My name is Chris. I’m in my 40’s and I’ve had some amazing adventures in my life. I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself for a few reasons.
1. It’s not easy to talk about myself. I don’t open up much about me.
2. I have a story to tell that I hope inspires you to never quit.
3. The theme of the blog has personally touched my life and I want to share that with you.
I don’t want to go back to the day I was born and recap my entire life, but I want to highlight a few stories so you can get to know me.
Before my life really got started, my mom contemplated aborting me. On my aunt’s deathbed in hospice, she shared a story with me that changed my life forever. She told me how my mom came to her as a teenage pregnant mother and asked her about aborting the child. My aunt gave the best advice. She told her, you could always give the baby up for adoption, but if you abort it, you can never take back the regret that may come with that decision. I knew in that moment that I needed to figure out what my purpose was in life and try to fulfill it.
I was in the army at that time and so, I decided that God wanted me to be the best Soldier I could be. I took this new sense of purpose and used it to challenge myself to strive harder, go longer, and be all that I could be. You know the slogan. I was the epitome of a good Soldier. I worked hard, got promoted as quickly as you could. I made each and every promotion like clockwork. As my mom would later tell me when I made my last promotion, “You done good.”
I thought that was my purpose in life was being a good Soldier. My problem was that I had attached who I was to what I did. I was a Soldier. When I retired from the military, I lost my identity. I had wrapped myself up so tight in what I’d did that I no longer had a sense of purpose. I was just going through the motions.
I got what I thought was a good job, put my head down and just survived. At this point, I really wasn’t living any more. Every day was on repeat. I hated my job and I hated life. I did a good job of hiding it, but inside I was empty.
Christmas Eve 2014, my life took a turn for the worst. My 20 year marriage crumbled and fell apart and I found myself broken and shattered. In an instant, I became a single dad with no hope and no future.
The journey of the next 2+ years played out here in my blog. I went through a lot of depression in the beginning dealing with my failed marriage and the loss associated with that. It took me several months to let go and move on with my life. A year before going through all my struggles with my marriage, I asked God, “How can I do something I really want to do and get paid to do it?” That question started me on a journey to challenge everything I thought I knew and every limitation I had placed on myself throughout my life.
As I was coming out of my depression, I had this passion to want to help others. I wanted to help people shortcut the challenges they were facing in life and find the fastest way out of the shadow of the valley of death. I wanted to teach you how I did it. I read my bible, listened to messages on YouTube, read books, prayed and asked God for guidance and tried to figure out what direction and purpose he really had for my life. It was time to have a fresh start. I kept hearing God say to me to be a life coach. I spent months researching what a life coach was, what they did, how they did it, how they got paid. I found out how to get trained and certified.
While all that research was going on, I started this blog. At that time in my life, I was still a mess. I made a quality decision that I wasn’t going to stay that way. I started writing what was on my heart and what I was living out in my daily life and as I was sharing these messages with you, my life was getting back on track. I stepped into a constant state of transformation.
2015 for me was a year of experimentation. I learned how to build a website, start a YouTube channel, shoot and edit videos, customize marketing using google ads and facebook ads.
2016 was a year of growth. I started this blog 1 year ago. I went back to school and got certified as a health coach. I pressed into areas of my life that I avoided in the past. I let go of self limiting beliefs and decided that I was going to try anything that I had been afraid of in the past. I learned to cook. I started shooting and posting videos on facebook to inspire people to step out and try what they were afraid of. I implemented what I was learning about health and nutrition and gained 10 lbs of muscle, lost 15 lbs of fat and got down to 15% body fat. I decided that I was enough and it didn’t matter what limitations I may actually have. It mattered what limitations I placed on myself.
2017 has been about launching, taking back what the devil stole from me and seeing lives changed through my coaching and through the work that God has done in my and my life. I launched my health coaching business in the last 30 days. I have been giving public talks on health and nutrition and I’ve been coaching clients with much success. I’m excited because these open doors are also giving me a chance to give back by continuing to blog.
I finally realized my purpose in this life and that is to influence you to step out, step up and try to become the best version of yourself you possibly can be. My purpose is to reach you for Jesus, to reflect him to you. My purpose is to fill myself up so that I can pour Jesus out to you through these pages, through facebook posts, through face to face interactions, through life and health coaching and through public speaking.
Faith begins where the will of God is known and I want you to know that you are priceless. God redeemed you from going to hell by paying the price with himself. You could never pay that price, but Jesus did and that means that you are priceless. God says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. I want you to challenge yourself by first accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then I want you to challenge yourself to learn and grow by renewing your mind with the word of God. Lastly, I want you to transform who you are now into the person you are capable of becoming by stepping out and taking action.
I recently heard Pastor Ivan Tate say, “God has some of your miracles hidden in the places you are afraid to go.” I have learned this first hand through out my life. When I decided to do a task that I was afraid to do, I learned and grew and got better and when I did step out, God met me there and blessed me. I want him to bless you too. Step out. Go for the gusto. Be willing to try and fail. It’s ok. You can do this.
What’s next? You’ll just have to wait and see.
Thank you for reading my blog.