All the Personal Stuff
I'm a software engineer and tech leader living in Utah. I grew up in Western New York.
I’m incredibly lucky to be married to the beautiful and wonderful Corryn. We have four children; Henry, Owen, Myles, and Everly.
Yes, our children’s initials spell HOME. It wasn’t really on purpose, to paraphrase Bob Ross, it was more of a happy accident.
I’m interested in a lot of stuff. Probably too much. I love reading science fiction. I also read a lot of non-fiction. You can keep up with my reading addiction on goodreads.
I also run. I ran sprints and hurdles at Brigham Young University. But for some reason, no one runs short distances after college. Think about it, when was the last time you saw a community-sponsored 400m race. So I’ve tried to adapt to longer distances. I ran a marathon once, probably never again. I’ve done a couple of Ragnar’s. And a bunch of 5 - 10k.
I love watching sports. The top three would be Track and Field, Cycling, and Basketball. Though I enjoy pretty much all sports.
I love learning about business. I owned a business with a partner for over a year and a half. It was a great learning experience. I’ll start another at some point. Just a matter of when.
I’ve got a lot of goals. Some of them are personal. Some aren’t. Some are more dreams than goals. Here are a few.
- Write a series of novels.
- Release an album of music.
- Hike a mountain every year for the rest of my life.
- Own a company. (I did this once. But I want to do it again).
- Save enough $$ to leave my kids a safety net.
- Own a cabin
- Build an Earthship
- Learn sustainable farming like Aquaponics or vertical farmins.
I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Religion is not everyone’s cup of tea. But practicing the things I learn in church has made and continues to make me a better person.
Along with that I also belong to the religion of the outdoors. Although I don’t get out as often as I’d like, I try to climb a big mountain at least once a year. Luckily I live in an area with a few big peaks around. There is something transcendent about standing on top of a mountain with aching muscles and knowing that your mind and your body could handle it.
If you're not familiar with this acronym or others of it's ilk. It stands for Family, Recreation, Occupation, Goals, and Soul. These are some of the most important areas in most people's lives. If you're every looking for a way to make small talk ask about one of these.
Note: Soul is an addition of my own. And it's probably best used only with people who you know fairly well. But I think it's more important than all the others. When I say soul I'm not talking specifically about religion although it certainly can mean that. Mostly it's a concern for someones mental state. How they feel about themselves and the world around them.