Yesterday my friend, Michael, and I explored some of my favorite areas in Kansas City, took a few photographs, and had some wonderful conversations about life. I'm learning more and more that the most important things you can gain in life is real, raw relationships. No amount of fame, success, opportunity, or life experience is as valuable as genuine friendship. When you keep that in perspective, it's a whole lot easier to keep your priorities in check. Looking back over the last year and all of the people in my life that have been a part of shaping me into who I am today, I can't help but take a moment to pause and think how truly blessed I've been.