The Next Chapter

I was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts on May 15, 1986. During my childhood I lived in three houses in Kittery, Maine before my parents decided to move to Bangor for my dad to attend Bangor Theological Seminary. It wasn’t my decision.

Fast forward around 10 years, after living in Bangor, then Orrington for my middle school and high school life I decided it was time to move away. Maine wasn’t my home anymore and I wanted to try something new. My parents were already in the process of moving to Hartford, Connecticut so my dad could start his new job and I thought, let’s give Hartford a try. It wasn’t the right fit and was ready for something new.

What was next, I asked myself.

Things fell into place when I met a girl during the summer of 2006. She lived in Merrimac, Massachusetts. So, I opted to move to nearby Newton, New Hampshire. I rented a room with longtime family friends Chris, Terry, Melissa and the dogs. It was a great place, but needed to get out on my own. I moved from Newton after around a year and settled in Haverhill, Massachusetts for a few years with a great friend Brad. After my three year serious relationship ended abruptly in 2009, I was lost and didn’t know what was next.

However, that all changed. I found two things that would forever change my life.

Just prior to the end of my three year relationship I was hired at Free Christian Church in Andover, Massachusetts as the Communications Assistant. It was a dream job. Graphic and Web Design, marketing, social media, advertising, admin help and much more. The salary and benefits were way better then I was getting at The Soulfest and it was just the right fit. Although I loved the job, I never imagined I would have stayed for seven years.

The other amazing thing to happen in 2009 was meeting the love of my life. After officially starting to date in October 2009, Jaylyn and I got engaged in 2010 and married in 2012. By far the best decision I have ever made.

In 2012, I began covering local sports and have had the pleasure of meeting new friends a long the way. I launched Mill City Sports and have been credentialed for the UMass Lowell River Hawks hockey team, Boston Bruins, UFC, Rally America, PGA Tour, Combat Zone MMA, Frozen Four and more. It has been an amazing time.

Over the past seven years, I have attempted fun new projects at FCC, met new people but have also had some trying times. The people at FCC are not only amazing co-workers, but amazing friends and I even considered them as my amazing family.

I have learned so much in the past seven years. Have grown as a man, a friend, a brother, a son, a husband, a co-worker and an employee. I have reached levels I never imagined and accomplish goals that I set for myself. It has been wonderful.

I would not trade the past seven years for anything, but sometimes you just need a change and one of the two things that amazingly happened in 2009 is changing.

After much deliberation and conversation, Jaylyn and I determined that Maine is our home.

This May I will be stepping down from my position as Communications Director at Free Christian Church and leaving my FCC family and friends.

This past week, I have accepted a position as the Marketing Assistant at Downeast Toyota-Scion in Brewer, Maine and Jaylyn and I will be moving to the Bangor area before the end of May.

We are extremely excited to return to Maine and start new jobs. Our families are supportive of our decision, including my parents and younger brother in Connecticut.

I want to thank my boss at FCC Kim Black. She has been the best boss anyone could ask for. Thank you to my friends and co-workers Javier, JP, Bryan, Kathy, Andrea, Jane, Robyn, Lorna, Maureen, Vicki, Roselle, Penny, Sami, Nancy C, John, Laurie and others along the way.

Thank you to thank those who helped with Mill City Sports including, Greg, Joshua, Martin, John, Shawn, Matt, and more. Also thanks to Kevin, Pete, Boz, Tim, Tommy, Seb, Chris O, Scott D, Scott K, Bob, Jimmy, Mike M, Scott M, Ryan and others at UMass Lowell and the Lowell Spinners.

Lastly, I want to thank my wife for standing by me as I worked at Free Christian Church and Mill City Sports. The late weekend nights at the arena or ballpark, continuous need to be on my computer to make sure the fans were up-to-date and late weekday nights making sure things were ready for Sunday haven’t been easy on her and she has been a champ.

Things are changing, but things will never be forgotten. For now, it’s on to the next chapter.