I’m 26 and was lucky enough to be born in the most beautiful country in the world, New Zealand. I’ve seen a lot of it, having spent most of my growing up in Hamilton, studying four years in Dunedin, visiting family in Christchurch and currently living and working in Auckland. Nonetheless, it’s the sort of country that keeps surprising you, with new places to discover nearby, no matter where you’re based or how long you’ve been there.
In my thoughts and interests I’m a generalist. I love the outdoors and crave adventure, action and escape. On the other hand I enjoy cold nights in, reading a book, hot chocolate in hand. I enjoy thinking through money and investments, wanting to work hard to create a prosperous future. But I also value solitude, reflection and down-time. I would rather be poor but have the capacity to love and experience awe, than to be rich but have sold my soul to attain it.
Sometimes I consider this diversity a virtue, making me well-rounded and balanced. Other times it is a vice, making me distractable and unable to see a project through. I’m plagued by a fear of not attaining a fulfilled life, and yet the things that satisfy me are so varied it threatens to tear me apart.
I currently work as a construction surveyor on a $130 million motorway interchange upgrade project along the Northwestern Motorway in Auckland. Specifically, I’m involved with the Lincoln Road and Te Atatu Interchange Improvement projects. It keeps me pretty busy, but it’s satisfying being a piece in the giant puzzle and having a hand in bringing it all together, in the right place.
I’m married to Paula, who shares my desire for adventure but thankfully not my distorted views of what’s possible. She encourages my crazy missions, but keeps me grounded in reality. We’ve been married for four years now, and I still think locking her in so young was one of the smartest moves I’ve ever made.
Cohen, CJ, Cobo, Cobolt, Co-dog, whatever you want to call him, arrived on the scene a couple of years ago. It has been an adventure figuring out how to be a good Dad. As soon as you think you’ve got it nailed he grows up and does something different or learns something new that takes a bit of figuring out. It’s a challenge I enjoy, though, and the things I’m learning will no doubt feature heavily on the site here.
Well, now that you know a little about me, pull up a chair, settle in and explore the site. And, please, tell me a little about yourself…