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High School Swim Team

Metallica-Battery

My Teens
1987

My high school swim team was undefeated for all 4 years of my high school experience. Being a part of this team taught me some of my most valuable life lessons including; teamwork, determination, self-discipline, and measuring progress towards a goal. Metallica was there for every morning practice, afternoon practice, competition, in the locker room, and during every drive to/from the pool. Metallica was the 'Battery' I needed to stay charged!

Energetic Proud Confident Successful

Blind Date with Jackie

Widespread Panic - Space Wrangler

My 20s
October 27, 1997

I had just received word from my employer that my transfer from Chicago to Phoenix was approved. Prior to my move, I took in one last concert at the Aragon Ballroom - the Halloween Widespread Panic show. I had an extra ticket and ended up giving it to my first-ever blind date. I'm thrilled to say that my first-ever blind date has led to 22+ years of an amazing marriage! Widespread Panic will always hold a special place in my heart as they brought Jackie and me together.

Joyful Cheerful Energetic Excited

Bucket List...Check

What One Invention Would You Uninvent? | Brian Mohr

My 40s
February 22, 2019

One of my adult life bucket list items was to deliver a TEDx talk. In the fall of 2018, I threw my hat in the ring and applied to be a speaker at the 2019 GCU TEDx event. The application process was pretty intense - the grand finale of the process was recording a 3-minute video answering the question, "if you were going to be a fruit, what fruit would you be and why?". To my delight, I was accepted as one of 8 speakers at the event (I wanted to be a grape in case you're curious). The prep process was crazy intense and I had an amazing student liaison, Madeline Hooten, help me through it all. My family and friends came to the event and cheered me on - it was amazing! My career has been greatly influenced by this experience and I'm so glad I decided to do it!

Creative Excited Daring Important Proud Confident Successful Valuable Worthwhile

anthym Focus Groups

Joe Cocker - With a Little Help From My Friends

My 40s
May, 2020

Over the course of two days in May of 2020, more than 25 friends and colleagues showed up to support me in my pursuit of launching anthym. In today's world, the signs of a joyful life can be easily lost in the noise. These two days are a powerful reminder of the values of friendship, caring for others, and authentic connection. I'm overwhelmed with gratitude!

Thankful Joyful Excited Optimistic

Realizing a Childhood Dream

Tyler Childers - White House Road | OurVinyl Sessions

My 40s
May 11, 2021

During March of 2021, I was introduced to Jacob Reinartz. Jacob is a singer and guitar player and we decided to see if the two of us could create an acoustic guitar duo of sorts. We practiced at my house during all of April and the first part of May. After 40+ hours of practice, we believed we were good enough to perform in front of an audience. On May 11th, we were invited to perform at a surprise birthday party, and we absolutely crushed it! For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to play music in front of people and bring a sense of joy and good vibes to others through music. I'm so excited to continue this journey!

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