10 Things You May Not Know About Me

Many thanks to Sam H Arnold and Shae Jackson for tagging me in this writing challenge!

1. I am working on a lot of exciting things right now

I have a beautiful wife and two kids, a teaching position within my church, a full-time job, a self-hosted blog, my blog here, plans to create a consulting/coaching business around this idea right here, I am a graduate student, and try to run as often as this busy schedule allows me to!

2. I have depression

I didn’t know that it was depression until just recently. And I also didn’t know how difficult it could get. What I go through is, fortunately, very manageable.

I hope to help people who also deal with mental health struggles like me. I’ve learned that depression can be treated and overcome and try to share what I’ve learned as much as I can.

3. Raising Monarch caterpillars is one of my (too many) passions

When I was 7 years old I became enamored with these beautiful little black, white, and orange butterflies. I learned everything I could about them and raised hundreds of them from caterpillars into butterflies.

I became one of the youngest members of the Monarch Program and they sent me 200 tagged butterflies to release at my home as part of their study.

I still raise Monarchs with my kids every Summer and we love every minute of it.

4. I am a Civil Engineer (for now)

I try to make sure your house will stand up in wind or snow or earthquake. I mostly just make sure that people’s solar panels won’t cause their roof to cave in. I’ve done over 2,000 structural roof evaluations for solar installations (and counting).

I’ve recently admitted my a desire to work in a different field, and have a master plan set to make a transition when the time is right. I am unbelievably excited about this plan and will share more details as I make it happen.

5. My family is my life

I met my wife in college and from the moment I knew her I have always felt happier and better every time she’s around.

She’s far better than I ever imagined and far better than I deserve.

We have two beautiful, wild children that we love with all our hearts. I find great purpose in going to work every day for them.

6. I still like to play video games

Here’s a confession of a guilty pleasure of mine. I played Pokemon games when I was a kid and loved nearly every one of them.

I still play them occasionally and enjoy them almost just as much. I also own a Wii and N64 and look forward to the day that I can play Super Smash Brothers, Starfox, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with my kids.

7. I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Baptized when I was 8. Had a “crisis” of faith in my early teens. Prayed about it/studied it and felt that God was there, and have been trying to give my life over to Him ever since.

I recognize that belief is a choice, and try hard to not be dogmatic about my beliefs. I really want to be accepting of everyone and every different belief system as well. I don’t like to pretend that believing in God makes me perfect.

8. I have BIG dreams. Like, really big.

Well, they seem big to me. I’m working really hard to save $150,000 for a down payment on a house. I want to run the Boston Marathon, give a TED talk, and become a CFP and Life Coach.

In the next 10 (or so) years I’m planning on finding out a way to save (not just make) $1,000,000 so I can live off investments and spend most of my days with my wife and kids. They deserve it after letting me go through grad school while working full-time and trying to start a blog!

9. I’m not afraid to turn 30 next year

Why are people so afraid of getting older? I see it as a sign of accomplishment and growth in wisdom and experience!

Another reason I’m not afraid is that I’m not afraid of death. Not in a morbid way or anything, I just think that death will be an adventure. And I like adventures.

10. Writing on Medium has changed my life for the better

It’s changed every aspect of my life for the better, including financially. I currently make a few hundred dollars per month just writing on Medium. I’m trying to share what I’ve learned along the way so you can make that much as well.

I have to be honest and say that money is a large reason for why I got started. But as I’ve learned recently, Medium is all about the community, and I love being here.

I’d like to nominate Ayodeji Awosika, Shannon Ashley, Niklas Göke, Tom Kuegler, and N.A. Turner. I’m so far behind that most of you have probably done it already, so send me the link!

And if you’re looking at this list and wanting to write one for yourself, just let me know in the comments and I’ll officially nominate you. I almost never get nominated for anything, so I know how it feels to want to participate but never be nominated. If that’s you, consider yourself nominated!

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