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

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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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