2013 was a year of great uncertainty as well as hope for me. Some of the most difficult things I has ever faced in my life were now upon me. This is the first in a series of videos that I will be posting as I share this time in my life with the world.
In 2013 I was at a place in my life that riding my bike across the country in 4 short years seemed not only improbable but impossible. It's through the challenging times in our lives that we learn the most about ourselves. I've been thinking about this for a while as well as talking with friends and have decided to share this difficult time to encourage those that may be in similar circumstances that it's during these times that our lives are often transformed in ways we could never have imagined. In the near future I'll be posting videos speaking about my journey as well as stories of others that have overcome obstacles or are currently going through challenging times.
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It's interesting how our lives change, often in ways we couldn't have imagined only a few years ago. In 2019 I became a grandfather for the first time! What an incredible blessing!!! My granddaughter Paisley is such a doll ( I know, I know ALL grandparents say that!) and her smile lights up the room.
In addition to being a new father, my son Nick has been in Alaska serving our country in the Air Force. In just a couple days he will be deploying to the middle east. He has grown into an amazing young man! Seeing him hold his daughter for the first time warmed my heart! "How time flies" is something we hear a lot...it's so true! Don't miss seeing your children grow up and be part of it!
"The Best Gift We Can Give Our Children Is Our Time"
A dear friend who lives in another state and I have a phone call once a month or so. These calls often last two hours or more! We talk about our families our health, personal challenges, victories, faith and so much more...seldom politics. He has taught me so much as he continues his battle with cancer. His unwavering faith, determination and positive outlook are and always have been such an inspiration to me.
As we begin another year I've been reflecting on the past year. Not just mine but of friends too! While the usual new year's resolutions are out there...lose weight, save money, quit smoking etc. more are looking at where they are in their lives. Some have moved to other states to pursue personal dreams, others are looking at possessions in a different way...seeking experiences over things and some are considering if their careers are what they really want to do or is there a bigger calling?
I've never set New Year's Resolutions and I don't plan to this year but I am examining my life in a deeper and more profound way. I have ideas about some things I want to do, passions I want to pursue and hopefully make a positive impact on people...friends, family and total strangers.
Here's to an awesome 2020!