About Me

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Who Am I?

My name is Brett Shoemaker.  Part-time graduate student. Full-time employee. All-the-time teller of truths. I enjoy challenging status quo, being controversial, going through the buffet line and reading “terms and conditions” policies. At the end of the day, I am just some random guy doing what I can in my small world to make the world a better place in Jesus name!

What you should know:

Typically, I post about once week with a general focus on how we can make life a little bit better. Whether it be on relationships, college, faith, or just getting motivated, my goal is always to challenge, encourage and inspire.

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If you have comments, questions, encouragements or death threats (yes, that happens) you can do that here

Get to know me:

  • I’m a Christian
  • I play several musical instruments
  • My middle name is Eugene
  • Peppermint Mocha is my go-to
  • I grew up in a tiny little mountain town called Burney in California
  • When I was 15, I let my friends brand me like a cow…twice (don’t ask)
  • I have a brother and two sisters
  • I’m 5’7…on a good day
  • One of my favorite things to do is go to the movies
  • I became a Christian when I was 15
  • I want as many children as my wife will give me
  • I love waterfalls and beaches
  • I have taught swim lessons and worked at both a movie theater and a daycare
  • My favorite thing to do is preach
  • I think people with tattoos are cool
  • I love making situations uncomfortably awkward
  • I intentionally laugh really high pitch at random times
  • I can’t use chopsticks
  • My favorite food is pepperoni pizza
  • I love to travel and eat
  • I hate folding laundry
  • Children bring joy to my life
  • Taylor Swift is my celebrity crush
  • My most used piece of advice is “love wins”
  • I’m a small-town boy at heart
  • I like my steak well-done
  • My mom still irons my clothes when I go home to visit
  • I’m an introvert disguised as an extrovert
  • I picture heaven like a scene from “Night at the Roxbury” where everybody is head nodding to “What is Love”
  • I enjoy going out on dates/date night
  • My love language is physical touch…I love those hugs
  • If I’m drinking soda, it is probably Dr. Pepper
  • If I could have one superpower it would be to run backwards really fast
  • I took a modern dance class
  • I enjoy writing songs for people
  • I own and operate a blowdryer
  • My dad gave me “the talk” when I was 22
  • I am fluent in zero other languages
  • I enjoy Will Ferrell movies
  • I love getting hand written letters/cards
  • I often speak in movie quotes
  • About once every 20 days or so I take a day and do absolutely nothing…and its glorious
  • I am pretty political but you’ll never hear me talk about it
  • My eye lashes are so long they act as windshield wipers for my sunglasses
  • Coffee with friends is my fav
  • I like to dance in worship
  • I average about 25 Google searches a day
  • I keep a shotgun under my bed in case of a late night zombie apocalypse
  • I know how to hustle, foxtrot, waltz, cha-cha, salsa, and swing dance
  • I work at http://www.jbdev.com


Check out some of my more popular posts:

A Letter To My Future Wife 

Ten Christian Stereotypes I Hate

28 Tips for the Gentlemen


39 Comments Add yours

  1. Valerie Lakey says:

    Nice 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is really amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this.
    p.s My bucket list has a lot of similar things on it 🙂 best of luck you with your adventure that is life ❤

  3. angel199116 says:

    If I was in Sacramento I would totally help you out with your list! It’s actually pretty similar to mine.

  4. RMD says:

    Hi Brett, you should read thefulltimegirl.com She has a letter for her future husband. Lauren is a Christian and maybe you would like her blog. He brother, Rich DeMoss has a blog boldandunashamed – you would like that too. I like your note to your future girl! RMD

  5. Brittany says:

    Hey Brett,
    Come to Texas (Texarkana) and you can be in 2 places at once. Texas and Arkansas!

  6. Carey M. says:

    I can help you cross “Get married” off your bucket list 😉

  7. You crack me up. Apart from all the goofy fluff, — nah, even IN all the goofy fluff! — keep on unashamedly bringing God glory. Thank you!

  8. Rosie says:

    In regards to “run a marathon,” I recommend doing the couch to 5K (podcasts found on iTunes). It’s really helping me become a distance runner! They also have a 10K one and then you can gradually work your way up to a marathon. Just a thought 🙂 I hope you accomplish everything on your list!

  9. Anna says:

    So I found your blog from the “infamous” sharing of your “To My Future Wife” post on Facebook (loved it by the way… glad to know there are still some of you Prince Charmings out there.) From that, I went through and read most of the rest of your posts. Just wanted to say I have enjoyed your blog so far! It’s very down-to-earth and practical, for Christians and non-believers alike. Keep it up!

  10. lizzycox says:

    We share the ‘Be on Ellen’ 🙂 There’s also a bunch more, but if I listed every single one it would be crazy! I had ‘Have a Foodfight’ as well but I managed to cross it off last year! I talk about it on my blog (http://www.lizzysluggage.com/2012/11/40-completed.html)(I'm on blogger)

    I hope you get to experience a food fight as well! I love reading your posts! You’re a great writer! 🙂


  11. AMPdUp says:

    Huskies are GREAT dogs! You should get one! Found your blog shared on FB today. Good luck in life! When priorities seem to be straight, wonderful, beautiful, and AMAZING things happen!

  12. 1st I read your letter to your future wife and I just wanted to say thank you for writing that, I am totally sharing that with my high school girls I disciple! And thank you for me, because being in my twenties, a Christian, and hopeful missionary its hard to imagine that there is guys out there who still hold to biblical standards, thanks for the encouragement 2nd your before your die list is AWESOME! one thing you should add…pet a shark!

  13. Staphnie says:

    Nice 😀 I’m also compiling a bucket list and yours gave me a few ideas. Haha 😛

  14. Jessica says:

    I can help you with a little more then half of your bucket list since I have done a lot of it myself 😉

  15. It’s crazy to think how many of those I’ve already accomplished without knowing it’s on someone’s bucket list. Must be the benefits of being a third culture child. 🙂

  16. Anonymous says:

    My bucket list is almost exactly the same, plus some more! I’ll actually be marking the “have dinner in Italy” one off in about a month!
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. Hello,
    I would be interested to hear about your experience of being a college student and a youth pastor. How has this experience been? How has God been using this opportunity to work in your life and the life of the youth you are leading?

    Also, I want to thank you for posting your letter to your future wife. It is refreshing to know that there are still young men out there with a desire to follow God and want to encourage their future wife to strengthen themselves, appreciate the beauty that God had In mind when he created them and to wait for the person that will fight for them, because they deserve it.


  18. Tori says:

    I just read your blog posts, and they are really good! I could probably use some ideas from your bucket list lol! I also want to be in a food fight, as well as some of the other things you put up there! Keep up the good work!

  19. Lydia Walker says:

    I just found your blog and love it. But I have to ask, since you are obviously single from your “to my future wife” post {which I loved}…… what was your perfect date that you crossed off your list above and who did you go on it with?

  20. Good people like you give me faith in younger generations. Keep up the good work, and if you want to drive across the country, you have a place to stay in North Carolina. I’m not trying to hit on you in anyway, but you can never have enough good people in your life. Let me know if I can ever help you with anything 🙂

  21. stephkaye76 says:

    I found your ‘To My Future Wife’ post on Facebook from a friend. First off, that was really good. Definitely a good thing to read. Second, reading your “Who Am I” post, I just wanted to comment that if I can quit biting my nails (its tough and I still slip up from time to time) you can too. 🙂

    You seem like a great/inspirational person. Keep it up.

  22. Bridget Chiodo says:

    I think im going to do the same thing! You have a nice list! You have inspired me to do the same.

  23. Bridget Chiodo says:

    You have a great list of future goals!

  24. Aditi says:

    I have just one thing on My List:-
    #1 Help someone with their bucket list.

  25. wiilldflower says:

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  26. Tracey says:

    I, as I’m sure many others have, found you through the “To My Future Wife” letter. I found it to be truly inspiring and it really spoke to me with where I’m at in my life. It’s wonderful to see guys my age sharing my ideals, makes me feel a lot less alienated and lot more like there will be somebody to grow with one day.

    Thank you so much!

  27. Courtney Pierrette says:

    Marathon you say? Well buddyo, once you’re ready, come run the “ultimate human race” AkA the Comrades in South Africa! 91Km of pure beauty. Don’t worry, the lions are all in nature reserves (some think we live in the trees with Tarzan’s leaopard skins wrapped around us) , so you won’t be running from them 😉

  28. Lara says:

    There a beautiful location you should check out for your “two places at one” — it’s actually three places: Germany, Netherlands, & Belgium. You can literally stand in one spot and be in all three countries at the same time — consider it!


  29. Your bucket list is great! Hoping to check some of those off mine too 🙂 thanks for the blogs!

  30. “My wife doesn’t exist yet”. That’s creepy. You planning on marrying an 18yo when you’re in your 40s or are you planning on marrying someone imaginary. Seriously hope it’s the 2nd thing.

  31. April says:

    I read your letter to your future wife first and then this. I thought your letter was really great and had plenty of truth in it. I am currently going to school to become a youth pastor and hope that I can do well at it but I know God will be with me to the end. It is great to know that there are more younger youth pastors out there.

  32. esthermarina says:

    You love making situations uncomfortably awkward? lol I know someone who does that without lifting a finger. 🙂

  33. Rebecca Glei says:

    Who am I…Jean Valjean! So had the urge to put that…

  34. helen says:

    What is your testimony? What are some of the things that the Lord has done in your life? What needed transformations has He reveled to you that you have allowed? Heart operations by the spirit? What fruits of the spirit do you think you bear and which do you still struggle with? When you read “if you want to follow me, you must pick up your cross daily,” what does that mean to you and for you?

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  37. Bebekoh says:

    impressive, especially the last part
    “I know how to hustle, foxtrot, waltz, cha-cha, salsa, and swing dance”

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  38. iamtinu says:

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