I currently live in Austin, Texas with my wife and our two dogs, Abbey and Rosie. My wife and I were both born and raised here in Texas. I spent the majority of my childhood in northwest Houston, and have since lived in San Antonio, Dallas, Horseshoe Bay, and Sayulita, Mexico. The majority of my family lives in Austin as well, with some relatives in Houston and as far south as the Rio Grande Valley. We are a very close-knit family and enjoy spending lots of time together — surprisingly enough, we all get along great.
Both of my parents are school teachers (70+ years combined experience) and my Father is also a professional artist. As a result, over the years, I've learned quite a bit from both of them. Perhaps the biggest influence on my career thus far has been my parents' gift of creativity, passion for learning, and a critical eye for detail. Those qualities have led me to become the well-rounded individual I am today. I feel my ability to be creative, and at the same time analytical and business-minded, makes me a valuable asset in the world of project management.
I took some design/art classes in high school but didn't think that was the career path I'd go down — mind you, the internet was just starting to boom at that time and no one could predict how drastically it would change the world. I decided to make a safe bet and started college at The University of Texas at San Antonio, studying Business Administration. I took several course which I believe helped me learn about the fundamentals of business, but I wasn't really passionate about my studies. If there's one thing to know about me it's that if I'm not passionate about something I lose interest quickly.
As a broke college student, I was always looking for ways to make extra money. Since I had some design experience, I decided to start my own t-shirt company, selling shirts to all my friends and fellow students. That's when it all began — I couldn't buy enough books, or read fast enough, to quench my curiosity for my new found passion. It wasn't long before I transferred to The Art Institute of Dallas, where I earned a degree in Graphic Design and Web Development. The experience was amazing and I soaked up as much knowledge as I possibly could before venturing out into the "real world."
Since I was a kid I've always had a passion for two other things — travel and water sports. I traveled a little bit growing up, but probably spent more time outdoors enjoying nature, and in the water. It was rare to find me indoors unless I was sick. In 2008 I was fortunate enough to meet my wife, who happens to share the same passion for travel and the outdoors. In the summer of 2009 we took our first vacation together to a remote beach town, named Sayulita, located on the Pacific coast of Mexico. To this day we can't pinpoint what it was that made us fall in love with the place, but we were hooked from the moment we caught our first wave.
That same year we visited Sayulita three more times, we just couldn't get enough. While we were sitting on the tarmac, awaiting departure back to Austin, I leaned over and told my wife that I'd enjoy living in a place like Sayulita someday — even if it was only for a year or two. If there's one other important thing to know about me it's that when I decide to do something there's no stopping me. Fortunately for me, my wife felt the same way about moving to Mexico. In 2010, after months of preparation and planning, we left our jobs, sold most of our belongings, and moved to Mexico. It was the best thing either of us has ever done, and the adventure of a lifetime. In between daily surf sessions, exploring remote beaches, sailing, and fishing, we each ran our own businesses. I did freelance project management, design, and development work, and my wife started her own successful wedding planning business.
Many people, including our families, thought we were crazy to leave our jobs behind and escape the "real world" for 3 years, but we knew the journey would be worthwhile. The life experiences we earned are priceless and have truly improved our outlook on life.
Copyright © 2013 Rankin Creative. All rights reserved. Inspiration photos copyrighted by the original author.