Thankful in Louisiana

I am in Lake Charles, LA and lovin’ life! I have been dreaming about coming to Louisiana for a long time. It is better then I could have ever imagined. I am staying with my brother Jeno and he is showing me a incredible time! He has a lot of love and passion for his home state and life. As soon as I got in his car he began highlighting points of interest and the history behind it. He is a huge inspiration to me and the rest of the world. We are so connected and on the same life page. He is
owner/developer of Swing Fit. It is a revolutionary fitness concept that is super fun and will get you limber and ripped. You can find out all about it @ swingfitonline.com. On the first night i got in I was blessed to be in one of his classes/training sessions. Every muscle in my body is hurting in the best way. Jeno is stoked on life and wants to inspire, love, and change lives. He is a great example of living life to its fullest capacity and being around him has further ignited the blaze within my soul. All of the people in his life are incredible and they all feed off each others energy.
I have only known Jeno for a short while. Right after we linked up here in Louisiana I told him I wanted to be straight up with him. I explained that I was traveling with zero dollars to my name. I told him that I was not looking for a hand out and that I would cut his grass, wash his car, whatever just to show appreciation for him opening his home/life to me. He stopped me and said, “don’t worry about a thing! Money doesn’t mean anything, life is beautiful and it’s all good.” In between handling things for his business he has been taking my around, feeding me amazing Louisiana cuisine and shedding light into my life. I could not be more blessed. The people in my life and the people i continue to meet are a true testament to that.
I want to pass along something that I have been doing for awhile. It is even more prevalent on this trip, everyday I take time to pause and say thank you. I try and pass that to everyone in my life. I always tell people that I can change their life in a few seconds. If you take 2 seconds to look at the beauty around you and say THANK YOU I promise you, life will continually get better and better and great moments and people will come into your life. It is something so simple and powerful. It is easy to get caught up in the things that make life challenging, rough patches will happen, they are what make the great moments in life that much greater. Challenge yourself to ALWAYS remain positive because when you focus on all the amazing parts of your life like your family, health, friends, you realize how spectacular your life is. Focusing on the positive will manifest more greatness in your life and you will begin to realize that is what your life is, GREATNESS! LOVE!!!

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Out of Touch

People told me the last post said it was deleted, so I am reposting. This blog post is a bit all over the place. It is thoughts and ideas i wanted to get out.

I have purposely kept my phone off and away from me over the last few days. I like to cut away from technology and be out of contact every now and again. In order to start moving towards Louisiana, I caught a ride out of Austin back to Houston the other day. My mind is keyed in on Louisiana, for a few reasons. I have a great friend there that I have not seen in a few years. Jeno Slim is a Louisiana native that I met through a mutual friend in Las Vegas. We had a pretty gnarly “Hang Over” adventure and formed a friendship in a matter of days that will last our life time. It will be awesome to have a local as my tour guide, always the best way to go when traveling.
Before I go on a trip or have any kind of new experience I always imagine what it will be like. I form mental pictures and wonder about the spectrum of emotion the experience will bring. This trip was no different. Days leading up to taking off I began to conjure up wild ideas. So far my imagination has been happily exceeded. I have had such a incredible introduction to this trip/way of living. The people I have met, the beautiful scenery, and the generosity are beyond words. Over the last days I have had moments of thinking that things have been way to easy or cushy for me. I have to remind myself that everything is happening the way it is supposed to. There was and continues to be no set plan for this journey. After I leave Louisiana I will not know anyone across the southern states and that is a welcome and beautiful thing.
I am a quarter of the way into my adventure and I am probably more stoked now then I was when I started. I am being lovingly embraced by the unknown. The excitement I got from reading Maniac Magee in 4th grade is now my reality. These moments of realization are some of the greatest moments of my life and will be something I carry with me infinitely. Cruisin’ down the road listening to reggae experiencing this happiness is all that matters right now. I don’t know what tomorrow will show me. I am not there yet and it is out of my control. I am thankful for right now because I am alive, healthy, and doing exactly what I want to be doing with my life. No amount of money or possessions could ever replace this feeling. It seems like such a simple thing but i think a lot of us forget that we are the only ones who can manifest our happiness. It is not going to come to us by gaining a specific job, title, or salary. Although those things are great achievements they are small portions of who we are on the broad scheme of things. After awhile you settle into a routine and it just becomes something you have to get up and do. This is not the case for everyone, some people are making their living the way that they always dreamed they would. If you are just settling to do something that allows you to pay bills and get by, is that living? How many times in your life have you said, ‘where have the last ten years gone?’ I have had conversations with people on this trip who say, “I wish I could do what you are doing.” I want to shake them and help them realize that we set our own limitations, and dictate what we can and can not do!
I was blessed to be raised by a mother who drilled endless possibility into my life. She constantly told my brother and I that we could do and be anything that we wanted. We all know that phrase; but I am not sure how many of us truly believe it. It does not matter how many people tell you how great you are, if you don’t know it and believe it yourself then it’s just words. You can’t look to other people, possessions, or a job for your happiness. If you are at your best(whatever that means for you) and living life to the fullest capacity, happiness will grow naturally. LOVE!

Out of touch

This blog post is kind of all over the place. It is just thoughts and ideas I wanted to get out.

I have purposely kept my phone off and away from me over the last few days. I like to cut away from technology and be out of contact every now and again. In order to start moving towards Louisiana, I caught a ride out of Austin back to Houston the other day. My mind is keyed in on Louisiana, for a few reasons. I have a great friend there that I have not seen in a few years. Jeno Slim is a Louisiana native that I met through a mutual friend in Las Vegas. We had a pretty gnarly “Hang Over” adventure and formed a friendship in a matter of days that will last our life time. It will be awesome to have a local as my tour guide, always the best way to go when traveling.
Before I go on a trip or have any kind of new experience I always imagine what it will be like. I form mental pictures and wonder about the spectrum of emotion the experience will bring. This trip was no different. Days leading up to taking off I began to conjure up wild ideas. So far my imagination has been happily exceeded. I have had such a incredible introduction to this trip/way of living. The people I have met, the beautiful scenery, and the generosity are beyond words. Over the last days I have had moments of thinking that things have been way to easy or cushy for me. I have to remind myself that everything is happening the way it is supposed to. There was and continues to be no set plan for this journey. After I leave Louisiana I will not know anyone across the southern states and that is a welcome and beautiful thing.
I am a quarter of the way into my adventure and I am probably more stoked now then I was when I started. I am being lovingly embraced by the unknown. The excitement I got from reading Maniac Magee in 4th grade is now my reality. These moments of realization are some of the greatest moments of my life and will be something I carry with me infinitely. Cruisin’ down the road listening to reggae experiencing this happiness is all that matters right now. I don’t know what tomorrow will show me. I am not there yet and it is out of my control. I am thankful for right now because I am alive, healthy, and doing exactly what I want to be doing with my life. No amount of money or possessions could ever replace this feeling. It seems like such a simple thing but i think a lot of us forget that we are the only ones who can manifest our happiness. It is not going to come to us by gaining a specific job, title, or salary. Although those things are great achievements they are small portions of who we are on the broad scheme of things. After awhile you settle into a routine and it just becomes something you have to get up and do. This is not the case for everyone, some people are making their living the way that they always dreamed they would. If you are just settling to do something that allows you to pay bills and get by, is that living? How many times in your life have you said, ‘where have the last ten years gone?’ I have had conversations with people on this trip who say, “I wish I could do what you are doing.” I want to shake them and help them realize that we set our own limitations, and dictate what we can and can not do!
I was blessed to be raised by a mother who drilled endless possibility into my life. She constantly told my brother and I that we could do and be anything that we wanted. We all know that phrase; but I am not sure how many of us truly believe it. It does not matter how many people tell you how great you are, if you don’t know it and believe it yourself then it’s just words. You can’t look to other people, possessions, or a job for your happiness. If you are at your best(whatever that means for you) and living life to the fullest capacity, happiness will grow naturally. LOVE!

Thankful!!!!!

I wanted to post some thanks. I want to thank my father, mother, and brother for their constant love and support as well as the items they helped me with to get me started on this journey. I want to thank Eaon Kitterman for being an amazing friend. He was the very first person to know about this trip and he was glad to give me a boot in my ass to get on my way. I want to thank Amanda Natov for being the first person to say, “this is meant for your life, and I am so proud of you.” I want to thank my grandmother for being my mothers strength and telling her it will all be ok. I want to thank My cousin Mandy for opening her home to me and showing me so much love even though it had been so long since we had last seen each other. I want to thank her boyfriend Otis for taking time to explain his DinĂ© culture to me, passing on his life’s wisdom, and hiking with me. I want to thank Kamy for the amazing road trip we shared and for being who she is. I want to thank Chase and Katie Wilson for opening their home to me. Chase thank you for you generosity it was out of this world. Thank you for taking the time to show me where you grew up and giving me more insight to who you are, New York baby! Cody thank you for being cool to me from the start! Thank you to all of my friends and family who are showing me love and support by following this. Thank you to everyone around the world who takes the time to read and share this with me! LOVE!!!

Negative To Positive In A Instant

Yesterday I had my second run in with the cops. I was woken up by a police officer tapping on my sleeping bag. “Hey, wake up!” I pulled my head out of my mummy bag and say, ‘how’s it goin sir?’ He replies, “what are you doing here?” I wanted to reply with, isn’t it obvious. Instead, ‘just camping out sir.’ He proceeds to ask to see my identification and I inform him, ‘I lost it, but i do have a copy of my birth certificate and a college id.’ He looks it over and radios it in. As were waiting he ask where I’m from and if I have a home. I explained that I currently have no residence and that I am traveling across country. This whole time I am still wrapped up in my bag in my long johns. I ask the officer to pardon me while I put my pants on, he obliges. As I get to my feet another officer rolls up on the scene. He wants to display his authority and tells me take my hands outta my pockets, I do it nice and sloooow. Then the second cop proceeds to tell me that it is illegal to camp in the park. My record comes back clean and they tell me this time they will let me go; but they better not see me sleeping there again. This experience was not how I would have preferred to start my day.
It transformed my day into being a huge blessing! After the cops clear out a gentleman named Tony strolled up and asked what the deal was. I told him what went down and it sparked conversation that lasted the entire day. I started to tell Tony about my journey and he was pretty blown away at the concept. I explained my reasoning for doing it and a little about myself and the way I go about this earth. What was said next will be with me for the rest of my life. Tony said, ” Matt, I have been praying for some answers and guidance. I think you were sent to help me with that.” It was a jaw dropping statement to hear. He told me he wanted to help me out with some finance, I just met him and I told him I couldn’t accept his money. He told me that it would be an honor and that he could not think of a better way to use his money. He pulled out his wallet and handed me everything he had in it. I still haven’t counted it. I believe it is about 15$. I asked him if he knew where a coffee shop was close by. He responds, “you want to get some coffee? Come on we will get you some food too.” I couldn’t believe the generosity that this stranger was extending to me. We walked down the street aways to Austin Java House. Once the coffee got poured we started talking. It was such a nonforced conversation. He was asking questions about my trip, my views on life, he asked questions that he was wondering about for his own life. The answers just flowed out of me effortlessly. Throughout the meal he continuously told me how thankful, honored, and blessed it was to share a meal with me and that I was truly answering a lot of questions to things he has been praying about. It was one of the most fulfilling meals of my life. He asked what my days where like and how I made my plans. I told him there is no set plan and that I was just taking it as it comes and embracing the moment. I am not concerned with anything else. That my true freedom is being in the moment and that creates no room for worries. We spent the rest of the day at Barton springs. At one point his brother Robert came along which was another blessing because he is a great fisherman. He gave me a tutorial on the best spots, what lures to use, and how to use them. He also ran back to his truck and brought me a few more things to add to my limited tackle box. I am so blown away by the day. Later Tony asked me how I keep from becoming nervous and anxious with not knowing what the next day will be like or where I will get my next meal. I used the morning as a perfect example. It started out rough and it could have ruined my whole day; but I didn’t let it bother me for one moment. I didn’t even have to try to stay positive I just was and from that blossomed a extremely beautiful blessed day. Tony is somewhere in his thirties and actively seeking answers to life’s deeper questions. I can tell by talking to him that his mind is constantly running and his soul is not at ease. He explained that he does not have a friend that he can talk to about these life questions, that his friends would judge him and make fun of his ideas on life. I tried and hope that I succeeded in letting him know that all the answers to his questions, he already knows. All of the knowledge, power, and energy needed to live his wildest dreams are within him. I explained that it is great to have friends who understand you; but my question is are you seeking understanding or approval on your dreams? I relayed to him that up until recently I was in the same boat. I did not fully realize the power, greatness, and light that I held within me. It was an epiphany moment for both of us an we just sat there smiling staring at the suns reflection in the water. The entire day was UNREAL! Both of us stoked on life! Words and energy were just pouring out of me to try and help my new brother as much as I possibly could. We both helped each other out and were glad to give the gifts we had to offer at that moment. Tony is the father of two a son named Boaz and a daughter named Lydia. I hope they realize how lucky they are to have a father that loves them with all his heart.
I passed out under a bridge last night, and the whole time i was trying to fall asleep i could not wipe the smile off of my face. I am so thankful for yesterday. I am so blessed and in love with life. LOVE!

Growing!

I wrote the following on a bus ride in San Francisco in late November before I truly realized I would be going on this journey. It also links the blog that will be following this one.

Today marks the day of growth and understanding. No longer will I mask the light that shines eternally within me. I am no better than anyone on this earth nor do I want to pass judgement. Everyone has the opportunity for consciousness if they are willing to to let go. I am a being who is making a choice to celebrate my individualism and forever forsake the comforts of the sheep like herd. No longer will I live in a mode of survival, rather I will celebrate this gift I have been given. I will continue to try and share insight with who ever is willing to listen. At the very root of my soul I am a adventurer, citizen of the world, and compassionate. I am a being of never ending passion, empathy, and most of all LOVE. I will never again waiver on my thoughts of who I am. I understand that not everyone is going to agree with me or like what I stand for, with these beings I am not concerned; but never will I choose to press my beliefs upon them. This will be something that will take constant discipline and will be a beautiful and welcome daily challenge. I LOVE WHO I AM AND WHO I AM BECOMING! I LOVE THIS LIFE, INCLUDING EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING THAT COMES WITH IT! I LOVE!!!