Last First Day of Classes, Ever.

I tried writing this post when I was at HellyB (Hellbender Brewing Company for those who don’t follow @TheIPAWay on IG) and I couldn’t get going. Not because I had writers block but because this shit is still very surreal. This week I begin the journey of becoming Dr. Timothy Ford Bryson. Not gonna lie….

Running While Black.

#AhmaudArbery I finally get it. After completing my first half-marathon in April 2018, I began to take running more seriously and even started to train for a second half-marathon in November 2018. My mama bought me a reflection vest and told me to wear it for “safety reasons,” especially since I would run before sunrise….

Future Dr. Tim

Hello, my name is Tim Bryson and I am the Program Director for Student-Athlete Career Development at the University of Maryland. I am also a first-year doctoral student in the Student Affairs program at UMD. If I earned $1 for every time my mama told me that I was going to college, I would be…

The Best Ability is Availability.

I was scheduled to publish this blog before the turn of the new decade…but then I contracted the influenza. From December 24 until January 3, I didn’t fitness, barely ate, and could not channel the energy I needed to write this important piece. While sick, I saw everyone’s “new year, new me” and “I’m cutting…

Fresher. The Family Reunion.

Last September, I was sitting at a bar in LAX airport drinking an IPA. While waiting for my flight to board, I searched “Black people craft beer” and waited for Google to do its job. Headlines such as “There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer” and “Maybe Black People Just Don’t Like Craft…

@MDMadeTerps

Wow!! What a first 6.5 months it has been! When I first accepted my job at Maryland, I knew it was going to be a grind. Late nights during the week. Work on some weekends. Revamping and creating curriculum to help Maryland student-athletes become career-ready. The job description was very accurate. Though what I did…

Ohio Means Ohana

Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.  Over the last 30 days, I have driven 1800 miles across the Midwest and Southeast visiting family. Admittedly, I am tired as hell and do not want to drive up or down I-95 until 2020, yet I am the happiest I have been in…

@TheIPAWay

This blog has taken me a long time to compose. After speaking with @BlackBrewMovement in March and visiting Richmond in April, I was inspired and motivated to share my craft beer journey with the world! Weekend after weekend, I sat at breweries trying to find the words, the “right words,” to explain how I got…

What are your birthday plans?

For me, March 18 has always been important to me because it is unique opportunity to thank God for another day (and year) of life, reflect on personal growth, and recklessly celebrate with my friends. Given how I have chosen to celebrate my birthday in previous years (s/o to everyone who was there for my…

Be Good.

It was 9:05pm. I had just turned my phone back on after a return flight to Baltimore and noticed I had several missed notifications while I was mid-flight. I scrolled through the notifications and saw I had a missed text from my mom, sent at 8:34pm, that said “Can you talk?” I responded and told…

Do Not Disturb.

If you met me over the last year, there’s a 40% chance I yelled “this is my song!,” while listening to music when we were talking. Sound high? Probably, but it’s true. After Spotify released its 2018 wrapped information, I saw numerous posts about people’s personalized statistics. Most people listened to music anywhere between 9,000…

Reclaiming My Time

Damn, it feels good to be back! I honestly cannot believe the last time I spent intentional time reflecting and writing was two months ago, because SO much has happened since then. I am happy to share that I have finally embraced the city of Indianapolis and happily call this place home. In September, I…