Life could not be better for me. In 2013, I completed a 21-year career in the US Air Force. Since then, I traveled for 10 months to all 7 continents with the love of my life, I was accepted into the Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies program at the University of Colorado in Boulder, bought a house in Longmont, and married that wonderful woman. I don’t know how I got so lucky, so I am just trying to make the most of everyday.
How I Got Here
I was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan by two terrific parents, Fred and Helen. After high school, I attended the US Air Force Academy, graduating from there in 1992. While in the Air Force, I was an intelligence analyst. I enjoyed the work and the travel opportunities. I lived in nine US states (including Alaska) and lived in or visited Saudi Arabia, France, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, Japan, Germany, Qatar, Iraq, Kuwait, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, and Afghanistan as a result of my job. When my time with the military was up, I knew I wanted to go on some big adventure, whether it was walking the Appalachian Trail, visiting the two continents I had not been to yet (South America and Antarctica), or something else. That nascent idea eventually evolved into the big trip Holly and I took.
In August 2014, I began my studies at CU. Within Environmental Studies, I am focusing on policy. That appealed to me because CU emphasizes that policy is really about decision making. I don’t know yet what I want to do after I graduate, but I know I want to be in the middle of making decisions on how best to protect our environment.
Why Write about Energy and the Environment?
I was inspired this summer to go down this path while attending the World Domination Summit 2014, a weekend-long gathering of people living an unconventional life in a conventional world. The amazing things these people are doing ranged from traveling to every country in the world, to writing a New York Times bestseller, to starting their own charity, to simply refusing to get trapped in the 9 to 5 rat race. Events throughout the weekend motivated me to think about what I want to do with my writing. The message I gleaned from the various WDS speakers, in relation to my writing, is to use my voice to change the world. Suddenly, writing about travel, my original plan, seemed pointless for me. I felt compelled to use the opportunity and platform I have to do something bigger. My hope is I can do that by writing about environmental issues.