I’m Falling In Love

It’s official! I’m definitely moving to Cincinnati at some point in my life. I’ve come up with a 5 year plan, and I’m all smiles just thinking about it. Cincinnati makes me so happy. The weather is perfect, the hills and scenery are jaw dropping, and the people are some of the nicest I’ve ever met. Every time I pull up to a four-way stop, everyone just keeps waving each other through, but no one ends up moving because everyone wants each other to go first! Meanwhile in Florida, horns would be honking and fingers would be being thrown in the air.

Aside from that, the northern lifestyle fits me so well. As I write this, I’m walking down what’s called the 5 Mile Trail behind my aunt’s house, and it’s filled with families going on a Sunday stroll and people taking a morning jog. Everyone says hi to each other, there are deer chilling on the side, and the most vibrant cardinal birds are perched on the rustic wooden fence running next to the trail. Life is beautiful up here.

Not to mention the fact that there’s always something to do here. On Saturday, we ventured down to a really hip area called Over The Rhine, or OTR for short. It’s speckled with the coolest shops and restaurants. Just picture countless vintage home stores, boutiques, and restaurants complete with outdoor bars and live music. Who wouldn’t be happy walking around there? Not to mention that I had some of the best cold brew of my life.

After that we went to Homearama, which is an annual home show that happens in the Cincinnati area. Basically, a few home builders build really extravagant homes in the middle of nowhere and people get to go walk through them and vote for their favorite at the end. The houses have underground tunnels connecting the main homes with the mother-in-law suites, massive basements with projector TVs, basketball courts, and even wine/bar cellars! There are also car shows, vendors, and food. If you like to watch House Hunters, you’d love Homearama!

I don’t know what it is, but every time my aunt and I are together we meet people that feel the need to pour their hearts and souls out to us…and Saturday was no different. We came across a really cool tiny home stand run by a gentleman named Glenn who decided to take us on as his new best friends. As we finished looking at the house, he insisted on showing us how it was built, and after a long conversation he began to tell us how he started his business…

Glenn considered himself a very talented man and rightly so. During his time at Ohio State, he was in ROTC and planned on joining the military upon graduation. Glenn came from a military family, so joining the service was only natural. But there was an issue…he had a birth defect in his feet that prevented him from enlisting. Though he was sad, the doctor reassured him that even if he did pass the physical, he wouldn’t have been able to join the armored division, his job of choice, because he couldn’t fit into a tank!

So after he graduated from Ohio State, he ventured off to New York City to strike it rich. Glenn had also always dreamed of designing sets in the Big Apple, so that’s what he did. He created extravagant venues for famous actors and stars like Victoria Beckham.

And although he became extremely wealthy, it was a show with Victoria Beckham that caused him to quit. She was hosting a fashion show at an art museum, and she thought everything was perfect…except for the floors. She hated them. So she requested that Glenn’s company put down red oak to cover the floor…all 50,000 square feet of it. So that’s what Glenn did.

Long story short, the show and reception lasted an hour and a half, and then Victoria went on her merry way leaving Glenn and his crew to throw all of the flooring away. That was the last straw. After growing up poor, it broke his heart to trash thousands of dollars.

So he left the business and, to make another long story short, Glenn began building tiny homes with his mom who is a military doctor. The cool part is that they give the homes away to homeless veterans free of charge! Glenn is now doing what he loves and is able to serve our county in a unique way. My hat goes off to him.

Glenn is such a fine example of someone that gave up all of his successes to do what he loved. Glenn takes no income from his nonprofit. He gives everything he has to others. If just a fraction of the wealthiest people in the world did what Glenn did, imagine what this world would be like.

I’ve met so many people like Glenn while in Cincinnati, people that gave up everything to pursue their passions. To tell you the truth, I want to be like those people when I grow up. Heck, I want to be like them right now!

Cincinnati has inspired me to be a better person, which is why I love being here. I feel a deeper connection to myself and to life in general. But the question becomes, is it Cincinnati or travel?

I’m a firm believer that travel opens up one’s eyes to a whole new world. There’s so much out there for us to see and experience. There are so many other opinions and ways of life that we can learn so much from. We are so caught up in our lives, in today, and in our world that we miss out on all of this. We miss out on inspiration.

And I’m guilty of it too. It’s hard for me to remember to step out of my life in Tampa and acknowledge that there’s so much more out there than school and work…but every time I do, I’m glad I did.

So I encourage all of you to get out there. We don’t have to travel internationally or cross-country to realize how big the world is. I’d bet that the lifestyle a few hours from each of our homes is completely different than that of our own. So get in the car next weekend and just go. Make it up as you go. Even if it’s a day trip, I can guarantee you’ll learn more about yourself and others than you would sitting at home.

The truth is that the world is at our fingertips, but it’s up to us to reach out and grab it.

So tell me, what’s your favorite place to visit and why?

As always, thank you for reading. Don’t forget to like, comment, and share. I’ll talk to you on Friday 🙂

Also, don’t forget to check out Glenn’s cause, Warrior Homesteads, and donate if you’re able. He’s a great guy doing amazing things!

http://www.warriorhomesteads.org/

“Still round the corner, there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

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