Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Today I received some incredible news. I was offered a Marketing Content Specialist job at Arizona State University Health Solutions. I will be managing their social media, creating and editing content, and connecting with students, potential students, faculty, staff, and other potential stakeholders. It is a position that is fairly new and will demand quite a bit of creativity and ingenuity, but sounds like something I will enjoy immensely. It also happens to be in Phoenix, Arizona. The pay is great and with the education benefits it was too good to pass up.
So in the next couple of weeks I will be wrapping up some loose ends at the Oregon Department of Justice, packing some essentials, and moving to Phoenix. Kori and Ethan will remain in Oregon to sell our house and finish up packing and meet me there as soon as they are able. I will miss them so much I don't know how well I will handle it. I was away from them for two days for the interview and hearing that Ethan is asking for Daddy breaks my heart, and not being able to hug and kiss on my wife and son is difficult to bear. This will be good for our family, however scary it may be.
So our next adventure will be in Arizona. We don't know what to expect, but we know it will be full of new things. We will miss Oregon and all the friends and family we have here. We will be sure to visit and keep in touch through the magic of the internet. Here we go!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
For those who have noticed I haven't posted anything in a while. Before this little hiatus, I had posted on my blog at least once a month since its creation in 2004. At times I had felt that if I didn't give something to the people reading this that I was somehow failing. Anxiety would set in at the feeling that I needed to produce something in order to keep my friends fulfilled. But then I spend all day at work to come home to precious few hours with my family until I go to sleep and do it again. Weekends are the time where I get to know my son, raising him the best I can, and cherish every moment with my wife while trying to recover to go back to work the next week.
And then I think of Ryan Woods who is dying of cancer while medical bills rack up and his family falls into debt with the knowledge that their husband and father will soon be gone.
It makes me not feel so bad about slacking off on the blogging. The lack of posts on Facebook don't feel so far apart. The desire to create isn't anywhere as compelling as the desire to be a good husband, father, and person who shares his faith with honesty. It makes me want to do whatever I can to share the love of God with every single person I come in contact with and make my actions a testament to my desire to live by the example of Jesus. I implore everyone who reads this to put down the gadgets, unplug from the internet more often, connect with real people in person, and make your family a priority. Engage people in ways that will make a difference in your community. Find local places to volunteer that really need the help. Share your talents and gifts in ways that will inspire without the expectation of payment. Live a life that points to God instead of you.
Now go give to Ryan Woods' family to alleviate the crushing medical bills. Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute from The Office) has a website called SoulPancake to share inspiring things and talk about spiritual topics. He has taken up Ryan's story to encourage others facing death and is giving his influence to try to help ease the Woods' financial burden. Go here and give what you can.
Through Soul Pancake, Justin Baldoni has created this little documentary to share Ryan's story:
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The theme for day 19 of 30 Days of Creativity
is question mark. For this one I have another hat tip to Shakespeare with a haiku.
What is the Question?
This is the question:
Not "to be or not to be"
But how to get there.