What do I like to do in my free time?

Welcome! This page is dedicated to my personal life and hobbies outside of work. Read on to learn more.

Travel

Traveling is my #1 hobby. I love exploring new cities, meeting new people, and immersing myself in other cultures. I’ve been hooked on it ever since I studied abroad in London during college.

Picture of London from Devlin's study abroad trip

Traveling to new places is so enjoyable for me because it’s a rapid-fire, nonstop learning experience. Immersion helps me learn like nothing else, and every new trip leaves me feeling like a more well-rounded, cultured human. I also appreciate the beautiful architecture, languages, and nature scenes that I’ve had the chance to experience.

Photo from Edinburgh Castle

While I’m not a seasoned world traveler by any means, I have traveled to:

  • England
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • The Netherlands
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Hungary
  • The Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Vanuatu (a small island-nation in the Pacific Ocean)

Vanuatu Villas

Amsterdam photo by Devlin

Photo at Stourton Gardens by Devlin

Next, I’m hoping to explore Japan and Scandinavia (two separate trips, of course!).

Reading, Writing, & Coffee Shops

These three go hand-in-hand for me. One of my favorite things to do is spend some time at a coffee shop with a good book or pen and paper.

I read fiction and nonfiction alike. My books of choice lately have all been related to performance consulting, but I’ve read my fair share of classics as an English Literature undergraduate.

I’ve also written a good deal of fiction, but lately I’ve devoted a lot of my creative efforts to the articles on this site and my own personal journaling.

Finally, coffee shops are the perfect literary environment for me. Caffeine and the smell of coffee beans kick my mind into overdrive, and the regular background chatter helps me lose myself in my work.

Panther Coffee photo taken by Devlin

(If you’re ever in the Miami area, let me know and I can show you some of my favorite writing haunts.)

Video Games

I also love to play games. I always have, and I’ve accepted that I always will. It’s no surprise why I do, either — they’re challenging, filled with learning opportunities, and goal-oriented.

My favorite games are multiplayer ones — ones where I can interact with the world around me and partner with others to accomplish shared goals.

Here are some of the games that I’ve played in the past or continue to play currently:

  • PC: World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Age of Empires, RuneScape
  • Playstation: Horizon Zero Dawn, Borderlands, Battleborn, Dark Alliance

If you’re a gamer, feel free to reach out…maybe we can play together!

Spending time with my partner

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working is spend time with my partner, Taylor. Whether it’s a movie date, cooking session, or trip around the world, spending time with her makes me happier than anything.

Devlin and Taylor on the beach

We met during our semester abroad in Fall of 2015, and we fell in love with each other during our travels. We’re currently engaged, and we expect to get married in mid- to late- 2020.

Well, that’s enough about me! I’d love to get to know more about you and what you like to do. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to start a conversation.

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