Weekend In The ‘Couve.

I just got back from an awesome time down in Vancouver, WA. One of my closest friends from camp, Jeremy, helped me plan the trip and keep it secret from a few other people. I headed down Saturday morning and showed up at his house around 1 PM. I was hoping to surprise my friend Joel, and it worked flawlessly. I was able to hang out with Jeremy and Joel for the afternoon, Eric and Matt joined us too and we went to Big Als. We bowled a few epic games, and had some food and drinks. From there it was into Portland to bring in the New Year!

Sunday was a pretty relaxed day overall. Jeremy left for work and I spent some time exploring Vancouver before heading to the mall and seeing Jeremy at work. I hung out at the mall for a bit before heading into Portland. I met up with Aly for good coffee and great conversations at Stumptown…always a good time! After a couple fun hours it was back to Vancouver to meet up with Jeremy and wait for Kyle and Emily to finish their drive from Seattle. When they got down to Vancouver we headed out for a delicious dinner at P.F. Changs. So much food and such a fun time!

That brings it to today, Sunday. Kyle and Emily stayed at Jeremy’s house with us and we had a nice, lazy morning watching the Rose Bowl Parade and eating yummy home-made breakfast rolls. I then met up with Jake at IKEA for a lunch of meatballs…so good! It’s so strange to think that we never really talking in college, but I’m so thankful we are now friends! After lunch it was back to Jeremy’s house to hang out with the guys one last time before heading home. Kyle rode back with me and it was great to have a chance to talk and catch up on the drive home.

Well, that’s the condensed version of the weekend. Overall I had a great time and it was so refreshing being able to see such great people…I’ve truly been blessed by some of the friends in my life. I’m thankful for the extra day off work that made it easier to drive down to Vancouver and see my friends. To each of you who I saw, thanks for helping make the weekend fun!

It was a great way to start the new year indeed!

To The Future!

Alright, well, it’s officially! 2011 has concluded and 2012 has begun.

While the sun sets on one year, it prepares to rise on another; may the light of a new year illuminate the paths set before us. Boldly step into the future, you never know what may be in store for you!

Let’s make it a great year!

2011…*Over and Out*

Seems fitting that I’m posting this a year to the day of starting this blog….What. A. Year…Want to know a little more? Take a little read below….

Well, no matter what happened over the course of the past year, I’m at my current place in life because of all of it. One year ago, if you were to tell me everything that was going to happen this year, chances are I would have laughed at you. There’s no way I could have predicted or guessed any of what was going to happen during 2011. I started this blog as a means by which to record parts of my life over the past year, and I hope this has been accomplished-at least in some manner.

What a year it has been indeed. The first half of it, until June 12th, was spent by me finishing my time as an undergraduate student at SPU. It was an awesome two quarters to be sure! I learned a ton, had so much fun, and developed friendships that will last me a life-time. I was able to finish my BA in Business Administration and also concentrate in marketing. I’ve had a couple academic/financial set backs over the past four years and I am so incrediably happy and blessed to have graduated on time. There’s so much more I could say about my time at SPU, and maybe sometime I’ll write all about, and put down on paper most of what happened during my time there. From classes to clubs to internships & jobs, I seemed to always have something going on…and it was great!  

The day (more like 12 hours) after graduation I moved back to Island Lake Camp where I spent the next three months working once again as the Recreation Coordinator. It can be hard to adaquately summarize the summer, but I can say that I am overall so thankful for my time there. I was able to further relationships with returning staff from Summer 2010 as well as meet new and amazing people. Some of my closest friends have come from camp and I consider their friendships such a blessing in my life. The summer tried and pushed me in new ways, and as difficult as it was at times, I made it through and would like to think that I am better now because of it. My original plan was to stay at Camp for a year, but I made the decision to leave and take on the next challenge that life was sure to present itself. This was not an easy decision, and came about as the result of many conversations and countless hours of prayer. I love Camp so much, but I felt as though it was time to move on…never know, I could end up going back someday!

So that brings us to the end of the summer and start of a new chapter in my life. I was called by Children’s Hospital and contracted to work for two months in the HR department of the Research Institute. I spent my time processing employee evalutations, on-boarding new non-employees and other similar tasks. It was a good feeling to be working and making money, but I knew it would come to an end and that I would need to find something else. Overall, September and October were wonderful. There were so many new and exciting things happening in my life, I felt truly blessed. It was also during this time I grew tremendously in my faith. I spent time everyday reading and praying , and seeking God’s will for my life. It was difficult to make the move back home, but I worked to find the good in it and use it as a good opportunity. I also started serving with my church and became one of the junior high leaders and small group leader for 8th grade guys.

Then came November. For some of you, you know just how difficult the month was for. It seemed as though so many parts of my life were falling apart and ending in some manner of speaking. I began questioning God hardcore as to why things were happening and spend some days in what was essentially depression. It’s all well and good to say that you are going to trust in God, but doing it gets so much more difficult when nothing seems to be working out. I relied so much on my close group of friends as well as the knowledge and understanding that there was a plan and if I kept at it everyday, I would end up where God wanted me to be. I truly had to humble myself before Him and set aside any feelings of entitlement I had, especially in regards to finding a job. Not to say that the entire month was bad, there were some fun times thrown in, but overall it was difficult…a new experience. But, as I’m sure you know, I pulled through and life went on.

However, God truly does provide just what we need and just when we need it. December began with me starting a new career-oriented job at Silver Cloud. It came about so quickly and out of nowhere that I fully believe the Hand of God was at work in the situation and that this is exactly where I am supposed to be right now. See my blog post for more information about it and what I’m doing…just know that I’m really liking it so far. I’ve also been working part time for a while as a member of the Promotions Team with SPIRIT 105.3. I work with such amazing people and always enjoy it. December has really been a fun month overall. I celebrated my 23rd birthday with some of my best friends, hung out with friends in Seattle and at home, and spent time with my fellow youth group leaders. I’ve definately had some fun times over the past few weeks, it’s just been great.

Well, that’s my year in a very concise nutshell. So much has happened, so many memories along the way. There are times that I wonder what it would be like to go back and change something, but I don’t know that I would. I’m where I am right now because of everything that has happened. Sure, somethings were better and something were worse, but it’s all now woven together in some regards into my personal history and is now part of my life’s story.

So how would I summarize the past year into a few words or phrase? I’m not really sure how I would, or if I would want to try. The year brought about so many different experiences and opportunities, and whether they were good or bad, they happened. I’ve worked to learn from everything, and to be thankful for where I am in life. Is everything exactly where I want it…do I have everything figured out or planned? Of course not! But then, do I really want to ever be at that point…I don’t think so. I look forward to the future and what it may hold, cause I have no idea! God has a plan and it’s up to me to seek it out. Each day is an adventure and I want to live it all to the fullest.

2011, we had our run…thanks for everything, you’ll always be remembered! Let me leave you behind with no regrets over anything that has happened, only the lessons I learned along the way and hope for a future still unknown.

2012, it’s going to be a crazy year and I have no idea what may be in store but I’m ready! Let’s get to it and make the most of the year to come! “I think I’m quite ready for another adventure.”

Thanks for reading…Be sure to constantly be checking back here for more! I’ve really enjoyed the creative freedom and outlet this blog as provided and will continue to use it more, and in a variety of ways. I’d really appreciate it if you click to follow my blog, it would mean alot!  Thank you, friends, you rock!

Lessons and Resolutions

I feel, in a way, obligated to write down a few of the main lessons I learned in 2011 and a few of the things I will strive for in 2012. I mean, why not?

Lessons:

  • 1 Corinthians 13:13; Isaiah 40:31; Jeremiah 29:11
  • Our best laid plans will often seem to fall apart right before us, but the plans of the Lord are unchanging and firm.
  • When the going gets tough, trust in the Lord…when the going goes well, trust all the more.
  • Learn from each and every opportunity, every moment is a moment in which God is teaching.
  • You just never know what this crazy life has in store for you…live it.

Resolutions:

  • Get back in to climbing and summit Mt. Rainier before the year is up
  • Read more books of varrying genres/themes…continue learning
  • Write. I’ve got lots of ideas in my head and I want to spend time getting them on paper.
  • Be open to new experiences and opportunities…be more of a “yes man.”
  • Find new ways to give back and service those around me
  • Enjoy life and everything it has to offer… live each moment to the fullest
  • “Live Like You Were Dying”…just go for it