"It took a lot of strength to admit that I was an addict. This year marks 3 years clean and sober. There is a simple version of my story and all it took was for someone to say they needed to get their shit together. I wasn't going to be the one to make that happen. At that moment, as drunk and strung out as I was, I realized that things needed to change. The first day was easy, then seven days passed, and the weekend came. Someone said to me "I'm sure it won't last, you'll get drunk, you always do." It was at that moment where I thought I will prove you wrong. After weeks of not being intoxicated I felt amazing and wanted more. Life began to make sense and I was shocked. I am so happy my family had my back during this and that now I am able to help others. Since changing my life I have had people come to me for help and guidance. I love being a role model for anyone thinking they can't stop. I am forever grateful for every decision I have made in my life. Whether it be all the bad decisions, break-ups, or even losing love; every choice I have made has led me to where I am today and I wouldn't change it for a thing. Embrace the change. You can do it. You just have to want it more than the air you breathe."
"Being gay used to bother me growing up. I couldn't understand why or how hate would sprout from love. I was able to overcome the way I feel by surrounding myself with strong and loving people. I grew tougher skin over the years and there is not much people can say to shake me anymore. It also helped me to focus on what is important in life, which has made me who I am today. I fear the direction our planet is taking and I'm afraid of the intentions of some of our world leaders, whose agendas are fed by greed. I try to stay hopeful that our generation can make a difference in the world of tomorrow. To me love is the bond you create with someone, loving someone for who they are regardless of race, gender, identity, religion, or sexual orientation. Love is beyond the preconceived ideas that society tries to drill in our minds."