I am so glad you are taking the time out of your day to visit my page. That truly means a lot to me. Let’s start by introducing myself. My name is Travis Haines. I am a Christian. I am also a husband and a father to two B-E-A-utiful children (extra bonus points if you know what movie that is from). I enjoy fishing, technology, food and spending valuable time with my family.
What I Do…
I am currently working full time as an IT guy. Yep. I’m one of those guys that ask “have you restarted your computer?”. I will soon have a Bachelor’s of Information Technology with a specialization of Security. If you really want me to bake your noodle, I also was a butcher in my previous work life with a degree in Culinary Managment. Yeah, an odd variety of experience, I know. But I believe God’s ultimate plan for your life will involve all your experiences. He will take those and put them together to makes something great. I just have to trust and be patient enough to see it come to fruition.
All that leads up to this…
It has taken me a while to figure out what I want to do in life. I have tried a few things and have definitely found what I don’t want to do. But after all that trial and error it all came down to the same conclusion. No matter what I do in life, I want to help people. It seemed like everything I did had the ultimate goal of helping other people and making them HAPPY in some way.
As I worked toward a culinary degree, my plan was to open a restaurant. Food seems to make people happy and I enjoy business and cooking. Seemed like a perfect fit. Unfortunately, wanting to be a father and a family man more than anything, the restaurant business is pretty rough on hours and demand on holidays. So needless to say I changed it up and off to IT I went.
Now yes, IT can be rough on hours at times but not like the restaurant business, at least in the position I am at right now. IT intrigued me for a few reasons. First off, I love technology and understanding how it works. But not only that. It feels good to be a part of really helping scale a business while at the same time fixing problems. The company I work for is still considered a small business. Because of that, I feel like what I do has a direct impact on the scalability of that business. I love being a part of that sort of thing.
Now before I start rambling too much…
I want to get to the point. After all that, I still felt like it wasn’t enough. I still longed to do more. I wanted to help on more of a personal level. I needed to not only feel like I was helping someone with their work, I wanted to feel like I actually made a mark in someone’s life. Being a Christian, I also felt it would all be for nothing if I didn’t share the word of God along the way. The last thing I wanted was to get to the end of this life and know I could have done more in my faith.
This is where the blog comes into play…
One thing I haven’t shared yet is ….. I am pretty introverted. I don’t do well just talking to people. I am not good at just striking up a conversation. I can’t approach someone I don’t know and talk like we have been friends for years. It is a struggle to get into personal matters and talk about feelings. When it comes to personal matters, I kind of shut down. I don’t know what to say. And the last thing I want to do is say something wrong that will make the situation worse. What I do, is a lot of listening. I am a very good listener if I say so myself. I can listen to someone for a period of time and really take in what they are saying and the feelings they are feeling. I am not sure if that is a talent, but it’s what I got.
Because of my “introvertedness” (call Webster because I think I just made a word), I thought a blog would be a perfect platform to get out what is on my chest. I thought it would be a perfect place to connect with people and really get to know the needs that are out there in this world.
I am not going to pretend to have all the answers. I am not here to pull the wool over someone’s eyes or to “fake it until I make it” sort of thing.
I am here to try my best to add value to your life.
I know my message is not going to be accepted by everyone. That is okay. I am not trying to reach every person. Yes, it would be nice if everyone wanted to hear what I had to offer, but I am not going to set that expectation for myself. If you want to hear it. Good. Stick around and I will do all I can to add value and help you through this journey called Life.
I want to teach the Bible
I am making an effort to read my Bible more. I want to learn all I can about how we are supposed to live while on this earth. There are so many questions around the social, economic and world issues today. I believe that the Bible is Gods blueprint to life and all the answers to these questions can be found there.
I want to encourage and lift others
There is too much negativity and hurt in this world to ignore. I want to be a light in the darkest parts of someone’s life. If there is a struggle you are going through, I want something I say to encourage you. I want you to keep your head up and keep looking forward. There is a purpose for every life on this earth. Sometimes it is hard to see when you are at rock bottom, but I assure you, God has a plan for your life. You just need to trust him and listen for his direction.