My 2008 In Review

•January 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

When it comes to Christmas, New Years, and the rest of the holiday season, I’d have to say that my favorite part is just the time to reflect. I get to reflect on faith, relationships, and just where I’m at in life. As we’ve come to the end of this year I feel like I’ve made a couple of good observations to help me make the most of this next year…

1. I feel like I’ve lost a lot of my passion as of late. Well…maybe not lost it, but rather replaced it. I feel like I’ve replaced my passion with tasks. I’m blessed enough to have a career where I get paid to do what I love. The downside is that now I don’t push myself to do it out of love; I just do it because I get paid. I miss wanting to learn blues on guitar just because I love blues. I miss wanting to worship out of my desire for God and not out of the need to put on a weekly service. I feel like my creativity is gone and everything I do is a cheap imitation of something else. I really think I want to regain that passion and creativity this next year.

2. The desire to learn is something that I definitely have. The discipline to apply myself and really get after learning is something I’m lacking. I’m going to be a better time manager this year. I’m going to read more books, watch more tutorials, and actually start college.

3. I need to be healthier…’nuf said.

4. I don’t want to be married. I have a great girlfriend and I love her dearly, but I don’t feel like my time to get married is in the near future. I have a good number of friends now who are getting married and “settling down” but I feel like at the age of 23 I’m just now reaching my “single” peek. I think that many of the young Christians I know have an unrealistic view of marriage and jump into it so they can justify sex. I admire those who truly weigh the commitment and take it seriously but the more I think about it, the less I feel like I’m even near ready.

I think that’s enough to keep me covered for now. I know that this year will be better than the last. I just pray that I’m closer to God, closer to my friends, and a better person at the end of it all.

Sweet Tradition

•December 19, 2008 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a busy couple of days for me here in the Dallas metroplex. The weather has been so two-faced this week that I’ve worn shorts and a scarf/glove combination all in the same week. It’s been so foggy the past couple of days that it reminds me of “Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Frankly put, I love it. 

The week has been full of great times with my girlfriend and productive time spent on video editing and minor web updates. Tonight was another great addition to the week with a sweet tradition taking place.

You see, most families have their major and minor traditions. A lot of those revolve around holidays or family vacations. Growing up in an Army family where we moved all the time, there are really only two established traditions that I can remember. One was that every time we moved and hit the road again, we always made it a point to stop and eat at a Cracker Barrel. The other is based around my father’s love for the Portland Trailblazers.

The one sport that was big in my home growing up was Basketball. My father played in high school in Newport, OR and brought a love for the Blazers into our home. Now that I’ve reached an age where I choose where I live and who I follow, I still get drawn to the Blazers. My dad and I will stay up late texting and calling each other as the Blazer games come on TV. I think, for me, it’s become more than just a basketball game. It truly is something that I can share with my father and hopefully something my son will be able to share in with us as well. 

So to cap off the night, the Trailblazers won over the Phoenix Suns 124-119. Brandon Roy had 52 points and my dad sent me a text saying “MVP.” Oh sweet tradition.

Some Man-spiration

•December 17, 2008 • 1 Comment

I’m a huge fan of inspirational speeches and great movies. Now that someone else went ahead and put the two together, I figured I would go ahead and share it with you guys.

Welcome To My World

•December 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment

So this is the start of what I hope to be a long a meaningful part of my life and yours. I often go through my day picking up little thoughts here and there with no place to store them. I’m wanting this to be that place. And if there was ever a theme that I felt strongly about in my life; One theme that I felt we should all open our eyes too, it’s this: See Art In Life. 

Today was a great day based solely on its simplicity. I woke up a little late with sleet on the ground on snow on the roofs of the apartments in my complex. i rolled into work late and spent most of the day thinking on what I can bring to the table creatively over the next six months. I finally capped off tonight watching “House”, sitting next to a good fire, and getting ready for the week.