Family history: My father was born and raised in Northern California and my mother was raised in Maine. My dad came from a big military family, where his father and all of his brothers were in the Air Force. Our family has collected various medals and awards from their time in service which we all treasure today.
My mother has roots in Maine reaching back to the 1660’s, and she always contemplates moving back to these small-town roots. My parents actually married each other in one of the most famous architectural symbols of Maine: a lighthouse. The Pemaquid Point Lighthouse shown here to be exact. To add to this fun fact, my mom actually wore black on her wedding day
Growing up in the D.C. area offers a unique outlook on the world. National museums, monuments, and the political environment presents a tangible feel to both history and current events. I was lucky enough to go to high school in the city and I often reflect on my time there as shaping who I want to be. I specifically identify with the schools motto of: "Men for Others".
I have alway grown up in a community of service. The high school I attended had a soup kitchen on campus that we were invited to work at. I did so periodically throughout high school and when I am home on breaks. I have also helped at the D.C. kitchen, another larger, D.C.-based soup kitchen. Service is an infrequent endeavor for me, but I enjoy my time doing it.
I really enjoy the pursuit of excellence in sports, hobbies, or other aspects of life. When I really set my mind to it I can accomplish a lot. Surfing is a good example of this for me. I picked up surfing when I was a sophomore in college. It has been very challenging and something that constantly kicks my butt. However, I have found joy in the small accomplishments. I am slowly improving and It has become much more fun for me. Developing a deep understanding and appreciation of the ocean has an unexpected outcome that I enjoy. Surfing is a unique activity in that if you are not completely focused on what's presently happening, then you miss what is going on all around you, which I have found to be a valuable lesson for life as well.
“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?”― John Wooden
Break a record everyday. Do something a little better each day