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End of Pride Month – Seven Years After Ex-Gay Therapy

Reliving a Memory – Facing My Fear Seven years ago, summer of 2010, I was sent to ex-gay therapy after several years of seeing a counselor that condemned homosexuality. This summer I figured it was time to face my fear and return back to the location, UC Irvine, where I had ex-gay therapy. It was a trip that I booked in silence without even telling my best friend, mom, or life coach the true meaning of the trip. My best friend and life coach knew it was in that time frame, but not seven years to the date. The hardest part was literally leaving Denver International, knowing that my grandpa was in hospice, with an urge that almost had me leaving the airport because I didn’t want to walk on Southwest Airlines for this flight and relive the memories. This was the first time I’ve been on Southwest since that
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Facing Your Fears

Facing Your Fears Facing your fears is liberating and life changing. Recently, several curve balls have been thrown my way as I near a year in Denver. Looking back a month’s time frame my Pepaw has been placed into hospice, I got laid off, and today I will be flying to a place that holds a very dark space in my heart, Orange County (John Wayne Airport). This location doesn’t only bring back memories from Exodus, ex-gay therapy, but also the process of going there. All the different people telling me that my sexual orientation could be changed, and yet here I am a gay man. The crazy part is the event took place 7 years ago tomorrow. Some have already asked what’s so fearful? What happened while you were there? Is it as bad as the photos shown in the media? No, the one I attended isn’t as bad
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How a Life Coach Saved my Life…

Many people have often ask me why I invested in a life coach. To me, the answer is easy – I needed fresh eyes to give me perspective of making my dreams a reality. On each one of our journey’s to fulfill our pursuit of happyness, we need to surround ourselves with the five people we want to be the average of. So, if it means getting a mentor who shares similar passions, or grabbing brunch to reconcile a friendship like I did this weekend.Each person on this earth desires to have their dream become reality. Along the way, we tend to put up barriers of why we can’t, instead of why we should have those dreams. For me, I currently have one dream left on my vision board to mark off, which is to attend the Toronto International Film Festival. (I have already purchased my plane ticket, now just waiting for the
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How Can One Change in Eight Months?

Over the past few months, since living on my own, many aspects of life have opened up my eyes to realize the man I am becoming. My goals, lifestyle, and how I see myself have drastically changed in this journey of freedom in Colorado. Yet at the same time, it’s the same me that I’ve always known inside. Of course some things from our childhood we can’t get away from, but we are able to reevaluate how we pursue those aspects of life. Below are my personal aspects that I see happening in the next 6 months: meditating/journaling, work/life balance, life coach, leisure, and love. As all of these have changed in depth, here is how I view those defining changes: Meditating/Journaling Many people know that I do this religiously as my connection to the universe and higher power. As we get older we find out that friends and family will come
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Happy New Year (2017) – Life in Denver After Six Months

As a New Year begins, it’s tough not to look back and realize how great of a year 2016 actually turned out to be. The beginning of the year I began a new job with AT&T, but realized that the “big companies” weren’t for me. After a couple of trips to Denver (one on December 27, 2015 and another sometime in April 2016).  Then on June 28, 2016, I packed all of my belongings and left DFW (North Richland Hills) after a priceless two years living with my Aunt/second cousin. On that day, June 28, 2016, I packed all of my things and left for a new beginning here in Denver. Even though it didn’t start off the way I desired, it still had a way of working out. However, when I visited in December I knew Josh and Shelley wouldn’t let me fail. Well sure enough, everything worked out as
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Two Weeks in Denver

As of today, I have officially been in Denver for two weeks. (My time goes by fast!) I’m grateful for the friends that have let me into their house, as I am deep in the job hunt. Soon, I hope to land a job in this tech hub. However, that’s not the only thing I will be doing. I’m eager for the new opportunities that are ahead once my best friend gets here in September or October! This city has a lot to offer, and an amazing Denver University of Houston Alumni group that I’m eager to get to know better. #GoCoogs – In addition, I’m looking forward to meet the teams that are going to the NAGAAA World Series in Austin this year. (Yes, I’m backing the Denver teams this year for NAGAAA.) It’s my favorite organization and a great way to meet new people. Once there is more details,
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#AgilityIs Faith & Hope

Last week, I was fortunate enough to hear Chris Gardner speak about his life story, known as The Pursuit of Happyness. (The film based on his life events, featuring Will Smith.) His story was extremely compelling and was emotionally connecting. He covered a lot in the hour, but the main topics were: 1) Create Plan A because Plan B sucks 2) C-5 Complex 3) Three R’s 4) His Answers to What #AgilityIs Based on those aspects of his story, I have outlined mine to answer the same questions for myself. Create Plan A Because Plan B Sucks By now, nearly everyone knows I will be moving to Denver on June 30. That’s my Plan A, with no Plan B in sight because Plan B sucks, period. I know the lessons I’ve learned from San Francisco will motivate me to not make the same mistake twice. Including, blocking out noise from not
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#AskGaryVee One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness Book Review

The #AskGaryVee book is my first book I have read in over a year. Want to know the more shocking part? It’s the first book I have ever read in under two weeks! That is why I would highly recommend getting your own copy or ordering it online. This book, like a good movie or TV series, kept me wanting more; and I hope others will find the value in it as much as I did. My biggest takeaways from this book are: Five Year Goals Don’t Matter Confidence of running your own show is possible. Hustle and Stop Giving Excuses Gratitude, Leadership, and Management Self-Awareness Five Year Goals Don’t Matter People used to ask me what my five year goals were, but I often found it difficult to answer. Mainly because how we live is quickly making decisions, and five year goals are hard to standby. Thinking back to
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Mobilegeddon 2.0: Why Worry about Mobile & Video through 2016?

Since 2015, SEO experts around the country know that mobile is surpassing desktop when it comes to views. Where it plays in the consumer journey varies by industry. However, as consumers interact with their mobile devices they are able to constantly search, review, and watch videos. We all partake in the three from mobile, whether it’s a car product down to finding the best buy on a shoe. We desire to see reviews, how-to’s, consumer reports, etc. All of these can be placed into Google’s Micro-Moments element. That’s why I believe micro-moments and our phone pocket is taking a hit in May with  Mobilegeddon 2.0. Mobilegeddon 2.0 We know that Mobilegeddon 2.0 is on the way. Earlier this month, Search Engine Land confirmed Google’s boost for Mobile Friendliness will roll out in May. (Last year, I wrote an article about the first Mobilegeddon.) This time Google says it won’t be as bad, however
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Ending of 2015 and Beginning 2016

The start of 2015, coming back from San Francisco, was something I had to do. By the end of 2014 I landed a great position, with a lot of potential, at a marketing firm in Fort Worth. It gave me the privilege to work with clients such as Reebok, Under Armour, MD Anderson Cancer Hospital and MAC Cosmetics. Each one of these clients taught me something new, and the importance of working as a collaborative team and setting the agenda for each client’s needs has taught me what to be prepared for in 2016. However, over time things took place (that I don’t regret), the tides turned and I left the agency on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 2015. At the time I had the idea that I was going to launch my own business, but the Man upstairs had a different agenda. On Monday after Thanksgiving weekend I got
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Love Always Wins – Marriage Equality

Exactly one week ago today I got to witness a marriage that wouldn’t have been acknowledged in the United States several years ago. Brock and Corey’s wedding on June 21, 2015 was legally recognized in Illinois and Washington (where they live), since then the tides have even pushed forward to allow marriage equality in all 50 states. Marriage equality is a huge win for a community of people that haven’t had this granted in every state; however with the 5-4 ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States on June 26, 2015 it is equal. Personally, over the past five years, I’ve witnessed several things that I never thought would be imaginable. From attending ex-gay therapy, coming out, being comfortable knowing I couldn’t change, meeting amazing friends, living in the Castro and meeting people who forever change my life. As mentioned above, I was honored to be asked to attend
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How Life Changes in One Year

One year ago, according to my Timehop, all I see is the countdown before I moved to San Francisco. All I can think about now is how that short-time frame has shaped me into the man I am today. It’s made me thankful for my family, friends and most of all Texas (because there is no place like the Lone Star State!) Also, this past year has helped me realize what I see myself doing for the next several years in digital marketing. (Unless of course Google makes some crazy algorithm change!) In the days ahead, many of you know, the clients I will have on my plate are top of line clients. My three months with iProspect has come and gone (with many more to come) and I’ve easily realized why this company is the best digital marketing performance agency in the world. I couldn’t be at a better company
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New Job, City and Second Chance

As 2015 begins, new perceptions and visions have already taken off. The thought of leaving competitive softball to open up time for traveling, do more spin classes and yoga have all been avenues I’ve wanted to explore. Not to mention, adding in more time with my mom is a crucial factor. More importantly, being hired back into the ad agency atmosphere doing exactly what my home page states, becoming a SEO Leader, is unfolding right in front of me. A lot of these factors would not have surfaced if I didn’t have people in my life inspiring, pushing and never stopped believing in me when it got tough. By 27, I never would have imagined working with top brand companies providing them with my SEO knowledge. In hindsight, moving back to the DFW area and hearing from iProspect in a very short amount of time being here was a God send. I believe every
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How Can we Learn The Meaning of Dedication From Veterans

Over the past few days, I’ve been trying to define one word – dedication. All that I can think about is how many men and women that are Veterans that lived this day in and day out. They put EVERYTHING on the line for our country. Saying goodbye to their family, friends and the world they once know out of pure dedication to serving our country for “X” amount of years. Two close people come to my mind yesterday on Veterans Day, my step-brother Blake and a high-school friend Greg. Both of them have gone over seas to fight for our country, dedicating their life, leaving behind their wife and kid(s). Dedication can come in many ways. One can be dedicated to their job, hobby, working out or whatever they want to spend their “efforts and time on.” Whatever that/those “something(s)” may be in your life it comes back to the following
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It’s Never Goodbye, but See You Later

Ever since I made the decision to move back to Dallas, September 29, not a day passed by where factors of living in San Francisco will forever be a part of me. Since my return, October 13, (the day the Wright Amendment was lifted and I was on the first flight from SFO to LoveField) I have been counting several reasons to be grateful to be in a city that has taught me so much about myself in a six-month time frame. 1) If I didn’t leap at the opportunity I would have never known what life there would be like.  Very few people don’t take chances. I knew in my heart that if I didn’t take it now, that the odds of me going back would be slim to none. I am grateful of the opportunity and will definitely never forget living in San Francisco. However, being back in Texas I
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Friends Are Your Family

As several of you know, I’ve had the opportunity to recently go back home for 10 days. Along the way I saw several friends, family and others including the NAGAAA family that I love dearly. Having the Gay Softball World Series (GSWS) in my hometown was life changing. I was honored that my AlleyCats welcomed me back with open arms. Most importantly though I enjoyed spending time with my best friend, being a part of the GSWS, seeing my cousin’s wedding, being there for my nephew’s second birthday party, catching up on life over breakfast or drinks with people I consider mentors and spending priceless moments with my mom and Pepaw. With that said, on October 13 I have a one-way ticket back to Dallas. I’ve realized that often times dreams and other “desires” aren’t the same without the friends and family that support you along the way. In Dallas, being around the people I
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The Power of One Event – NAGAAA World Series

As many of you know, there is one group of people in my life that will always be family to me. The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (N.A.G.A.A.A.). My journey began in 2011 when someone who is now a dear friend of mine, Steven Adams, invited me to a Beers & Balls when I was living in Houston, TX. Little did I anticipate how far it would bring me this far in my walk of life. After practicing with him, and going to a game I eventually started playing. My first full season with a team in Dallas, that was a start-up team coached by someone who is now on the Board of the Dallas chapter, Albert Morales. The 2012 season got my name and skills (Defensive Player of the Year) noticed in the league and I was picked up by Dallas Boom for the 2013 season. In 2013,
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Lost Stars and Aquatic Park Firework Show

As the weekend came for the annual”Holt” reunion, I had to pick between going to that event or being at my cousin’s wedding (which most of them will attend anyways) in September. I chose the wedding in hopes of avoiding the triple digit temperatures of Lake Murray. To help keep my mind off the family reunion along with the best breakfast meal in the world is my family’s eggs, biscuits, sausage and gravy. Not to mention grandma’s Oreo dessert pudding in the evening… So to help past the time, I hung out with Panna, went to a firework show and saw a film that had a song in it called Lost Stars. Thursday, I hung out with someone who is becoming my closest friend in the city, Panna. We had a few drinks and then I called it a night because I knew I had planned a busy 4th of
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Pros and Cons of Living in San Francisco Compared to Texas

Over the past few weeks I’ve been trying to compile reasons why San Francisco is better than Texas; however it’s impossible to compare a city to a state. So instead I’ll compare it to the two cities I have lived in, Houston and Dallas. There are a handful of reasons I see myself staying in San Francisco compared to the two Texas cities above. Below are my observations: 1)   People Don’t Care What You Do…. Since we live in a society where we make our own way that’s exactly what this city allows an individual to try and accomplish. (For some reason people always thought New York City was the city where dreams come true. Ugh, obviously they haven’t been to San Francisco!) All the tech companies I see striving to reach the top are priceless! From Facebook, Yelp, Pinterest and that company named Google; several tech companies are still
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24 Days Later – The Journey Continues

Even though it’s been 24 days since my 24-hour post before leaving Dallas, posting my next blog 24 days later helps tie my journey together. Every day there is still something new I’m learning. For example, today was my first day to layout at the famous Dolores Park that over looks the Financial District. However, every day tasks (including my Spike’s Coffees & Teas run instead of Starbucks) from working with two amazing tech companies and working from home is a liberating feeling. Over the past three weeks one of my biggest excitements is that I have already joined a softball team, and been asked to play in the Gay Games in Cleveland! Slowly, this city is changing me. The most shocking is not having a vehicle! Also, their way of communicating is different than the southern hospitality that not many people understand. Another item I am missing is chicken
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24 – Live Another Day

Ok, maybe I am no Jack Bauer but in 24 hours I’ll be living another day and boarding a plane heading to San Francisco. Within 24 hours I’ll be in the air with a few bags heading to a city that I only dreamed about living in. That doesn’t mean I won’t be working my ass off to survive, but I look forward to the challenges ahead in one of the most difficult cities to live in with my new career. (Plus, I’ll be able to see one of my “career idols” Todd Defren a lot more!) As I fear the unknown in this new journey, once I get there I will make a new dream board since mine seems to be out of date. Seeing your dreams makes them reality, in my opinion, and achieving them is a priceless emotion. I do look forward to road trips to LA,
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One Week Away – Looking Back

Time flies when you’re having fun… So the saying goes. But what is it like when you’re having so many emotions about moving to a new city? Your family is proud, but nervous for you at the same time. Looking back all I realize is a question that my old Vice President, Wayne Irwin asked me about two years ago: “Where do you want to be in three years?” Without hesitation I told him two cities (San Francisco or New York City), along with still being able to use my public relations background. Looking back on one of the last, and most powerful papers, I wrote in college one quote came to mind about this journey: “The roots of successful decisions often lie in obscure places… The truly great decisions happen. They arise from spur-of-the-moment phone calls…” – Stuart Crainer. Being able to look back and believe that I made,
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Living in San Francisco Will Be My Reality

Yes, the title says it all. As many of you know I have been flying to different cities with a mission to expand my career, and begin a way of life that I could only dream of while in my college years. During the week of March 16, 2014 that dream became reality as I verbally took a job in San Francisco. On April 17, I will be moving to the “City by the Bay” to expand my marketing career in the relocation, real estate and special events industry in the heart of the Castro. Being raised in a small town of Rowlett, Texas this opportunity only comes once in a lifetime. I had to take a chance and move 1,600 miles across the country to make a change, and breakaway. As far as the specifics of the new job, you can keep reading below! 🙂 Office Environment = Priceless
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Loving Your Heroes

We can all think of someone who has influenced our journey called life. Several people in South Africa this past week have been mourning the lost of their greatest leader, Nelson Mandela. In my opinion he will go down as one of the most famous leaders (especially in my lifetime) ranking up there with Harvey Milk and Martin Luther King Jr. as being known as someone who rooted for the people fighting for civil rights, being the voice for the underdog and never giving up on what matters most: this road called life. Even though the majority of us will never meet someone of that caliber, it doesn’t mean we don’t have a personal individual or group of influential people in our life. For me, one of those people is Chad West. Two years ago I met Chad during a college break when I was in Dallas from Houston. Since
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Government Shutdown – Or is the Bigger Question Reaching the Debt Ceiling?

As many people huff and puff about the government shutdown, do they not realize that the bigger discussion is around the corner? In about ten days we will hit the debt ceiling; and we all know what happened last time. We had a major financial crash, that was nearly on the verge of surpassing The Great Depression. After being a week into a government shutdown, which isn’t the concerning factor, but not having a government to discuss a debt ceiling crisis should be more of a topic. Our government going into default is a bigger tipping point than the government shutdown will ever fathom to be. Yet it plays a factor, it’s not the bigger question. With both sides not being able to come to an agreement on budget standards, we the people, are left with people in D.C. debating what and what shouldn’t be standard policy. Having neither side
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Kudos to One of my Best Friends – Stephanie Chan

Over the past two years since I’ve moved back to Dallas there is one amazing lady who I can see opening up our own firm together. She’s an inspiration, a motivation and more importantly one friend that where we pick up the phone the conversation starts right where we finished. On Monday, September 30, 2013 she’ll be departing to her dream job at SHIFT Communications. For the past year and a half we talk on the phone every morning, to catch up on life. Sometimes our story can be best explained by episodes of GLEE – and her being Rachel and I am her Kurt. Now that she’s finally made it to NYC, I’ve got a year to meet her there or else I’ll be in trouble. (Our story goes a little bit like this one…) Luckily for me I know I’ll get to see her soon in NYC for
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Learning and Living

Every day in life there seems to be a hurdle that has to be overcome. Whether it’s waking up in the morning, getting through those meetings or a personal life event that comes out of the blue. No matter what you have to be strong enough to carry yourself to the next level. That person, you, will stand up and be stronger than you were the day before. In what some may consider short, I’ve lived a long life with more years to come. I see life every morning as a blessing to have another breath to inhale. At the age of two I was supposed to pass away, but that didn’t happen so I know there are greater things for me to accomplish! Currently, I have achieved one of my career goals by obtaining a degree from University of Houston, a Tier One institution. That obstacle in itself was
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