Category: Life

Childhood’s Hour

Every so often, you make decisions that are not your finest, your smartest, or in anyone’s best interest. More often than not, those decisions lead to some of life’s biggest regrets. Mine have, I know that much. However, this evening, some of my biggest regrets became history not to be repeated. A few days ago, Read More

Mexico, Mezcal, and More!

I just spent a work-week down in Mexico working with our new team – what an awesome experience that was! I’ve had the privilege of working with a lot of incredibly focused, passionate and talented people in my life, and these amazing people are no different. It’s a breath of fresh air. We’ve been working Read More

What Happens in Cali

The past few weeks have proven to be quite interesting. Aside from lots of changes going on at work, and even more in my personal life, it seems that one of two things is happening in tandem: – Either everyone else is having life-shifting moments/events too – I’m starting to look at the world through Read More


This past week I went down to Monterrey, Mexico to visit and see what it was like for work. I don’t know that I could have had a more enjoyable experience out of the country in a place that wasn’t a “vacation destination.” The people in Monterrey are so polite and outgoing, very hospitable, and Read More

Enjoying Life

The past few months have been a test for me. After almost 10 years, I made a major change in my personal life after a great deal of thinking, soul-searching, and analyzing what was right and wrong with my life. It wasn’t an easy decision, but a necessary one. After almost 10 years with someone, Read More


It wouldn’t all fit in the subject, and still look pretty … so for those that aren’t deep in the bowels of my mind (feel fortunate) … where do we go from here?

It’s quite obvious that I’ve completely failed at life when it comes to actually taking the time to write on this blog. I’m going to try to do this … I promise. Just don’t hate me if I don’t.

A lot’s going on since the last time I posted. A lot of good. A lot of bad. A lot of “should have happened sooner”, and a lot of “I can’t wait for it to happen” things. For the sake of keeping personal life personal, I won’t share it all here … if you really want to know … and should know … you already know how to get a hold of me and ask. So, with that, some updates …

I’ve come to the understanding, more so than I had before, that I’ve got a pretty awesome team of people working with me at Tapjoy. Some shifts and changes to the way that we worked were necessary, and because of it I’ve seen a drop in morale and “want” to do the job. It really puts it into perspective the amount of dedication and passion that people have for their work. I’m looking forward to being the one to lead the charge to get our business to fully understand exactly what it is we do, why we do it, and the time we spend doing it. If I don’t – who will?

We’re getting to the time where the results of year-end reviews will be released. So I’m excited and nervous to see where that leads for me. Since September, I’ve had a lot of more responsibility piled in my lap which I’ve been happy to take on, but I’m ready for the company to hopefully recognize the very dramatic shift in my responsibilities and the obstacles I’ve had to overcome to be able to take on a lot of things I had no experience in.

Traveling seems to be a new thing. I was in Phoenix not long ago to install some servers for Tapjoy, and now I’m off to Mexico in just a few short days for on on-site vendor visit. I’m excited to go, and can’t wait to see what I find … but it’s a lot of traveling in a short amount of time. Maybe I’ll just become accustom to jet setting around the globe?

I’ve also made the decision that one way or another I’m going to find time to go back to school … just not sure what for yet … and not sure where. With a full-time job (that expands more than 40 hours per week), it’s going to be tough, but worth it in the end. I’m eager to learn again.

So on to the meat and potatoes …

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Twenty Fourteen

It’s a little hard to believe that it’s 2014 already … and that January is almost over. 2013 had some great moments, some not so great moments, things to do, things that got done, people who came, went, and morphed. It all happened so quickly. 2014 seems to be off to a start, that’ll put Read More

It’s Almost Over

I can’t believe 2013 is almost over. Where did this year go? Last I knew, I was packing up a moving van to move up to the San Francisco Bay area … now I’m here, and have been for over a year.

We moved to Walnut Creek at the end of September. Couldn’t be happier, not only to get out of the crappy apartment complex we were in, in Concord, but to be in an area where things are a quick walk or trolly (fancy painted bus) ride to. Downtown Walnut Creek is awesome … lots to do. The bad news? We’re right down the street from the Apple Store now.

In other news, I spent my 33rd birthday in Cancun, and I couldn’t have been happier. It was an amazing trip filled with good memories, good eats, and great experiences. Being able to stand just feet away from Chichen Itza was phenomenal. Ever been somewhere, and just “felt” the history? Epic doesn’t even describe it fully.

Most recently I’ve been involved in a lot of happenings at work. Everything is making me stretch for skills I didn’t know I had, and look at things in a completely different perspective. The best part? I’ve got an awesome team of people who are supportive and work their butts off to help us meet our goals. Team Tapjoy FTW!

* Sorry for the total randomness and short bursts of subject … lots going on in my head *

The holidays are upon us. Spent Thanksgiving at home, not doing a lot – and it couldn’t have been better. This Christmas is going to be interesting – I’ll be spending it alone for the first time in I don’t know how many years, and I’m actually looking forward to it. Christmas has lost some of its glamour for me in the past 10 years, but it always helps me reflect on how much people have influenced me and my life. I couldn’t be more grateful.

With that, I wish you all (all 3 of you that may read this) very happy holidays, an amazing new year, and the most prosperous and fulfilling year to come.

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Balancing Act

I read an article earlier today and it reminded me so much about what’s important in life. The most important thing being balance. One of the biggest issues I’ve always had was finding a good work-life balance. I normally put more of myself into my work than I did my personal life. It usually didn’t Read More

Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye to someone you love is never easy. Saying goodbye to two people you love is, in my experience, the most gut wrenching and emotionally draining experiences of my life – but liberating and fulfilling as well.

On July 15, some of the cousins, my aunts, uncles and dad got together at Lake Tahoe to say goodbye to my Grandma and Grandpa in a most fitting way. We rented a pontoon boat, took it out with 2 other boats, tied them up and just floated for a while. There was alcohol consumed, stories shared, and a calm relaxing that overcame the entire experience. It was the best way to help make sure that Grandma and Grandpa were together forever, at last.

My grandfather passed when I was about 7 years old. Grandma, this past Christmas Eve. After 25 years apart, they were finally back together.

We love you both, and miss you lots. Thanks for keeping watch over all of us, just like you did for so many years.

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