Seven years ago I started a journey that truly changed my life. I started this little blog, quit my job and dove in head first. There are always ups and downs with every new endeavor and I was more than ready for the challenge. Fear of the unknown can be used as fuel for your dreams.
3 Reasons Why I Love Being An Influencer
My whole life I wanted to travel. When I was 16-years-old, I toured with a play in the United Kingdom. I almost didn’t come back home. I was completely in love with this new place, these new people, a NEW life.
Well, I went back home. But, I counted the days until I would travel again. Fast Forward—> 2000-something.
My daughter and I were able to go to Germany to visit the Christmas Markets. I was so excited that I was going to be able to experience this with her. I was very happy at how seriously we were taking this trip!
I’m not quite the #SelfieDad, but I love this pic of the kid and I!
My daughter has been to over 20 countries and has seen so many wonders that this world has to offer. It is one of the best gifts that I have ever been able to give her. I was able to return to the United Kingdom with my daughter and we did a tour of Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland grabbed a hold of me very quickly. It was like a warm embrace from a family member or a friend that you’ve missed.
The colors of the country consist of greens that are indescribable (No camera can do it justice) and a palette of gray that I didn’t even know existed. Even on a cold and rainy June morning, these two colors were never dulled.
Being an influencer helped make all of this happen.
I have met a lot of wonderful people while being an influencer. Working from home is both fulfilling (Being your own boss and all) and polarizing (Being alone as you write and all). Finding real friendship in this online world can be difficult.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet some really amazing people. Spent time with them, got to know their families and receiving every bit of that in return. Being an influencer, I discovered a new family.
It’s so cool when life surprises you.
Being a Better Dad
For the last seven years, I have been able to just be a dad. Wake up early, make breakfast, help pick out clothes, hold her when she broke her arm, teach her how to make scrambled eggs, cheer her on in her first play, watch her sing her first solo, see her eyes light up when she saw the Van Gogh exhibit in Amsterdam – kind of dad!
I’ve been able to watch my little girl grow up into an amazing young woman. We’ve seen the world together and I wouldn’t change one second of it. Not one.