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A Look Back on #LevelUp

by Dec 23, 2019General

For context, I don’t set resolutions on New Years, I set guiding phrases. This year’s phrase was #LevelUp. One might ask, “What does it mean to level up?”. Truthfully, I’m still not sure I know exactly how I would define it. In the world of video games, you typically “level up” when you have acquired enough experience through accomplishing quests, defeating monsters, or eating mushrooms (read Mario). What’s curious is that it actually isn’t too different in the real world. Actually, the quests tend to require more risk, the monsters tend to be scarier, and while acquiring mushrooms isn’t as realistic, acquiring the things we desire is just as pressing.

The Quest for Physical Health

For me, this year started with several quests, with monsters present all around. One of the first quests this year was my physical health. While I’ll go into the full story in another post, the summary is that I was able to lose about 25lbs this year! In addition, I ran my first 5k in 33 minutes, which I never thought I would do. I also started some strength training, which was a huge step for me, since I had never even attempted this before. look forward to continuing this quest into 2020!

The Quest for Job Satisfaction 

Another quest was finding a new job. I loved Flywheel, my old employer. They have an amazing culture, a thoughtful mission, and hire some of the best people (folks I still talk to today). While I’ll go into all the details of my career search in another post (yes, a trend is forming), I would get denied after the in-person interview portion four times before landing my current role at Checkr. I’m so fortunate to be at Checkr where I get to impact the organization in meaningful ways. Further, their mission makes coming to work everyday purpose-driven.

The Quest for Well-being

The last quest I’ll hit on in this review is what I’ll refer to as “wholistic well-being”. I’ve lived alone two times now and I’ve determined that it’s a bad idea. Maybe it works for you, and if so, great! For me, I want to have people around. But what makes it even better, is when you get to live with your best friend. Again, I know this doesn’t work for everyone, so ya know, live your truth. While I would be remiss to say that it’s perfect all the time, it’s been one of the best years of life and I credit it partially to this.

In addition to changing my living situation, I decided to dive further into my church, Red Rocks. At the time, I started with just doing coffee for one service on Sundays. Now I typically park several services at our Park Meadows location, serve with our Littleton Youth team, and am starting to enjoy their Young Adults ministry as well. It’s not the going, that’s helped my well-being, it’s the immersion. In other words, I’m not becoming a more “religious” follower, rather, I’m becoming a more “relational” one.

Concluding With the Monsters

To conclude, let’s chat briefly about the monsters encountered along the way. Throughout this year I fought back feelings of insecurity, self-doubt, poor self-image, and skepticism. While these monsters are not yet slain, I’m glad to finally be on the attack instead of the defense. This year, to me, is proof that a growth mindset is critical to one’s well-being. Further, to God be the glory, because, at the end of the day, these quests are all set forth by the creator. I’m just doing my best to follow in obedience and with confidence.

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1 Comment

  1. Alec Mieras

    Happy to hear that you’ve settled into the Denver area. Congrats on the 5k!

    I’m curious as to how you check in with yourself to see how you’re doing with your annual phrase at different points in the year.


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