What up? How you been? I've been pretty good over here - just doing work and trying to put out some decent content.
In the meantime, I figured I'd share a little more backstory on my year so far. It's been pretty dang crazy to be honest. Some highlights:
Bought a house
Became a landlord
Got really sick
Went to some concerts
Lost some weight
Changed jobs again
Produced a music video
For the full story, read on.
January found me in a pretty good spot this year. I was living with a buddy in Downtown Houston and working for a small consulting firm with some great people. Work was good, parties were fun, and I even bought my first house just a mile away from my dad’s house where I lived in high school. Definitely a great father-son moment.
Not to get all #blessed on you, but I feel I’d be foolish not to acknowledge how fortunate I’ve been since college and express some gratitude. My career has allowed me to travel the country, work with some great companies, and make some awesome friends along the way. It's been a fun ride!
Having said all that, unfortunately not everything was quite so great back then. While my career and social life were going pretty well, I was seriously neglecting my health. Stress, junk food, booze, and poor sleep habits had been the standard operating procedure for several months and I really started to feel like death in late January / early February. And because I’m insecure and suffer from chronic FOMO (fear of missing out), I kept right on working and partying even on days when I suffering from an awesome combination of insomnia, flu, and hangover. No matter how sick I got, I was too afraid of letting people down, losing their good favor, and missing out on social events or opportunities to get ahead at work.
So I crashed pretty hard in February. Getting out of bed was a daily battle, and focusing at work was nearly impossible. I was in real trouble and I felt like I didn’t have anyone to turn to for support. Eventually I asked my boss for a week off and spent it hiding out at home. Other than answering a few emails and texts that week, all I did was sleep, eat healthy home cooked food, and walk around the neighborhood. I don’t even want to admit how long it had been since I got any real exercise or spent more than a few minutes outside.
That week kinda saved me. Just a week of healthy living was enough to make me feel like myself again, and that’s when I finally accepted the fact that I can’t live like a college boy any more. I’m really kicking myself in hindsight - no shit I felt terrible, I was literally starving my body of the sleep and nutrition it needs to operate. I guess the lettuce and tomatoes on my Whataburgers weren’t quite enough.
After returning to work feeling refreshed and energized, I brainstormed for ways to fix my health habits without disrupting my career or social life too much. I considered changing careers, but fortunately I was working for a good company and my boss let me switch roles to something more flexible. By getting better control of my weekly schedule, I finally made time to cook healthy food and exercise every week.
That was in late February. By June, I had lost over thirty pounds. By August, I was down to my ideal weight and feeling like a new man. What really amazed me though was the boost in mental focus and creativity. After the first few weeks of healthy living, I started taking on new challenges at work and in my personal life and learned some interesting stuff about life and business (which I'll be sharing in future posts).
It’s been a crazy year of ups and downs, and now that I’m feeling mostly back on track I’ve decided to get back to my core “mission” in life - showing others a good time (hence the music video) and helping them achieve their goals (hence this blog).
So what am I up to now? Well, producing a music video is probably the most interesting thing. We'll be posting it on a password-protected page tomorrow (soft launch), so shoot me an email if you want the password.
Other than that, just running this blog and helping my friends and clients improve their businesses. Life is pretty ok :D
Thanks for reading!