My early 20s was spent working 2 jobs, going to school, working on my house I had just bought, and building my screen printing company. Society had it drilled in my head that working is what I should be doing, building a life, making money, and spending money on things I really didn't need. It wasn't til my grandmother was diagnosed with stage 3 lung and pancreatic cancer and we had a heart to heart conversation one night. She told me I wasn't living life or having fun and if there's things I wanted to do in this life, then I should do it now. It light a fire inside me cause I really hadn't done much. I never flew on a airplane, rarely traveled anywhere, I just stayed in my bubble and worked.
That all quickly changed. First time I got into an airplane, I jumped out of it. I immediately started traveling more, working less, and just experiencing everything I could. I've always enjoyed being outdoors, grew up camping every weekend with my family and being on the water. I'd been kayaking a few years already and started getting into backpacking, and then rock climbing. When I found out about Stand Up Paddling, I was blown away and knew I'd rather be standing up on the water than sitting down. You could say I was completely hooked on adventure and that's all I thought about.
I don't have an off switch. It's just the way I've always been. When I get into something, I'm devoted entirely and just consumed by it. I just turned 30 but have the energy as if I was still 13 years old. I approach everything with child-like enthusiasm and it doesn't take much to get me excited about a new project or adventure. Although I still do plenty of rock climbing and backpacking, SUP and being on the water has been my #1 favorite thing to do. It's where I'm most at peace, it's my escape, and my outlet. Whether it's long distance flat water, river surfing, multiple day expeditions, or running whitewater rivers, I'm just happy to be on the water. I love the challenge and everyday I learn something new and want to keep evolving as a paddler, grow as a person, and collect adventure filled memories instead of possessions.