June 1, 2016 - No Comments!

‘A’ is for Appendectomy, not Australia

Sometimes life hands you lemons and you make lemonade. Other times it hands you incredibly cheap tickets to Australia ($400 round trip from SLC) and instead of making lemonade, or in this case—going to Aus, you end up in an emergency room in Salt Lake City getting your appendix removed.

Life = 1 Tav = 0.

At least this is what it seemed at first when this whole crazy thing happened. To say I was let down was an understatement. I had dreamed of exploring the outback and snuggling with koala bears, but instead here I was fading in and out of consciousness on my wife's grandparents Lay-Z-Boy... but then something amazing happened, or I guess I just realized something amazing.

Now that I was down and out, I literally had nothing else to do but slow down and boy did it feel good! I had already scheduled work off, so why not take advantage, and on top of that, I just had surgery, so what better excuse to relax, right? Sitting in that Lay-Z-Boy watching my daughter play with her great-grand parents and looking at my beautiful, glowing wife who is 3 months pregnant, I realized how incredible my life is and how amazing my wife and daughter (and future son!) are and it really doesn't matter where I was or wasn't or what I was doing as long as we were together.

So in the end this crazy, confusing, and painful situation turned out to be something really great and actually tons of fun (took a little road trip up through Yellowstone for added measure) and I learned once again that life is really, really good!

Life 1 Tav = 10 🙂

March 21, 2016 - No Comments!

Older doesn’t always mean wiser

I'm not much of a writer so don't expect too much here, but I recently read something that stuck out to me that went something to the effect of, "our individual voice is one of the most powerful tools we have to make a change."

I tend to hang back from the main stage as I prefer to work behind the curtain and in turn is why I'm more comfortable expressing myself through imagery rather than written word, but this probably needs to change, so here I am.

I just turned 30 (yesterday). I didn't feel like it was going to affect me at all because, what's another year, and honestly, I'm not sad that I'm getting older or that I'm no longer in my 20's, in fact it's quite the opposite, but what's funny is that I now have this overwhelming feeling of responsibility. It's like I don't feel as though I have an excuse to be an idiot anymore because shit just got real and I feel like I want to do something meaningful and lasting for me and for my family. So that's what I'm going to do. I'm excited to share all of my endeavors with whoever stumbles across these words. Who knows, it could be a fun outlet of expression and keeping a record of things.

Here's to feeling old, working hard, being happy and to an exciting future ahead!