It’s the first of the year and that means it’s time for me to reflect back on what I did throughout the past 12 months. 2015 was a really interesting year for me… While I didn’t achieve all of the goals I set for myself in January, I had a great year and made some monumental changes to my lifestyle design that will help shape the rest of my life.
The first big change was that I made a conscious decision to distance myself from the BMX industry and focus my career in the fitness industry. BMX has been my livelihood since I graduated college 10 years ago, so to change directions now was a really big deal for me.
The next giant shift in my life was that I decided to stop traveling and concentrate on my new career path. In 2007 I went on my first international trip, and since then I’ve been trying to travel as much as possible. In that time I’ve been to 35 countries and have thousands of incredible memories, experiences, and adventures.. I’ve done a lot, and to honest I just decided that I had done enough for now and I was ready for a change.
With that said, there had been a void in my life for a while that couldn’t be filled with worldly adventures. I needed more personal connections and sincere human interactions, and I needed to be in a relationship with someone I loved. I stared by getting a dog…I figured that was easier and cheaper than finding a girlfriend, so in January I got an incredible Yorkie named Hercules. Luckily for me it wasn’t too long after that when I found the woman of my dreams and the void was filled. My life feels so different in so many ways than it did a year ago and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.
My life may not be as exciting as it once was, but I still hope to inspire people simply by setting a good example of how I live—through my fitness, my vegan lifestyle, my career, and anything else that I can do to show people a positive message.
I want to thank everyone for their support over the years and show my appreciation to those who have taken an interest in my life’s path. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016!
2015 By The Numbers:
Days Spent Traveling: 60
(*The least amount of days in the past six years.)
Trips Taken: 16
Foreign Countries Visited: 0
(*First time not leaving the U.S. since I started traveling in 2007. Technically I crossed the border into Canada for about two hours, but I’m not counting that.)
States Visited: 9
CrossFit Competitions Competed In: 3
– Placed 2 out of 54 individuals at NLI
– Placed 2 out of 6 teams at WAGL
– Placed 29,271 out of 165,000(ish) in the CrossFit Open
Instagram Posts: 907
Blog Posts: 32
Fitness Competitions Photographed: 18
BMX Competitions Photographed: 1
BMX Photo Shoots: 1
New Companies Formed: 2
Audio Books Listened To: 9
Books Read: 1
Podcasts I Was Featured On: 5
Days Spent Teaching a Photography Workshop: 2
Videos Produced for PurePharma: 9
Workouts Recorded: 217
– PR Achieved on a Max Height Box Jump: 49.5”
– PR Achieved on a Max Weight Clean and Jerk: 230lbs
– PR Achieved on a Max Front Squat: 275lbs
– PR Achieved on a Max Weight Dead Lift: 375lbs
– PR Achieved on a Max Weight Overhead Squat: 225lbs
– PR Achieved on a Max Set of Pull-Ups: 43
– Max Number of Pistols Completed in Two Minutes: 67
Here’s a photo from every trip I went on in 2015…