02: Who I Am

By Dallas Cowan // originally posted on my personal blog #dailydc

Grew up in a small town in California called Tehachapi.

My mom and dad are amazing.

I have a sister 4 years older and a brother that is 13 years younger than me. I grew up a youngest middle child.

My middle name is Llyod after my grandfather.

I love Jesus, and I know he loves me.

Married to the love of my life for 4.5 years. (We celebrate 5 years March 10th.) We met the first day of college at my 5th college in five years.

List of schools:

  • College of the Canyons
  • Antilope Valley College
  • The Masters College
  • Bethany College (no longer in existence)
  • Arizona Christian University

I have the highest batting average in ACU history. 1 for 1.

Worked 5 jobs since leaving collage.

Started a non-profit, Share My Seats. We gave away 74 unused tickets in 6 mouths. (Still a work in progress.)

Currently, work at a group home for foster kids with my wife. There are 8 girls that live at the group home and they are beautiful and have been hurt by others very badly. Working with them has been the hardest, fullest, joyful, hurting, time of my life.

My favorite quotes:

“You will be the same person in 5 years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” — Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
“Create things that others want to be a part of.” — Mel Shultz
“Run in a direction and see who is running with you.” — Vody Bockum
“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” — Anna Bartlett Warner
“Do simple better.” — Joe Madden
“God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast.” — Chariots of Fire

My favorite books:

The Bible

The Imitation of Christ — Thomas à Kempis

Creative Confidence — Tom Kelley, David M. Kelley

Scary Close (only book to make me cry) — Donald Miller

Creativity, Inc — Edwin Catmull, Amy Wallace

Mere Christianity — C. S. Lewis

Zero to One — Peter Thiel, Blake Masters

Good to Great — James C. Collins

Love Does — Bob Goff

My strengths from my StregthFinder test gallupreport:

  1. Woo
  2. Positivity
  3. Ideation
  4. Futuristic
  5. Belief

I know that I am loved and made for a purpose. I must live like I believe I am every day.