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"Take Back Your Life"

There are a couple of things that I feel like I have been struggling with for the last couple of weeks. Ironically I blogged about this as my first post and how to appreciate it – but I really struggle with being 24 and not self-sufficient yet. I struggle with still being a full time college student now for 6 years straight. This life is EXHAUSTING. I struggle with not having consistent work and feeling like I am always playing catch up. And lastly, I struggle with knowing how to balance it all.

But in the midst of all of those things there have been some extremely inspiring parts to my week; specifically the story and journey of a great friend of mine.

LeQuan Chapman and I grew up together in a small town in Pennsylvania and although I didn’t meet him around his sophomore year of high school you could tell he was used to being the center of everyone’s attention and for good reason. He was extremely talented athletically and musically (we performed together for a few years in a church group) and knows how to work a crowd better than some of the best. He was known by many in and out of our area because of the things he was involved in and continued his record of success into the world of college athletics and to this day competes and is a great contender for the 2016 U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials.

With all that attention, what he did this past week is especially extraordinary. LeQuan was featured on which is an online resource that publishes articles on athletes across the country and tells their story of “coming out” to their teams, family and friends.

I am an extremely proud friend and lifetime fan – and hope you will be too. Not just because of this article, but because of the hope that is inspired when those who garner attention use it to free themselves and help others.

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I'm not much of a blog reader, but there are 3 blogs that I follow heavily: Tynan, Seth Godin, and Steve Pavlina. If you're looking for some good reading, you found my blog - good work. If you're looking for more than just me, check these guys out.


For those of you who don't know, Tynan is co-founder of SETT, the blogging platform I'm using now. He's also the reason I'm interested in blogging, and one of my main sources of motivation when I'm feeling unproductive. I have a few projects right now that deserve more attention than I usually give them, and reading Tynan's posts usually have the effect of making me more productive. If I had to categorize his posts, I'd say he writes about how to live life in an optimal way. I believe there is a very narrow group of people that share his philosophies, and that's who he writes for. I happen to be one of those people, so if you find yourself enjoying my blog, I'd suggest you check his out (it's way better).

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