6 years ago I began walking a new path. I left behind my destructive life of partying, chasing women, material possessions, and millionaire dreams and turned it all in for a more happy, healthy, and environmentally friendly life. I’ve made 100’s of positive changes over the last years to get to where I am today and the journey continues.
I’m so excited to share my new TEDx talk, Be the Change in a Messed up World, with you. I’m certain that most of you will get some real inspiration to become the change that you wish to see in the world. And get some good laughs and smiles in too!
Many of you may be wondering what my financial situation is. I get asked about my relationship with money a lot, which makes sense since most of us feel that we need enough money to be able to really pursue our passions. I believe that I am living proof that that is just not true.
This is a story of my 27th year on earth. Everything here took place between August 28th, 2013 and August 27th, 2014 and are in chronological order. I must say I’m a little blown away by what I managed to accomplish in just one year. The cool thing is that I’m no more special than anybody else. I’m no more capable than anyone else. Not that long ago I was a binge drinking college student spending many of my nights around the keg and my days at the library flirting with the girls. So if I can follow my truest of dreams and desires so can you. For me it was simply a matter of choice and then getting off my butt and doing it.
Here’s the happenings of my 27th year… (You can click on each photo to see more of that part of the story).
Most of the experts in happiness will tell you that it comes from within and this is something I’m beginning to understand and experience more and more. Many of my most challenging moments that would put others to tears have been my happiest. I realize that it is my outlook and attitude that decides whether I feel happiness or sadness under any circumstance. Life is a matter of perspective.
When you look at our existence within a greater perspective, you grasp that we are quite small. The earth is nothing but a speck of dust within an infinitely expanding space. In the grand scheme of existence, each of us humans on this speck of dust are no more important than the ants crawling on the sidewalk or the bees buzzing by.
This is a summary of my actions that have a negative impact on the earth, people, and critters. This list is not all encompassing and I’m certain that I am not aware of some of the burdens I outsource. I am certain that I screw up more than this list can explain. I don’t shame myself, though, because I have come a long way and will continue to work on these issues.
To create the world you wish to be a part of you must start from within. Leading by example is a very simple and effective means to influence your peers and community. Here are some simple ways to gain happiness and health for yourself while living a life that is beneficial to the earth and your community as well.
In 2013 I…
Cycled 4,700 miles across the United States inspiring others to live in a manner that is beneficial for earth, community, and self.
Lived on the streets for a week to gain a better understanding of homeless living and solidify within me that all humans are equal.