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As I was finishing Rock n Roll Seattle, I started thinking back. At one point, I would sit down after each race and reflect on how that day went.  What went right and what maybe didn’t go as planned. I did this for me. I did it to note my experiences along the way. It was all a part of the journey that I unexpectedly started when I signed up for my first half marathon back in 2012. What started as a bucket list item turned int...

I am lost

Wandering aimlessly through the dark

Searching deep within a chasm;

Not knowing if I’m in the physical world

Or in a place far more scary;

My mind and soul.

My heart is weak,

Yet... my soul is deep

With the words

I’m afraid to speak

That’s when you showed up.

It’s been a long time,

Since I have seen the light.

My life is dull,

Black and white.

When you arrived, it has been like a new world.

I have seen the light.

A light so bright

Tha...

I’m sure that we’ve all heard this one before; having a broken heart.  Whether you are dealing with a relationship ending or mourning the loss of a loved one, you are in a good amount of emotional agony.  There’s a ton of strain on your heart. If you’ve experienced it, you know that it can feel like a physical pain in your chest for a few days, a week, or even months. It affects the way you live. We detach ourselves from the w...

Life is like a river. Rivers start out as a trickle on this earth, moving slowly and quietly. Eventually they begin to take off down a hill, building momentum to a loud life and roaring down the side of a mountain. Eventually you'll be flowing steadily through life. There will be calm periods and then rushing periods, all going around curves and banks. Like life, you can have those calm times where everything is at ease and th...

This is an open letter to all those co-workers out there.

When you start work, you never know what you’re going to get when it comes to a co-worker.

We’ve all had co-workers at one point in our lives. There could be a huge age gap between you all. You may not have any interests at all.  However, every now and then, you do find a person or a group of people that have a lot in common with you. And… in every group, there is most li...

I’ve been hearing about this one a lot lately and I just want to touch on it a little bit.

Anxiety is something just about everyone deals with at some point in their lives. Some call it just getting a little nervous/anxious before doing something important or about something of importance that has happened. However, these things can get worse and cause an unwanted amount of stress, worry and fear. In some cases, it can become s...

This is something that I wrote about 4 years ago, yet it still applies. You shouldn't be intimidated by doing something you love or even if you're new to it. Other people may be stronger, but you'll get there someday. And who knows, once you're there and look back at your journey, you can share it with others who are just starting and motivate them. Life is a constant cycle of learning and teaching. Go out and do your best and...

Where I’m From

Hey man, are you Hispanic? Because you look Hispanic.

Nah man, I’m not Hispanic.

Man, are you Blasian? Because you look like a mix of Black and Asian.

Nah, you’re kind of right, but I’m more than that.

Then what are you?!

I’m a human being…

Man, you know what I meant… like, what ARE you?

Oh sorry…. I’m a MALE human being…

Man, stop playin’ around, I meant where are you from?

OH!

You’re asking where I’m from?  Well, let me...

Have you ever been to a masquerade party?  How about celebrating Mardi Gras?  No?  Then definitely Halloween, right?  If you’ve ever attended or participated in these events, then you have most likely worn a mask at some point.  Even the most subtle person, when masked will do something out of their comfort zone.  Think of a mascot, for example.  Why do we do this?  We do this because we know that we are protected by the mask....

Did I use a Star Wars reference?  Yes… Yes I did…  But that isn’t the point of this article.  (But I am a dork, so let’s just acknowledge that fact right now)

On a daily basis, we all go through a wide range of emotions.  We have things that brighten our day, such as happiness, glee and excitement.  On the other hand we have anger, sadness or frustration that can set a negative tone.  Emotions are powerful tools in ou...

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