this project we were able to find materials to finish the basics for under $500. Under $500 would give Haley a house for her 2 children, plus the one on the way, and her husband.  Insane! Being able to change someone’s life and potentially alter their entire family’s future, for the better, is what gets me excited about this. So, my mind goes out of control. How do I buy houses for these families? I want to help and I know people who’d be willing to help! Here’s How… After dreaming through this and long conversations with my buddy, partner, co-hort, surf-master, and friend, Matt, we believe we can make this a reality. The company is called Building Love and we’ve launched a...

Blogging. It’s so 2009.

My blog took a hit a few years back.  It was once an outlet for my interests, passions and just life-thoughts in general.  Now, I blog once every few months.  It’s not that I have nothing to say it’s that I’ve adapted to 140 characters or less when I have something to say.  Instead of trying to write short novels with deep thoughts to people who may or may not be ‘searching’ for it, I’ve just connected with like minds on Twitter and Facebook. So, I’m not really saying goodbye to the blog but I’m pretty sure a new format/layout/design that incorporates my ‘shorter’ thoughts is coming.  I have no idea what that means but I’m thinking thru...

40 Years Later & I’m Still Here

Today I turn 40 and so far nothing has happened to me.  Shouldn’t I get instant grey hair or something?! It’s hard to wrap your head around 40 years but  I just wanted to take a minute to thank all the wonderful people who have been a part of my life.  My parents, my wife, my sister, my in-laws, nieces/nephews, aunts & uncles, cousins and more recently my amazing kids. I have many friends who have walked various parts of my life with me and there is no way I can thank you each individually. Just know family & friends that I love you and I’m thankful for you.  I hope that I treat you in a way that you realize how important you are to me!  Here’s to another...

Let’s Try This Again

Last fall I was on a mission to lose weight, feel better and in general, live better to live longer. Then I was given so many excuses to discontinue it.  My grandmother passed away and seven days later my father-in-law passed away.  We were out of town approx 8 weeks and I just let the ‘healthy’ part of me get pushed down.  I eat when I get down or feel like I don’t have control.  I eat a lot.  After the ‘being out of town and grief’ excuses it was then the holidays and another excuse to wait for the new year to get back to business…  The new year came and went and I was out of town 2 of the first 3 weeks.  Again, another excuse. I can make an excuse for anything!  No more.  Today is day 1 of getting back on track.  I’m going to focus on the 4HB again.  It was so awesome last time and truthfully it worked great for me. Why do I need to publicize this? Nope, not looking for attention.  I’ve found that if I put it out in public I’ll hold myself accountable better-  I want to be able to say I’m doing great when I’m asked! Oh, and I’m turning 40 on March 2nd-  I’d like to lose 40 pounds (not by March 2- that’d be unhealthy!)…  so a 40-40...

Burnt. Out.

What’s your perception of me?  Do you know me mostly via Twitter or Facebook?  Are we real life friends too?  Do I have your phone number?  It’s late at night and I was just thinking of all the stuff that is going on and this holiday season.  This has been a heartache of a few months.  My grandmother and father-in-law both died within 7 days of each other in September/October  I’ve had countless other friends lose loved ones and truthfully its gotten to me. Many friends and acquaintances know me as this social, funny (at least try to be), entrepreneur, driven, busy, family dude.  And for the most part, I fill those roles…  however, I just don’t feel like any of that right now.  I’m burnt out.  I won’t call it depression because I’m happy and I love my family and the work that I get to do on a daily basis-  but sometimes, just being honest, I want to escape to an island with no computer, no phone, no TV and no internet.  Just me, Renee, the kids and a few surfboards.  A place with no cares and no ongoing to do list. As I look back to the beginning of 2011 I set out to spend more time with family and I feel like I’ve accomplished that.  However, a new adventure came up that I am stoked about but it’s just more stuff on top of all the other stuff.  I’m not independently wealthy so I’m not just gonna disappear.  I like what I do and I love the people that I get to work with-  it’s...