That other page was just the broad strokes of my professional experience. This is a loose chronological list of other life experiences I feel have shaped who I am as a person.
- I learned to swim before I could walk, then was on an Olympic-coached gymnastics team shortly after I could walk. Between activities I did logic problems and learned DOS. Eventually time forced a cut, and I picked the swim team.
- I was in TAG (Talented And Gifted) and AP (Advanced Placement) programs throughout my schooling. National Honor Society, honor roll, the whole shebang.
- After annoying my parents with the violin, I could finally join the band in 4th grade. But they said I couldn’t start with the saxophone and had to play clarinet. My parents put me in private lessons for the first half of the year and I held 1st chair through graduation.
- Throughout high school, along with my course load and plenty of friends and dating, I made every zero-period jazz band class, performed in the concert band, was on newspaper staff, learned photography, ran cross country and track, continued my lifelong swimming career, skied & snowboarded, took precision driving courses, and read until 2 at least most nights. In the winter, I joked about going to school in the dark, being inside all day, then going home in the dark. Hilarious.
- Towards the end of high school, I joined the Pacific University community orchestra. So along with all of that above, a few nights a week I had to drive to BFE…but I got to play Gustav Holst’s Mars and Jupiter so it was worth it.
- I entered college at 17 with almost enough credits to be a junior. Then I took 5 years to graduate, allowing my undiagnosed ADD to guide me through degree paths including Chemistry & Biology (Pre-Med), Computer Science, Political Science & Journalism (Pre-Law), then settling on Finance, Management, Marketing, and Computer Information Technology. I had enough credits for a minor in SCUBA, but it was administrative BS to get that.
- Speaking of SCUBA, I became a SCUBA instructor when I was 18 and have certified hundreds of people in the frigid and murky Pacific Northwest waters. I’ve run programs for toddlers, homeschooled high school kids, community colleges & universities, private athletic clubs, and corporate executives.
- Somewhere around college graduation, I got into music & art festivals. And by “got into” I mean “volunteering at.” Cool anecdote: one event I work made it to their 50th year before the pandemic and my mom was there the very first year.
- That eventually expanded to another big volunteer community based on a 25-80 thousand person survivalist event. That has taken me to various levels of “volunteer leadership” generally focused on building community, producing events, and encouraging art.
- I’ve been to or volunteered at hundreds of events at this point. It’s how I recharge. It’s been the hardest part of the pandemic so far.
- I married young, lost my dad to cancer young, bought a house, divorced, did a short sale, moved with my amazing everything-partner to Mexico for a few years, then relocated across the country from where I grew up. No regrets.
- Speaking of Mexico, part of that was to become a cave diver. Like the submerged kind. I do have stories.
- I’m on the leadership team of a ~3k person multi-day annual event, produced a ~500-1k person multi-day event for several years, served on the board of a nonprofit as Communications Officer during a time the community they serve was fracturing, I help produce a leadership development annual event, I aid in instructional design and learning management system development for my global community of conflict resolution volunteers…I keep busy.
- When I realized my last employer didn’t care about growth and I was responsible for growth, I developed a game plan to start businesses. I knew they’d take time to start up, and I knew I needed to get every system in place ASAP in case I needed to find a job to fund the enterprise. We’d just gotten to that point in November 2019. One business required 4-6 hours in a single room with strangers, the other had a client base about to be decimated. So we got jobs.
And now I need a new one.