XXXI: Fresh Start 2.0


What if we got our Christmas present early this year? We can grab it on Black Friday probably…

Thankfully, I’m still in awe at how good God is to us, especially considering that none of us deserve any of His grace. It’s been an adventurous, heart warming past couple weeks for Darco and myself. As noted in the earlier post, I was offered a teaching position at the school of my dreams for next year. I gladly accepted. Darco’s review for promotion was yesterday, and again I’m humbled to report that she also was promoted to store manager of her Starbucks location in the city. These are both major changes for both of our careers, each of which we hold delicately and passionately. Continue reading

Mobile Minutes: Poser


Dear Diary…

It’s been two days since I did any sort of running. Last week, in preparation for the race on Saturday, I took it easy. On Saturday I gave it my best, but was sadly lacking. Today, I’m struggling for the motivation. I’m tired and have a bedtime quickly approaching. I’m tempted to head to the gym, but I’m just not feeling “up to snuff” for the track.

Perhaps I’m just becoming lazy, or I’m just disappointed in where I’m at with my goals. I need to have my mile at 5:00.00 by June 1, 2015 and the fastest I’ve moved is 5:57 in the month of April.

I should be faster. I should be lighter with a stronger core. Mentally, I feel so week. I know what I’m supposed to be doing, but I keep falling short. Drink more water, eat less garbage, get appropriate rest. I received 5.5 hours of sleep last night, I can feel it in my body. Do I rest, or is that an excuse to get out of work? What’s an excuse versus a warning?

I’m sure I’m thinking too hard on the simple thought. I met a teacher today that ran in college, and even after starting a family, still has 6:50 splits on half marathons. It’s humbling and humiliating to recognize that some inherent the ability, but others…we’re on the outside looking in. It causes motivation, at times of question, difficult to come up with.

It’s worship. Do I need an excuse for worship? Does God care if my offering is first or last, on the track or in the gym? No, He simply wants to hear from me, so why do I fear the protocol of success?

My success only comes through Him, whatever that may look like. I know my heart’s desire, but the work and grace required to find that desire is so frequently burried below guilt, fear, and embarrassment.

Thankfully enough of these written thoughts is enough to allow mmee to move.

-D-

XXXI: In-Service


Am I supposed to enjoy “professional development days” at school?
I’m not really sure, but today I definitely did.

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Yes...SpED department selfie!

This morning, similar to our last in-service day, the instructors were able to take some time and award “GATOR’ade” to people in the building for going above and beyond.
Towards the end of this lengthy process I wound up with a bottle from an unlikely source (in my opinion).
When I took the position I currently have at school I was located in a case manager’s classroom. This case manager, very pregnant at the time, sits around my age. However, their level of professionalism and maturity is so high that quite frequently I accept the role of the annoying, hyper younger brother when I’m in her room.

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You could imagine my shock when she nominated me for one of these awards this morning. Whole-heartedly I was genuinely surprised (and really humbled). Coming from someone who’s so mature and level minded, it just spoke volumes to me. Additionally, another teacher nominated me at the same time for my speeches that were given over last Tuesday, which brought upon a shade of red to my face.

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Snapped by an administrator...I think (that's me standing up).

Please understand I don’t type this out of pride. School is the one place where I continued to be surprised. I’m having so much fun, and it’s considered a job. I’m in love with this specific school, I can’t get enough of the kiddos, and the staff just blows my mind every day. Sure, it has its quirks, but the relationships built here are just unfathomable to understand…and it’s a middle school.
IA, teacher, instructor, etc…whatever my position is, I’m so, so blessed to continue to be in such a warm, caring atmosphere.

-D-

XXXI: Heading Home


There are two phrases that I grew to hate as an adolescent:

Are you going to be a preacher someday?

You’d make a great teacher!

My selfish ego revolves around not doing what people expect me to do, and constantly rebelling against the expectations of those around me. There’s nothing Biblical about this principle, but 27 years into this life I think I have enough research to support to theory of my own behaviorisms.

To this day I still make a solid stance in never having a desire to speak from a pulpit. There’s nothing in my heart that desires it, and after several years of being on a lot of different paths with my relationship with Christ I can affirm that, that is not a position for me.

With that said, the second group I must apologize to, raise my sword by two hands and lay it at your feet in the form of a surrender. Truly, I was designed to be a teacher.

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Mobile Minutes: Older


Looked in the mirror for a few minutes tonight. Studied my hairline, looked at the cut on my face from “the dark one”, and even flexed my arms a little.

I’m getting older.

Not wiser, just older.

I see it in my eyes, my skin, even my facial hair. I truly am closer to thirty versus twenty. I can’t pull off “the kid” look, even if I wanted to. I’m not upset about this late breaking news, just recognizing one of those moments in life where I’m changing.

My job is wonderful.
My wife is beautiful.
The people behind the Kansas City Shock are incredibly inspirational.

I’m optimistic with a fading past, in a body that looks it time on this planet. God has given me a life that I’ll never measure up to, and I never, ever deserved.

It’s alright not being the youngest, freshest, or forever holding on to history’s ways.

The future is bright. The world is vast. I’ll take aging skin and vanishing hair; it’s God’s way of showing that I’m living a wonderful life.

-D-

XO: Breathe


Currently Listening To: Breathe (2AM) by Anna Nalick
Currently Drinking: Raspberry Mocha (Venti)
Currently Doing: Typing, typing, typing…
Currently Thinking: “What on earth am I doing…” Continue reading

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].

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Project Corn Part V


Losses are hard. It’s just a fact of life. The ladies fell to Des Moines 4-0 on Sunday in the nasty rain. Turns out, while I’m not necessarily competitive in nature, I took that harder then I thought I would. It wasn’t anger, it was fear:

Will Kansas City care? Did we fail? How are the standings? Are businesses writing us off?

I mean, it is incredible the amount of questions I could come up with out of fear.

However, driving home from Des Moines I thought back to breakfast. I was alone heading to Starbucks and was thinking on the concept of giving God the glory, all the time. It seems easy to give Him praise, credit, point your finger to the air, etc…when things are going right. But, when things aren’t, that’s where you’ll really see who gets credit. So, even though it was bitter, the reality is that win/loss my ship has to maintain course. This isn’t my team, program, or business. It’s God’s and I have to be able to represent Him and His teachings, no matter what the day throws my way.

It’s currently Monday and I’ve slept the best I could, plenty of things to get done today.

-D-