Didn’t get interviews for two fellowships, but got one for teach for america. Mixed feelings.

This I Believe:

  1. Nothing is more sacred than your own code of honor.
  2. It’s important to ask the big questions of life.
  3. My time on this earth is short and precious – so I must not squander it.
  4. Leaders must always set the example.
  5. It helps to find humor in even the darkest situations.
  6. Fighting a friend rarely helps.
  7. Proactive is light-years better than reactive.
  8. Dreams are fanastic, but they must be put into motion.
  9. Nothing is more exciting than engaging with a new and interesting idea.
  10. Sharing is caring.
  11. We should always encourage others to dream.
  12. Never letting life get me down for too long.
  13. Working hard, damn hard, is good for the soul.
  14. Discovering your passions and gifts are of paramount importance.
  15. There is strength in you that you didn’t know was there until you call on it.
  16. You are more powerful than you know.
  17. Enjoy every moment, because pleasure inevitably fades.
  18. Money is never going to be enough.
  19. Perservance and persistance are everything. Endure.
  20. Love freely – open your heart and don’t be afraid of getting hurt.
  21. Tell the truth.
  22. Get the big things right and the little things take care of themselves.
  23. Tap into Source.
  24. Don’t put it off if it’s important.
  25. Live without regrets.
  26. Dance, even if people are watching and you look foolish.
  27. Make time for the people you care about (including yourself)

The real story behind my shoulder scar

I have a thick scar on my shoulder (technically a keloid) and people often think I had shoulder surgery. I tell everyone that it’s from a really bad gymnastics accident, but the real story is much more mundane.


In my old gym, we had to rip up the old floor boards and I was frustrated with how slowly we were lifting the boards. I decided to push my piece of the board up faster and it snapped. A piece of wood came down and cut my shoulder. I decided not to take care of it, so I’d get a “sweet scar”. Turns out that was a dumb idea.


Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them into submission.

Neil Kendall (as seen on the back of someone’s shirt)

Friend didn’t get something he really wanted + deserved for no good reason. When crap like that happens you gotta brush it off + keep going