Life Goes On.
641 Days. That’s how many days have passed between the start date of classes for my master’s program at Grand Canyon University and accepting a position as an Intervention Specialist at Westerville South High School. July 28, 2016, to May 31, 2018. Emotionally, my life over this period of time has felt like riding “front seat” on your favorite roller coaster. There’s no question these specific events I'm about to share have molded me to be the man I am. See, life doesn’t care about your feelings, it only knows one thing. Move forward.
A few months before school started, Katelynn “finally” made the decision to move in with me. I joke because I wanted her to move in the day I met her (well…maybe not that quick), but rightfully so, she took some time to really think about it. What she didn’t need time to think about, however, was immediately adding a dog to our family. After months of searching, on August 12, 2016, we welcomed home a 5-month-old, little brown dog that is part chocolate lab, part pit-bull. We named him Remy!
Exactly a week later on August 19, 2016, I celebrated my last day at Chase. I was working as Private Client Banker and desperately wanted a job with more flexibility. Enter ADT Security. My first day on the new job was August 22, 2016, and unfortunately, by mid-September, I was realizing how much I hated it. You never want to admit this as a kid, regardless of age, but my parents were right. They told me it would be hard, and I guess I didn’t realize how worrying about my income would make taking classes even more stressful.
The next couple months were a struggle. Financially, emotionally, spiritually, you name it. I did my best to stay grounded in my belief that this was the path meant for me. After some networking, I landed a job at Chase…again. My first day back was December 5, 2016, and this time around I was in a non-customer facing position working with mortgages. With no pressure to make sales, this job proved to be the stability I was looking for.
Almost a year passed, and I felt great about the direction my life was headed. I was in such a good place that on September 15, 2017, I decided to ask the woman of my dreams to marry me. I surprised her at Easton, hired a professional photographer, and I’ll never forget the look on her face when she said, “Yes!” After everything I had faced career-wise, the fact that she still wanted to me to be her husband showed how much faith she had in me.
Looking back, maybe she gave me to much faith because at the end of the month, I quit my job…again. My master’s program was requiring Clinical Field Experiences that were getting in the way of work, and I quickly ran out of PTO.
So from October 12, 2017, to January 10, 2018, I was unemployed, enrolled in 9 credit hours, and needed to complete 39 hours of Clinical Field Experience. It wasn’t enough, though. I wanted to have more to show since “technically” I wasn’t working. That’s when I tried to take the blog a step further and I developed my own brand and finished a 20,000 word rough draft of my first book You Have Absolute Power, which I hope to publish in 2019. During that time, I was fortunate to have 1/2 of my dream come true as I got offered a coaching position on December 5, 2017, to coach wide receivers for the Westerville South Wildcats. Then, 7 days before Christmas, God gave me an early gift of patience and perspective. I tore my pectoral muscle while bench-pressing during a workout. It was difficult, but it gave me another opportunity to live out my No Bad Days motto.
My student-teaching, done at Westerville Central High School, started on January 11, 2018, with my arm in a sling. I wasn’t thrilled, but at least it wasn’t my right arm. What’s crazy is as I sit here typing this, my arm couldn’t feel any better. I couldn’t be any better. Everything that I went through, all of the adversity I faced prepared me for this exact moment. Life will typically move towards whatever vision you set for yourself. Regardless of the circumstance you’re facing, good or bad, one thing is for sure. Life goes on!