Back to the future…

Roads? Where we’re going….

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We’re always told that time heals all wounds, but thing of importance that’s never mentioned is that, time also takes….time. Some wounds take more time than others to heal, and some simply may never heal, because in the pain of our hearts, we just keep aggravating it, and picking at it. Healing may mean facing the reality that that relationship you thought would never end, is truly over. It may mean that the friend you never thought you would lose, just isn’t the friend you need. It could even mean that the traumas of your childhood could go unresolved, and for some people, all they are… is their pain.

So WordPress told me that it was my blogging 1 year anniversary, and that got me to thinking about the things that have changed in that time. When I started this blog, it was purely to tell, and show, you that there was more to lyfe than what you were letting yourself believe. I wanted you to know that no matter the situation, you CAN stand tall and overcome. Why? easy, because you didn’t die. Hell, I did, TWICE, and I’m still here to tell you you’ve got this lol. You may have moments where you’re at your lowest, but that’s just setting your trajectory for your rise. Even Atlas took a knee to lyft up the world, and YOU are even stronger. It’s ok if you feel as though, you’ve been knocked down. Roll over on your back. If you can look up, you can get up, but up is the only place left to go, Right?

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Understand this, there IS greatness in you. You’ve got to act like it. So many people I speak to want change, but few of them want TO change. Is that you? Finances kicking your butt. You hate your boss. Your significant other just isn’t understanding you. You want to go back to school, but you don’t have time. Etc, etc, etc. Guess what, you don’t have time to continue with those things that are dragging you down. Your lyfe is moving past you faster than you realize, and before you know it….time’s up. Don’t be the person that says: What if it doesn’t work? Declare today that you’ll be the person that says: What if it does? If you do NOTHING, it won’t work…because YOU didn’t work. You’re got to realize that the graveyard is alive with ideas that people never took chances on *crickets* you’ll get that later lol.

Your future is up to YOU, and will be a product of your decisions. Not your momma’s decisions. Not your daddy’s decisions. Not the politician’s decisions. YOUR decisions. Decided TODAY that your tomorrow is more important than your fear of now. Decided today that you don’t want your children, and their children, to repeat the hardships of your today’s because you didn’t take care of your tomorrow…..and MOVE YOUR AZZ DAMNIT!!

You’re going to have to “Believe in something. even if it means you have to sacrifice everything”. Just do it….then you’ll look back in a few years and say: Great Scott, I can’t believe I did that!! … For those that will say: I’ve tried to chase my dream, but it didn’t work out… I’ve got one question for you….But did you die???? if at 1st you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again….

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You’ve put your lyfe on hold for everything else, AND everyone else, and now it’s time to get BACK TO YOUR FUTURE. Stop saying you don’t know where to start, and just start. Stop saying I don’t know which road I should travel. Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads……. you’re tomorrow is paved by imagination, and what you do today. Write that book or blog. Start that podcast. Film those makeup tutorials. Your future is now, so make the rest of your lyfe, the best of your lyfe….. See you guys soon…

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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?

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.

 

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