Jump if you have the chance (Q33)

There are times when you doubt your ability to succeed. The odds are not in your favor, and you fear you will let others down and let yourself down. Sometimes that doubt holds you back from making a run at something great. There are many people who face this same decision, some making that decision…

Letter to my Son (Q32)

There was a time in my life when I thought to myself, “I am not scared of Death… I am scared of living long enough to lose everyone around me”. After having kids your perspective on life changes… a lot. Now I am scared of missing out on the opportunity to see the milestones of…

Anyone can make a wrong turn (Q31)

My run came to a slow jog, then a halt as I reach the bottom of a hill. I looked around and saw no signs of a path anywhere. I looked up and saw bits of blue sky peeking through the tops of trees that seemed to go on forever. I had taken so many…

Hold on to moments of familiarity (Q30)

I often find myself overcome with an unshakable feeling of familiarity. It happens to lots of people, but I usually become fixated on finding an explanation. A place I have never been before, a conversation about a topic that I have never discussed, the aroma of a flower that I have never seen, a building that…

Understand the Love of a Parent (Q29)

“One day you will understand when you have kids…” is a phrase I heard quite a bit growing up. I always thought myself very insightful and didn’t comprehend what it was that I could not understand until I had kids. One night in May of 2015, I had just put my head down on my…

Grateful for Grated Cheese (Q28)

I love to eat! So much so that I tell everyone that I am a fat guy stuck in a smaller guy’s body… the SlimFatFoodie. I eat food, blog about it, photograph it… I always seem to be indulging in something or planning what is next up on the menu. The funny thing is as…

We are the people who raised us (Q27)

“Some days I open my eyes and wake up… some days I wake up and open my eyes.” Walking through the city, on a mission to grab a double espresso, I passed a building with a shine on it so crisp that it could pass for a mirror. I caught a glimpse of myself walking…

Step out from behind the lens (Q26)

I usually take tons of pictures. It is so easy to snap one after another in this day and age. We don’t develop film anymore, we don’t have to wait to see how a picture turned out, and we don’t have to worry about how many clicks we have left until the last photo has…

Remember how they lived (Q25)

It is hard to deal with the loss of any loved one no matter the circumstance. To see someone deteriorate and slip away at the hands of an illness is difficult to shake from your memory. As hard as it is to think past those last images it is important to remember how that person…

Life is a Grape Vine (Q24)

Is life nothing more than a struggling Grape Vine? It has been quite a heavy year. The past 12 months have truly felt like 12 months, but passed as quickly as a day. I hold my emotions together fairly well not because I want to, but because I need to. Sometimes the only thing that…