This Guy.

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There are a few things everyone should know about Tanner Berrett Minnick.

Before I begin, I must mention that my extremely gorgeous sister, Lauren, helped me put this together. (Guys... she's single).

We'll start with two quotes from two of Tanner's best friends. I think it's interesting that when you ask someone about Tan Man, they will all tell you the same thing: that he's one incredible guy. The ironic part is that Laur and I wrote most of this before we got these two quotes and they only further validate the image we were trying to portray.

"Here's the thing about Tanner: he is hard working, hilarious, stylish, loyal, hilarious, good looking, kind and ambitious all in one person. How can anybody compete with that? Tanner is my best friend. I can always count on my Tanner to support and love me in whatever I do. He is and always will be at the top of my favorite people list. I'd do anything for him. I'm so happy and blessed to have Tanner in my life. I love that child."
-Whitney Minnick

"First off, Tan is one of the most caring people you will ever meet. He would do anything for anyone! Tan is compassionate, hysterical, loving, perceptive, caring, uplifting, inspiring, unique and an absolutely amazing person. He always knows how to put a smile on your face, and exactly when you need a big hug. I know that he is ALWAYS there for me, no matter what! He's an incredible role model and I look up to him so much. He's taught me to be proud of who I am and not worry what others think. He's got a special spark to him that makes you feel accepted. Tan has so much potential, that I know he will reach. I couldn't ask for a better friend than him and I'm so grateful to have him be a part of my life. You can't help but giggle when you're around him and to be honest, I never get sick of him. He'll be such a successful man with the dedication and determination he has. I have no doubt that he will always be in my life and I'm so thankful for that fact. He's comfortable in his own skin and I'm so proud of him for that. I love Tan to the moon and back!"
-CC Stokes

Tanner is an incredibly talented ribbon dancer.

"The first time I ever met him, he ribbon danced for me. I knew I loved him instantly."
-Linze Struiksma

Some of you may know that this is the "talent" Tanner used to audition for the Peer Leadership Team at Alta High and of course, he made it! Some of you may be thinking, "Ribbon dancing... really?"

Yes, really.

Tanner is uninhibited. He is brave. He is not afraid to do things that others will not. Whether he truly wants to do it or in the case of ribbon dancing, because it's hysterical, Tanner is not afraid.

Also, if you ever need to smile, I would suggest asking Tan Man to teach you how to "twerk." Apparently that's a thing.

Tanner is uninhibited.

This section goes really well with the last one.

"The thing I love about Tanner is that he honestly marches to the beat of his own drum and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. He does what he wants to do and that is a really powerful and inspiring quality he has."
-Linze Struiksma

"Tanner always thinks outside the box. In fact, I'm fairly certain he doesn't even know what 'the box' is."

Tanner is unique in this sense because while the rest of us are stewing about what everyone else will think of us, he is ten steps ahead of everyone. Because of this, Tanner is able to do things that nobody else can. I wish I could be more like him in this aspect.

Tanner has a better fashion sense than the rest of us put together.

This kid is a stud. Nuff said. (Also, he gladly claims the role of "Spencer's personal shopper..." but only on the days when I actually look decent).


Tanner has a heart of gold.

It is unlikely that you will ever find someone as kind and caring as this guy. In fact, I would say that he often cares to a fault sometimes. He is constantly worried about others and concerned for their well-being. From great things, like raising $5,000 in the matter of a few months to go and serve in India to small things like cleaning my extremely messy room after I got dumped, he is always finding ways to help and serve others.

Because of this, Tanner is probably the most loved person I know. I do not know a single person that can say anything bad about him. (Unless they made it up!) Maybe that's putting him on a pedestal a little bit, but he deserves to be there.

Along these lines, he is also one of the more loyal advocates you can have on your side. He will go down fighting for you even if he knows that you know you're wrong. (That makes sense... it does... reread it). Somewhere in the past 4 years, Tan Man has changed from a pesky little brother to one of the best friends I could ever ask for. I trust this kid with my life, and I don't give out that compliment often.

"Tanner LOVES talking and he has always made us laugh. The ironic thing is that it is actually his listening abilities that draw people to him. He gets MANY calls from people who need to share, cry or vent. His loyalty, ability to keep confidences and wisdom make him a good friend."

Tanner is hysterical.

"He is so funny. So so funny."

I like to this that this kid inherited my wit. At least I hope I'm partially as funny as he is. I kid you not, since he started talking at 9-months-old, he has only spoken in full sentences and hasn't shut up for 17 years and 3 months. But as he kept talking, he kept getting funnier.

At two years old, he was in his car seat and he said, "Mom, I pooped my pants!"

A distraught mother replied, "What?!"

Tanner grinned back and said, "Made ya look!"

I cannot think of anything more fun than being in the car with my family when Tanner is on a roll. It just keeps going and going... I basically don't even have to do ab workouts because I can get a six pack just from having a conversation.

From seriously awkward moments to his crazy obsession with reality TV shows, you can count on Tanner for a good laugh. One of our most recent "Tanner Moments" happened when he renamed everyone in our family with a Kardashian name. Of course Tanner is the funny one so he gets to be Khloe. Lauren is the pretty one so she is Kim. Apparently I'm the bratty one that gets what she wants so I'm Kourtney. Great...

You will often hear Tanner talking about how he needs to get in touch with Kim and Kourt to resolve an issue. Those are NOT the real Kardashians. They're better. Because hello, it's us.

"As he is driving down I-15, a bug hits the windshield and he says, 'bugs really shouldn't fly by the freeway.'"

Tanner is going skydiving for his 18th birthday/graduation present!


It's already planned and the deposit is down, so there is no backing out now Tan Man! You are jumping out of that plane, damn it.

Laur and I wanted to get you something that you would always remember and have always wanted to do. It will be fun to go and do it together. (Mom... stop hyperventilating, we'll be fine!) Also, heaven knows you don't need anymore clothes... sheesh...

Happy Birthday, kid!
We love you!

From left to right: Khloe, Kim and Kourtney. If you need the Minnick personalities in a photo, here they are.


The New Job Journal. Part 1.

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If you know me, you know that part of the reason I have a blog is to post all some of the awkward and uncomfortable things that happen in my life.

Along those lines... if you're keeping up with this blog (which is like 2 entries long), you are also familiar with the fact that I just started a new job. The intention of this entry (and let's face it, there will be more to follow) is to give you an idea into my daily dilemmas by simply following my day to day work life.

One of my all-time favorite movie quotes comes from Fun with Dick and Jane. After Dick loses his job, he and Jane start robbing banks to preserve their lifestyle. At one point in the movie, Jane looks are her husband and says,

"I think we're in a bit of a pickle, Dick."

I'm not going to lie to you. That phrase goes through my head at least once a day. Because as you know (Melissa Prins... ahem), I always seem to be in a little bit of a pickle.


Day #1 at the new job:

Of course I asked my new boss what the dress code is, right? I want to make sure that I'm dressed just like everyone else. Showing up in a tuxedo is a little much and cut-off shorts might give away the fact that my previous co-workers referred to me as "Tobais." (Another story for another day... or not). He tells me, "Business casual." So what do I do? I show up in slacks and a button-down shirt. Normal.


Everyone else was in jeans and shorts. Let's be clear though--overdressed is better than under-dressed. It is also better than my worst nightmare of showing up to work undressed. This dilemma wasn't so horrible. I was feeling great, lookin' classy and doin' bidness.  That is... until lunch when I sat on my brownie and didn't even know it.

I can hear the conversations that probably took place that day.

New co-worker #1: "Hey... who's that new guy...?"
New co-worker #2: "I don't know... Wait, you mean the one with skid marks on his pants?!"


Day #2 at the new job:

Day 2 was by far the worst yet. I live in a city about 25-30 miles away from my new job. It's a commute, but that was outweighed by dollars when deciding to take the job. My decision. It's fine.

On day 2, I made a horrible, terrible mistake. I was supposed to arrive at my new job at 8:00 am sharp. I had a lot to do that day.

Where was Spencer at 8:00 am?
In his bed?
Eating breakfast?
Picking out what to wear?
     Hell no. I was in jeans.
So where was I?

I was getting out of my car to walk into my OLD job 30 miles away. Yep, walking right into the building as if I had never left. Auto-pilot drove me straight there. That was an embarrassing conversation to have with my new boss...

Me: "I promise, sir, I really do want to be here. My mind just keeps talking me elsewhere."

Note to self: While driving to work on the second day at your new job, it would be beneficial to remember that your new office is *probably* not in the same building as your old job... or the same city... or the same 30 mile radius.

Epic whoops.

Days 3-5 have already happened. And there are stories. But I will let your poor, tired, little mind rest while you try to recover from understanding what the hell goes on in Spencer's head.

'Til next time...


Property Solutions

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Last week I closed a chapter of my life that I wouldn't mind re-living.

If you know me at all, you know that's a big deal. Usually I'm all about change and moving on.

My employment at Property Solutions came at a much needed time in my life. I was struggling with the idea of moving back to Provo. I needed a change in my work environment. And I needed to find more friends.

On the first day of training at PSI, I met my first new friend, Ms. Alicia Moss. We started laughing during training and spent the next two weeks trying not to make eye-contact so we could remain professional. From there, I felt like everyone in our department became my real friend.

Me and Alicia being dorks. Surprise!
Property Solutions has five core values that we focus on as a company. In my opinion, the company values are not just posted on the wall, but they are things that the company and its associates truly strive to become.

The five are:
  1. Be the Real Deal
  2. Be the Joneses
  3. Talk to Me Goose
  4. Be Excellent to Each Other
  5. Business in the Front, Party in the Back

While I believe that the Leasing Center at Property Solutions exemplifies each of these qualities, I would like to mention the two that most impacted me during my time there.

Be Excellent to Each Other

I have never before been a part of such a small group of people where so many large tragedies struck. I kid you not. Multiple cases of cancer, deaths within immediate families, accidents, other major illnesses and various personal tragedies seemed to plague my friends.

But we were a family.

Shifts were constantly being covered by concerned co-workers, meals were taken to those in need, money was raised for those with medical expenses and many prayers were offered from various faiths for those who were struggling.

This department is excellent to each other.

I cannot even begin to list the names of my friends who helped me through some pretty hard times. I would have to give the name of almost every single person in our department during my time at PSI.

Business in the Front, Party in the Back

Employment demands professionalism. We all know that. It is my opinion that Property Solutions has found a unique blend of professionalism and partyism. I don't care if that's a real world. It's my blog and I do what I want.

The environment created and allowed in the PSI workplace makes it easy to become more than just co-workers, but real friends. I felt like I could trust my co-workers with my life and at the same time I enjoyed going to work because I was excited to spend time with these people. Weird, I know. Every day was professional (mostly). Every day was a party (mostly).

To answer your question... 8 chairs and 5 people.
Hollywood (my Dorito and I, her Bacon) partied hard every Saturday at 5:00 am.
Linds, RiRi and I as stick figures.
I did not expect to leave Property Solutions so suddenly, but I was offered a great opportunity that I couldn't turn down. I will always be grateful for my time spent there.

I am looking forward to my new opportunity with TazWorks and I hope I can find a lot of similar experiences there as well.

I miss you PSI friends! Let's be friends even though I won't see you every day.


Spencer Tells All

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Spoiler alert: This isn't really a “tell all” as much as it is a “tell most some.”

“Why is Spencer starting a new blog?” you ask.

I started my other blog shortly after I returned home from my mission. In an attempt to continue sending letters home on Mondays, I tried to keep the blog completely uplifting 100 percent of the time. In the last three years, however, I have come to realize that's not real life.

I am a real person with real experiences. I do my best to be a good person, but I make mistakes. Lots of them. Until about six months ago, I was completely ashamed of myself. I always wanted to be anyone but me. This is not an attempt to receive pity, sympathy or advice. I don't need it. This is an attempt for me to understand life as it really is. Emphasis on what's real. Spencer Unscripted will not be a pessimistic run-on, but it will be life as I see it.

The good. The bad. Emotional. Sarcastic. Honest. Spontaneous. Adventurous. Dramatic. Reflective. Sincere. Anxious. Real. Imperfect.

This is life according to Spencer. My opinion. My terms. My experiences.

Don't agree? Don't care.
Don't like it? Don't read it.

I'm done doing the things that make everyone else happy and from now on, I'm doing what makes me happy. I've wasted too much time caring what everyone else thinks of me.

Now, you may be wondering, “So, if you don't care, why are you posting this online?”

Valid question.

  1. I like writing. It helps me process.
  2. I enjoy reading blogs. I like learning about other people and understanding through life experiences.
  3. If what I have to say helps someone learn something about themselves or helps someone else to be happy for even a moment, that's worth it to me.

If there's one thing I've learned this last year, it's that everyone deserves to be happy and no one else decides what that entails. YOU do.

You'll soon learn that I admire Abraham Lincoln. The man had wisdom beyond his time. He said:

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

That is not to say that the process is instant. Decide what makes you happy and start doing it. That's what I'm going to do.