My name is Dave Markwell and I am a 51 year old father of two. My 21 year old son, Aden, is a senior at the University of Washington. My 17 year old daughter, Helena, is a senior at Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, WA (my alma mater!!). They are both bright, kind, good humans. They are my greatest success.
My journey has taken me many places. I have traveled and worked and lived many lives within one. I have built parks and homes. I have mowed lawns and poured concrete. I have sold houses and bought and remodeled them. I have owned and operated a CrossFit gym and a gaming arcade. I have been a fitness coach and a life coach and a writer.
The experiences of my journey have shaped me and given me a diverse perspective on things- life and people. I am immensely interested in people and service. I aspire to help folks create good things in their lives. This goal has been the common thread tying my eclectic journey together. I’ve always been interested in helping people have better lives. And, I’m still interested and committed to contributing whatever I possess toward this effort to make the world a little better place to be.
My love of words began in a musty travel trailer reading old Western books as a little boy while on fishing trips with my Grandpa in eastern Washington State. These early years opened up a world of heroes and villains and the complex dance, with the often blurred lines, of human relationships. I have always been fascinated by these things. Our beautifully flawed humanity is rich with wonder and grace and confounding truths and love. These are my favorite stories...
I have been writing for a long time...I have journals and stories and observations dating back nearly 40 years. I love words. I have written many of them, including:
For several years, I wrote a weekly column for our local on-line newspaper, The Waterland Blog. My column was titled "Feel Good Friday", and lives as a predecessor to this idea. It was popular and demonstrated that there was/is an audience for my words. I complied some of my column essays into a self-published book titled, "A Feel-Good Life: The wandering, uncertain journey of a dad who loves his kids...and sometimes his dogs...". I have also been published in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" franchise books.