I list family and religion together since they’re almost synonymous to me, although each have their responsibilities that require meaningful work to be effective. The currency of both is nearly identical as well: service, both in time and actions spent with each relationship. This service has guided the development of some of the sweetest relationships I 've ever experienced. Climbing is a priority that has taken me to some of the most untamed and beautiful places on earth. Through it I’ve learned ownership and stewardship. Ownership from managing and taking responsibility for everything in these remote wilds, and stewardship from the development and repairing of climbing anchors, building trails, and mentoring fledgling climbers that I 've done.
Three years ago I knew a watershed was imminent. Even though there were areas I was interested in studying, I never had any specific plans. However, I knew that it was time to commit, so I fully concentrated on the task at hand. With the purpose of learning more about myself, and with my future in mind, I spent the year systematically considering what field of study I wanted to join. Taking personality tests, job shadowing, and talking with current professionals, I jumped in the deep end on my