Why I love State College

Why I love State College

Seeing that I’ve moved to State College, PA from West Chester I thought it would be fun to share why I am excited to be back in Happy Valley. Here are 5 things I love about State College… Penn State University I’m the third generation of my family to attend Penn State, so blue and white is in my blood. My top three memories that happened on campus would be, beginning my relationship with God in the HUB Student Union Building, watching Billy Joel and Elton John play at the Bryce Jordan Center and camping out all week with my friend’s to get first row tickets for Joe Paterno’s 400th win. Nature State College is amazing in the fall when the trees change colors. There’s an abundance of cool places to hike and explore.  Nothing beats hammocking and reading a good book after hiking Mount Nittany or Shingletown Gap. The Creamery AND Myers Dairy Ice Cream Who needs an explanation for great ice cream? If you don’t know what I’m talking about come visit, I’d love to introduce you to the best ice cream you’ll ever have. The Waffle Shop If you’re looking for your classic breakfast joint, The Waffle Shop is a local staple. Every bible study, book club and business meeting happens here. Looking forward to many morning meetings taking place in this favorite. Festivals and Fairs State College/Centre County is home to festivals and fairs that satisfy every interest under the sun. Some of the main events include the Grange Fair, Arts Festival and Fourth of July Fireworks. I’m a fan of all of them as long as they sell funnel cakes. I share...
8 Tips for Moving | Part I

8 Tips for Moving | Part I

I have to admit, moving gives me stress. I don’t care for decorating and I am a minimalist, so it’s rather ironic that I’m writing this post. I am so thankful for my wife Em’s ability to handle our move so well. This is one fun puzzle in her mind. She likes the process and I like the final results. We work well together and I hope these simple tips will help you in your move (or future move)! 1) Be patient and flexible! Things will break, plans change and accidents happen. You might have to sleep on the floor, use plastic utensils for a month or barrow your neighbors internet, but the work will get done and everyone will live to tell the tale. 2) Top items you will need in the moving process: – Boxes, we got a ton of free boxes from the local liquor store. They are heavy duty and FREE! –  Tape, I’d recommend shipping tape for boxes and gaff tape (worth the extra money) to tape things like draws, mirrors and items you don’t want tape residue on. – Padding! We just used blankets, towels and clothes because we’re cheap. – Cleaning supplies! 3) PURGE! Seriously, it’s good for you and if you can’t do it ask someone to help. We’ve given so much stuff to Salvation Army and friend’s who need things. Em and I have both had moments where we’d like to keep something the other thinks we don’t need and we’ve learned to just be okay with giving it away. 4) Change your paper work and stop utilities before you move. Change your address...
Sharing Our Brand New Adventure

Sharing Our Brand New Adventure

We are happy to announce… (No, we are not pregnant! Sorry, not sorry mom and dad)… that we will be moving to State College, PA in the middle of August!  Emily and I are beyond excited for our move to Happy Valley where I will be working with Keller Williams Real Estate as an Agent. The move comes after five wonderful years of campus ministry with Cru and seven months of intensive training and exposure to real estate in West Chester, PA. Prior to getting married, Emily (Em) and I knew we would be experiencing a career change in the future, and like most young couples trying to figure out this thing called ‘life,’ we had no idea what we were doing. Figuring out life and next steps is hard, especially hard when you’re newly married and now responsible for someone else’s livelihood instead of just your own. In the early stages of this transition, the only thing we knew for certain was our purpose- love God, love each other and love people. In our home, God comes first in all things and it’s our hope that our marriage will reflect that in every facet of our lives (money, work, relationship, etc.) and we know that we have been called to care for others. The challenge came in figuring out what career would give our family the opportunity to reach our goals (more on our goals in a future post) and also care for others like we have done in the past. Obviously, there are numerous occupations that accomplish these criteria, so what stood out about real estate? 1)...