I live near Nashville, TN with my wife Rachel, daughter Ellie, son Zeke, and my wolf-like dog Jasper.

I’m the face behind a small web design company called Tin Cans & String. I feel very lucky to have a job that I enjoy and one that allows me to spend time outside of work as well.

“Just do what you want to do until somebody pays you to do it.” —Paul Jerde (Jeff Rogers TGC article)

I started Tin Cans in August of 2012 after I quit a pretty secure job. It was a leap, but one I knew I had to try. I enjoyed the people I worked with, but I wasn’t really into the type of work I was doing. If I am going to spend 8 hours a day doing something, I want it to be something I enjoy. So here I am, building websites for a living. Sometimes I work 8 hours a day, some days more, but most days less.

If you need help building something on the web, please get in touch!

What Really Matters

I enjoy being with my family. One of my favorite perks of working for myself is that I plan my job around life, instead of the other way around. I think it’s the way it’s meant to be. Life is what you make it and I am pretty happy how things have turned out so far.

the long family

The Long Family back in 2017 by Sarah Gilliam

My awesome wife, Rachel, is a fantastic mom, and a teacher, Eleanor (Ellie) is now 9 year, and Ezekiel (Zeke) is currently 6.

Another thing dear to my heart is Nature. God’s country is beautiful and I love exploring it. There’s so much to see and so little time on this earth to do so.

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.” —Christopher McCandless

I enjoy being outside whether it’s hiking, driving through mountains, sitting in the woods thinking, or on a porch with friends. I think we were made to be outside and even though I’m plugged into a computer most of the day I try to get out as much as I can. There’s a kind of connection there that I don’t feel anywhere else.

Read more about how I spend my time or what I think about on the blog.