Isabel & Her Day at Chuck E. Cheese!

"New year, new me."

I never really liked hearing this whenever someone would say this. With a new school year just about to start up tomorrow, it’s been prevalent. 

I understand the notion and what people are trying to explain: clean slate, starting fresh, etc.

Yeah that sounds good and dandy, but why does it have to be a whole “new” you? The way I look at a new year is a - same me, but with improvements. 

I”m going to be the same happy, loud, fun, sometimes funny (actually all the time) guy that people know me by. I’m going to that same being.. except I’m going to adapt to what I have learned this past year. I’m going to improve from the natural life lessons that living an extra year has given to me. For example, I (hopefully) will be eating healthier, become more organized for school, review for classes more often, etc. 

I don’t necessarily want to just become a whole new person and be a totally “new me”.

I’d just rather be something like, “DANIEL 2.0”.. or how many other school years I’ve had in my life :).

Cheers to a great junior year!

"J - M - U ….. duuuuuuuuuuuukes"



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Photos by Kristen Bretscher [flickr]

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I’ve been working on promotional Explosive Performance videos and had a lot of left over film. I wanted to play around with video editing again and decided to do a motivational-type of video to hopefully encourage others to do whatever they’re trying to change in their lives and do it. Like I said though I’m still messing around and learning this stuff but I hope you guys enjoy!!

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Prayers to all of the people in that town. This is bullshit anyone is treated like this. It is fucking 2014 get ur shit together.

"We all bleed red but whos blood is in the streets?"

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Fastest way to get through a border patrol checkpoint

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My Dream Job.

Every time when I would get asked about what my “dream job” or what I want to fulfill a career in - I wouldn’t have a straight-forward answer. I would flip flop saying, “something with sports, maybe a physical therapist or personal trainer”.. some type of answer like that.

It wasn’t only until recently where I definitely knew what I want to do - what I really want to do without consideration of education.

My answer: a basketball coach. plain and simple.

I love the game of basketball - and quite frankly I know I’m not good enough anymore to try and play, but I also love to teach others.

I want to have a close-knit family where my players would see me as a role model or even like a fatherly/big brotherly-figure. I want to spread my knowledge and love for the game to my players. I want lead them to victories and show them the positives to agonizing defeats.

Being a basketball coach is much more than just teaching people the game of basketball. It’s about building a relationship and inspiring others to  be a great human being on and off the court. 


The Squad.

Something I miss the most - not even just of high school - but just of life or whatever, is my high school basketball team.

It was different because usually my best friends are my cousins ya know? But with my old team, they were who I considered my best friends to be (not being related). We would be obliged to see each other every day because of practice but even after practice and on the weekends we’d hang out and everything was just a good time. Even today when I see them around it’s like we haven’t skipped a beat. 

My cousins are near and dear to me because I grew up with them. What I realized though - these dudes on my team were basically like my cousins who weren’t related to me. Shoot, most of them I grew up with and went to the same school/classes since Kindergarten! And growing up we’d always be in the same leagues and teams just because we lived by each other. 

But man, I really miss my squad though. Any day we were all down to play ball, go out to eat, chill, etc.

Now that I think about it, that is what I pretty much miss most with while being in college and at JMU. I go to a school where no one on my basketball team is going and I think I’m the only one w/o a teammate at my current school lol. 

I guess what I’m really trying to say is that yes, I do miss my team. But I also miss the feeling of being so close with a group. I’ve realized at JMU I’ve made friends and all, but I haven’t made a real family yet. Family that I would hangout with everyday like second nature. 

Hopefully this year will be different.