Some of the things that have happened in the last year.

I wanted to take a moment and just write a list of all of the things that have happened to me in the last year, some good and some not so good but all essential to getting me where I am today.   It’s going to be quite a list I’m sure, so let’s get started.

-Finished Student teaching, after five years I graduated college.

-Earned two Bachelor’s degrees and a teaching license.

-Left my first Ranger job at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

-Spent six weeks unemployed.

-Went to work for Starbucks, met awesome people and learned a bit about myself.

-Applied for over 200 Ranger positions all over the country, spent nervous days hoping to hear back.

-Competed in the Crossfit Open, was shown that I am definitely not elite.

-Started going to Strongman Sunday, embraced lifting odd heavy things a lot.

-Flipped my first tire

-Ran my first mile.

-Came in second in my first Paleo Challenge

-Did my first pull up.

-Spent New Year’s in NYC with some awesome people and a band called Phish.

-Accepted a Ranger job in PA, moved myself 700 miles from home to work for six months at Allegheny Portage National Historic Site and the Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

-Attended my first Paleo meet up.

-Visited numerous other Crossfit Affiliates, met great people and learned about how other people have been changed by Crossfit.

-Was interviewed for a yet to be published article for the Crossfit Journal.

-Met Rudy from Outlaw, tried not to Fanboy out too much.

-Had The Outlaw Way kill me day in and day out and keep going back for more.

-Lived by the phrase Moar Squatz and embraced the idea of Lift Big Eat Big

-Visited Richmond for the first time.

-Saw Washington D. C. if only through the eyes of my windshield as I made my way through traffic.

-Wrote my first book review, and was asked to do a second one.

-Started this little blog and got into the habit of writing almost every day.

-Went strict paleo again and experienced the effects of putting more structure in my life.

-Learned to sleep on a twin size bed again.

-Had three shots at dating different ladies, all did not end well.

-Rode my first roller coaster in over eight years.

-Visited my brother at school, got closer with him over the rest of the summer.

-Competed in my first Beard Competition.

-Learned to hew logs and cut stone by hand.

-Bought a used car, learned the joys of used car ownership firsthand.

-Tackled the highs and lows of being far away from family, grew to appreciate them much more than I have before.

-Lost a friend to an ultimatum.

-Learned that an on and off ex of mine is engaged to her current guy, still processing that one.

-Experienced jealousy about another friend that I didn’t know I had feelings for.

-Went back to NYC, saw some stuff, got a parking ticket.

-Had my first real paleo date, that’s a topic for another post.

-Attended the September 11 commemorative service at Flight 93 National Memorial, sat next to the representatives of the flight crew.

-Found a new Crossfit Affiliate to attend here in PA, met a whole new group of people to struggle with day in and day out.

-Starting to do double workouts to try to push myself even further.

-Turned 30, became an old man.

-Learned to coupon and work inside a budget.

-Stopped drinking, don’t know that I’ll go back.

-Rediscovered my love of cooking.

-Lived with a cat again, why do people do this to me?

-Was in only 1 wedding now that I’ve lost all this weight.

-Went to my first Major League Baseball game since I was a kid, had great seats and went with my parents which were the best company for the game I could have asked for.

-Attended concerts, slept in my truck, and enjoyed the best of Pittsburgh life more than once this summer.

I’m sure that there are many more things worthy of this list, this past year has been full of an amazing amount of experiences that I can’t even think of them all.  The people in my life have managed to help me to get the most out of every one, there’s too many of you to list, maybe I’ll get to a post where I thank each of you. But you have all been a huge part of my last year, I can’t say thank you enough because I owe you all a lot.

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