I know it has been a while since I last posted, and a while since I finished my walk from Philly to Santa Monica. I guess I was waiting to see what feelings came to me over these last two weeks or so. I finished my walk across America on Feb 5th at about 3pm PST. I was extremely emotional that day, especially seeing my parents at the finish line. It was so incredible having them there. But, at the same time, I didn’t know what to think or feel. There were so many thoughts and feelings that went through me. I remembered back to the first mile when I wanted to turn around. I remembered being incredibly cold in Gallup, NM feeling like I might freeze to death. The happiness, and sadness all rolled into one big ball of emotion culminating at the pier, left me a bit speachless, and still does!  

I still am grasping the magnitude of this journey. What I overcame, what I experienced, who and what I met, is still coming to me in bits and pieces. I wish I had something profound to say, but I don’t. 
All I can really say is THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who supported me and Addiction Awareness Across America. There is absolutely no way I would have finished this journey without your help. Thank you for the emotional and financial support. Thank you to a few people who I was close with who completely ghosted me for unknown reasons, as I am stronger with my Higher Power as a result. I experienced the most extreme highs, and lows, I have ever encountered physically, mentally and spiritually. I embraced the moments of complete and utter joy, and learned from my mishaps and how to overcome them with nothing but me and my HP. Thank you to the people I met along the way that reached out and helped me, especially the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona. They were by far the kindest, most selfless people I met on my journey. Thank you to the guy in Oklahoma who pulled a gun on me but did not shoot.


And lastly, and most important, thank you to MY FAMILY, and close friends. Yes, I may have lost a few relationships due to ego, self-centeredness, or unknown reasons, but was also able to grow and enhance some of the most meaningful relationships in my life. Everyday, throughout the entire day, Me, Mom and Dad, and my three sisters were in a group text. I was able to share with them a lot of my journey. I think our trust, support, and love were able to grow. In active addiction, I destroyed A LOT with my family. I think the walk was able to mend some of that, with the ability for them to grow in their trust with me, and my love and gratitude for them. 


I am currently looking at what life has instore for me next. First, that is a career I can be happy, successful, and make an impact in. I am not sure where I will reside, as the career opportunity will guide that. I will also continue to work on Addiction Awareness Across America to raise funding, and help those that are still struggling. I have some tremendous ideas, some out of the box inovative treatment ideas that I would love to go to investors with, but that takes some capital to be able to go to investors with these ideas. I will find a career that will allow me to continue to work on AAAA and help as many hopeless and struggling addicts and alcoholics as possible, while moving forward steadfast in said career. 


I will also be working on my book about my life in active addiction, the journey itself, and some motivational, spiritual, and inspirational direction and insights that I acquired due to the journey. One thing I did learn along the way is that EVERY single emotion we experience will pass. It is my job to ride the wave, to embrace the challenges life has in store, and be entirely grateful for those utter feelings of joy and happiness. All I can do in life is take responsibility for my actions and attitude, everything else around me I cannot control and I have to accept is happening for a reason. Godspeed and have a blessed day!! 

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Wow, I actually made it to Cali! There were MANY, MANY times on this walk that I truely felt like quitting, had no purpose, and was so distraught I did not know what to do with myself. But what Saved me was faith and trust in my higher power. I was able to find my purpose, to gow with my higher power, and utilize the love and support from those that were there for me! Some days all I can honestly do was push my cart and put one foot in front of the other. I was able to come out of the despair that I was in for a little while, and move on. EVERY SINGLE EMOTION/ FEELING/ EXPERIENCE WE HAVE WILL PASS. It is my job to embrace and grow from those challenging times, and to throoughly enjoy those happy and joyous moments in my life. I am so extremely grateful for my Higher Power, and the people in my life who have continuously support me, and our vision at Addiction Awareness Across America! Thank you all so very much and Godspeed!! 







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What a peaceful walk I had today! No wind, a smooth 24miles! It has been windy out here in NM, but other then that the weather has really been cooperating! Yesterday I completed 34 miles with up to 35mph gusts, while finishing the last 4.5miles in the dar(which I do not want to have to do again, it was definitely frighting on Interstate-40!) I am excited for Christmas, although I will definitely be missing friends and family. I am proud of myself, the last 3 out of 5 years around this time I have been in some sort of treatment! It will feel liberating being out on the road, with only 800miles to go to complete the walk! I will also be attending an Alcathon at an AA establishment in Albuqurque! Hope to meet some new friends, and enjoy some fellowship! 

I am still a bit fearful moving more into the desert. The temps are going to get into the teens at night, with a strong likelihood of some snow moving into Flagstaff, AZ at an elevation of 7000ft about sealevel! But nothing we can’t overcome, as I have been able to prove to myself! 

Thank you to everyone who helped support through the Blaze Pizza fundraiser in Clifton Park, we were able to raise $90 through your pizza eating! And thank you so much to everyone who has continued to support emotionally and financially!! Godspeed, and Merry Christmas!!!🙏🏻❤️

 

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Again, I appologize for the time in between posts. I am often very drained mentally in the evenings when I finish my walks, and these take a decent amount of mental patience! I made it to Holbrook, AZ, less than 600 miles left! When I got to AZ, I had some trouble with walking in the I-40, due to the legality, then issues navigating my way on the back roads utilizing google maps. I may have a tough time getting across AZ, and may have to change my route. That will be determined in the next day or so. While in Grants, NM I had a weather delay of 5 days due to snow and negative temps!! I am feeling pretty awesome since leaving Gallup, NM where I had to regroup a bit mentally and spiritually. I am very excited for the remaining part of the journey and what the finishing results will bring! Last night I stayed in the Petrified Forest National Park, which was quite the grueling walk yesterday to get there! The rewards this morning of finding those petrified pieces of wood made it all worthwhile yesterday, possibly my toughest day. The petrified wood facinates me!! It is hard to fathom 200million years ago, which is what the forest dates back to!!! INCREDIBLE! Thank you everyone again for the continued support! PLEASE SHARE OUR JOURNEY AND DONATE IF YOU CAN! Godspeed! 🙏🏻❤️





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What a journey this has been! As I sit here at the Fabulous 40’s Motel (taking the day off with 60mph gusts of wind), I am easily reminded of how grateful I am. I have had the most extreme highs and lows mentally, spiritually, and physically in these first 99 days. I would not be in Adrian,TX without the help and support of all of you. Thank you so very much! I am about 25 miles to the New Mexico boarder, which I will hit tomorrow! I hope everyone is able to enjoy their Holiday Season!

This past week, I have made a lot of progress spiritually and mentally. In Amarillo, I met a lady Leslie that took me to AA meeting, and had dinner after. She is 4 years sober, and we had some phenominal discussions on God and sobriety. Yesterday I was at peace and felt some serenity, while walking 28 miles, with up to 35mph winds SMACKING me in the face the entire day. I was able to put one foot in front of the other, often times feeling like I was in quicksand, for 9 hours and 27.5miles. Sometimes, thats how life can feel. Never feeling like we are making any progress, but yet when we look up at the end of the day, we were able to get through regardless of what was hitting us in the face all day!! 

The experiences I have had the first 2/3 (roughly) of the trip have been indescribable at times. This has been by far the most challenging thing/journey/endevour/path/life changing event that I have ever been through, and I am so excited to see what the remaining 6-8weeks have to offer!! The awareness I have gained of myself as person and what makes me tick, has been eye opening and welcomed. Each day gives me the opportunity to learn something about myself, and it has been incredible!! 


 I know it is the Holiday Season, and the world has been crazy this past year. If you do typically donate to a charity this time of year, please consider Addiction Awareness Across America, every little bit helps and we are definitely helping and inspiring many who are struggling! 

Godspeed!!!🙏🏻❤️





 

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