Wanted to say thank you for all the birthday love. Yes, even the ‘Happy Father’s Day’ and ‘Welcome to your 40s’ jokes. Feel like I had a really good run during my 20s and I have many of you to thank for that.
During my 20s I:
Joined the Irish National Baseball team and have competed at the International Level representing my grandparent’s native country. I consider it my proudest personal accomplishment so far in life. Since joining them in 2005, at just 20 years old, I have traveled to nine different countries. More than teammates, the folks associated with Baseball Ireland are considered extended family. It’s been an amazing decade and a privilege to play for the wonderful country of Ireland. I am blessed to be a dual citizen. Pride and honor.
I lost my grandfather in 2006 after my first tour with Ireland. We won the silver medal during the qualifiers in Belgium, the highest our great country has ever finished. Although losing Papa was extremely difficult, I am so thankful I got the chance to tell him about my adventures in his homeland and beyond.
I graduated from college in 2007 with a degree in Communications from Suffolk University (although I still rep Umass Amherst to this day). I also had the joy of watching each of my four siblings graduate from college.
I taught at the Neighborhood House Charter School in Boston, Massachusetts for eight years. I bartended and bounced at The Beacon Hill Pub for eight years as well. The duality of lifestyles were often hilarious and provided me with some of the more important experiences of my life.
I began a career in making Hip-Hop music and since 2011 I have released three full length projects (The Bartender, 2011. 20 Something, 2012. Ways To Go, 2013.) I was selected as a member of the ‘12 for 12’ collective which made history in the local scene. From the old Harper’s Ferry in Allston, to A3C in Atlanta to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas to now Los Angeles, California … it’s been quite an amazing ride thus far.
30s should be fun to say the least. I just wanted to say thank you to anyone that has positively impacted my life so far. Thanks to all my friends. Thanks to all my supporters. Former students. Most of all thank you to my family. Not sure how I got the hand I was dealt but I’m forever thankful. They are perfect. My aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents have been instrumental in my upbringing. Thanks to my younger brothers and sisters for literally everything. Hard to fail knowing you’ve got four good people at your side no matter what the circumstances. Most of all thanks to my parents. I’ll never understand how you did it. 31 years of marriage and five kids … and somehow I managed to slide into 30 safely. Thanks for the birthday love everyone!