but look like I am 40. I know that is
not something that most men would admit, but I am comfortable enough with my
manhood that I can come out and say that.
I would rather my face not look like an old catcher’s mitt when I hit
40. I use a ton of moisturizer, my
Clarisonic, and get chemical peels every 3 weeks.
a small business owner, how do you balance home-life with work?
someone. Whether that is your work,
yourself, or your family. Don’t ever
cheat your family. Success in the
business world is never worth failure in the home. You will never visit someone dying in a
hospital bed and ever hear them say, “ I wish I would have spent more time at
work.” They will always say they wish
they would have spent more time with their family. I make sure that I am always home in the
evening and if I do have the rare late night appointment, I try to schedule it
after they go to bed around 8:00.
peas in a pod. We love to walk the
streets, shop, and eat wonderful meals.
I have seen so much of the world with her, and I pray that we have a chance
to do so much more.
your favorite KSU memory?
Big 12 Championship. I was a captain on
the team that year and I am proud to say that when no one gave us a chance to
win that game versus an undefeated Oklahoma team dubbed “the mini-NFL team”, we
walked out with not only a win, but we took them to the woodshed.
was your first impression of Shay?
was out of my league. I knew she was
marriage material. I dated a lot in
college but with Shay, we had an instant connection. We talked in her parents’ kitchen for at
least an hour when we first met. She was getting out of a serious relationship (on July 4th), so it
wasn’t until school started that we started dating. I only talked to her once actually between
those dates. I remember telling my best
friend Aaron Martin about her and no lie, Aaron said that she was the one I
would marry way before we even got serious.
you manage the family finances?
the business and Shay manages the personal.
Running a small business is enough for me to handle. Running payroll (salaries, hourly raises),
taxes, paying bills, etc. keeps me busy.
Bottom line is I trust Shay and quite honestly, I don’t even look at the
our business, where we had no money. We
used all of our savings to buy our home and start our business. I remember one week after
paying the bills, we had to make it two weeks with just $100. I remember we ate peanut butter and jelly for
a whole two weeks and snuck over to Jay and Sherry’s for a few dinners. We always had a rule back then. Anything over $10 and we had to ask the other
for permission. Praise the Lord that he
has blessed us where this is not the case, but really any purchase I make to
this day, I still run by her and she with me.
We have one account for business and one for personal. It’s our money, not mine or hers. We are in this together. Money has never been a sticking point in our relationship. We very, very rarely ever argue about money. We trust each other.
I can take him to run errands, and we have the best time. Someday when he is older, we will be able to
bond over KSU football, the Yankees, and the Cowboys. For now, I am content with bike rides and
for the BCS playoffs next year?
BCS teams are in. Eventually they need
to expand this to 8 teams. Here is the
thing: they can say that players like
bowl preparation and having 4 weeks from the last game to the BCS game, but
that is crap. I would have much rather
stayed in a groove and played in playoff games. Bowl prep was a beating and it was long. They need to get rid of the NCAA, start the 4
major conferences, have them expand and then start the 8 team playoff
system. It will happen, mark my words.
What did you learn growing up on a farm?
While everyone else was out by the pool during the summer, I was making
hay. When it was 105 degrees outside, in
a barn it was about 130. When it was the
dead of winter and all you wanted to do was stay inside and eat ho-hos, I was
out after school/practice feeding the cattle.
I also learned how to appreciate the outdoors. Being in McKinney, there isn’t much
opportunity to hunt and fish, in Missouri you can walk out my parents’ backdoor
and get all you want.
11. What do you consider your greatest success?
Maybe it is the unsatisfied athlete in me,
but I don’t feel like my greatest success has happened yet. I just don’t quite feel like I have “arrived”
so to speak. I have had some victories
for sure, but the success I want my life to be built on isn’t of this
world. In the end, who cares how much
money you have, how successful your business is, the size of your home, the
kind of car you drive. Not me.
12. What has brought you the most joy in your life?
Being a dad is the coolest thing EVER!
I feel so blessed that God has given such a wonderful gift.
is your all-time favorite vacation spot?
Any place in Europe, although I am partial to London.
elements I believe you must have to operate a small business. First and foremost, you have to be a
self-starter/self-motivator. If someone
is always having to push you, then don’t even think about it. Another key element is hard work and the
expectation that you are never “off the clock”.
If it were easy everyone would do it.
But unlike most jobs that end at 5, my job is around the clock. Of course I could shut down at 5 and never
look back, but in today’s society you have to make yourself available at all
times. Not to mention when you own a
small business a small piece of you is always still in the office. Now the best thing about a small business is
that you control your income and vacation time.
Plus, no one is ever going to tell you what to do. You want a raise, go out and work a little
harder. A small business is a lot of
work, but most things in life that are worthwhile are.
was your childhood like?
farm and spent every waking moment outdoors and playing sports. We had 3 television stations growing up and didn’t have much entertainment.
The Shull’s farm in Missouri
you happy with 2 kids or would you like more?
I am up for whatever God wants!
you follow a specific Bible study when you do your quiet time?
I do a couple of different things. I like to start with the Jesus Calling app,
go straight to the corresponding Proverb for the day. Then I head straight to www.preceptaustin.org. This is the greatest collection of sermons,
bible studies, topical studies, Greek/Hebrew studies ever. Sermons from everywhere, verse by verse
commentary. Check it out!
you raised in a Christian Family? When
did you become a Christian? How do you
and Shay tell your children of God’s love and lead/guide them in their
spiritual growth, in addition to church/Sunday School?
I was blessed enough to say that I was raised
in a Christian home. If on Sunday we weren’t at church, something was wrong. I
accepted Christ on February 18th, 1989. I was a 7 year old, but to this day I can
remember how I felt and what happened.
have no doubt that I was saved that day.
My faith over the past 32 years has grown like a tree. In some seasons it grows more, and in others, not as
much. I recently read a book called Not a Fan. Our Bible fellowship group is
still in the process of studying it. I
wish I would have read a book like this, or another book called Radical, when I
was in Junior high.
most recent book Not a Fan, it asks the question, are you a fan or a follower
of Jesus? READ THIS BOOK. If you don’t have the money email Shay and we
will find a copy to send to you.
Kensington and Smith, we talk about Jesus all the time. I know it’s a crazy concept for small kids, but we constantly
talk about God. We tell Bible stories
before bed (seems like David & Goliath and Moses are the most
requested). We pray, we ask them to tell
us about Jesus. Even though Smith and
Kensington can tell you who Jesus is and that he died on the cross for our
sins, we still know that they aren’t quite aware of their surroundings so to
speak. In the meantime, we will keep
singing, praying and talking. The other
night, I was lying in bed with a headache and Kensington climbed into bed,
laid her hands on my head and said daddy I will pray for you. She said, “Jesus I ask that you make my daddy
feel better, Amen”. I have no doubt that
God hears every prayer of every believer, but that one had to have made him
you to Shay for letting me guest post. I
hope I didn’t disappoint. Thank you for
loving Shay and seeing why, after 10 years, I am still smitten for her.
You can find Andrew on Instagram and Twitter @AndrewShull. You can also find him on my family room sofa every night watching Real Housewives of Something with me and eating a brownie. He might have a super, super healthy diet but every night, he indulges in a good trashy reality TV show and a little piece of dessert. Life is just too short not to.