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In which I’ve come full circle. Full. Circle.

So, like a year (give or take a couple days) ago, I had my alarm set for 8:05 to meet the likes of Ben Smithee and his Spych crew in the lobby at the Hilton in Austin. I woke up, having been innocently overserved at the Brazen Careerist meetup, at Jason Falls’ party, and an unneccesary nightcap at the Hilton lobby bar before bed. Needless to say, I was not looking forward to jumping out of a plane.

I mean, I was, but I wasn’t. I was feeling like roadkill, looking almost as bad, and in desperate need of a McMuffin and a Gatorade.

Overserved. (Hi, Jenny!)

Some three hours later, I had no idea how much my life would change. No. Earthly. Idea.

That day, I boarded a SkyTeam Aviation aircraft, a PAC 750XL, built for skydiving, which was chasing the sunshine in Texas while its home dropzone, Chicagoland Skydiving Center, was closed up for the winter season. That day, I got back from the jump and got on Facebook and all of my fellow jumpers had “liked” PROskydiving on Facebook. I remember seeing that logo somewhere, but couldn’t put my finger on it.


Me squeezing into my first jumpsuit at Skydive Temple.

We all know that jump changed my life.

Fast forward two months to Memorial Day weekend. I had selected CSC to do another tandem before starting the AFF (accelerated freefall) program to get my A-License. I met Doug, the owner of CSC, and when I had mentioned that I did my tandem at Skydive Temple, he said “oh, then you jumped out of my other plane.”

So let me recap: I went to Austin for SXSW, jumped out of a CSC plane, and then proceeded to get my A-License at CSC, doing several of my jumps out of that same aircraft that I jumped out of at Skydive Temple. Now, CSC is my first client, with which I’ll be working full-time this season, as I start to explore the world outside of Corporate America and start consulting on my own.

Today and tomorrow, I’m taking a handful of fellow SXSW attendees to Skydive Temple to make their first skydive. I’m beyond excited to introduce some new friends to the sport and, hopefully, keep a few more people jumping and have more friends to jump with in the future.

I’m feeling REALLY good about where I’m at in this journey so far.

If you’re in town for SXSW, I’d love to see you. If you’re in town and want to jump out of a plane – we have another group going tomorrow. Let me know.

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  • Ben

    šŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see you when I get down to Austin!! What a great time that was! So excited for all that you have going on šŸ™‚

  • Wish you were jumping with us but SO PUMPED to see you and catch up!

  • I love you. And I loved meeting you on that life changing morning. And I love that my first jump from a plane was prepped by you on the phone with your mom freaking the hell out of me. And i love that I took that pic of you squeezing into the jumpsuit – even though I didn’t know you well enough to know you wouldn’t be pissed at me for taking it … and tweeting it to the world. šŸ™‚ muah!!!! xoxo

  • doniree

    Haha, I vaguely remember an unnecessary night cap or two in that lobby. MISS the fact that I won’t see you there this year, but I have NO DOUBT you’re going to rock it hard core.

  • Sounds like you are destined for CSC. Have fun I wish I were going to SXSW but who knows maybe a similar dream is in the works for me. Depends on who is willing to listen I guess. Have fun and good luck at SXSW,

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  • Ok, you’ve convinced me. Skydiving is now on my bucket list!