Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks

I love TED Talks. An amazing things happen when you put smart people in a room together and let them share ideas. Those ideas create conversations, which leads to action and progress towards a better world.

On March 7th, I will be in Vancouver to attend a similar event called FEAT (“Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks”). However, this event is narrowly focused on sharing stories from adventurers and inspiring others to embark on expeditions themselves.  Read more…

Your Work As A Reflection of Yourself

How do you describe to others what you do?

My recent career transition has led many acquaintances (and some family members) to ask, “so, what is it you do EXACTLY?” This ubiquitous cocktail party question, within a single sentence, determines whether the inquisitor is interested in continuing the conversation; or  begins plotting their escape route out of the conversation.

As a creative professional, I find this extremely difficult to answer for new acquaintances. Over the years, I’ve answered in a variety ways; none of which I feel fully represent my craft:

  • Founder and Startup Entrepreneur
  • Web Developer and Graphic Designer
  • New Media Marketer
  • Business Analyst and Digital Strategist
  • User Experience Architect
  • Project Manager and Agile Product Owner
  • Director of Portfolio Management
  • (and many others…)

The answer I would rather offer doesn’t seem to easy fit on that single line on the business card. What I really want to communicate is Read more…

Learning To Fly

Long before the sun began to rise, I found myself sitting on the peak of a trail overlooking the city of Spring Hill. To my left are the shimmering lights of the city below, barely stirring.  To my right is an array of unspoiled majestic rolling hills, iconic to the state of Tennessee. My intention this morning was to deliver a freshly brewed Thermos of coffee to my friends on the graveyard shift of a 12-hour prayer ministry our church was hosting. But life doesn’t always happen as you expect.

Read more…

70 Mile Fun Run/Bike Along the Trace

Last week I intended to head out for a fun trail run and bike ride along the trace. However, after unsuccessfully trying every bike shop in town to find a set of Bar Mitts to combat temperatures in the low 20′s, I instead decided to shelve the idea of biking in that weather altogether. Or at least until I was more prepared for it (I about froze my fingers off on a similar ride a few weeks ago).

Instead, I decided to explore some trails around the Williamsport Lake area. These trails were magnificently rugged, winding around the park through a series horse paths (green blazes), deer trails (pink marking tape) and jeep roads. Forget trying to PR on any of these trails; keeping track of it is challenging enough! I will most certainly be frequenting this area again for my spring training.

All of that being said, I still plan on doing this trail run (20mi) and road ride (50mi) along the trace sometime soon. It looks like it would be a blast! I wouldn’t mind doing it alone, but I had a few folks indicate they would enjoy tagging along for all or part of this route.

If you are at all interested in participating for all or even just portion of this run/ride, please leave a comment below and I’ll try to formalize something on a Saturday in the coming weeks. Read more…

A Runner's Year in Cycling

While my running accomplishments from 2013 were limited, amidst a few disappointing setbacks I did manage to complete both my first century (100 mile) bike ride, as well as a 30 hour adventure race; checking off two (non-running) events from my bucket list. Read more…