O: Approval


Today was pleasant. For the first time in quite some time; I didn’t wake up with soccer on my mind. Sure, it’s filed away somewhere in the back of my mind, but it wasn’t the immediate thought when I got out of bed.

I spent the morning enjoying some eggs and pancakes with my girlfriend, talking about our double date last night, traveling, relocating some day, and just talking life.

No soccer.

I didn’t do it on purpose; I just awoke with the idea of enjoying company with those around me who deserve not to hear about ‘work/passion’ for a few moments. After my girlfriend left for work; I actually sat down and planned out meals for the two of us for the next week [that way we continue to aim at eating healthy and being financially smart], and then hit the store for some groceries.

Afterwards; I found myself at my parents house just talking about everything from “Duck Dynasty”, to deer hunting, to taking jet ski’s from Portland, Oregon to the Bering Straight, to eventually soccer, technology, and my future [we’re a very dynamic group of people]. All over a pot of homemade chili [with deer meat].

Most of the night it was just myself and MC. Jim had been out hunting and was spending a good amount of time getting a deer hoisted up in a tree to air out for the night; prior to processing it tomorrow. I was upfront with MC, similar with my girlfriend last night, about the breakdown I had last night of just not always having answers to these new concepts that continue to pop up around me.

The new women’s team in Kansas City has changed a lot, but the one thing it interestingly did not affect was my business plan. I’m explaining to MC how I know God still expects me to push for this program because even though a new program is in the same area, the plan of action I had all along wasn’t affected. I talked about some of the phone calls I’ve had this week and last, I spoke of college coaches, showcases, politics, and the past two days I’ve spent in the city of Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Selfishly; I spent hours just catching my parents up on what has been going on in the past week. I’ve come to the realization that those closest to me, including friends and family, don’t fully understand the magnitude of what exactly it is that I’m directly and indirectly involved with. Inside the town that my parents live, it is completely expected. However, for years I’ve been trying to find ways to get my parents approval on the job choices that I make, the life choices that I’ve chosen, and showing them that I really am trying to make a difference. After several years of this process, I finally heard it tonight when MC stated:

I’m just blown away by the type of people that you’ve spoken with these past two weeks.

She got it. She gets it. She understands that this is no longer some anxious expedition and wish; this idea is very real, and very life changing.

With the Shock doing what it does; there are some big things that are in motion and I can only, safely say this: when the first domino falls, there is going to be a chain reaction within the Kansas City area that is going to be mind-blowing awesome. I can’t express with words how thrilled I am to see some of these things coming together. “Shock the world” is going to take on a very, very real meaning. To be a part of it, and to know that God is doing incredible things; it’s a testimony that I could only dream up as a child. I would have never imagined that I’d be living this life. I mean, good grief, I spoke on the phone with Amy Jo Martin! In my book, that’s a once in a lifetime deal!

On the other hand, there has been a new development. With the Kansas City Shock comes the fact that I’ve built a program, a soccer team through social media before physically having a real program. Kind of trippy if sit and think that through. However, even after a diagnostic from an SEO and social marketing company in Kansas City, it’s evident that we’re still running a very, very strong market with social media [we got a grade of an ‘A’]. I’ve explained this to people over time, including the several business owners that I’ve spoken to in recent days. That’s when an interesting thought came up:

Well, would you be willing to help us set up our social media feeds?

It never dawned on me, but within two days I had four companies asking me for assistance in their social media department. Social media is free, but the ‘cost’ is the time that is put into it. Anyone who sees behind the scenes with the Kansas City Shock knows that the amount of time that we’ve invested into social media is staggering. That’s what’s required for that kind of success. Now, I’m looking at these four companies; trying to figure out how to incorporate them into a ‘business package’ [?] and building their interface from the ground up. However, if we’re keeping track that would mean: field consultant for corporate Subway, owner of Kansas City Shock, L.L.C, and social media design? That’s a lot of balancing, and currently; I don’t exactly know how to do it. MC made a comment that shook me a bit, and it’ll require some serious thought [and more serious prayer].

All of that said; I think back on a photo that I saw on Facebook today:

I think I can officially say that, that sums up the direction of my life. I don’t think the word “comfortable” was designed to exist within my life.

-D-

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