Several years ago, Glenn traded the bitter chill of the San Francisco bay wind for the gentle, warm breeze of the Pacific Ocean making Manhattan Beach California his new home. Taking a job with Mercedes, this Stanford grad pushed numbers by day and traveled weekly meeting new clients and gathering research for the car giant. “It was tough with all the travel I did. I felt like I didn’t have a foundation in the city,” says Davis. Seeking a sense of community Glenn took a volleyball class. Living blocks from Manhattan Beach, the birthplace of volleyball, Glenn was amazed at the tight nit community that existed around the sport. It wasn’t until the recession that Glenn was introduced to a new life of fitness, fun and a lot more sunsets.

“Our travel budgets were cut which meant I was home a lot more then the previous year. I started practicing a lot more, 4-5 times a week and working with coaches to improve my skills. It became addictive really,” said Glenn.

Training consistently Glenn was proud to say he felt he was in the best shape of his life. Deciding to help coach at night, Glenn’s newly learned skills allowed him to progress to the qualifiers for the AVP at the end of the summer. “It was like a dream come true to be there with these phenomenal players.” said Glenn. “It was an amazing feeling to have progressed so much. I don’t think I would have found the community and the drive to practice so hard had my work schedule taken me out of town.” Feeling fortunate for this slow time, it’s allowed Glenn to cultivate other areas of his life and excel at one of his most favorite sports.

Finally able to start a life in the city, Glenn found his foundation in the supportive community of beach volleyball. Describing what he loves most about the sport Glenn laments the lifestyle change he hopes will last awhile. “When you’re at the beach you have this incredible connection with the world and nature. I noticed that I see the sunset a lot more, when before I’d be in an office missing it. I’m grateful for a lot of things and I probably don’t think about them enough. It’s easy to take things for granted.” A realization he’s able to come to with some extra time on his hands and miles and miles of sand to practice that killer jump serve.

In 2017 Glenn reported back to us that he now works for Facebook as a Creative Strategist and loves that they support a life outside of work. He has graduated to training with pro volleyball coaches in the early mornings and has found an amazing volleyball partner to up his game. Together this year they earned a AA rating with the California Beach Volleyball Association (which basically puts Glenn as a top 2 player). An amazing accomplishment, Glenn. Good for you for sticking to it.

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The Currency Project challenges us all to see the beauty through the pain, the positive that can come from a negative and the heartbreak that can turn into a new beginning. Life is uncertain but our faith, hope and love can never be taken from us. Our true currency in life is what we make it.