Best of plans can be thwarted and still create the best of results if you let them. I am a serial entrepreneur and have always been amazed at how businesses take on a life of their own in the first few years. If you allow a company to be what it is going to be and couple that with strategic planning and sheer power of will it almost always creates something better than ever imagined when dreaming of the company to come.

I love the outdoors and love interacting with people in a meaningful way. I’m not big on small talk and feel awkward at times but that’s for another post on a different day. Coodinating outdoors hikes with people is a challenge, to say the least. To add to the challenge I’m not the most organized person when it comes to administrative functions. I have learned to accept this and either deal with the organized chaos or I find help. Recently I started a meetup.com group to assist in planning and getting the word out to close friends and family. To my surprise, we ended up with 76 members in just a couple of weeks. This was not good for someone lacking administrative/organizational skills.

Coodinating outdoors hikes with people is a challenge, to say the least. To add to the challenge I’m not the most organized person when it comes to administrative functions. I have learned to accept this and either deal with the organized chaos or I find help. Recently, I started a meetup.com group to assist in planning and getting the word out to close friends and family. To my surprise, we ended up with 76 members in just a couple of weeks. This was not good for someone lacking administrative/organizational skills.

I know, I know, I going somewhere with all of this. Just hang with me. Over the last month, I have been attempting to schedule a two-day hike. Initially, we were shooting to hike for two days at Big Schloss near Wolf Gap in Virginia. Later this would change to Sky Meadows in Paris, VA due to a lack of people who could participate in the further distances. A week out I tried to schedule sites with the Sky Meadows park and to my surprise, everything was booked. Not one spot was available. Opps I had to change the locations again. I then moved our venue to a hike that was difficult but had some of the most beautiful views in Virgina at Signal Knob. We were all stoked! We had a few members ask if this was doable by younger children. Children under twelve would never make this hike and it would be dangerous to boot.  Once again I chose to move the location back to Paris, VA and we would jump on the Appalachian Trail, hike an undetermined distance and invite my grandchildren including my three-year grandson, Kaleb. This would be doable for both pets and young children.

When Saturday rolled around we were all ready and hit the trail head at 9 am sharp. Heavy rain, lightning overhead, downpours and sideways rain would not force me to change the plans again. Only my son, grandson, and I showed up. This wasn’t a surprise considering all of my planning fiascos. As we are trekking up the side of Mount Weather, I considered turning back and giving in. This is where sheer willpower comes in. We would trek on regardless. After all, we were outdoors, away from the corporate world and enjoying the amazing fireworks show of lightning and thunder. It was as if God was daring us to continue.

We sat on a log and reflected on the possible dangers while all they time telling my somewhat fearful grandson to enjoy the cool the firework show with every BOOM! Finally, the choice was made we would move on.

As we continued we saw the sun peek through and the day became beautiful. My grandson happily hiked four miles picking flowers accompanied by soft owwws and ahhhs as he was discovering a whole new world. We stopped for lunch and were deciding where to camp for the night. My grandson was beginning to feel nature’s call. He had to “poop” and he wasn’t going to use a hole in the ground no matter how much coaxing. After a couple of hours, we decided to make a mad four and a half mile dash back to the car. Kaleb was exhausted and wasn’t walking another step. Then the moment happened.

The plan was for me to run ahead to the car, drop my pack, then backtrack and carry him the rest of the way. Carrying a three-year-old and a full backpack was less than an optimal plan. As I decided to run forward I heard my son say the following words to his son as he picked him up and sat him on top of his already heavy backpack. “Kaleb, You are okay, this is my job. I will ALWAYS carry you when you are too tired to walk.” In that moment I saw God. My son is a father. A good father, who in that moment sounded a lot like my Jesus!

When life is hard. When you can’t take another step. God reaches down, smiles and says. This is my job, son/daughter, I will always carry you when you are too tired to go on.

Even when the best of plans are ruined, if we push on, accepts our limitations, grow in our strengths, then and only then, will we experience what God intends for us. God knows how to change our best of plans so we can experience him.

I have been frustrated with my wardrobe. I tend to be one of those guys who buy things at the last minute as something breaks, tears, or no longer fits. To make matters worse, I am a compulsive clothing buyer in that when I do buy something it is typically when I am on vacation. You can only imagine what my closet looks like with lines of tropical shirts, cowboy boots, and polo shirts that I will never wear.

I was recently on a business trip and was out of town for almost a month. Being in a hotel alone for a month has a way of help a person declutter their thoughts and plan. My wardrobe became the target of such thoughts. I needed a personal men’s clothing buyer/shopper. To my surprise this is a thing, in fact, people will get to know you, pick your clothes and send you a box on a set schedule. They will even tell you how to wear your wardrobe item. I was immediately intrigued, to say the least.

There are many services out there including places like Stitch Fix, Five-Four, and Trunk Club. There are many many choices out there. Know that I typically wear about ten things in my closet, and the rest sits I decided to clean house and spend top dollar for the clothes I DO wear, so I chose Trunk Club in Washington DC and met with Dana my very own personal shopper and fashion consultant. She was/is amazing!

After about two hours she understood my style, lifestyle and the balance I wanted between comfort and style. I spent a lot more that I had intended. In fact, I spent about four times the amount I initially considered. Normally I would have been regretting my decline the next day but to my surprise the opposite was true, I was motivated and invigored. The next evening after work I cleaned out all of my drawers. I am down to two drawers of clothes I wear and one winter/off season drawer. Next step is my closet. In the meantime, I will continue working with Dana and will receive a couple of clothing items a month until I am fully happy with my wardrobe.

Thank you, Dana! I’m finally on the right track, and my wife is now willing to be seen with me in public. My new look is a far cry from hiking boots and pants with zip-off legs.

Well, here it is… HELLO WORLD! This the first post ever. So I guess I should get ready to meet the world. Let’s start with the word Jediael. Jediael the name itself is of Hebrew decent and in broken into two parts YADA meaning to know and EL which is known as the God (father/creator). When I was younger is did a fair amount of gaming and ran across this name and thought it would be great for a healer. Later it kind of stuck. Today, Jediael is a plain and simple truth.  God reveals Himself to those who seek Him.

So who am I and why am I writing and making videos. Well first and foremost its an outlet for me. It is a way for me to stay in contact with family and friends as well as share my adventures with those who as less fortunate. I am so thankful for those people out there with blogs and videos where I have been able to follow their adventures and felt that I was there even when I either couldn’t physically accomplish what they were doing, I was too afraid to actually do it or I just didn’t have the money. Hopefully, I can pay back a small portion of what they have given me by sharing my life with others.

I am in my mid-40s and love the outdoors. Hiking and backpacking are my favorites but I really like about anything you can do outside. I am a serial entrepreneur and have owned and sold businesses since I was 21 years old. I grew up in Mobile, Al where I was raised by my mother and grandmother. In the early days, I never did very good in school and eventually dropped out of high school at the beginning of my 11th-grade year. I didn’t learn until much later in life that I was dyslexic and was probably one of my biggest challenges. It didn’t take long for me to learn that life was hard and I decided I needed to get my GED and some education so I signed up for a local community college dreaming to one day become the next Frank Llyod Wright. After a couple of years, I found that I had an affinity for computers. In fact, my Grandmother was largely to blame for my success in the computer field… In fact, I was able to write my first computer program in 1982 at the age of twelve.

Fast forward several years and I joined the US Navy where I ended up working in cyber security as a radioman. (They didn’t call it cyber back then) Since my days in the Navy, I continued to travel the world and keep the world safe from would-be hackers. The rest is history.

I never know how much to write in these there is much much more to share but that will come in time. Until next time God bless you.