I realized if I didn’t change my life, I was headed for death, even if by my own hand. Nobody was going to fix it for me… It was time to put up or shut up, on the highest possible level.

I reset my life. I pulled myself out of the street life and into the boardroom. I got sober and went to school. Changing was simply that complicated.

After three years of taking methamphetamines and working in strip clubs, I threw away my phone, hid out at a friend’s house to get sober and enrolled in college just a few months later.

Today, I have an exorbitant amount of student loan debt but I am a licensed attorney with a rewarding career and life that I love. I enjoy that I can now give back to those who helped me get here in every way I can.

Life is not without challenge, and I wouldn’t love it if it was. However, there’s nothing better than being able to own the challenge. Once you step up and accept responsibility for where you are and who you’ve become, there’s a strange sense of hope that opens. You soon realize that if you own the worst of yourself, it means you (and you alone) will get to own the best of you as well. For the right reasons, change is a good thing.