About me

I started this blog for two main reasons:

  1. I’m constantly learning, reading, and writing about life, people, all types of relationships, health and fitness, and self-improvement.
  2. I’m passionate about writing and helping people.

I believe the experiences I’ve had in life have provided me with a unique perspective that could be as valuable to others as it has been for me, so I want to share it.

I’ve hit “rock bottom” and climbed my way back up. I’ve gone from being 40 pounds overweight to placing in bodybuilding competitions. I’ve gone from being dead broke to being financially stable, and then some. I’ve traveled. I’ve been the lead singer in a rock band. I’ve dated some beautiful women who have helped me learn a ton about myself and relationships. I’ve coached others and helped them get into shape. I’ve wasted time and made the most of my time. I’ve worked jobs that I’ve loved and jobs that I’ve hated. I’ve progressed and I’ve regressed. I’ve gained friends and have lost some, by choice and not. I’ve started side businesses, and now this.

Before/After comparison of my rock bottom vs now

Left: The day I hit rock bottom. Right: Three years later—with my whole life turned around. {: .large-width-image-caption }

My story

Life has a funny way of working things out sometimes. I think it’s pretty crazy how we can look back at the seemingly worst parts of our lives and develop a feeling of gratitude for it all, especially when things eventually work out for the best.

I’ve learned that life builds your character through struggle and hardships, and this may be the reason why we feel this way about those times. They mold us into who we are. When we choose to overcome those moments, we become better people.

I thank God every day for the enormous wakeup call I was given, as I desperately needed it. But I’m also thankful for the lessons I was given, which I’ll share with you here.

I don’t remember the exact day, but it was in January 2014. I woke up in the afternoon, like I did every day, and walked into the bathroom. I had this enormous mirror and I’ll never forget the feeling of disgust, shame, and disappointment, all mixed into one as I looked at myself.

I was broke and couldn’t afford any weed or to go out drinking, so maybe the sobriety freed me from my complacency and allowed me to perform an accurate assessment of myself for once. I remember thinking, “How the hell did I let myself get like this? Why?”

Just two years before I was starting spring classes for my junior year in college, playing every weekend with my band, and enjoying the hell out of my life. My band was even traveling out of state to play gigs. We were doing well and things were really looking up.

But on this day, I was a college dropout. I had no direction, ambition, or goals. I was lazy and everything around me was a total mess. I was in the worst shape of my life (clearly), which was really tough for me to deal with because I had never been overweight like this. I loved playing my guitar and singing for people, but I became more and more self-conscious of how I looked on stage, which made me anxious and uncomfortable when playing. I was the front man, so literally everybody was looking at me.

My solution at the time was to just drink enough to where I didn’t worry about it… numb myself. But on some nights when I wasn’t playing music, I was bartending and drinking behind the bar. On top of that, I never missed a “Sunday Funday”. Life just turned into one huge, continuous party and it was fun for a while.

Eventually, I started neglecting things. I got lazy with booking gigs and I wasn’t working enough at the bar to make ends meet. This was around Christmas break and the town slows down every year because all of the students leave. I even left town to go visit family, so when I got back, money was tight. I sat by myself at the house a lot and really didn’t feel like doing anything. I didn’t even feel like playing my guitar. I showed all of the signs of depression and felt helpless about it. I considered myself a victim of my circumstances, which lead to hopelessness as well.

To make matters even worse, I felt like I was letting my family down and they were disappointed in me. It hurt like hell to think of myself as a failure in their eyes.

Looking into the mirror that day really sparked something in me. I was tired of feeling like this and it was so out of character for me. I took a picture because I knew I wouldn’t be looking like that anymore. Things were going to change and I wanted a personal reminder. I never showed that picture to anybody until maybe a year or more after.

The first thing I did was start looking for a gym I could go to and a friend of mine recommended one across town. I joined as soon as I got the funds and forced myself to go, as uncomfortable as it was. I also started researching like crazy on dieting until I finally found one I knew was reputable and I could stick to. I completely stopped drinking for months because of the diet and started booking more gigs so I could have more money. I developed a plan for my future, which included getting back into school. I even started reading books again, which was a habit I dropped when I moved a few years prior to this.

I stuck to my plan and eventually achieved all of the goals I set. I lost nearly 40 pounds, got my finances in order, and eventually graduated with my bachelor’s degree.

Guy sitting on a cliff overlooking a lake

Today

Since then, I’ve become an engineer for a multi-billion dollar corporation. I’ve placed in multiple bodybuilding competitions and won Mr. Tuscaloosa 2017 in classic physique. I set the Alabama state record in powerlifting for the 220 lb. weight class in all lifts in 2015. I also read over 30 books within that time span, all while in school full-time, working, playing music, and prepping for competitions. Some of them I’ve read multiple times. I started a business and helped multiple people lose weight and a few of them even lost over 35 pounds. I plan on helping even more people lose weight and I also developed a plan to become self-employed and financially independent. Every year I try to outdo what I did the previous year and I have a pretty good streak going.

I’m definitely not where I want to be yet, but compared to where I was, I feel like I’m doing a damn good job of getting there.

Despite all of my recent successes, I realize it’s important to never forget the position I was once in. I also realize there are other people out there who are struggling just like I did, or even worse, and don’t know what to do to get back on their feet. Or maybe there are people who aren’t necessarily in a rough spot, but are looking to improve their lives.

I don’t have all of the answers, but I’ve learned some incredibly valuable lessons along the way and I hope that sharing them with you will help provide you with the same value that I found in them.

I hope you enjoy your stay and decide to come back!