If one were to look at my life they would see a path with a lot of ambitions, a handful of successes, and a few hiccups. I found myself excited by new endeavors all the time, but never had the time to follow through with some of them. I had tons of good intentions, but we all know what is said about those.
I love God, family, photography, motorcycle riding, and investing in people. As such, I took on projects for ministry, photography, community service, and even marriages. Passions in all of those areas fueled my desires to start a movement here or there, a website, or even just a blog post for them. I was trying to change the world with every inspiration I had, failing to realize, I was missing the mark because I was trying to be all things to all people. There were times where I couldn't even be successful at being a husband and a father. Sure my business life was full of many successes, but I hid behind those hoping no one would see the real me.
As the mistakes piled up, I was forced to take a hard look at myself and take ownership for my mistakes. The journey has been a long hard road, but that journey has created a new me and given birth to a redefined purpose. I received grace where I did not deserve it, and I gave forgiveness where I did not want to give it. God, yes I said God, showed me that I was never designed to take on all those projects. In fact, he gave me the best advice through a dear friend one day who looked at me and said "Michael, Just Be" I heard the phrase a lot and even tried to start a blog dedicated to just that. I laugh now, because I realize that I was never designed to try to spin just one area of me to create some new movement, some new website, or some new product. No, instead, what I learned is if I harness ALL of these passions, I can draw on all my strengths to make a difference. If I can use my gift of photography and catch someone's attention, write an article to inspire action, or provide encouragement over a cup of coffee in such a way to provide hope, positive energy, and maybe a little humor, then this journey has been worth it.
That is my goal with this part of my journey. I hope that my life experiences will somehow inspire others to be the change they want to see in this world. I am not an expert. However, having a vast education, and many life's lessons, I do feel I have some authority to speak to the challenges and possibilities we face every day. In 2018 I began a Christian Life Coach Certification program and it is my hope that I can use that, along with my life experiences, perhaps a little bit of art, and a whole lot of faith to inspire others. As I have been revitalized through this process of living, I encourage you to take that step of putting your past failures behind you and begin your own revitalization!