Hey. I'm Paul.
A little about me:
Every day, I wake up and get to do what I love.
Sometimes that looks like teaching Writing to middle school kids. In college, people told me it took a certain type of crazy to want to teach that age group. After my first placement in middle school, I found out I was crazy. Because I love it. The kids are awkward, weird, silly, enthusiastic, and every single day is fun with them.
Sometimes, what I love to do looks like working at my church, Epic, teaching and running social media. No church community has it all together, and neither does Epic, but there's nowhere else I'd rather build community and figure out what it means to love God, to love your neighbor, to live "life to the fullest" like Jesus says in John 10:10. I moved to Philadelphia to help start this church, and a whole mess of blood, sweat, tears, and laughter later, Epic might be one of the best things to have happened to me in my lifetime.
I also love to travel, to explore, to chase adventure. I always have at least a few trips I'm planning. Some of these trips are retreats to the mountains or the woods. I feel at home in mountain air. Some of my trips are to cities—to walk around under the watch of the skyscraper sentinels and the glow of lights. I feel at home there, too. Sometimes, I'm hiking. Other times, I'm jumping off a cliff. In the winter, I'm snowboarding. I'm on my way to to hitting every state in the U.S. (currently at 48, only Hawaii and Alaska left) and every national park (I have 29 so far). And then there's a whole slew of adventures to be had in movies and books and coffee shops and friends' living rooms. I'm a fan of those, too.
I love people, especially my wife Carly, and our dogs, Perry and Winnie.
I love to write and communicate, which is why this site exists. It sounds corny, but I want to help people, I want to give them hope, and I want to create beauty. I hope you can find a bit of that here.
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