Dear Papi, I will never forget the first time I hit a homerun (one of very few). You used to tell me how similar I was to you because I couldn't hit the baseball for shit and either could you (yet somehow you played baseball for the Yankee Farm team). But I remember hitting my first homerun and as that ball went soaring out of the park I looked right to you and the smile … Continue reading A letter to my grandfather
As a kid, I never raised my hand in school. Why? Because I was struggled in school and I was afraid if I tried to answer a question and was wrong that I would look bad. As I grew older, the pressure to be right only became greater. But then I enlisted in the military and recieved some of the greatest advice of my life in basic training... I learned that you cannot allow of … Continue reading “If you are going to be wrong then be wrong confidently”
Trigger Warning: I will call you on your excuses in this post about overcoming adversity - 4 minute read) Most of you reading this have never been in a fight in your life and that's ok (not a prerequisite for this post - I promise) but give me two minutes to explain why life is like a boxing match... One of the hardest parts about life (and boxing) is understanding that everyone will have good … Continue reading Life is like a title fight for boxing….
Kelsey Rose, Can you believe that today is our first wedding anniversary? It's also been nearly a decade since the day I met you. It crazy because it seems like yesterday that I cried watching you walk down that isle. As I sit here writing you this letter, I remember back to my Army days and those two long years we spent separated by an ocean. I remember counting down the days until my next … Continue reading An Anniversary Letter to Kelsey Rose
During my time in the military, I found out the hard way that often times we are ill equipped for the amount of difficult circumstances we face in life. I don't mean literally ill equipped from a personal capability standpoint - I mean from a realistic human nature standpoint. The reality is, we are easily overwhelmed because life is so face-paced. We battle the stress of work, finances, home life, relationships, school, ambitions for the … Continue reading This phrase saves me LOADS of stress…