On a gorgeous August day, my best friend Nick and I became husband and wife. (Perhaps, you might have noticed that on this site!). We honeymooned in Cancún, Mexico (great time!) and have settled into a new place we call home in Solana Beach, CA. Our workplaces are now mutually closer which improves our commutes.
This year, through team and individual effort, I received two US patents awards. These are related to my work at HP Enterprise on new replication strategies for computer and database storage. I’m planning a travel trip to Japan this spring with cousin Jason. This will be our third trip there. Looking forward to favorite and new adventures in food and culture. Me and kitty (Haley) are HQ in Sunnyvale, CA.
Shifted to a higher gear this year and moved from SLO to San Diego, CA for new work and play. My steady, Kean, job shifted this year, too. In my new work direction that begins this month, I will be the Copy and Content Manager at Raken (construction project management software solutions). I’m also freelancing and giving professional writing support for a business focused on job creation and empowerment in Africa. Free weekends are spent exploring the new city or traveling to others—highlights include London, Dublin, Barcelona, Portland, and New York (next month).
Whether it is work or play, life enrichment is my target. At Aegis Living I was given the Director role for it in the Dana Point community. With friends, I co-lead Alpha Groups (Rock Harbor) all ages and Sunday School (Saddleback Church) for 2nd graders. I love to visit my sisters in San Diego whenever I can. My steady, Sean, and I do many activities together. I keep a very full calendar with friends, hiking, and social outings; but I can squeeze you in next Friday, if that works.
What stirs me, and gives me great joy, is connecting with family and friends. I especially enjoy texts, calls, and meetups with the kids…and long-time friends. I am a devoted “start the day” exercise person: body pump, spin, etc. (although, admittedly, it is easier when sunrise greeted me). My work at Messiah Lutheran Church includes worship and member focus. I have a passionate heart for care: including walk-in guests, volunteers, memorial events, and the new Stephen’s Ministry. Highlights for me this year were, of course, Amy’s wedding! and all the activities surrounding it.
My most rewarding time is spent living into “what can I do to be helpful?” @family–time together + creative and handy home projects; @Parker–supporting my team members and leaders; @Messiah–partnering with Susan on graphics and AV work; @Dad–offering my ears and a hand with health and OCWA toy initiatives. Some 2019 achievements included father-of-the-bride, wedding decor, interior house painting, and financial peace.