Passed Out While Holding an Oxygen Mask.

Hey there,

You are an awesome person and it is lovely to meet you. Thanks for following along in my life’s journey. The next couple of blogs will be a series based off of “I am” or “I have” statements. 2019 has been a very challenging year for me in many aspects of my life. From my careers (youth minister and technology assistant) to my personal mental and physical health, a lot of it has taken quite a toll on me. This blog is going to be an introduction as to what is to come for the month of August. For now, I am starting to rack up the bills.

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I Am Thankful

Thanksgiving is this week!  I want to take a moment and express my gratitude to those who have given so much to me.  I believe in honoring those where honor is due.  If I truly thanked everyone, this list would be too long for anyone to enjoy reading.  With that said, here are a few lovely people in my life I would like to thank!

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A Chat With Myself

We’ve all had those moments when we talk to ourselves.  I have found that I talk to myself more living alone than when I lived with other people.  For me, talking to myself often feels odd.  Especially when I’m speaking something positive yet deep in negative feelings.  When we do that, we are putting our current state of mind on hold, force a complete change of thought, and remind ourselves of the truth.  For those of us that are verbal processors, we may find ourselves doing this more than others.  But how often are those chats positive?  Is your mind focused on the daily grind, milling through your daily stresses, tasks at hand, and the like?  Perhaps you are beating yourself up about your latest mistake.  Or… are you declaring the positive despite your feelings?

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Since moving to Alaska, I travel to Pennsylvania twice a year. Despite a northeastern storm canceling my plans this past spring, I was still able to travel to PA twice this year. On my second trip, I had the intentions of driving back to Alaska with a van. After processing everything, my dad and I decided it was best to wait until the summer of 2019 when I will be home for a friend’s wedding.  That same friend is my editor PJ, who I am grateful to have in my life.

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My friend, the hitch-hiker

Hitchhiking should not be a foreign concept to anyone.  From movies, TV shows, and cartoons most people have seen a character put up their thumb on the side of a road as the universal hitchhiking sign.  This concept remains in fiction for many, but the reality is different.  People still hitchhike today.  In Alaska, it remains a way of life.  With all the hype around negativity in our culture, I can understand why people would be afraid to pick up a complete stranger and allow them to be a passenger in their car.  The same reason people have hesitations on using Uber and Lyft but don’t have any problem riding a taxi. What fascinates me about hitchhikers are the stories they hold.  Even on shorter drives of a few miles, it is unbelievable the tales they have to share.

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Serving the church as a whole

May 2016, I quit my job at Chick-fil-A and decided to pursue being in ministry as my full-time gig.  The avenue I chose for this was to be a missionary.  My destination?  Alaska.  A missionary means “sent one.”  Missionaries often serve in various different roles.  Yet, what they have in common is the desire to overcome obstacles, dedicate themselves to praying and teaching the word, venture somewhere, and are sent by their home church.  For a good biblical read on what a missionary is, bookmark this blog: Is Everyone a Missionary?  During my first year in Alaska, I learned that some people don’t fully comprehend what a missionary means for today.  If you would like to know more about what I do personally, read my e-mail update: Bringing Clarity.

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Heart of Alaskans

Over my previous trips to Alaska, I have seen the work ethic of Alaskans.  Alaskans are tough and often work long hours for weeks at a time and/or in extreme weather conditions.  The biggest revenues for business in Alaska are fossil fuels (oil, coal, natural gas), fishing industry, and tourism.  In addition to the work ethic I have seen, I’ve also witnessed the fruit of these industries while living in Healy, a coal mining town and while working for Princess, a big tourism company.  On this fourth and longest trip to date, I have begun to see a different side of the Alaskan people, mainly, their hearts.

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Today, I turned 31

Yup, even though I look like I’m in my low to middle 20’s (really depends on who you ask) I am now 31!  My friend Lisa sent me a happy birthday message in Facebook messenger and I realized there was an older message I never acted on.  This past October, I went through a financial struggle and I almost gave up on coming back to Alaska.  During that time of uncertainty she challenged me to reflect on all the ways God had provided over this past year to encourage myself that He indeed provides for all of our needs.  As I’m facing a month with a lot of unplanned medical expenses, I am once again looking to God to provide for my needs.  So, for those that may not know this part of my story I wanted to share a little bit about God’s faithfulness in my life this past year.  No worries, I’ll keep it condensed and highlighted 3 four month periods with one life lesson.

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Support Letter Winter 2016-2017

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016


I am writing to update you on the leap of faith I took this past Spring.  If you don’t know me well and are hearing about this for the first time, please read my short bio on the About Me Page.  I have been traveling to Alaska on various mission trips for the past 2 years.  I am on my 4th trip, experiencing the Alaskan winter for the first time.  I am living in a dry cabin near Glennallen, in the Copper River Valley.

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