I was born in the Nebraska Sandhills during the ’70s when the Rolling Stones dominated the music charts. I am the oldest of three children. Our parents raised my sister, my baby brother and me in Nebraska, Iowa, California, and Alaska. Our parents chose a life and careers that allowed them to be present in our lives. They showed us how to be content with, appreciate, and be thankful for what we had. I have great memories from my childhood filled with wild stories and lots of laughter.
My parents were, and continue to remain, awesome parents. As individuals and as a couple they have been an excellent example to my siblings and me during the nearly 20 years that I lived underneath their roof and for the 20+ years since then. My parents feared God, showed respect to others, forgave those who did not deserve it, and showed love and compassion towards family and friends. In a world where everyone says “you just don’t know who your friends are,” they introduced me to all of the oldest and most dear friends in my life.
What’s more, I have observed their example of how to run a household, manage finances, climb out of debt, set aside savings, and live within their means for over 40 years. They live what many might consider to be a simple life and I am so proud of them. Despite their example of what-right-looks-like, over the past two decades I have chosen to complicate and UN-simplify my own life… time and time again.
The intent for this website or blog is to document my pursuit of a more simple and intentional rich life with less stuff. My selfish aim during this pursuit is to become a better son to my parents, brother to my siblings, example to children, and to be more present in the lives of my loved ones and friends.