With any portfolio, it’s easy to reduce oneself to a list of accomplishments or skills, with professional goals attached. However, every one of us has a life outside of the workplace that very much defines who we are in it!
I hope you’ll learn something interesting here, and I’d love to answer any questions you may have!
Here’s five non-workplace things to know about me. Want to know more? Connect with me on Linkedin:
Happily married, father of two.
My wife, Chelsea, has solid experience in graphic design and we’ve tag-teamed some freelance projects together in the past. We also have two kids, a boy and a girl, who are the reason I am starting to get defined laugh lines and also gray hair.
I play pickleball
Admittedly, the name sounds … less than stellar.
But it’s a big-time sport and at higher levels demands quick reflexes, great teamwork (in doubles), and plenty of attention to the small details. It’s a great workout, and I do try and play in a tournament when my schedule allows!
I also play chess
My father taught me to play when I was four, and it has shaped my likes and dislikes greatly. I’m an average player who comes and goes around the board, but have always trended towards strategy games and often can be found with friends enjoying a good board game thanks to learning chess when I was young.
Chess is also probably main reason why I am drawn to work that involves a decent amount of strategic thinking, problem solving, and thinking 2-3 moves ahead. I’ve helped give beginner lessons to kids at the local library, and can be found on the lichess app (username: CRuleSportsGuy)
Often involved in my church
My wife and I are active members in our church, and typically try to serve in various capacities where there is a need. Some previous experience includes helping set direction for a previous Sunday School class where I was a teacher, video director for a three-camera setup, and currently I assist with setup / takedown and children’s ministry at our current church in Roswell, Ga.
Star Trek or Star Wars?
Both! Though I grew up with Next Generation, so the original Trek series is a bit tough for me to enjoy. Sorry, but William Shatner ain’t cutting it in my house.
Also, one of my more unpopular opinions is the newest Star Wars trilogy (ep. VII – IX) is absolutely terrible.
But I’ve got my toddler hooked on X-wings, he often is flying a small model one around the house and forcing me to fly a TIE fighter…
I have two cats. I make a mean homemade pizza. John Grisham, Tom Clancy, Stephen E. Ambrose, and Agatha Christie should be on your must-read list. I have a younger brother who is far wittier than I am. I drove a minivan for 10 years in high school, college, and post-college – still managed to get married. (Just sayin’). Jazz music is underrated, especially Wynton Marsalis, Art Blakey, Glenn Miller, and my dad. And finally, hot chocolate is the preferred drink of choice in the winter, but an Old Fashioned or solid Moscato / Riesling wine will almost never be turned down.