Thursday, August 20, 2009

Last Birthday Ever

Well ladies and gentleman, I believe this will be my last birthday ever. Hence forth, we will only celebrate anniversaries of this, the 29th. :) The past year has been filled with lots of good times mixed with a few discouragements along the way.

From a travel perspective, I got to visit California's San Diego, La Jolla, Joshua Tree National Park, and L.A. Atlanta and Nashville were also visited. International travel included a trip to the Cayman Islands. I didn't do any overnight backing trips but did several local day hiking trips.

Musically, I continued playing bass in the worship band at church which has continued to be a source of enjoyment and honor to serve. From a teaching standpoint, I've continued to teach some guitar lessons with just one student at the moment. As far as live concerts, I went to a Dierks Bentley and a Pat Green concert as well as the National Worship Leader conference with numerous well known worship leaders such as David Crowder Band, Mac Powell, Jeremy Riddle, Paul Baloche, and Laura Story. Recently, I've written several songs which has been fun to get back into. It's been quite a while since this kind of musical production has been undertaken but in the past month or so, I've written complete or fragments of around 5 or 6 songs.

From an education perspective, much of my free time was consumed by taking classes in financial planning which I just completed and have a certificate in financial planning. In addition to coursework, I also began helping counsel people through the Crown Financial Money Map program as well as Financial Peace University.

Athletically, I'm running around 3 times a week and try to lift weights a couple times as well. No big time races but I did run a 5k at the beginning of this summer.

Spiritually, I've been involved with a men's bible study group over the past 8 months which has been good in spending time with and investing in each other's lives as we study the Bible and live life. God has taught me through this year and recently I've been walking very closely with Him. He has been my rock and stronghold, always leading when I follow. I don't know where He will lead me in the future but am excited for all He has planned.

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