Welcome to Straight Up Living! The seed for this blog was planted years ago when I first became interested (obsessed) with the world of self-improvement. That seed would lie dormant for years before the day would finally come for it to germinate and grow. I was raised in a hard working, blue collar family where I was taught that I could do whatever I wanted in life as long as I was willing to put in the work. Both of my parents were born on a farm and through hard work, blood, sweat and tears built their lives into something for which they could be proud. Laziness is a trait that has long been despised in my family so, needless to say, I was brought up with a strong work ethic.
I was born with a persistent (not stubborn!) spirit and an intense desire to experience life! I often refer to myself as “an enigma” because I will not fit into one particular mold. Whether it be music (I love everything from Bluegrass to the heaviest of Heavy Metal),or hobbies (I love to write, play guitar, shoot firearms, hike, ride motorcycles, exercise, drink coffee, photography, spirituality, be a liberal, be a conservative…) I just can’t be pinned down to one description or stereotype.
My life has changed course many times. I’ve been a construction worker, videographer, auto-mechanic, restaurant worker, and even played guitar in rock bands. I’ve poured concrete, video-taped a gubernatorial election, laid sewer pipe, built bridges, bussed tables, cut tobacco and sold insurance. There’s more, but you get the point, right?