Really? You Want to Know About Me?

I am honored that you dropped by to learn a little more about me. It does feel a little odd to talk about myself like this, but I understand that you may be interested, and I’ll respect that.

I suppose I could have one of those professionally written, fancy, almost-a-resume About Me pages. You know the ones that make me sound like some super-incredible, can-do-no-wrong, never-made-a-mistake, perfect human beings. Well, that’s not me. Absolutely, 100% not me.

I’d rather sit down and join you for a beer or a cup of coffee or slice of pie. Doesn’t that sound better? We could find some comfortable patio next to a mountain stream and just chat. That’s more my style.

If you are interested, here’s a little more of the story about me…

Me as a kid

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Shea, Brandon, and Michael at KU

FAMILY

My sons, Michael and Brandon, are the world to me. Not a day goes by that I don’t appreciate the amazing gift that they are in my life. I truly believe that I am the luckiest dad in the whole universe.

My extended family is also an unending source of support and love. To be connected to so many people who you know will always be there for you is a blessing that I do not take for granted. The older I get, the more important these relationships become. From a simple dinner to a family reunion, there are few things in life as precious as my family.

HIKING

As a student at the University of Kansas, I discovered this thing called hiking. A nearby state park, Clinton State Park, had a few trails. I was hooked.

Ever since I moved to Colorado, I’ve found that hiking brings me a sense of peace and tranquility. Even in the moments where I may be attempting an arduous attempt at a summit, there is a stillness and inner harmony that I feel when I am hiking. Those moments when I am alone in the wilderness and connected to the natural world, are moments that bring true meaning to my soul.

For many years, Rocky Mountain National Park has been my “home away from home.” I’ve spent days upon days meditating on isolated peaks, walking through wildflowers, and simply recharging my spirit deep in the forest or high in alpine tundra.

I’m excited that my newly launched quest will take me to many new and exciting places to pull on my hiking boots and hit the trail.

Hiking and Being in Nature is Important

The Betrayal of Ka Book Cover

WRITING

I started my first book in college and never finished. The manuscript is long gone, but my desire to write never left. One of my business is a newsletter that I’ve now been writing for over 14 years.

A few years ago, I decided that it was time to tackle the desire to write a novel. I found the endeavor to be far more satisfying than I expected. Over the last couple of years, I’ve worked on a sequel, but it seems that I allowed life and business to get in the way. Recently, I’ve taken a step back, reevaluated things, and am refocusing on writing, including:

  • The Betrayal of Ka sequel
    I’m hoping to publish the sequel in 2018.
  • The Framework for The Priority Paradigm™
    Through the years, I’ve been encouraged to share the philosophy by which I live and to share it with others
  • My National Park Quest
    I’ve recently launched a quest, My National Park Quest. Much of the sharing will be here on my website.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Who put that camera in my hand?

I got my first 100mm camera when I was a little boy, and ever since then, I’ve loved looking through the lens. The ability to capture the beauty of a moment and generate an emotional response pushes me to continue to snap away.

Okay. I’ll confess. If the truth is to be told, I also love the tech. Gadgets and gear are just so much fun to play with. I simply love to buy and play with new toys. Whether is an attachment for my iPhone or a new lens, big boys love toys too.

My love of hiking and nature combines well with my love of photography, with one exception. I’ll be walking out the door, and I’ll pick up my backpack. Sometimes the hardest thing about hiking is deciding which of my equipment goes with me!

Me Photo Sharing  Instagram & ViewBug

Shea Taking A Picture

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BUSINESS

I’ve been an entrepreneur for most of my professional life. I’ve had successes and I’ve had failures. That’s the nature of the beast, and I can’t imagine doing something else, at least right now in my life.

Colorado Sky Media, LLC

My results-driven digital marketing agency. I worth medium-sized businesses that are ready to take a big step into the digital marketing space. From email marketing to social media ads to all things digitally optimized, I dig helping companies realize the potential of the Internet.

The Weekly Mortgage Newsletter

For more than 700 straight weeks, I’ve helped mortgage loan originators, banks, and real estate associated companies by providing a Weekly Mortgage Newsletter. Every Monday morning, my clients have a professionally written newsletter to send to their referral network, highlighting the market and providing valuable content.

FAVORITE CHARITIES

There are days that I am truly awestruck by how incredibly fortunate I am. From my family to my health to the innumerable blessings and advantages in my life.

I believe that we need to support those things that we truly believe in. While I wish that I could do more, I am passionate about conservation, wildlife, and those who are most vulnerable.

Please help me support organizations that are helping move our society in the right directing, while giving aid and support to helping those in need.

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Logo
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative Logo
World Wildlife Fun Logo
Save The Children
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Logo
Wilderness Society
National Park Foundation

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