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An Introduction / Living Lyfe

Welcome to my krazy world

You know, I wasn’t too sure about this blogging thing, but I wanted to talk to people and tell my story as I write parts of each chapter daily. I wanted to encourage people to live Lyfe to its fullest, by sharing my lyfe in pictures, words, and maybe even video.

So who am I, and what makes me think that I’m qualified to tell you about how you should live your lyfe? Well, when you lose your lyfe on 2 separate occasions…yes I said lose your lyfe, as in pronounced dead, but somehow came back…that makes you pretty much willing to talk to anyone about living lyfe AND appreciating it.

My name is Antonio Holloman. I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. I graduated from THE Morgan State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. I’m currently a travel agent in my part-time, while working the usual 40 hour a week job, and while for some that would be pretty boring, my lyfe is full of adventure. Hey, I’m a travel agent that actually travels, so the 40 doesn’t bother me as much as not getting on a plane lol.

Now I know you’re like: Sir, you just said that you died…twice, Please get to that. Ok I will. In May of 2001, I was shot 5x. I was hit in my heart, my lung, my left arm, and both legs. The bullet still remains in my heart, and NO I do not have issues with metal detectors lol, I wasn’t into any drugs, gangs, or other derogatory things like that, but I did have a reputation of someone that you did not want to cross hands with. In my neighborhood, you’re either the hammer or the nails, and everyday you had to prove which. The person who shot was once a close friend, but how else would he have been able to get close enough to light me up like that, right? 2 years later, I jumped in front of some people that I was pretty close to, and took a bullet in the a vital part of my back. Dead again, but I was the only one. Trust me, I’ve broken the premature dying habit *Fingers crossed* lol

So what does ME dying have to do with me telling you about living? Ask yourself this question: What’s the worst thing that I’ve ever been through? My response to your question: But did you die?

I’ll be back soon to chat with you guys, and more importantly I’ll explain exactly what The JetLyfe is. I hope you’ll have me.

 

But did you die

Did you eat?

Get Your Weight Up…

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There are days when the weight of the universe takes it’s toll on every fiber of my being. Days when giving up on everything and everyone seems like the easiest, and sometimes the only answer in the moment. There are days when people who call themselves “friend”, are so much less than that. Those people who ask me consistently how my business is doing / growing, only to go seek someone else’s service without ever considering me as an option. Those days when no ear can understand the words of pain, if they escaped my lips. No heart could feel the disappointment of not being able to right the wrongs of those closest to me. No hand that could lift me when I’m forced to take a knee, because lyfe reminds me that even Atlas, a God of legend, had to kneel in order to keep from being crushed by the weight of the world.

Those days can come often, or they can come few and far between. What they bring with them determines if I’ve just been hit by Iron Mike or Glass Joe. See most days, we all believe that we live like lil Mac. We train hard for the fight of lyfe. We make plans for the future, dream of the big houses, the nice cars, to give our children the things we didn’t have, and hopefully teach them the things we didn’t learn before becoming and adult, but as Iron Mike once said: Everybody’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth.

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It’s these days that I must remind myself that when I told everyone that I knew how I would be the “evidence”, it wasn’t just about being the evidence when things were going great, when I’m winning awards in an industry that most people call a scam because their fears won’t allow them to seek evidence, but also being the evidence when most people quit, and showing that it’s possible to have your worst days, and still be able to overcome. Sometimes you have to do it alone, and that makes quitting easier, but the joy is in doing the things they say can’t be done. When you feel silenced, reaching out to others can be hard. Letting others in can be harder, but I promise you this, doing that hard thing can make lyfe so much easier. Sometimes I have to ask myself,  Did you eat? I don’t mean food, but did you take in all that you can today? Did you adsorb ideas? Did you share a smile with someone? Are you full off of the positive atmosphere that you should create for others, because you never know who needs it, and what they may be going through. Did you check on your STRONG friends, because sometimes they need someone to help them carry the load. C’mon, ease on down, ease on down the road…..

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My point is how can I complain about what’s on my plate, when it was my goal to eat. It was my goal to show what I believe a good father can be, although I do fall short. It’s my goal to show those behind me that you can survive the inner city blues. It’s my goal to show the non-believers that the 9-5 lyfe should NEVER be the only way that you exist in this world, and that you can actually get out and live. I learned to become ok with those moments that forced me to take a knee, because just like in the gym when you’re trying to build muscle, you have to get your weight up. Even on my worse days, I smile, and I work to be stronger than I’ve ever been. For me, being a light for someone else in their darkness, brings light to mine. If you’re reading this, just know, you’ve survived 100% of the things you thought you couldn’t, and that means you’ve been given another chance to do great things. If you think today, or yesterday was bad, I’ve got the same question I ask you every time, but did you die?!? See you soon #TheJetLyfe

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Lean On Me…

I Am The Greatest…

No matter how your 1st quarter of the year ended, how did you start the 2nd quarter? Ask yourself this very simple question: If tomorrow doesn’t happen, would you still do what you’re about to do today? If that answer is NO, you’re alive but you’re not living…and you know I come here for one reason, and one reason only, to talk about living LYFE.

My last post, I told you how my 1st quarter went. Lost my girl. Lost ALL my income streams, and lost a lot of sleep. Actually, I’m not sure I mentioned that last one. My bad lol. You know what I didn’t lose? My faith, and hope. I focused on two of the most powerful words in the English language to guide me through…. I AM. You see, with those two words, everything you place behind it becomes your truth. I AM….blessed and highly favored….. I AM … going to rebuild in record time….. I AM…. 1/2 man, 1/2 amazing. My ability to seek the opportunity within the adversity has me feeling like the greatest.

 

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The game (of Lyfe) is from over though, and no matter how many times you get knocked down, all that matters is that you get back up. So let me ask you, how do you speak to yourself when times get tough? What words do you put after “I Am”? Are you taking yourself out of the game before half time? See, If you understand the power of your words when you speak to YOURSELF, then you understand that you’ve got to be your biggest cheerleader, and if you’re a believer in God, then you already know that you’re playing for the Greatest Coach of All Time, and he’s been coaching this game longer than you’ve been playing it. Understand, if you weren’t ready to play, he never would’ve put you in the game.

You’re here to win. It’s You vs. the clock. Yes, The clock, because all games come to an end, The clock on Lyfe is ticking, so you’ve got to give you best effort with every move you make. Some people get taken out of the game early, but you, you’re still here. No more telling yourself that you can’t do it, and that it won’t work. I’m imploring you to be your own “Joe Clark”. When you feel you’re closing it all in because things aren’t going the way you want to, look yourself in the eye and yell: Code 10! Code 10! This is *Insert your name* !! Get those chains off my heart / outta my head, the enemy’s here!!

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People always want to talk about Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Tom Brady etc, etc as being the “Greatest of All Time”, but what about you? What about you being the greatest YOU of all time? There can only be one you, no matter how many may share your name. It’s time to step up, and step into your greatness. It’s time to turn up in quarter two. Your coach has given you the play, and it’s time for you to start the execution. Yea yea, this is the part where you tell me easier said then done. How about you go out and try. Really try, then come back and tell me……… Did you die?

A heart is a house for love…

Is there a heart in the house tonight…?

As a student athlete I learned many important lessons, but few as important as understanding that the game is never one in the 1st quarter. Play until that final whistle, and the outcome will speak for itself. Ask the Atlanta Falcons when the game was over in Super Bowl 51. Ask the fans that left the stadium early. Even better, ask the team holding the Lombardi trophy at the end. In case you missed it, It wasn’t Atlanta that year.

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Now you’re saying: Ok Antonio, where’s this going? You always come here to talk about living lyfe, so why are we talking sports? You would be correct, so lets talk lyfe, and why it’s important to understand that the game isn’t won in the 1st quarter. As we’re leaving March, we’re exiting the 1st quarter of the year. What was your 1st quarter like? Did you have ups? Did you have downs? Are you riding highs, or climbing up from lows? No matter the beginning, keep working til the end.

In MY 1st quarter, I lost my lady of 10 yrs, unexpected financial downturn in which my 2nd stream of income bottomed out. Hit with unexpected fines, and just recently lost my job a few weeks after my 3 yr anniversary. Someone said to me: Yikes, that’s too much for one person to bare so suddenly. We’re only 3 months into the year…. Now there are a few of you whose 1st question is going to be: Why did she leave after so long? Your concern for how I’m holding up was a 2ndary thought. That’s ok, because I know that’s how most are wired, so you’re forgiven lol. The how and whys don’t matter though. It’s the what’s next that does. What’s next?  Second star to the right, and straight on till morning of course.

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See, It’s just the 1st quarter, and although I’ve been hit, and hit hard, I know that the game (of Lyfe) isn’t over. I know that I have to keep on giving my best effort in everything that I do, because as I’ve told you before: Within all adversity lies opportunity. Far too many of you are quitting when things get tough. You’re throwing in the towel when the pain hits. You’re already cursing the year when there are still 9 months left. STOP giving up because things are tough. Stop letting doubt kill your dreams. You can do nothing, and guarantee an uncertain future, or you can take action today to help  shape a better tomorrow. Yea, yea, it hurts. There’s pain, but just like I asked you when I started this blog: Did you die? No? Then lets work, because your dreams don’t work unless you do. Live Lyfe.

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Lights, Camera, Action…

6 mins Mr. Holloman, you’re on..

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Well look who it is!! Did you miss me? After my last post about Vegas, I needed to take a minute to kind of deal with myself., my emotions. I still hadn’t completely come to grips with the loss of my friend Glenn (The Most Electrifying man post), and I really needed time to allow myself to grieve.

During that period though, I traveled to the beautiful Caribbean. The Bahama islands to be exact. You guys know I like to travel right? It’s what I do. I am a travel agent after all lol. We went to celebrate my girlfriend’s mother’s 50th birthday. I’m not sure that’s grammatically correct, but I’m sure one of the grammar police will pull up any minute if it isn’t lol.

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The trip was amazing. We traveled aboard the Enchantment of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean Oasis Class Ship, and as always, RC delivered on the promise that this isn’t a cruise, it’s an adventure. For me though, in the midst all of the joy of celebration, the beauty of the islands, and the peace of the ocean itself, I just wasn’t at peace. There were many things in my lyfe, personal and professional that were starting to unravel, or simply just fall apart. I was being forced to face some things that I was in denial about. Trying to hold on to somethings that was being forced to let go. Lyfe was not enjoyable.

See, the toughest thing about being the strongest person that all of your friends know, is that they rarely believe that someone of such strength ever needs someone to be strong for them. It’s almost taken for granted that you will always be ok. Now I know I’ve proven to be almost bullet proof…maybe a little bullet resistant is a better term lol, but there are moments where I’m just HUMAN, and this was one of those, but they say that when you’re down to nothing, just know that God is up to something.

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A local magazine named “Vital Magazine” reached out to me and let me know that they wanted to have me in the magazine as a honoree for Entrepreneur of the Month for their October issue. Someone, unbeknownst to me, nominated me for my hard work, dedication, and my desire to use my travel business to help empower people to change their lives, AND their finances. This was a reminder to me that you must keep pushing. Even when you feel things are not going the way you want them, when you feel that no one is believing in or supporting your dreams. You have to keep pushing, because someone you may not even know is pulling for your success. Lyfe will be tough at times, but you MUST be tougher. You must endure. You simply being YOU, is giving someone else who’s struggling with lyfe’s difficulties, HOPE. It’s a reminder that although lyfe, in the moment, is not, and has not been the greatest as of late, I’m still going to live my greatest lyfe. You should too. It’s not to late. Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.

What Happens In Vegas

This Is Sin City

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They say: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…but with the advent of smartphones & social media, I challenge you to make that statement true again lol. In an age where it is commonplace for people to share everything, it seems that the one thing that we we lack the ability to truly share is….true, unconditional love. In fact, most people’s unconditional love have too many conditions to receive it. Think about that for a second. What are YOUR requirements for loving someone without conditions? Do you need to know that they love you back? Does your relationship need to be a t a certain level before you can truly open up? What things have you stated are requirements for you to love unconditionally? Did you ever realize that you did that?

So now that I’ve got you thinking for a second, let’s get back to why I’ve been away, and why this entry is a week late lol. I was in Las Vegas for the 2nd time in as little as 3 months. I was taking a moment to enjoy lyfe. When we 1st met, I told you that I would always stress upon you the importance of getting off of the hamster wheel, and to go out and explore what lyfe has to offer, beyond clocking in and clocking out. I try to lead by example, and I’ll be sharing more of my travel adventures with you soon, but MAN!!! Vegas is so much fun.

I stayed at the beautiful Red Rock Casino & Spa. This place is huge. It had its own movie theater, AND a full bowling alley right on premises. The pool area was unreal. There were so many pools to choose from lol. Wait til you see this…

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That is the view of the pool area from my suite, and even this does not truly do the area justice. Now why am I sharing this? Is it because I want to brag to you that I went to Vegas, while you went to work? Not at all. It’s to remind you that we’re all due to that slice of lyfe that we keep denying ourselves. STOP saying as soon as situation A & situation B falls into place, I’ll take that vacation that I need. I’ll go after that dream that I really want to build. I’ll start that business that I really want to launch. The BEST time to do all of that was Yesterday, the next best time is NOW!! Lyfe will continue to happen without you. Do you want to live it or do you want to continue to spectate in it? I will continue to LIVE lyfe. You’ve spectated long enough. Say it with me: I’VE SPECTATED LONG ENOUGH!!!

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The day that I returned from Vegas, there was horrific incident that lead to many phone calls, text messages, inboxes, etc of people desperately seeking confirmation that I was not involved. I’m thankful for everyone that reached out, but more importantly it serves as a reason for why we MUST live lyfe to its fullest capacity. It’s been reported that at least 60 people lost their lives on that night. Hundreds of others wounded. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families, and it’s why I say to you, my family, to live lyfe. take that chance you’ve been thinking about, because the rest of today is not promised to us, let alone tomorrow. The graveyard is alive with the hopes, dreams, and promises of I’ll do it tomorrow, from people who never got the chance too. No more putting lyfe on hold. YOU’VE SPECTATED LONG ENOUGH!!!!

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The Most Electrifying Man..

Mr. Glenn Hughes

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When I began this journey into blogging, one of the 1st things that I said was: “I wanted to encourage people to live Lyfe to its fullest…” I wanted people to take from one of my personal lyfe experiences to appreciate lyfe itself, the people in their lives, and to recognize even through the turmoil of the moment, you can make it through.

One of the other things I was aiming for by telling you my story, was to paint a very real picture for you… that continued lyfe is not promised to any of us, and I was one of the blessed ones. Now on this journey of lyfe, you will encounter many people. Some will become friends or associates, some will even become enemies, and every now and again, you will meet a person that you can only classify as special. Mr. Glenn Hughes, was special. It saddens me to use the term “was”, but today my co-workers and I were informed that Mr. Hughes passed  away. A man, that from the 1st hello, you could tell that he was so full of lyfe, and was going to instantly be an upgrade to yours.

The impact of this news (of his passing) hit as deeply as your 1st conversation with Glenn. This guy, man listen lol. Glenn and I discussed politics, wrestling, news, sports, our customers, lyfe in general lol, you name it, we discussed it. I was ready for him today too. I had just said to a co-worker that I hope he came to work today, because Wed was our day to get at it. I looked forward to every Wed (every day really) because when “The most electrifying man in cable, internet, and home phone services” walked in the door, you knew it was going to be a show.

Today, there’s no show. No sports talk. No politics. No news, and today, my guy traded in his cool sunglasses for even cooler angelic wings. A lot of people believe that greatness /success is achieved and represented by “stuff”. The nice car, the big house, how much money you have. “Stuff”. To me, greatness is achieved by the impact you have on people, and that impact determines your legacy. How will people be impacted long after you’ve left this lyfe. As my co-workers, and even myself, fought with our emotions today at the news of the loss. The frustration, the tears, the conversations taking place, there was one thing truly clear. Nobody had a bad word to say about Glenn Hughes, and that his touch on the people that he met was so impactful, that God himself decided that it was time to go “One On One…. With The Great One”…

R.I.P my friend. I appreciate our time together #TheJetLyfe

I wonder if heaven’s got a ghetto

All eyez on me…

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We all have a birth date, and we’ll all have a date of death. What’s most important though, is what you do in between the two. You know, the “Dash”. Far too many people are so afraid of dying, that they never actually LIVE. They’ve never traveled, never went to that concert they really wanted to go to. They never took that chance that they now wish that they did. Ask the average person how are things, and their response is usually something like: I’m hanging in there, I’m just trying to make it. Those response, to me, say that they’ve given up. They don’t see a way out of whatever situation that they’re in at that moment, but sadly, most never really look up from holding their heads, and shoulders, so low to see that opportunity is all around them. They’ve quit on lyfe, and truly have become “The Walking Dead”…

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(I bet you were looking for a Walking Dead pic huh lol) So as others have unknowingly given up on lyfe, I’m bullet ridden and fighting for mine. You didn’t think that I forgot about that did you? It’s party time. Hair braided. Leaving to head to the “turn up”. I actually stop, shake hands, and have a full convo with the person who would shoot me 5x, just a few mins later. I told you I knew him lol, don’t act all surprised lol. The shooter, and a few others, enter a car and drive past  me & my (former) friend  leaving the neighborhood. As my friend and I are reaching the top of the block, he says: Hey, do you hear firecrackers? It’s May, people are crazy lol. As it turns out though, those aren’t firecrackers. You know that car that drove by us earlier? Yeah, it’s that car barreling towards us, shooter hanging out of the window, and he’s got one agenda, the end of MY LYFE.

Well what would you do in that situation? Would you Run? Would you lay down on the ground, hoping they drive by? Do you split up and leave your friend? What would you do (leave a comment)? Well, I did what I thought was right? I pushed my friend in the ground to protect him. That honestly was my 1st thought. Make sure he wasn’t hurt. Not my own lyfe, but the lyfe of someone else, and then I took off running. Now running for me is a no brainer. Why? Because I was a track athlete, and a damn good one. In my neighborhood, the last thing you EVER wanted to do is run from me. You would never get away, and everyone knew it, so of course I could outrun a few bullets right? I took off like a bolt of lightning being fired from a speed of light cannon. Is that a thing? I don’t know lol.

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So here’s where things get interesting. (as if they aren’t already right?). My friend decides that he isn’t going to leave me, so he gets up to run after me. Please tell me how he’s going to catch the “Fastest man alive”? Yea, I said it lol. Did I mention, that he has severe asthma, a gallon of Paul Masson on his back, in a book bag, AND a 5th of Hennessey?!?! I told you guys it was going to be a celebration right? lol. Well oddly enough, he actually catches up to me about a 1/2 a block away. He instantly knows something’s wrong, because how else could he catch me? As he gets closer, he asked: What’s going on? My response: I’m hit. I use my right hand to show him where, and my hand is covered in blood. I’m leaking like a faucet here, and I’m STILL trying to get him to get out of here.

He tries to carry me to a safe place. We make it about another 1/2 a block before I’m too heavy for him to shoulder my weight anymore. At this time, I’m about 225 lbs, all muscle. Like I’m crazy fit, but you would never know I weigh that much. You should see me now, I look like an exercise ball. Don’t judge me lol. We stop on the steps of an old abandoned church in our neighborhood. No, we don’t live there anymore, but it’s still ours lol. He’s attempting to call any, and everyone for help. My phone is covered in blood. Can’t use that. His phone won’t make an outgoing call. Jeez, thanks Sprint!! (just joking, I love my Sprint service lol).

Finally, some friends of ours show up, ARMED and ready to make sure that the shooter doesn’t come back to finish me off, but wouldn’t you know it, I die….. On the steps of an old abandoned church…… Damnit Jim!!

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