As I sit here and write this post I can not help think back to the past decade of my life, all of the things I have accomplished, and how grateful I am for thos eexperiences.
I have fought in not one, but two wars, had a chance to guard American Embassies worldwide, bare a mark that only a few proud men and women can claim around the globe, switched the careers , took on a puppy boxer, got married, purchased a house, and am a father to a beautiful little girl.
Needless to say, a lot has happened over the past 15 years of my life.
Here are 5 Reasons I am Thankful
1) Life: With all of the crazy shit I have seen, I wake up very grateful for what I have in my life. Traveling the world and being a Marine has taught me so much about life and appreciating the finer things that being alive is one of the greatest feelings ever.
Some people around the globe wake up homeless with no water or food, don’t have a job, and are on their death beds, so it is wise to be grateful for what you have.
The past 5 years of my life have changed tremendously. From becoming a husband and a father to changing careers, the opportunities around me have shaped where I am today. I am forever great full for all of these experiences.
I recently started a gratitude journal and it has helped me so much over the past few months. In the morning I wake up and write down three things I am grateful for. Then at the end of the day, I reflect upon those things and see how I can make just one thing better every day.
2) My Beautiful Wife and Family: Over 6 years ago this lovely lady in a little pink dress with curly hair came over to say hello. We exchanged numbers, left each other hanging for a few months, ran into each other again started dating, and the rest is history. Today, I could not imagine my life without her!
She truly is my better half and I can not wait for many more years together.
Next is my wonderful little girl Melina. While I am learning a ton about being a dad, and I can write up an entire post on lessons learned, she is truly my purpose in life. When things get rough, I think of my little girl and it all tends to get better.
While I have not been that close to my family over the past decade of my life, there is only one life to spend with those that you are close with. Since I have left the Marine Corps, I grow closer to my once distant family and share my new life with them more and more.
3) The Marine Corps: Once a Marine always a Marine, and if it wasn’t for those pesky recruiters before 9/11, I would not be the man I am today! Throughout my career in the Marines, I learned many life skills that in my opinion surpass any skills learned in top schools around the globe today.
One of the experiences that taught me to really dig down deep and figure out who I was as a young man was the death of my childhood friend. When he was killed in Iraq, it challenged who I was, and it took every ounce of mental toughness to stick things out. Today, not a day goes by when I don’t think of him and what life would be like if he was here today.
Semper Fi, stands for always faithful, and wherever I go in my life I will always be a Marine.
4) Lola The Boxer: A few years ago I was deployed to Afghanistan and my wife Shawna was all alone stateside for 12 months. As a surprise, I placed an order on a puppy boxer, who soon became our best friend and everyday companion. I forgot what it was like to laugh every day, and Lola soon taught me that the little things in life truly do matter and brought back a smile to my face each day.
5) My Career: A few years ago I decided to jump ship and change careers. For those of you that don’t know, this was a huge step for me. Previously I was an air traffic controller with an MBA and doing what today’s”society” would deem pretty well.
Even though I was set in a solid career, life did not seem that whole for me. I decided that I needed to make a change, and switched careers into the fitness industry. It was a tough decision, but have never looked back.
Since then I have had a chance to work side by side with some amazing coaches, met some amazing people, and am changing and inspiring lives. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to pursue my passion for helping others and I feel alazming knowing I get to wake up everyday and do what I love.
From the bottom of my heart I wanted to say THANK YOU To everyone who I have come in contact over the past decade of my life, and hope you enjoy your Holiday season.