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XO: 21

It starts with the number “21″, this represents that amount of people that have ‘endorsed’ me on LinkedIn under the topic of social media.

This message is for them.

I feel like I’ve been a bit in the mist in recent days; not just due to deer hunting and #CornFed13, but because of some personal events that have completely altered the direction of the life of this family.

Last Tuesday, during our tryouts for the Kansas City Shock, I was approached by the parent of one of our players. Instead of talking about soccer, instead he introduced a proposal. A new job opportunity, something that I would excel at, but I wasn’t quite sure.

The world of social media.

It’s no secret that the Kansas City Shock was built off the framing of social media, constant interaction, and slowly but surely understanding the “SEO”, and topics along those lines. Well, I was being offered a job that would take that knowledge and utilize it in a startup company within the Kansas City parameters. Fun stuff, right? In other words, I’d be the SEO Consultant for a company called Dak Investments.

Thursday of last week I had my first interview with the owner of the group, saw the new building, and tried to understand exactly what they were looking for that would require a skill set that I may hold.

Today I had a second meeting, including the request of financial payment, expectations, and the Kansas City Shock.

Tonight, I signed the papers.

Of course, I am now back out of the education realm of life, and straight back into the business world. However, there are a few exciting things that are taking place with this transition:

  • NEW COMPUTER! It’s the company’s, but it’s Windows 8, a touch-face screen, and as we’re currently learning…some amazing speakers.
  • Payment: This just blew Subway out of the water. We haven’t cried together yet, but Darco and I have been in shell shock tonight trying to adjust to reality that we made it; the hard work, the prayers, the struggles, they’re finally starting to pay off monetarily.
  • Flexibility: The owner of Dak wants me to continue to develop the Kansas City Shock, that program is the leading reason that the social media skills of myself were event brought to the front of the conversation to begin with. This means that there’ll be a trip to Philadelphia in January for business, and some other events coming. I’m very blessed to have a supervisor that sees the vision of the organization, and wants me to continue to work on the business in order to build something for the community.

It’s hard to necessarily recognize the excitement in my words [I'm also half asleep currently], but the idea of being paid to utilize social media, travel, and website recognition? That’s a dream come true.

God continues to bless me in ways that I’ll never understand. I would not have ever imagined that I would actually be a beneficiary of the creation of the Kansas City Shock. It’s merely another reminder that I’m on the right path and God is going to continue to take care of us.

On a similar side-note: we’ve got a video coming up soon; Darco and I. In it we have some very exciting news to share with you [it does not include children, let's just get that out of the way].



Outside of the soccer world:

A relative of mine passed away some time back. Notably with her death came the division of the property that was under her ownership (remember: I’m from a farming family, value of land cannot be overlooked). A portion of the property landed at the feet of MC (this was not a surprise).

…insert random legalities, and property understanding when dividing property at the time of death…

To make it easy to comprehend, eventually this property will result in a potential cash flow to MC and Jim. What’s that mean?

For the people who have been overlooked, overworked, and underappreciated they’re finally getting something that they deserve.


XO: Euphoric

It feels like a dream.

Incredibly, only four days into a marriage and it still hasn’t quite set in. This is real. I have a wife. This is life. It’s surreal sensation that actually is quite difficult to construct into words, but it most definitely is epic.

Darco is actually currently asleep; our schedules are conflicting messes when she starts back to work. She’ll start her shift at 4:30 AM tomorrow, which means we’ve got an alarm going off at 4:00 AM and I am not a heavy sleeper. So, I’ll be back up briefly at 4:00 AM, but that’s alright, it’s worth it.

In the past couple days we’ve already been approached by some fascinating, challenging hurdles and blessings. Continue reading

Mobile Minutes: Generation Past

It was Buzzfeed’s fault. Random illustrations of the future lives of Harry Potter and all, something I found late at night while trying to sleep.

It begged the current question:

What is the future?

I realize it is in part due to Friday’s wedding, but while I continue to dream of this city, I’m now adding a family in it. I’ve even dreamed of a child (yes, a boy). Strange ideas that aren’t keen to cross this mind. What lies after business, coffee, politics, and travel?

What school will they be in? Favorite subject? Activity? Will they love to travel, or get lost in a book? How will they reflect me? Darco?

The stories we’ll tell them of a generations past; websites, soccer, and dreams. Planting their imaginations with endless possibilities.

Perhaps this is just me finally growing up, taking heed in MoVal’s stance on Godly families. It isn’t so foreign, alien anymore.

That city is my dreams is no longer population me.



Yes! That's a Kansas City Shock jersey!
Yes! That’s a Kansas City Shock jersey!

This is one of the cooler photos I’ve received in a while. The picture you see is the USA Women’s National Deaf Soccer Team; one of the hardest working, least recognized soccer programs in the United States. They’re currently in the 2013 Deaflympics in Bulgaria. They have played two games, and have a goal differential of 13 [that's huge], with 11-0, and 2-0 wins.

So, we received this photo today of them posing for the camera, and yes…those dark shirts you see? On the left that’d be a Kansas City Shock jersey and on the right our 2013 t-shirt. It’s pretty cool to see our gear in other countries.

And of course; the women’s team better bring back gold!


Mobile Minutes: Grace

This is where I’m supposed to get cheesy, and absolutely unruly on my thoughts of an audience I never see.

Realistically, I want to say thank you. Getting alerts that today’s viewership has passed 100 views for the day…again, is heart warming. It’s not as if I’m getting paid for this, it’s just my story to tell. With that said though, some of you, who I literally will never see on this earth, don’t know some of the stories that have come about from this site. Continue reading

Mobile Minutes: USA Women’s National Deaf Team

I’m so going to be late for a meeting if I don’t type fast enough this morning…

I’m going to post a video from the Kansas City Shock YouTube account on here. It is 20 minutes long, but there is a ton of information in there.

Also, it turns out that tablets do a much better job of recording video versus standard laptops. Either way, here’s some things to take from the video:

-The bracelets tie right back to Guatemala [where I was this time a year ago]
-100% of ticket sales on Saturday will be going straight to the USA Women’s National Deaf Team to counteract traveling expenses to Bulgaria
-Games on Thursday and Saturday
-Insanity should ensue for sure


Mobile Minutes: Project Corn Part IV


We walked away from yesterdays match with 2:1 win. It was not easy. The final goal came from our Aussie in the 89th minute. The ladies were bruised and exhausted. A win hard fought.

The rest of the night was spent carb loading (pasta galore) and relaxing. Even I was out by 10:00 PM CST. There was some standard league drama, but for the most part nine hours of sleep never felt so good.

Thankfully while I was at Walmart last night I found the local Starbucks. Something I took advantage of today. Talked to my FIANCE this morning (so cool to say), and got lunch taken care of. The vans leave in two hours so they need refueled, and lunch will be ready in that time as well (yes, I visited Subway). Game is at 4:30 PM CST making the night being long. No major injuries last night, and the team is in high spirits.

Major props to Super 8 of Moline, Illinois. Their hospitality has been unreal, and I’ve been so, so impressed by them. Also, I got my own swag! Puma came through and I wound up with my own bag. Pretty sweet. You may think that’s a small deal, but since high school I dreamed of being able to rock some gear that represents a team, who would have thought?


Fact: I’m living in a dream and to God be the glory for it.


Mobile Minutes: Suit

A dear college colleague of mine is getting married on June 15th in St. Louis. This man, to his credit, not only was in my wedding, but was one of few to walk me through the entire divorce process. Realistically, he never gave up on me.

Well, I’m preparing for this wedding, and it’ll be a blur (Kansas City Shock plays that night in Kansas City), and just now it dawned on me:

I need a new suit. I havebt worn an actually suit since I clocked in at 275 pounds in February of 2011. It’s been a while. So…it looks like suit shopping for me (I’m thinking black this time).

Feel free to drop pointers on this new quest.