After a (not-so) brief hiatus

…two-plus years, specifically….

I’m reviving this site. I’ve wanted to bring back this blog for a long time now, but with balancing photography and either Chipotle or my other work, it’s been a little much.

It’s been a pretty amazing two years. Let’s see if I can summarize quickly:

  • Worked for Chipotle for about a year and a half during one of the most difficult times in the company’s history. Ultimately was a casualty of their business downturn — they call it “restructuring” in corporations — and parted ways a year ago.
  • Leaned into Shane & Alli Photography in a big way. The business is doing really well and continues to be a lot of fun for Alli and me.
  • Spent most of 2017 working for a nonprofit, leading their marketing, community fundraising and annual giving efforts. More “restructuring.”
  • Traveled to some really amazing countries — Iceland, Ireland, Czech Republic. I’ll come back to those in a future post.
  • Adopted two dogs after Dreyfuss passed away. Named them Buzz and Woody.
  • Turned 40.
  • And 41.

So yeah, that’s what’s been going on with me. I still tweet a ton and I post a lot of photos on Instagram.

The blog just became kind of secondary to all the other social media things that were going on. I pointed this domain to my Tumblr for a while because I at least was pushing my Instagram posts there…

Over the holidays, I had this idea to start a movie blog that took a slightly different approach. Then I thought to myself, “I can’t even blog on my own site, what makes me think I could do a movie blog?” So a few days ago, I dusted off the SQL database for this blog, installed a fresh WordPress instance and voila! Here we are.

Let’s see if it sticks.

So here’s the deal

Every so often, I have to re-evaluate the blog and its purpose. Lately, I haven’t been feeling all that bloggy lately. Perhaps it’s my effort to scale back my responsibilities in life since I tend to take on too much. I’m freelancing less, I’ve been to church 2 times in the last 6 weeks and I’m figuring out that the word ‘No’ can be extremely liberating.

Still, there’s plenty going on in my life so I’ll give a quick rundown…

  • I’ve discovered that I like my oatmeal a lot more if you add some sliced strawberries.
  • Summer means it’s time for So You Think You Can Dance. This group is more talented than any other season, but in my opinion, the contest is Will and everyone else. That guy is amazing.
  • Alli and I are going to a spiritual life workshop at the end of the month. I’m really excited because it’s at our alma mater. I’m kind of excited to spend some time up there (although it will be ridiculously hot).
  • I am officiating over my first marriage a week from this Saturday. I’m so excited to be a part of this union. It’s one I believe in very much and I’m thrilled they chose me to officiate.
  • Alli’s business is going really well. She’s had some great jobs this summer, including one that involved painting all the planets in the atrium of an elementary school. 
  • Speaking of Alli, we bought her her very first bicycle in her life last weekend. I dusted my 10-year-old Raleigh off and we went for about a 4-mile ride the first time out. She’s really doing well for having never owned a bike before.
  • I’m helping my brother build a dog house on Saturday. 
  • I’ve yet to find a coffee you can purchase in a store that is better than Starbucks Pike Place Roast.

So that’s about it. I hope this blog finds you well. Not really, but it’s all I have time for this morning.