Turning 27 and Facing a New Year Part 1 of 2.

Hey friends! Been a bit slow on producing post, so I am sorry for that.  A lot going on, and a lot of thinking as well. Let’s talk about the thinking first. This will be a two-part post.

On December 12th, I turned 27 years old. As most birthdays are when you start getting older I was filled with many different emotions. I was happy to be alive still, thankful for the good memories I do have, thankful for my family (including my amazing huskies of course), but then other negative thoughts creep in.


I am 27 years old. I was heading to good places, but now, well, 2017 has been a stalemate. The foundation of security I was laying for my wife and future kids got ripped a part, because of my car accident and all that came with it. I am now trying to figure out life again. What is next for me? What do I want? What can I do? Those types of questions. This can be very depressing, because we often do not know the answers to these questions. The world tries to tell us by my age I should have a good idea of my direction in life. Well sorry world, I got slapped in the face.

I sat down that night and got my new 2018 daily planner out, and started making some goals along with writing out some plans I already have for the new year. In the front of the planner there is a section for personal, spiritual, and professional goals/dreams for the coming year. That really got me thinking.

Here is some of what I wrote down.

  1. I want to buy my family a new home.
  2. I want my blog and YouTube channel to become a business.
  3. Rebuild security for my future children.
  4. To be as happy as I was when I was traveling the world.
  5. Not let my TBI define me as a husband/person.
  6. To become physically stronger.
  7. To learn how to cook, so I can prep healthier meals.
  8. To learn how to code/program.
  9. Be more social.
  10. Knock off a lot of my debt.
  11. Graduate with my B.S in Psychology.

I have already taken steps towards some of those goals. I have signed up for coding classes online though codeacademy.com, and already completed a few courses. I am enrolled in classes for the Spring at my University to finish the few classes I have left, and I am doing my best not to let the anxiety of it overwhelm me. I am so close to being done, so I really want to finish. I am also trying new things in my physical therapy, so I am motivated to get stronger!

A lot of these goals are going to take time, and a lot of work. In time though I will cross all these off. I am learning, SLOWLY, that my traumatic brain injury is not a block in my path, just something I have to learn to live with and ADJUST. I CAN do whatever I want in this life, and will be happy and successful in the ways I want to be.

As the old saying goes, slow and steady wins the race, so steady I will go.

What are some of your goals for 2018? That one new project you want to do? I want to tell you that you can do it, so take the steps and go accomplish what you desire!

More to come on this…so, until next time everyone! – Travis

P.S. First full Episode on my YouTube Channel is LIVE! Channel Name is “Travis R. Lee”. Episode One: The Introduction. Click here to watch and please subscribe!


  1. You got me at “slow and steady!” Read my post “Returning” form September 16, 2016. My oldest sister Kathy is my mantra of slow and steady – so simple yet says so much. Happy Birthday!

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  2. Hi Travis,
    Continue making progress and one day you will be in the moment and realize that you are there. When I was working on my MBA with a brain injury many told me to not to pursue such a high goal. I persisted. It would take me a whole day to read 1 page due to comprehension. I had to rebuild references to the words I would read and then remember what I read. It was tough and scary but I would not give up! All the reading, rereading, brain challenges and emotional drains paid off. I was already a national honor student prior to my brain injury but when I became an international honor student after the brain injury I knew all things were/are possible.

    I am also working on starting an online business and henceforth struggling with new challenges. But, had I not gone through prior challenges I would not have been able believe I will make it through the new challenges. So, I pray for great strength, guidance and loads of energy on your behalf. You will win! You have won already by getting up to face your challenges. Do you hear the applauses in the background?It is us cheering you on. If you have questions, I’m here to help. And, if I don’t know we will find out together.

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    • You my friend inspire me so much! Thank you for sharing all of this. And encouraging me as well.

      I have taken almost a year off from school, so I am so nervous to get back in. But I am ready and motivated. And I am also excited to see what the new year brings. I will for sure message you if I come across a hurdle that I need you for!

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  3. Perseverance is the key, do what you love the most, money will come after. Belated happy birthday. And to make you feel any better, I’m 39 yrs. old and recently divorced, life must go on.

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