How Can we Learn The Meaning of Dedication From Veterans

Over the past few days, I’ve been trying to define one word – dedication. All that I can think about is how many men and women that are Veterans that lived this day in and day out. They put EVERYTHING on the line for our country. Saying goodbye to their family, friends and the world they once know out of pure dedication to serving our country for “X” amount of years. Two close people come to my mind yesterday on Veterans Day, my step-brother Blake and a high-school friend Greg. Both of them have gone over seas to fight for our country, dedicating their life, leaving behind their wife and kid(s). Dedication can come in many ways. One can be dedicated to their job, hobby, working out or whatever they want to spend their “efforts and time on.” Whatever that/those “something(s)” may be in your life it comes back to the following
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The Power of One Event – NAGAAA World Series

As many of you know, there is one group of people in my life that will always be family to me. The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (N.A.G.A.A.A.). My journey began in 2011 when someone who is now a dear friend of mine, Steven Adams, invited me to a Beers & Balls when I was living in Houston, TX. Little did I anticipate how far it would bring me this far in my walk of life. After practicing with him, and going to a game I eventually started playing. My first full season with a team in Dallas, that was a start-up team coached by someone who is now on the Board of the Dallas chapter, Albert Morales. The 2012 season got my name and skills (Defensive Player of the Year) noticed in the league and I was picked up by Dallas Boom for the 2013 season. In 2013,
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24 Days Later – The Journey Continues

Even though it’s been 24 days since my 24-hour post before leaving Dallas, posting my next blog 24 days later helps tie my journey together. Every day there is still something new I’m learning. For example, today was my first day to layout at the famous Dolores Park that over looks the Financial District. However, every day tasks (including my Spike’s Coffees & Teas run instead of Starbucks) from working with two amazing tech companies and working from home is a liberating feeling. Over the past three weeks one of my biggest excitements is that I have already joined a softball team, and been asked to play in the Gay Games in Cleveland! Slowly, this city is changing me. The most shocking is not having a vehicle! Also, their way of communicating is different than the southern hospitality that not many people understand. Another item I am missing is chicken
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Loving Your Heroes

We can all think of someone who has influenced our journey called life. Several people in South Africa this past week have been mourning the lost of their greatest leader, Nelson Mandela. In my opinion he will go down as one of the most famous leaders (especially in my lifetime) ranking up there with Harvey Milk and Martin Luther King Jr. as being known as someone who rooted for the people fighting for civil rights, being the voice for the underdog and never giving up on what matters most: this road called life. Even though the majority of us will never meet someone of that caliber, it doesn’t mean we don’t have a personal individual or group of influential people in our life. For me, one of those people is Chad West. Two years ago I met Chad during a college break when I was in Dallas from Houston. Since
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Kudos to One of my Best Friends – Stephanie Chan

Over the past two years since I’ve moved back to Dallas there is one amazing lady who I can see opening up our own firm together. She’s an inspiration, a motivation and more importantly one friend that where we pick up the phone the conversation starts right where we finished. On Monday, September 30, 2013 she’ll be departing to her dream job at SHIFT Communications. For the past year and a half we talk on the phone every morning, to catch up on life. Sometimes our story can be best explained by episodes of GLEE – and her being Rachel and I am her Kurt. Now that she’s finally made it to NYC, I’ve got a year to meet her there or else I’ll be in trouble. (Our story goes a little bit like this one…) Luckily for me I know I’ll get to see her soon in NYC for
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