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Today is a special day—Z’s first blog post! image

We’ve been talking about it for quite some time, and finally this past weekend he took a moment and wrote down some thoughts. The result fits perfectly with all the resolution and yearly goal setting talk that has been in the air lately. So today I will be turning things over to him. Enjoy! –K

The only person that can stand in the way of fulfilling your dream is you.

This is a concept I have regularly returned to over the last two years but have yet to make stick. It’s not easy sticking to your guns and doing what you actually want to do rather than what you think you should be doing. The fact that I am finally contributing a blog post after a year of talking about it is testament to that.

Since returning from deployment in Egypt I have pursued a variety of careers from property management, to special operations with the military, to medical school. I approached each of these opportunities with two thoughts: “how much money will I make?” and “will people respect me for it?” Both of these motivations carry the common theme of “what will other people think of me?”

Well it turns out nobody actually cares.

Quote- you don't have to do what everyone else is doing


I was spending all this time trying to impress the people in my life when all they wanted for me is happiness. My own thoughts and doubts were getting in my way and preventing me from pursuing my dream. Sure there have been extenuating circumstances that took control out of my hands at times, but guess what…that’s life.

I can sit here and throw a pity party about all that’s gone wrong or be thankful for the man I have become because of those situations.

Quote- sometimes it ends up different and it is better that way


Did I have to quit pre-med because of the deployment? Sure. But I got to have an amazing adventure with K that we will remember for the rest of our lives (particularly when we got engaged at the pyramids).


I can now take the good and the bad and use them to fuel my drive towards the life I want to make for both of us.

Quote- let yourself move to the next chapter when the time comes.


So not to come out of the gates swinging but I challenge you to take off your thinking cap, put on your running shoes, and run full speed towards your dream. I won’t promise at times you won’t trip and skin your knee, but next time you see that same pothole you’ll be ready to jump over it.


 I want to know…

What did you think of Z’s very first blog post?

Maybe with some positive reinforcement he’ll do it again ; ).

Have YOU ever battled with something you WANTED to do vs. SHOULD be doing?