Second Beginnings.

On April 23, 2021, I worked my last day at Tanabe Racing Development USA. After ten and a half years, I felt that it was time for me to leave and start a new chapter in my life. Yes I know it’s clich√© but I came to the point where working there was no longer bringing me joy in life. In my times there, I had learned so much, met so many people and traveled more than I ever have before, I will be forever thankful for everything that James and Jiro have given me in my time there.

Never got a chance to build Mega Desk

But wait, there’s more! Leaving a job after over ten years was a big deal to me, it was a hard decision to make however it was just one of two big changes I made in my life. Soon after I left Tanabe, I also made the move to Las Vegas. One reason why I made this decision was because I felt that if I didn’t leave the SoCal area (where so many automotive aftermarket companies reside) that I would sort of fall into the same type of role again which I didn’t want. I wanted to do something new, something exciting to me and in the service industry was where I fell. I was referred to Brittney from Osteria Fiorella by my good friend Erin and landed employment here. This was a restaurant that opened in the middle of a Pandemic my James Beard Award winning Marc Vetri. Long story short, I found a job doing something fun and completely new to me and most of all, stress free. Of course there are small things that can be stressful while working but what I mean by this is that you don’t take anything home. You work, you go home and that’s that. The next day is a new one and I am so glad that I went down this road. I’ve met so many amazing people here and that’s what makes work enjoyable.

On July 12, 2021 the restaurant celebrated its one year anniversary with a buy out event in collaboration with La Strega’s Chef Gina. This was a really fun event to work, it was all hands on deck and the house was packed. Seeing all the processes go through like clockwork was truly amazing and I can’t thank the management team enough for letting me be a part of this.

The Osteria Fiorella Team


Surf City Half Marathon

I had a whole overview of the race including day before, warm up and updates by mile. Decided since I don’t think that many people care or even read this I’ll keep it short.

Goal was sub 1:30:00 and I was able to finish in 1:29:06! Strava result here. MIssed the first wave because I had to poop so I had to weave through the second wave in the first few miles! Super ecstatic about this finish! Can’t wait to see what this year holds more me!

That being said, I hit one of my goals this year of a sub 1:30 Half. My other goals for year are:

5K – 18:00

10K – 40:00

Marathon – 3:25:00

2017 Coming to an End

2017 is coming to an end and this year I made a change in lifestyle from sitting around at carshows on weekends to running. In June I did my first 5k, finishing and feeling like my lungs are going to explode…¬† nearing to 190lbs in body weight it was definitely a challenge. Now I’ve dropped 30lbs, running has become very enjoyable and training for a marathon is not something I would have ever thought I would be doing.

Never would I have imagined that I would run for fun, running to the point where I actually feel good physically and mentally is not something that was ever on my radar. I’ve met some of the best people I know and they give nothing but encouragement to me and everyone around them. Thank you to @congruns for bringing me into the running world as well as @minimallmilers and @long_beach_running_club for pushing me along my journey to whatever my end goal is. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for me and my running journey.

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