Dad, husband, public speaker, individual in long-term recovery, follower of Jesus Christ, and a nine-year veteran of the youth mental health field. I recently walked away from a position where I spent nearly a decade doing what I loved. Currently figuring out what the next chapter of my life is going to look like as I approach half a century spent on this planet. There are a whole lot things I could do, but I’m trying to narrow down what I’m supposed to do.
It would be accurate to call me an ENFJ.
Music (I own approximately 3,000 records, 2,500 CDs and 80,000 mp3s), fitness and nutrition, psychology, helping others, public speaking, camping, writing, hiking, mountain climbing, wandering, boxer dogs, black coffee, documentaries, nonfiction books (especially music bios, military memoirs, and true crime), the surreal, the cryptic, the supernatural, art, rain (especially in the desert), laughter, experience, possibility, love.
If I could only have 12 albums to listen to for the rest of my life, they would be:
1. Grant Lee Buffalo – “Mighty Joe Moon”
2. U2 – “Achtung Baby”
3. The Police – “Ghost in the Machine”
4. R.E.M. – “Automatic for the People”
5. Sting – “Nothing Like the Sun”
6. Sting – “The Soul Cages”
7. The Beatles – “Help!”
8. Idris Muhammad – “Power of Soul”
9. David Sylvian – “Gone to Earth”
10. The Ramones – “Leave Home”
11. Al Kealoha Perry and his Orchestra – “Hawaii Calls: Favorite Instrumentals of the Islands”
12. Frank Sinatra – “Sinatra Reprise: The Very Good Years”
12 Monkeys, Groundhog Day, Blast from the Past, THX-1138, Help! (The Beatles),Office Space, Napoleon Dynamite, The Jerk, Goonies, Big Fish, Wizard of OZ, 1408 (tape recorder ending only), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” –John Lennon (“Beautiful Boy”)
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
–Archie Griffin (origin disputed)
“I’ve always suffered from being somewhere and wanting to be somewhere else.” –Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon)
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” –Jack Kerouac
“Never, “for the sake of peace and quiet,” deny your own experience or convictions” –Dag Hammarskjold
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Q. Adams
“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” –Malcolm Forbes, Publisher
“I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.” –Jim Morrison
“How do you measure success? To laugh often, and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a redeemed social condition, or a job well done; to know even one other life has breathed because you lived this is to have succeeded.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hello, my name is Shane. Nice to meet you.