Cold Hard Facts
Born (July 17th, 1983) and raised in the suburbs (Coon Rapids & Brooklyn Park) of Minnesota (Midwest U.S.). The 5th of 8 siblings (4 older sisters, Anna, Jessica, Angela & Bridget, 1 younger sister, Samantha Jo, and 2 younger brothers, J Scott & Hunter). Graduated from Osseo Senior High in 2001. Enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 14th, 2002 as a Chaplain’s Assistant, cross-trained as a Psychological Operations Specialist. Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (2004-5) & Operation Iraqi Freedom (2008), retired (2010). Graduated in December of 2011, from the University of MN with a degree in Anthropology.
Me on Me
My time spent with the Army has made me realize the importance of education and the beauty of culture. I believe that both of these things are all around us, not just in some box labeled “college” or any socially recognized institution. I desire to see the world, explore the differences and similarities between cultures, and to learn about the power of love and acceptance. I love adventure, crave excitement, and I always want to do the things that I am passionate about. I have the travel bug… to quote a wise theologian, “I got a feevah!” – only, the cure for my fever is more travel!
I am 28 years old and I have thought for an extraordinarily long time about what it is I would like to do for the rest of my life. I have changed my mind about professions so many times (psychology, military, church clergy, elementary teacher, nursing, international business, english professor, film production, author, journalist, anthropologist) that I realized, this question, for me at least, has less to do about a profession, and more to do with a lifestyle and an overall philosophy. Perhaps I will do all of these things one day. What I really want to do when I grow up, is to be happy, to love and be loved, to “follow my dreams.” Really, I just want to do the things and be with the people that I really care about. Being an eternal realist It’s strange to have such optimistic and idealistic views on such things, and I understand the practicality of life and the sacrifices that must inevitably be made… but, at this time, I’m not ready to make them. Who knows, maybe I never will be, so for the time being I will pursue passion!
So, I hope you follow the blog as a way to get to know me, your friend, your sibling, your son, your nephew, your acquaintance, you co-worker, a perfect stranger better, but also maybe to be inspired or to find your own passions and to pursue them!