I’ve grown to LOVE Cleveland over the years. Yes, I said LOVE. Keep in mind, Cleveland had always been a tough pill for me to swallow considering I was raised in Pittsburgh. When I came here in 2001, there were a ton of uncertainties. A TON! Would people like me? Would I fit in? Would I have a chance to finally do what I love? Most importantly, could I find any good sushi joints there? Cleveland is a great city and I can’t wait to see it flourish again in the next few years. My decision to move here was easy… I fell in love. Crazy, right? Fast forward several years and I’ve since been blessed with a beautiful, supportive wife, two AMAZING kids, truly inspiring friends, and some of the best memories of my life! Not forgetting to mention some of the most talented and dedicated vendors I’ve ever been around! Here are just a few: Changing a baby’s diaper on a 90 degree day in a car with no air conditioning is no party. Romeo’s makes a fantastic buffalo chicken pizza. In order to coach a baseball team of 6-9 year old kids, one must have dedication, patience and a lot of heart. Lastly, even quirky things, like knowing your left running shoe isn’t tied as tightly as the right, but continuing your run because you think you can beat your best mile! Cleveland brought forth thousands of memories – big, small, happy and sad. These moments helped shape me and will stay with me until the end of time.
Cue the transition in life…
“There’s a place in the sun for everyone, you just got to find it. I wish you luck with yours, I have to go and find mine.” – jl
In a few short weeks, I will be heading south. My family is relocating to Hampstead, North Carolina. It’s been a personal goal of mine to be able to film weddings in multiple states and cities. Moving south is something my family and I have wanted to do for a long time. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. First and foremost, to all of my couples in Cleveland, past and current, I will continue to go above and beyond for each and every one of you. The only difference is that I will travel to you for your wedding. I’ve made all my arrangements for the future weddings I’ve booked here in Cleveland. I will still personally be the one filming your special day. If you haven’t heard from me yet, you will soon. I’m looking forward to the couples I’m working with this upcoming year.
The definition of progression is – “A movement or development toward a destination or a more advanced state, especially gradually or in stages.” My move/progression will involve: unfamiliar territory, unexpected challenges and successes, networking, building my brand in another state, and, as always, sarcasm. Then, once again, a search for good sushi!
I’ll keep in mind what happened when I came to Cleveland – Life moments. Goals attained. Great relationships built. Art Williams said it best: “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it”. Another quote that sticks with me is this one: “What we desire is always out of our comfort zone.” I am a true believer in that statement as this move will be WAY out of that zone of comfort, but that is what makes it so exciting!
I will miss a lot of things: family & friends, Taco Tuesday gatherings, and cold beers at Whiskey Island. One day, very soon, I’ll return and I hope to continue right where I left off with all of you! I really can’t say enough about the great people I’ve met. I am proud to call you friends. You all have a place to visit anytime!
I honestly don’t know what the future holds, I ‘m just living for today!
Oh Yeah, one last thing. As far as good sushi in Cleveland, do yourself a favor and visit Lily at Mizu Sushi. You won’t be let down!
Talk to you later!