I grew up in a working class family in a rural town with a population of under 3,000.
Growing up, I was shy and had few friends, so spent a lot of time before and after school with my grandfather who was a retired army veteran who tinkered on computers.
He was so patient and could fix just about anything. He built the framework of my personality, from my goofy personality to my life priorities.
Unfortunately, he passed away suddenly on my 8th birthday at the beginning of summer vacation… I was devastated.
At the time, I had no friends waiting for me back at school in September. So, I developed some social barriers, and an anger problem.
By fifth grade, I had broken down. I had difficulty attending school, and seldom paid attention while I was there.
Sixth grade, I met a great friend who I still speak with regularly. We raised hell, and I began to open up.
By ninth grade, I probably had a few friends, but I was basically invisible to the other 95 people in my class. Most people probably thought I wasn’t too bright, as I didn’t speak frequently in school.
What really broke me out of my anxiety, insecurity and poor social habits was finding my passions. Writing, and working with my hands.
Our life experiences are what we make of them, and I made a shift early on to find my identity.
I had always spent most of my free time (away from school) with my parents, landscaping and doing yard work [and playing video games, as any young introverted boy would].
I also learned a lot about building (simple things like: decks, sheds and a roof or two). I spent some more free time working on cars, trucks and motorcycles with my dad who has been a mechanic and a self-certified “mr.fix-it” for his whole life.
I really developed an interest in skilled trade work, particularly with cars, trucks and bikes.
I watched TV shows that followed super talented craftsmen like Chip Foose, and Jesse James to learn their craft and what was possible.
Today, I have a very good job at a sheet metal manufacturing company where I have the pleasure of creating some amazing things for important companies around the world. What makes me happy is that I get my hands dirty, and I help bring projects on paper to life.
It’s exciting to find an outlet that shows you what life can be.
So I want to share my passions by exploring skilled trades through writing and readership.
I want to bring attention to businesses for their superior product and/or services in the world that I am immersed in.
With the background that I have, and the aptitude to understand your business, I know that I can help establish and grow the online presence of your company to market to a specific crowd, generating more customers for you.
The businesses who build, sculpt and perfect with their bare hands and backbone should be able to serve more customers than they can handle!
I hope that I can bring value into your life, and together we can expand our knowledge.