"I’ve been in love with the outdoors for as long as I can remember. People always seem to ask when or what was my first memory of being outdoors? Honestly, I can’t recall exactly, but I do remember many days, nights, and super early mornings with my dad and grandfather filled with hunting and fishing. I plan on sharing many pictures and thoughts on hunting, fishing, cooking and family.
What has brought me here….To writing and enjoying life? Well, I was an executive chef for the last six years and have been in the restaurant business for the last twelve. Last July, the restaurant where I worked at closed its doors after six years. Later that month, I had, what I thought, was a minor basketball injury.
Shortly after that, in August, I was suffering from bad chest pain. My wife ran me to ER and found out that I had bilateral DVT’s (deep vein thrombosis-for those who aren’t in the medical field), basically I had developed blood clots in both of my lungs, as a result of the injury in my calf clotting! After some quick thinking by my ER doctor and 21 days in the hospital, I made it out alive (I had quite a few doctors tell me I shouldn’t have been alive).
I say all that to lead into this, I never thought something like that could happen to me. I’m in decent shape, 29 years old, I played basketball all through college and high school, and I lived an active lifestyle. I know without a shadow of a doubt, that God spared my life for a reason, so I decided to live every day to the fullest and not be a slave to my job anymore.
I got out of the restaurant industry because I decided it was time to put my family and my health first. I accepted a position as a purchaser for a pool company- who would’ve thought? This was a decision that my wife and I had pondered often, but we believe that sometimes if you don’t move on your own, God will move you where He wants you.
The bright side is, I now have time to spend with family, friends, my wife, the outdoors and writing.
Life is really different now; I work a nine-to-five job, which would have been unheard of in my chef world! Now, I have time to enjoy the important things in life- holidays off, weekends with my family and, of course, time to enjoy the great outdoors. My perspective on life has completely changed. While I still believe it is my job to provide for my family, I have come to realize that part of providing for them is spending time with them.
In turn, my quality of life has vastly changed, my health is improving, my marriage is thriving, and I am able to focus on what really matters at the end of the day. I am now able to enjoy all the hobbies that I never had time for. My love for kayak fishing has exploded! I cannot explain the emotions that come along with a good day on the water- ambition, relaxation, reflection, adrenaline-such a wide range of feelings that I experience- the best therapy ever, in my personal opinion."