2020 has been an unusual year to say the least! Every American's way of life has changed! Masks, social distancing, businesses closed or out of business, people unemployed, events cancelled, protests in the streets and on and on.
When I completed my bike ride in 2017, there were doubts...many doubts! But, once I made the decision to do the ride and there were no other options everything changed! Things that I had no idea how I would do or manage fell into place and the event that changed my life happened! I never could have imagined such a series of true miracles! When we have faith, act on that faith and don't question it amazing things happen.
Well, I'm at another one of those crossroads, Covid-19 has had an enormous impact on my company's business. This, coupled with an inherent sense of adventure has propelled me to my next journey! I approached my employer a couple weeks ago and offered my resignation to pursue another personal goal. He was surprised, but again very supportive just as he was when I told him I was riding my bike across America. He asked what I was going to be doing and when I told him I would be traveling across the state of Idaho with my golden retriever, Ace to do a documentary on the state of Idaho, he said "WOW! I envy you for having the #$!%@ to go after your dreams.
Because of my responsibilities, I didn't offer the traditional 2 weeks notice but instead provided over 2 months notice so I can help train the individual that would be taking my place. To my amazement, he told. me that if I wanted to, they would like to keep me on in a "contractor" capacity to assist when needed. FAITH!!!!
So, October 1st my next journey will begin as Ace and I set out to explore all area of the great state of Idaho in all weather and conditions! I'll be sharing photos, videos, interviews with unique Idahoans and incredible drone videography from the most remote areas of the state.
Please join me on this adventure! My website is idahomemories.com and related social media accounts can be found there.
This is going to be fun!!!!
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!
Have you had a dream you've been putting off? Wanted to make changes in your personal life? I think we've all had those "aha moments" that tell us...Yes! that's what I want to do!!! But we find excuses why it can't happen or it's not the right time. First, there will never be the "right time" and second, if it is really important you'll find a way...if not, you'll find an excuse.
What have you been wanting to do in your life? A new job? An adventure? A relationship? Everything begins with a decision! When I decided to do my bike ride that was it! The decision was made and there were no other options. I told my employer what I was going to be doing...taking 3 months off to ride my bike across America and I hoped that I had their support but was prepared to lose my job if that's what it came to because THE RIDE WAS WHAT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME! Not only did I not lose my job but I had their total support! Did I know everything about bicycle touring? Not even close! Did I train for it? I commuted to work the month before I left. Did I have the bike I "needed"? No, I rode across the country on a $350.00 department store mountain bike. Could I afford it? No, but the decision was made and to my amazement and gratitude friends, family and total strangers supported me throughout the entire journey!
Excuses are easy...decisions are tough but the joy and satisfaction that comes from doing something you wanted to do even if you had doubts about the outcome are life changing!
What's your excuse????