Letter #374: Where’s Next?!

Dear trail,

The first 15 days we spent together were an absolute blast. I can’t think of a better way to have started this year’s traveling. Before that stint of you was said and done, I spent significant time in five different states and drove through at least three more. Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. I don’t even want to begin calculating the number of hours I spent in a van! Regardless you were a blast, and I’m excited to tackle more adventures on you.

Today’s my last day in Branson after a week off from the road. I pick you back up tomorrow. Laundry, school, friends and OSU football will be at the top of my list of things to complete today. Tomorrow I head out on you again. The question is where do I get to go next?! Well, I’m here to tell you…

  • Oct. 17-21st: St. Louis (family shows and I think I’ll interview at St. Louis University and Greenville College the 18th and 22nd respectively)
  • Oct. 22nd: Branson
  • Oct. 23rd: University of Tennessee
  • Oct. 24th: Tennessee Tech
  • Oct. 25th: Carson Newman
  • Oct. 26th: Lee University
  • Oct. 27th: Covenant College

Here’s the glimpse into our next two weeks. Lots of people I’m excited to see and tons of adventure calling my name. You sure do make my life exciting and fun.

Go Pokes,
Professional Traveler
P.S. What do I need to do while I’m in St. Louis?! I’ve never spent time there and am excited to experience it first hand! World Series game?!?!

Letter #356: Trail Beginnings…

Dear trail,

It’s time to release our traveling schedule again. Where oh where will my travels take me this year? Well, for now I’ll divulge my first two weeks. Based on these places and even more the people I’ll get to spend time with at these places, we’re going to be off to a good start this year!

I had the choice of going to interview at either A&M/Baylor or OSU/OU for my first week out. Seriously, what a choice. Of course my loyalties lie in Oklahoma, but probably 40% of K-West’s staff goes to school in Texas. I was hardcore struggling to decide, but then my scheming side took over. I realized OSU played at A&M this past weekend. The second this hit me I started dreaming up possibilities. What if I flew down early and could make it to the game? I let the idea stew for a bit, ran it by Beth, my director, and she thought it was awesome. The second she told me I wasn’t crazy for thinking up this scheme, I took it more seriously. After a few conversations with A&M friends, we decided it was doable. I found a flight; they graciously found me a ticket; here I am in College Station having a blast! The rest of my team will arrive Wednesday to interview staff and begin trail for real! This explains my huge stint in College Station and my 15 day journey!

  • Sept. 23-28th: Texas A&M
  • Sept. 29th: Baylor
  • Sept. 30th: Dallas Kanakuk Staff Reunion (Watermark Church, 8-11 p.m., be there!)
  • Hang in Dallas with friends
  • Oct. 3rd: Auburn
  • Oct. 4th: Samford
  • Oct. 5-7th: Catalyst Conference, Atlanta (I’ve heard raving reviews about this guy and am stoked to see what it’s all about. And Dave Ramsey’s one of the speakers!!!!)

So there you have it. The first two weeks of you look to be an adventure filled with fun reunions, meaningful conversations and unforgettable memories. In the midst of all this, I’ll be praying for three specific things: discernment and direction while interviewing; purposeful and intentional time with friends/staff; refinement and growth in my walk with the Lord in the midst of my crazy schedule.

On the road again,

Texas, Alabama and Georgia visitor

Letter #329: Traveling Challenge 2.0

Dear trail,

Well, we’re closing in on your time of year again…less than a month away! As one season of craziness closes (camp), another one opens. By the time I get settled into being at the office, I’ll transition into life on the road. In case people have forgotten exactly what you are, let’s explain.

During the offseason of camp, if you can even call it this, the full time employees infiltrate college campuses recruiting staff for next summer. I get to travel for 10 weeks each fall visiting current and former staff members as well as meet tons of new people. I interview hundreds of girls for potential employment for Kanakuk Kamps, but even cooler than that I get to listen to people’s stories. You were definitely the highlight of my fall last year, and I’m looking forward to discovering what cities, campuses and friends you’ll take me to this year.

When I started this blogging adventure nearly 11 months ago, I had no idea what would happen. On a complete whim, my fifth post solicited readers to aid me in my “traveling challenge.’ Legitimately to this day, I’m not sure where or why I came up with this, which is still one of my favorite posts…

I was blown away by the response to this post. I have acquired 15-20 college t-shirts representing my travels. For the first few weeks of camp this summer, staff would ask me exactly where I went to college because my wardrobe was confusing them! Auburn, A&M, Baylor, Ole Miss, Carson Newman, Wichita State…the list goes on and on. The best part is there’s a story and blog post behind each of them.

So round two of you begins soon. The “traveling challenge’ of last year enhanced my experience, as well as those I was traveling with because they loved to give me a hard time!  I have to come up with a new challenge. Acquiring paraphernalia from the schools I attend will always be awesome and I’ll never turn down an addition to my wardrobe, but I want to keep it fresh and fun. I’m convinced if life, specifically our jobs, is fun, we will perform better and enjoy it more.

So, round two…what’s the challenge?! Readers, if you were in my shoes or if you could see me try to achieve something this year, what would it be?!

The model for “Project Runway: College Style‘ returns,

Needer of a new mission

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