From Ghetto Kid, to NASA Star

Kinda cool to be considered for a job at NASA....If I get it or if I don't....I'm happy because I know this is only the beginning...I came a long way...And still have a long way to go...

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My Thoughts...

I wanted to take my time to chime in on the most recent events involving African Americans, and the excessive force used by police personnel.  Even as I type this, I am still at a loss for words (shock).  No, that is a lie.  There is SO MUCH that I want to say, but I don't want my emotions to steer me into a direction to where my message that I want to convey gets lost.  So, I will do my best to try and stick to the point.  Police brutality is an issue for all of us.  I am so tired of seeing my brothers and sisters being killed by officers who took the law into their own hands.  But what is even more upsetting, is when I see people going about their day as if it doesn't have anything to do with them.  Or people who try to avoid the conversation as if this issue doesn't exist.  ALL OF US SHOULD BE ADVOCATING FOR ANSWERS AND RESOLUTION TO THIS GROWING MATTER.  The deaths of minorities in the hands of police officers is not a coincidence.  "Black Lives Matter" is not meant to be just a "black thing" to spear a race war.  It is a humanity thing that was created to bring awareness to lives who were cut short because of reasons that aren't justified.  I not only shed tears because of the deaths that occurred due to ignorance & hatred, but also because of the thought of this escalating to a point unimaginable.  We, as a group of people UNITED, should know that this can no longer continue.  And killing each other in retaliation is counterproductive and do not solve anything.  Technology, has allowed us to increase the spread of our message to others, and to come together and discuss topics that may or may not affect us directly.  We should continue to take advantage and use it as a catalyst for change in a positive direction.  I don't know about you guys, but I don't want to log into Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. and see pictures and videos, of MY PEOPLE, beaten, bloody, and crying out of despair.  But I also cannot go about my life ignoring what is really happening in our community and all around the world.  I will continue to pray that the protest and uproar currently going on goes beyond just being a "hashtag" or current event that everyone talks about for awhile, then disappears to make room for the next topic.  I will continue to pray for families who have lost loved ones, with hopes that any message that comes from me or anyone, helps them cope with dealing with the irreplaceable void in their lives.  I'm all about love.  Mainly, because I feel that coming together, eliminating ignorance, and truly understanding each others reasons and beliefs, is a great starting point to achieving our ultimate goal.  Which is to end the deaths of family members and friends gone way too soon, and to live in peace NOW with each other without worrying about being treated differently because of a prejudice.  So please continue to let your voice be heard. Share your thoughts, opinions, beliefs, etc. with each other and educate those who are willing to reach out and learn instead of judge.  I love all of you, and appreciate anyone who took time to read this.

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I'm baaaaaack!!!!!!!!

Wow, my last post was back  in January, but that is ok. I'm finally done with school, so I will have time to blog frequently. Yes, I graduated!!!! You are now looking at a person that has a Masters in Business Administration....still crazy that I have a Masters. This just shows the love that I have for business. 

Now time to conquer the next goal ....

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Why I Switched to the IPhone...

Yes!!!! It is true...The "Android Soldier" that you have grown to love has switched over to an IPhone. Believe me, It wasn't  a easy decision to make, but I made it, and here I am. So let me explain myself.

Since, It was time to retire my Nexus 5, I started looking around for its predecessor. Luckily Google recently released the Nexus 5x, and it seemed like the perfect upgrade.  Till I found out that Google decided to not sell the phone through any carrier, so if I wanted it, I would have to pay $349 for the phone and then take it to Sprint to activate it. Being the cheapskate that I am I knew that I wasn't going to pay that, so I needed to check and see what else Sprint had to offer.  Once I did that I narrowed my choices down to the IPhone 6S and the Galaxy S6.  Both very good phones.  It's just one was IOS and the other Android.  

I chose the IPhone over Android for several reasons.  For one, it was the cheapest plan out of the two. With the IPhone Forever plan through Sprint, you are able to upgrade every12 Months to a new IPhone. Or I could switch back to Android at that time. I also was curious to see what the fuss was about. People go cray over their IPhone and I wanted to see why.  I also switched because I got bored with the Android operating system.  I pretty much did everything I could do to it.  From customizing, tweaking, personalizing, etc. I just felt like I needed a new challenge.  I also wanted a better camera. I know the Galaxy S6 camera is awesome, but I wanted to work with a IPhone camera for awhile, especially when it come to social media and blogging.  

Well, that's it for now.....I still love my Android.  Just wanted to try something new and different.

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Another Year in the Books...

Wow...Looking back....2015 was great....Instead of making some long essay about it, I figured I would just list the top ten things that I will always remember about the year.

No particular order.

1.  I seen my Buckeyes win ANOTHER National Championship.
2.  My Cavs went back to the NBA Finals.
3.  My daughter Alissa was born.
4.  I got a new car of the same year.
5.  Three of my closest friends also had kids this year
6.  Gas prices got as low as $1.59 per gal.
7.  I asked for a $9000 increase in pay at work....and I actually got it.
8.  Took the hardest college course I have ever taken.
9.  I surpassed 10 years of marriage.
10. My Mom and Dad moved out of my childhood home.

Overall, this year has been very productive.  I'm definitely looking forward to 2016 though.  Why? Because then I could say, "I graduate with my Master's this year". My wife should also be receiving her Master's this upcoming year.

Life is full of ups and matter how good things get, or how hard life become...I gotta remember how blessed I am to be alive and enjoy this journey God has allowed me to go on....2016 is about continuing to find my purpose...

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Our Little House on Walmar Drive...

Not going to lie....I got a little teary eyed thinking about how my childhood home is now up for sale.  Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that my parents are moving on, but its still saddens me when I think about all the memories I had there growing up.  I remember moving in.....and loving that my house's back gate opened up to Donatos parking lot. I loved that it was so close to everything.  We even had a vets office next door to us, that we frequently visited when our dog "Sandy" wasn't feeling well. Family and friends would come over on numerous occasions to enjoy some good music and BBQ. I could go on and on. I guess that is what happens when you stay there 20+ years. But like I said, My parents-"The empty nesters" deserve to have something new and better. With the house now being a shell of its former self, it was time.  From what I am hearing the potential new owners will renovate it, where hopefully a new family will move in and start to create their memories that will last a lifetime. 

I will never forget my time at our little house on Walmar Drive.

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Strength from prayer

This past Thursday, I completed one of the toughest classes I ever had to take in college. This instructor did not want us to pass! He was difficult for no reason and could care less about what we thought because he was retiring... He felt all MBA students were lazy and expected everything to be handed to them on a silver platter.... His personal vendetta against MBA students were felt by all.... He truly wanted to break us...

How mad I was during the class, I'm grateful to have had an instructor like him. He put the pressure on me... I never studied so much in my life for a course....It was even so to a point where I felt compelled to inform the Dean of our program about  the treatment we were receiving as students... I just couldn't believe how he expected us to do so much work in such a short amount of time. But I did it... I passed the class with a B-.   As I get ready to start my next course this week, I can't help but think about strength from prayer. There will be times in your life when you will face the obstacle head on... You can either defeat it or let it defeat you... And the difference maker will be the strength you obtained from prayer.

I'm too close to my goal to let anything defeat me... And I have too many people in my corner praying that I succeed...

Only four classes to go...

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My Life's Work...

I seen this quote, and I think it sums up what I want my life work to be. I want to inspire... Even if it's just one person... I want that person to look back at my life and see the obstacles that I had to face, and use that as motivation to become someone far greater. That would make me happy. To be able to leave a small imprint on the world that has given me so much, would be a success in my eyes. Being in Grad School, I think about all the people that would of loved the opportunity that I have been given. I don't want to let anyone down. My family sacrifices has inspired me. It keeps me going when I feel like I have nothing left.

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In Retrospect...

The older I get the more I realize what is important in life... I think about growing up and how important it was to have a stable home. I think about how fortunate I was to have a father that was there for me, regardless of what I had going on... School recitals, award ceremonies, basketball games, etc. He was always there for me. Always... He never let me down... Or made me feel less important...I'm fortunate to have a mother that made sure every birthday was special. Even when dead broke she made sure that my stomach was full. When I was hurt, she did her best to comfort me, and tell me everything will be ok. I guess I wasn't able to really appreciate what they done till I had kids of my own... I look at my daughters and think... The most precious gift I could give them.... is just being there. I see people wasting their life away, chasing money or chasing a dream that made them so delusional that they made themselves believe that this "grind"  is for their kids... When all their kids really want is for them not to be second place to something that may or may not pan out. Maybe that is the reason why I haven't been so quick to jump back into business. I don't know... I may never become rich.... I may never become wealthy... But one thing I will make sure of, is that I will always be there... Just like my parents were for me... Because at the end of the day... What is more important? What will be your kids fondest memory of you?

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