After coming to HSU in Arcata, California and majoring in recreation administration, I was fortunate enough to meet my future wife, Joni. We were married at Ports O’ Call Wedding Chapel in Long Beach Harbor, in 1981 and came back to Humboldt State University to finish my degree. After working in the school system for a year, a door opened on a radio advertising sales. For one year I learned the fine nuances of salesmanship, after which I was offered a job at the Tri-City weekly in Eureka, California where I spent the next 20 years. During this time we raised nine children, now ages three to 23. Joni and I have been married for 26 years and she is my best friend, sister, lover, joy of my life.
We’ve discovered our share of struggles and trials. We have two special needs children and are familiar with the reality of the tragic. We’ve had our share of trials, troubles, and issues. We’ve learned how to find healing, restoration, and the right response to life’s tragic downloads.
Will we get bitter or better? Will we allow God to heal and will we embrace change? We have experienced times of healing and refreshment and forgiveness, but it has taken time and effort and work. Joni’s mantra is, let’s move on. We’ve had to retool, restore, renew, and rejuvenate. We’ve had to embrace and look for change. We’ve had to clarify what’s really important in our lives.
We’ve had to live life on purpose. We’ve had to learn to live in the art of possibility, knowing that God really does love, care, provide for our family.
We’re learning to leave a legacy. What are you leaving now? What are you leaving behind? What needs to change? And how do you get from there to here?
A father of nine, professional speaker, business professional, and a marketing career of 25 years have provided Scott Hammond with a rich and varied background of training and experience. As the founder and owner of BecomeaBetterFather.com. He brings more than 25 years of professional and parenting experience.
Scott was born in Emmitsburg Iowa and grew up in San Diego, California, before moving to Humboldt County California. After earning his BA and recreation administration at Humboldt State University. Scott worked in radio, newspaper, and the cable TV ad sales industry for over 25 years.
In addition to being recognized as a competent and Silver ATM Toastmaster, a graduate of the Cascadia school of leadership. Scott is a graduate the National Speakers Association’s professional speaking school, Pro Track.
Scott uses a comfortable, personal speaking style to motivate, inspire, and train people toward positive personal change.
Scott resides in McKinleyville California with his wonderful wife Joni and 6 of 9 children.
I’m here to share my story as a only child in San Diego .In the 70s sex ,drugs, and rock ‘n roll prevailed and as an only child I was raised by my mother. I had total freedom, and by the age 18, was totally empty. One morning I woke up at Humboldt State University and discovered that I was extremely empty ,unfulfilled, and unhappy. And I needed a do over.
So I started over and reinvented myself. I met God, I met my wife Joni ,and I get immersed in a new church community. I had a personal spiritual, mental and physical revival.
I started a career in recreation and quickly found I needed to make real money. So I took a job in radio sales . I took a job in newspaper sales where I spent the next 20 years building a family of nine children with our share of struggles, trials, two special needs kids , and …plenty of life’s hurts. The reality of the tragic was everywhere. The key for us as a family is how to find healing restoration the right response to go forward.