Thank You, Next

It’s difficult to close a chapter in life. Especially when you lived and breathed that chapter since you were 5 years old. That chapter for me is soccer. Yes, it’s true. I have decided to step away from playing collegiate soccer. Being a college athlete is a job that takes commitment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days out of the year. It’s very difficult to fully understand that concept until you’ve actually experienced it for yourself. In order to compete at your highest level you have to be constantly managing your training, sleep, diet, fitness, recovery […]

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The Little Things

So much has happened in the past month. I have many things to share, posts to write, and videos to make. Sometimes thinking about everything thats on the to-do list can be very overwhelming. Sometimes it’s best to just take a deep breath and embrace it all. I appreciate the fact that sometimes I feel overwhelmed because there is just so much I want  to accomplish. I have passions, goals, and dreams that need fueling. I recognize thats not always the case for everyone. As I sit in the car on this road trip back home from Tennessee I watch the […]

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2019 Summer in Review

I’m not sure that there are words that can describe how extraordinary my summer was this year. I really don’t think that they exist. I thank God everyday for all of the blessings he has given me. I was very lucky to be able to travel to three new places, each of them beautiful in their own way. Between travels my days were filled with soccer, conditioning, and preparing myself for the big college move that was fast approaching. Iceland My travels kicked off at the end of June with a big graduation present from my parents. My dad, sister, and I […]

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Driving the Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is a very popular driving route in Iceland that hits a lot of popular attractions. The circle is a very easy drive and can be completed in less than a day so many visitors include this trip into their itinerary. We knocked off the first stop at Thingvellir National Park early in the morning with snorkeling in Silfra. Thingvellir itself was so pretty. All the green with, the glassy looking ponds, and mountains in the distance made for quite the site. We didn’t spend that much time exploring the park but I’m sure we would have be in awe […]

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Snorkeling in the World’s Clearest Water

Early wake up call this morning because we had a very exciting appointment to get to! We were going snorkeling in Silfra fissure, a crack right between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The Silfra fissure fills with glacial water that has been filtered underground for decades through lava rock. The filtering process of the glacial water makes Silfra one of the clearest bodies of water on earth with up to 120 meters of visibility. For my first time snorkeling this was definitely the best way to start with a bang! We had a little bit of a drive to […]

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Exploring Reykjavik

The city is a whole new change of scenery compared to driving in the country. There is actually civilization and buildings! Luckily our apartment is right in the center of the city so we could walk to all of the city attractions. We started with a little self guided walking tour to make sure we hit all of the major spots. About two blocks away from our apartment was the Hallgrimskirkja Church, the largest church in the country. You can’t miss the very tall clock tower. For a cheap ticket you can even ride the elevator to the top and […]

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Riding Icelandic Horses

After a nice breakfast made by Chef Dad we packed up our stuff, waved by to our lovely box house, and hit the road to start on our South Coast adventure! Our first stop was the Seljandrofoss Waterfall. The thing that separates this waterfall from the rest is that visitors have the opportunity to walk around the backside of the falls, under the mountain. When driving to the waterfall, it is so grand that you can see it from miles away. The weather was kinda foggy but it made the falls look even more mystical. Getting soaked in the cold […]

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Basking in the Blue Lagoon

What a way to start this amazing trip. After 2 flights and waiting in the airport for 6 hours our first stop was the famous Blue Lagoon Spa. The Spa is only about a 15 minute drive from the airport, so people usually stop on their way into the city or before leaving Iceland. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa found on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland. It is one of the most popular attractions in Iceland and it is considered to have notable regenerative qualities because the water is rich in silica and sulphur. I had dreamed about visiting […]

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My Mission Trip to Puerto Rico — An Experience of a Lifetime

I had the most incredible adventure in April while serving the beautiful community of Arecibo in Puerto Rico. I met the most amazing people with the most beautiful souls. This was my very first mission trip and I loved every single second of it. When this opportunity arose back in the beginning of the school year I jumped right on it. A mission trip is the best of both of my worlds. Serving others and seeing the world at the same time- what more could I ask for? I had really grand expectations for this trip after hearing from others how life […]

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My Only Flex Ever

I was scrolling through Twitter one day and came across a tweet from Jay Alvarrez. He’s an action sports junkie, model, social media superstar, and someone who I had been following for about a year now. I admire his fearlessness to travel the world, his determination to live without regrets, and his pure zeal for life. Right when I read his tweet something clicked with me and it triggered me to start thinking about it’s meaning. My only flex ever will be my imagination for life.. all else is temporary & replaceable. – Jay Alvarrez Now I must give a little […]

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