Saturday, August 9, 2014

Family Day - The Best Thing In The World

There is nothing in the world that I love more than spending time with my family. Yesterday I spent all day with my daughter before she left for Missouri for a little summer getaway, and I had an absolute blast!

My daughter is the most important thing in my life.

 Lauren - Longbaording

We live our lives always searching for our big break, that hard-earned job promotion, making our first million, searching for the world's most amazing places, and sometimes we forget what and why we do the things that we do. Everyone in this world has a reason for why they do what they do, why they work so hard, why they train like a beast, and why they travel etc. This blog post is about why I do what I do with my life.

My awesome niece (left) and my daughter (right)

My niece Christalynn and her daugher Jada

So yes, I like to workout because it makes me feel good and makes me healthy......but why do I want to feel good, why do I want to be healthy? Yes, I love traveling......but what is it about traveling that I love, what inspires me?  We all love doing things because we say we do, but if we dig deeper, there is another reason why we do what we do. It goes much deeper than just wanting to get six pack abs, or looking good in the mirror.

I always lived an active lifestyle. I did martial arts growing up, rode skate boards, did some mountain biking and surfing. When I did these things, I mostly did it for fun.....because heck, I was young! I had no bills, no job, no worries! I was living the life like a boss player, then one day I grew up. I started working, met some people who weren't so positive about life, and started finding out what life was really all about "so they say". I would have to say it was pretty scary, and not what I thought life would be.

My brother Fermin - Longboarding
Longboarding Pensacola


When I was young, I knew that I wanted to be successful. I wanted to be rich, not necessarily monetary rich. I wanted to show my parents that I could make it without them. Then BAM, life just slapped me in the face! What I did when I was young: playing outside, being active etc. started to become a fart in the wind! I began to do less active things, and started working like a mad man. I was so busy that I didn't have time to spend with my family, and do the things that I loved doing.

Defining moments are when people finally realize things and decide to take action. Family has always been important to me. But life got in the way with multiple jobs, set backs, and even temptation. These are the things that most of us go through, and unfortunately these are the things that make us forget what's really important in our lives.

Lauren - Longboarding

Lauren with her cousin Jada and Jammer

My family is the most important thing to me. I work for my family, I travel for my family, I workout for my family. Everything that I do is for me to better myself so that I can be there for them, help them in any situation, and spend time with family! When I decided to start a fitness journey back in September 2010, it was to get my life back on track. I wanted my life back so that I could be with my family. I wanted to be happy and healthy for my daughter, and be an inspiration to know, like every father and/or parent should do for their kids.

I fully dedicate my life to my family, because they are the world to me. They make me happy when I am sad, they lift me up when I am down, and they are there for me all the time. It's so funny, but sometimes I will be having a bad day, and either my brother, mother, or someone from the family could sense it, and they will just call me. It's like a connection that no one can describe, but all I can say is that it's a family thing.

Me and Jammer - Longboarding

When I travel, I enjoy seeing things that I've never seen before. I love learning about different world cultures, and learning how to survive in a completely different environment. I don't only do this for me, I love doing this because I love sharing my stories with my family, especially my daughter. I want to not only educate myself about this wonderful world we live in, but I want to share it with others. If I could inspire just one person to travel, that would make me happy. Travel has always been a passion of mine since my first backpacking trip in Europe in 2001. After that trip, I knew that I wanted to see the world. Travel will always be my passion, and my health and fitness is my vehicle to make that happen. And my family? Yes, they are my support system. They encourage me to live my dreams, to do my passion. With that, I am truly blessed.

My parents and I at Pensacola Fit Club
Pensacola Fit Club

Family Day is the BEST thing in the world to me because it helps me remember what's important in my life. I have goals, dreams, and aspirations. Why? Because I have a family to be with, that's why =).

Family Time is the Best time!

Health and Fitness is the BEST INVESTMENT! Invest in your health now!

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