Two years ago, I took a leap of faith and wound up falling flat on my face. I had left the journalism field with hopes of finding something else that I was good at.
Then I quickly learned even if I am or was good at something else, nothing would replace the love I have for journalism. The love for covering high school and collegiate sports. And the love I have for photography.
So, despite not yet moving to Marshalltown and commuting every day, I am back. I am here to help bring even more memories to your children's, grandchildren's, sister's, brother's, cousin's or neighbor's life.
I have only been on the job for three days but have already found that passion that I lacked in those other jobs I had previously. Nothing compares to the passion I have for this business.
Yeah, the late nights away from my pregnant wife aren't always going to be easy. But life isn't easy. Life is, however, too short to be doing something you don't truly love and have a passion for.
So here I am, ready to take on whatever this community has to offer.
I am a native of Iowa as I grew up in Earlham, which is just about 30 miles west of Des Moines. I then graduated from Grand View College in 2003 with a degree in journalism and mass communication.
From there, I started my career at the Dallas County News in Adel, before heading to West Texas for nearly three years and then to Southeast Missouri for another year. My last job in the field of newspaper/journalism was in Newton where I helped cover five schools in Jasper County.
If you don't see me at work, you will likely see me in a nearby fitness center or at home with my family. I enjoy working out, and I guess you can consider that another passion along with my love for sports.
I ran in my second Dam to Dam this past June and plan on picking up more running events now that my mornings are bit more free on Saturdays.
I follow all four of the major team sports and also have an appreciation for golf, tennis and the Olympics.
My favorite pro teams are the San Francisco 49ers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Detroit Red Wings and the best team in Major League Baseball to this point - the Cincinnati Reds.
Hawkeyes or Cyclones? That one is easy. The Hawkeyes are easily my favorite team of any sport or team. And I often find myself rooting against Iowa State. Yes, I am one of those fans.
I hope you are eventually as happy to have me in your community as I am to be here.
I consider this a second chance to do what I love. As I said before, it has been around two years away from the field and the thought of never returning and getting another opportunity had crossed my mind.
Now that I know I have that second chance and solid opportunity, I know I have to make the most of it, which can mean nothing but good things for the community and the athletic teams in it.
Oh, and if you're wondering, the baby will be here in late December. I know my life will change again then, but I am looking forward to the challenge and opportunity to raise children.
That's me in about 3100 words. We'll see you soon. The fall seasons are just around the corner.