for you…love, me

  for you who gave me a chance to grow, when you could have told me to grow up  for you who taught me that honesty is real love     for you who opened up your home to me for a night, a weekend, or months at a time  for you who makes me..


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i owe it all to some GOATs in Montana

I'm taking a break from rhyming. It was a fun few posts, but at times I felt I was losing clarity by trying to maintain the style. I definitely plan on going back to it occasionally in the future, in case you happened to enjoy it. Feel free to check out these links if you..

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all falls down

it was halfway through college when I knew I was stuck the realization hit me like an oncoming truck I was studying something I knew I didn’t love but I felt paralyzed and more afraid of being seen as weak and failing to succeed when my identity was he who achieved   I didn’t have..


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re.birth

Who am I? How did I get here? When I look in the mirror, it all becomes clear Before I blast off and head for the stars, I want to make sense of the journey thus far Don’t look up to me, don’t trust a word I say. This path that I’m on isn’t the..


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namaste

It is a Thursday past midnight and I lie newly awake When in the ground beneath me I feel the earth quake A brief passing wave, maybe a second or two But a sudden reminder of what Nepal has been through I can’t imagine what it felt like last spring when it happened Lives interrupted..


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This is Nepal

It’s been three months since I relocated to Nepal and I’ve experienced so much in this short period of time. It feels like lifetimes since I left the States in October. I’ve taken in so many new sights and sounds and have been consistently overwhelmed trying to process it all. There have been many ups..


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It’s OK to not be OK

No one wants to talk about mental health. The weight of the stigma surrounding the issue is so heavy that I started this post 5 months ago and am just now comfortable with sharing it. A deep respect for the lives lost and lives affected by these issues caused me great initial hesitation in putting..

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Party on the ball

I really just wish I had gotten the chance to tell you how much I appreciated you, big cat. The light within in me shines so much brighter because we crossed paths. _____________________   Going from a high school football program with 35 boys to a collegiate locker room of 100 plus young men from..


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Setbacks pave the way for comebacks 

People often ask me why I’m so positive or how I can be in such a good mood all the time. Let me tell you, it certainly wasn’t always that way. The start of this journey begins with the biggest disappointment of my life, which turned out to be the best thing that ever happened..


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Give in to love

With each passing moment, we have the ability to make a conscious choice between love and fear. The fear of the unknown or of being judged as inadequate can be a paralyzing force. I know I struggled with these feelings a lot the past few years. And then I let go. It's really as simple..

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It gets no better

I'll let you in on a little secret...it's about the amazing power of gratitude. In the above song, No Better Blues, Chance the Rapper rattles off a long list of things he claims to hate. Some are things he couldn't conceivably dislike, like the simple comfort of a bed or something as beautiful as the..

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That’s why I love it, I love it

I spent some time in my last post talking about the idea of embracing the unknown and I would like to continue expounding on that theme a bit here. Oftentimes we try to control every aspect of our lives, in hopes that our story will play out just the way we envision it. Rather than..

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Don’t settle

I've been asked a lot recently about the decision to leave my job, move out of my apartment, and embark on this roadtrip without another formal job opportunity lined up. Long story very short, I found myself in a stagnant place and knew I needed a big change of environment to jumpstart this next chapter...

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I gotta be around this music, it’s therapeutic

I spent last weekend in the desert of Indio, California for the 16th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Music festivals have exploded across the country and the world in the last few years and Coachella is one of the longest-running and most profitable fests out there. For three days (and now on consecutive..

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Back like I never ever left in the first

After an adventure-filled final day in New Mexico, we decided to drive through the night to make it to a most majestic place in time for sunrise. In addition to the story explained in my last post, an unforgettable trip to the Grand Canyon a year and a half ago was another motivating factor behind..


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Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls

One of my best pieces of advice for a life full of excitement is to minimize expectations. Not necessarily to lower your expectations of people or places or experiences, but simply to not have them as often as possible. I find this allows me to do a better job of taking things at face value..

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“Forget ‘be careful’….have fun!!”

Our next no-brainer stop on the trip took us to Plano, Texas to visit my mom’s sister Avery, her husband Hank, and my cousin Ashley (and Sandy!). We are looking forward to seeing Ben in San Francisco in a few weeks to make sure we spend time with the entire O’Neill clan on this trip…


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Give it away, give it away, give it away now

We left Fort Myers early Monday morning but not before Jeff’s mom Sue could load us up with some of her amazing french toast and other snacks for the road. She also gifted me a fantastic sun hat that I had taken a liking to during the few days at her house. I was reluctant..


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Live like you were dying

Jeff and I left Palm Beach early Saturday afternoon after some good rest and a great breakfast with Grammy. We headed West across Florida and Jeff worked on my very limited knowledge of country music by playing the best of Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and more. These turned out to be a great..


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Below the Heavens

We left DC early Thursday morning and headed South with a long day of driving ahead but excited for all that awaited us. As we drove through Virginia and North Carolina we were greeted with steadily rising temperatures and an abundance of brilliant green hues in the form of vast fields and lush forests. Our..

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I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death

I’ve had the pleasure of being able to visit Washington DC numerous times the past few years with my cousin Joshua going to Georgetown and multiple friends moving to the area after college. Despite having been a handful of times recently, I’m always impressed by how easy it is to find new neighborhoods, new cultural..


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We’ll walk right up to the sun, hand in hand

Monday we spent one last day in the Philadelphia area before beginning the drive down 95 South. Having grown up here, I often get asked my opinion on the much-debated issue of best local cheesesteak. Everyone has their personal preference and if my answers are any indication, oftentimes these feelings are usually biased by the..


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Be (Intro)

Well, the time has finally come. After months and months of preparing, packing, avoiding all questions about starting a blog, and becoming quite the expert at selling things on craigslist, here we are. Tomorrow my best friend Jeff and I will be fulfilling a longtime dream of ours and heading South from Pennsylvania by car..

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