One Day at a Time

I’m convinced patience and positivity saved my life. I don’t believe I would have gotten through my two-month hospital stay without it. It has equal importance to me now, as this long haul stuff is no joke. I work hard to continue to look on the positive side of things. My lungs are improving. At … Continue reading One Day at a Time

But a Life Without Pain Would Be Boring

Life comes fast. Often when things are moving along smoothly, something can come and knock us to the ground. Becoming well versed in grief in my early twenties set the tone for having a unique perspective on how I have looked at things ever since. I’ve always processed and handled the heavy things in life … Continue reading But a Life Without Pain Would Be Boring

Half a Year, Whole New Perspective

Half a year ago today I was admitted to the hospital, struggling to breathe. It didn’t take long to realize that I was in a fight for my life. I could have died, but I lived. I stayed positive. I stayed patient. I allowed no negativity near me. I had zero fear, and I kept … Continue reading Half a Year, Whole New Perspective

An Update on My Health

I am gradually improving, but I still do have a ways to go with this long haul type of stuff. I’m in my first month of a short term leave from work. I’m taking the time to totally focus on healing. It took adjusting to, but it has been good for me. I’m blessed that … Continue reading An Update on My Health

Long Haul of It All

This past week I went back to my primary care doctor and was surprised to be greeted with so much excitement towards my continued recovery. The nurse told me she thinks of me often because she knew so many that died and I am an example of the outcome that can happen with a positive … Continue reading Long Haul of It All

Lessons Learned From the Edge of Life

I can't quite figure out what just happened, but I am getting there. I nearly died from coronavirus pneumonia. My wife, our two sons, their girlfriends and I all met in San Diego for a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend. While there all six of us got sick, but only my wife Shelly and I had symptoms … Continue reading Lessons Learned From the Edge of Life

The Day I Was Released After 53 Days In a Hospital Bed

I'm currently working on a piece that discusses the highs and lows of my 53 days away from home. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few short videos of my recent release and "jailbreak" towards home. https://youtu.be/CD921BC64RI Out of the room & moving down the hall.... https://youtu.be/vSfXu1ReX5o My wife, Shelly, pushing me towards … Continue reading The Day I Was Released After 53 Days In a Hospital Bed

KEEP PLAYING

The "Keep Playing" email is an uplifting start to each day for us at Fairway Independent Mortgage. Originally it was written daily by Jake, our founder & CEO, Steve Jacobson. Now every day a different person from our company shares a little piece of themselves. Last year I shared my 9/11 story. Today I shared … Continue reading KEEP PLAYING

20 Years Later: My 9/11 Story

Every year I share the 9/11 story of myself and my childhood best friend, Mike. It’s an amazing story of baseball, beer and friendship. In 2016 our story went viral by being told by Mike Rowe on his “The Way I Heard It” podcast. The episode was called “You Don’t Know Mike”.  Here is our story. Back in 2001 … Continue reading 20 Years Later: My 9/11 Story

Growth of Gratitude

I’m approaching the four year anniversary of sharing my story of gratitude. It was difficult to allow myself to suddenly be so vulnerable, but I knew that I had a journey that needed to be shared. A difficult journey that started with the death of my fiance 30 years ago. My hope was that maybe … Continue reading Growth of Gratitude