My Life CurrentlyI have been very fortunate to have a lot of successes in my life. I have been sober now for 22 years. When I got sober I started to get into Pottery because I needed to find another hobby other than playing pool for a living. It was fun but not a very conducive lifestyle to staying sober. My AA sponsor told me to get a little toy potter’s wheel. I played with it for a while and then asked for a potters wheel for Christmas one year and I have been hooked ever since. I have a website called Ceramic Tattoo Art and I am the first ceramic Artist to Tattoo on Ceramics. I specialize in custom one of a kind art urns.
My Property Management CareerAfter about a year of my sobriety I got into Property Management and started to manage a 224 space RV Resort. I then went on to manage some of the largest single family home communities in Southern California. I had the privilege to manage “Sky Lofts” a 22 story High Rise in downtown Los Angeles (Pictures below). I also managed Four Seasons of Hemet a 1,100 unit community in Hemet California where I grew up.
My Homeless StoryWhen the economy dropped in 2008 I found myself a young professional at his prime who could not find a job in Real Estate. I was living in Santa Barbara in 2010 managing a property and got laid off. I tried to start my ceramic business but when the unemployment ran out I was forced sell everything I owned, buy a 1990 Ford Van and go “Camping”. It turned out (as so many life lessons do) being the best experience of my life. I have been blessed in so many ways from my “Camping Journey”. Some of the things I have gained:
- It taught me the value of people instead of money.
- It taught me that I can live on nothing, ask for help and bring myself up and out.
- It taught me that we only have today.
- It taught me to be a giver every day and be grateful for everything, good and bad.
- It taught me the value of pets and the comfort they can bring to one’s life in a time of need.
- It brought about this webste to help the people that are going through the same thing I went through.
- It taught me that nothing is permanent and that change is to be embraced.