I normally wouldn't consider myself someone who makes New Year's resolutions. But I am someone who tries to create new habits, and sometimes new habits make sense when you start them at the start of a section of your life. So maybe I am making New Year's resolutions, although I hope to make these habits that last longer than 2017. Regardless, I want to share with you what my goals are for this year, and invite you to go along with me in these habits, or at least follow along with my...Read more
Today was a pretty big deal for me. I have been contracting for a company as a software developer for almost 3 months now. Today was the day they offered me a job. It finally happened. After 16 months of job searching, and an almost three-month contract that I am almost finished with, I found a job. There were multiple times where I almost gave up. There were a few times where I thought about trying a different career path. But they never worked out. And finally, software development...Read more
I’m a software developer. I have been waiting for a long time to be able to say that. I waited for 16 months actually. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait. I have loved my experience so far being a developer. Spending each day solving problems and building software that benefits people is exciting and pushes me mentally. I love it. Not only that, I’m excited each day to get up and go work. I’ve never had that feeling before. Let me tell you, it is the best.
But enough about that. What I...Read more
This may sound a little millennial to some of you. I think it is probably the most "millennial minded" mindset I have. If you have the opportunity, or you are in a place in life when you have a little bit of freedom to do whatever you want, then do it. Is it your dream to travel? Can you afford to do that right now? Then do it. Do you want to completely change your career path from what you went to school for? Can you afford to give it a try? If so, why not do it. There is no reason to stay...Read more
At the beginning of 2017 I shared some goals I wanted to accomplish in the year. The goals were mainly focused on pushing myself creatively. Specifically the ones that I shared were to write and share something twice a month, shoot and edit two photo projects a month, and read a book a month. I succeeded in January. I failed in February.
My tendency in my life has always been to give up on a goal once I failed at it. That sounds drastic. In some cases it has been. In other cases not so...Read more
When we move out of the way, the Holy Spirit can do anything. The work of God doesn't hinge on our performance, or our ability to do ministry effectively. Really, we aren't doing effective ministry if we aren't constantly partnered with Christ. It's not everyday that I am reminded of this reality, but this weekend I was.
I have recently filled a gap in our high school ministry leading worship. This job is something that I have a passion for, but musically do lack knowledge that I should...Read more
Recently I have had some responsibility fall into my lap that I feel a little inadequate about. Although it is fairly common to feel inadequate about any new responsibilities, it can seem magnified when other people’s success may ride on how you do. Whether the success of the people around you actually depends on your performance, or whether it’s just a misguided belief in our mind, I believe that the idea of feeling inadequate can plague how we perform.
Sometimes feeling inadequate can’t...Read more
I have a significant amount of time on my hands. So much so to a fault. Now I understand your point, who doesn't want more time? More time to invest in hobbies, more time to spend with friends, with family, with kids. More time to binge watch your Netflix shows, more time to watch cat videos that pop up on your Facebook newsfeed. That all sounds great. Yet, for coming up on nine full months of having an almost obscene amount of time on my hands most days during the week, it's can be pretty...Read more
Feeling stuck is exhausting. I have felt stuck before. Just like you have. And I will feel stuck again. Just like you will. But that doesn't make it any less exhausting. It seems to take a toll on the majority of your being.
I think that the most dangerous part about being stuck is that it can evolve. It may start with being stuck physically with where you are in life. Once you have this sense of not progressing, it can start making you emotionally stuck. Being continuously annoyed,...Read more
I have been creating a lot recently. Shooting photos, playing music, writing code. It has been amazing. I have talked about how much I love creating, so that is going to be some old news. But I have been thinking about who I am creating for. Maybe even more importantly, who should I be creating for?
I think as a Christian there is a simple and easy answer. I should be creating for God. Every note I play, every photo I shoot, every word I write, should all point towards Christ and His...Read more
The past week has been healing for me.
I spent the last week shooting pictures and video everyday (well almost, we skipped one of them...) with one of my best buddies. The best part about it? We were exploring as well. Going to places we had never been, seeing things we have never seen, being creative in places that we had never created in before. Getting to express ourselves in what drew our eye, seeing things in a new scope. It was exhausting, but it was worth it each day.
On top of...Read more
Well, today is the day that I write my first tech/coding blogpost. What I have decided to walk through is something that I have seen and used guides of, but it is something that seems like a good first post for me to try and write. Simple enough to easily write, but also something that could be beneficial. So here it goes. Let's look at Paperclip and AWS for storing your photos.
This tutorial...Read more
Recently I have felt like I have been in a little bit of a creative funk. With everything from music, to programming, I create something and then take a step back, look at it, and realize that it might be the most average thing I have ever created. Obviously, that can be a little rough. It can be discouraging writing a song, and then looking at it the next day and realizing how bad it is. It can be frustrating when I go shooting with my DSLR, come back home, and realize that some kid on...Read more
The past few weeks I have been challenging myself to be focused more in prayer. When I look at worship, I feel like my mind categorizes and ranks worship into three main categories in the following order; music, Bible reading, prayer. While there is nothing wrong with that list of worship experiences, I would have to argue that the list would impact our spiritual lives greater in the opposite order.
Don't get me wrong, I love worship music. I love experiencing a worship set with the...Read more
Last week I wrote about finding joy. I wrote about the Apostle Paul and the joy he found, even while sitting in a jail cell. I wrote about King Solomon and the lack of joy he found in this world. I touched on some of the experiences I have had in the last year, and how there were times I lacked the joy that comes from Christ. Last week, I began to read through Psalms. As I was reading through Psalms, I came across Psalm 13.
Psalm 13 lit up my heart. Written by King David of Israel, we see...Read more
This past weekend, I got to spend two days with over one hundred high school students for our Winter Camp. This past weekend also happens to be one of my favorite weekends of the year. I love high school students, so naturally, any time I am trapped with them for an extended period of time it is going to end up being one of the best points of the year. This year while at camp, we spent Saturday morning running different seminars for the students to attend on different topics. This year I was...Read more
I miss work. Let me clarify. I miss work. There, that clear it up? I never thought that I would ever say something along those lines growing up, but I miss working dearly. Especially now that I have found a field of work that I love and challenges me. There is a sense of accomplishment that comes with work, a sense of satisfaction. Not to say that I can't feel accomplished without gaining a paycheck, but more so in the sense that I miss that feeling of finishing a hard day's work and seeing...Read more
Since I have completed my schooling and my internship, I have been spending the majority of the holiday season digging for places to work. Anywhere from online job boards, to Craigslist, I have been scouring the web for any opportunity I can find that is looking for a Ruby on Rails developer. I just wanted to share a few opinions I have had so far in the job search process that have helped me.
1. Figure out what it is you love to do.
I love Ruby on Rails. Ruby on Rails is what I...Read more
Over the past week I have been pondering the idea of forgiveness. I have noticed that in my life, there is two sides of the forgiveness of God, that are both so equally real, but so different in the beauty of what our forgiveness is. One side of forgiveness paints this incredibly redemptive path for us to go to God with all of our sin, our wrongdoings, our pain, our fears, and He gives us forgiveness without question because of Jesus on the cross. Seeing forgiveness in this light grants us a...Read more
I have been thinking a lot recently about how my life has developed in the past year, with even more focus on the past few months. one year ago, I was applying to Epicodus, where I am currently attending school, only to find out that I was not accepted for the 2015 Winter session. With even more changes coming in the winter and spring of 2015, I had no idea where I was going with my life. I was nervous that I was going to be stuck, nervous that I wasn't going to find something that I was good...Read more