I've been involved with website designing since around 1995. I've had the pleasure of building sites for small business owners, individuals and most recently my former employer's website. In addition, I've also ran many websites for my different personal interests including; cycling, photography as well as my very first website that was about the auto detailing industry. In 2012, I sold the website to one of the companies that advertised on the site!
I still have several sites online that each revolve around a specific topic. Mostly my experiences within the particular field. My passion for many things can make it a challenge to share over many websites. At the end of the day, all I want to do is share my life and story with people in the hopes it can inspire others to pursue their dreams and interests, whatever they are and how ever many there may be. So, I've decided it would one best to share everything here. The good, the bad, the adventures, the challenges...everything!
The only other website that I will be keeping online will be the site that I used to share my bike ride across America. Though I likely won't be making any updates to it (unless I do another long distance bike ride...lol). If you want to read about the journey that changed my life you can read about it at taketimeforlife.com.
In addition, it will be easier to update fewer social media accounts with a wide range of topics, You'll find all my social media accounts listed on the right hand column. It will a bit to get everything pointed here but once done it will be much easier to share everything, regardless of the subject!
Thanks so much for your support!
The photo above is one of Nick's biggest fish he had ever caught (at the time). One of hundreds if not thousands of photos I have of Nick doing what he loves. The reason for posting this photo is to share a bit of my life going back to the early 2000's and why I was able to get those thousands of photos of Nick.
I was working at a local office supply company. I had only been there for a year or so and was learning the skill of "cold calling" as I worked to bring on new customers. One morning, I remember walking past my boss's office and seeing him with his arms folded on his desk and his head resting on his arms. This was totally out of character for him, so I went into his office and asked him if everything was okay? He lifted his head and the words he spoke to me completely changed the course of my life. He said, "Dan, I just tried to cram 18 years into 15 minutes at the airport". Baffled and not sure what he was referring to, I asked him what he meant. He told me that he had just seen his son off at the airport because he had made the decision to serve his country and was headed off to his assignment in the Navy. I said to him "you must be very proud of your son" and he replied "I am very proud of him but am disappointed in myself". I asked him why and he told me that he missed out on so much of his son's life as he grew up, because of the travel his current and previous jobs required. Not taking his son fishing, camping, playing sports with him, attending school events and just hanging out with him. I told him that he was (is) providing for his family and there is no shame in that! He said he understood that but still wished he had been home more while his son was growing up.
I was in a similar position with the company, traveling several weeks each month. Nick was only 4 at the time and the comments my boss told me hit me hard. I went home thinking about the conversation my boss and I had and approximately 2 weeks later I offered my resignation. I went into his office and remember telling him "please take this in the context intended, I need to give you my notice and you're the reason why". Puzzled and thinking he had done something to upset me he asked me why. I told him that the conversation we had weeks earlier had really impacted me. I said that, I didn't want to find myself in the same situation when Nick turned 18. I finished my 2 weeks and was on my own.
I had an online business I had been working on for some time and focused on that full time plus began building websites for other people. Were there tough months? You better believe it but I wouldn't trade the time I had with Nick for ANYTHING! We went fishing, took trips to Yellowstone, I attended every school event and sporting event except for one...the week my mother passed away. Even during this very painful time Nick touched my heart in a very special way. My sister, nephews, myself and other family members were by my mom's side during her final hours. She hadn't spoke or made any movements for quite some time. I called Nick and asked him if he wanted to tell his grandma anything. He told me he did and I explained to him that grandma wouldn't be able to talk to him but she'll hear everything he says. I put my phone on speaker, told Nick to say anything he wanted to say and held the phone to my mom's ear. Nick simply said, "Hi Grandma, this is Nicholas and I just want to say I love you". That very moment, the corners of my mom's mouth curled up into a smile. This would be the final emotion my mom would experience and show. Wiping tears from my eyes I told Nick how beautiful his words were. He asked me if grandma heard him and I told him she absolutely did.
The friendship I have formed with my old boss is special and one that has some more stories behind it that I'll be sharing in future posts.
"The best gift we can give our children is our time"
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 areas 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.
I Invite you to join me on this adventure!
This is going to be fun!!!!
"Simple is a good thing"