Whenever I sit down and try to write one of these things I find myself repeating the same old elevator pitch most of us fall victim to. I start with what I do for my profession and that’s where it ends; but we are so much more than what we do for a living. We’re Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers, Sons, Daughters, best friends, confidants, lovers and more. We have passions and goals; or at least we ought to.

Years ago, I found myself defining who I was as a person by what I did for a profession. It’s true my profession is a part of who I am, but it doesn’t define me. I am not my job. This might seem trivial to some of you but for me it was a revelation that hit me like a punch in the face. After the price of oil plummeted, and the industry began its relentless onslaught of layoffs followed by reorganizations; I realized I am much more than my job title. I had lost sight of the people and interests that brought me joy in life. That was a tough period in the industry. Many people I knew, and cared about, were impacted. Some never recovered. Many left the industry all together. The experience made me think about who I was and the kind of person I aspire to be.

My name is Joshua. My best bud is a Canary Mastiff named Oso. I pursued engineering because I love to solve complex problems. I believe math is the language of the universe and that knowledge is the key to self-discovery. I have devoted the last two years to the pursuit of knowledge, spirituality, meaningful relationships and adventure. I love to travel, train martial arts and eat. I see life as an adventure. I’ve fallen, picked myself back up, met amazing people and visited awe inspiring places. I can’t wait for what comes next; and I hope to share some of the insights those experiences may bring me with you.