Check out this great video
Born overseas in Ansbach, Germany where my parents were stationed during their time in the Army. I was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina for the majority of my life and currently split time between NC & LA. I am the middle child of three boys. My older half brother Marques and my younger brother Stephen. Growing up I had a stable and happy life, both my parents had active roles in raising me to be the man I am today.
I was a naturally-gifted athlete playing multiple sports like football, basketball, and baseball since the age of 9. Being active and competing with others was something I loved to do, I enjoyed trying to be the best at everything I did. I knew at that young age I wanted to be a professional athlete in one of those sports and as time went on I narrowed it down to football. Playing football was great for me and I thrived at it! It taught me valuable lessons that I have adopted on my journey into manhood.
Fatherhood started at an early age for me. I had my first son Ayden when I was 19. This was one of the biggest and first transitions in my life that I had to adapt to quickly. Becoming a father so young and just as I started my football career in college, was difficult to say the least. I didn't know how to be a father, manage school and football simultaneously. Football was my dream and my ticket to a better life for my child and I. Fortunately being an athlete taught me how to face difficult times head on, so although those first few years were rough, I made it work as best as I could at that time. My second son, Nickolai, came in 2015 which was another transition for me. Going from one child to two was another type of pressure that I was struggling with, but I was and still am determined to be the best dad possible.
When football ended, I lost my passion for life. I struggled with finding my purpose. I ended college with a Masters on Higher Education and an Undergrad in Human Development, but my dream of playing football was gone. I started working a corporate job to provide for my family but I just wasn't happy. I was going through the motions and living pay check to pay check. I was looking for a change. To live a more meaningful life and get my mojo back! I started putting myself out there, meeting new people. I did some serious soul searching and I began experiencing life in a different way. I found the right combination of friends and resources that brought me to where I am today. Moving to Raleigh, getting into CrossFit, back into shape and feeling healthy, reading books that inspired me, and meeting the love of my life all contributed to that.
Now I have discovered my true purpose, my calling as some would say. There were a lot of factors that led me to choose the path I'm on. It wasn't easy to arrive to it. I had to put in the work of changing my view in life, my old habits, and I had to stop feeling like I couldn't change my situation. I knew that I wanted to do something that would bring me purpose, that would help other men, athletes, fathers - help inspire them to find their version of success. Getting certified as a coach, finding my path has changed my mindset, has me vibrating at a frequency that is attracting everything I want in life, and has given me a deep passion to help other men do the same.
All these transitions have taught me how to be resilient, disciplined, and adaptable. I think about my boys and what I want for them. I want to impart everything I've learned so I can help them on the road of feeling fulfilled and happy. That is my purpose and passion as a life coach, to help guide and contribute to those who may not know where to begin or to those who having been making great progress but has hit a temporary wall. I truly believe that we are in control of our lives and we must give it our all or nothing at all.
"Men sharpen Men"