Fashion, Function, and the Indomitable Human Spirit
I WENT TO PRISON AT 19 AND IT CHANGED MY LIFE!
I never planned on starting a business. I planned on becoming a police officer and working my way up to the federal level to eventually join the NSA or the CIA. I had a fascination with law enforcement, espionage, and criminal investigations, and I wanted to be part of that process really bad. Or at least I thought I did.
In my late teens, life took an unexpected turn. I had started hanging out with a local badguy and one day ended up doing something really stupid. As a result of my ignorant actions, I got sent to a place that no one ever wants to be, and my life path detoured from what I originally expected.
I graduated from high school at 17. I went to jail at 18. I went to prison at 19. And I took the first legal drink of my life at 23 years old.
It was in the confines of jail and prison that my mind began to shift. Angry and upset at myself for making a stupid choice in life, I made a promise that I would never ever walk that same path again.
Over the next several years, I began to feel very different about everything I thought I ever wanted when I was growing up. I began to feel very different about the people I considered to be my friends. And I had no choice but to feel very different about what I wanted to do with my life.
And that new blemish on my record was the only thing that employers ever felt about me.
I was and still am, able to get decent paying jobs if push comes to shove. I’ve held jobs since then where the employers never knew about my past because when you’re in my position, you have to do what you have to do. Some places knew about it. Some didn’t. It really depends on the vibe I get from the moment I pick up an employment application.
I’ve grown harder and more cautious as time has passed, but I’ve also grown hungrier to have things my way as well. I’ve learned that I work incredibly well with people as an employee and a team member, but I really prefer to work alone, unless that person just “get’s me.” But still, most of the time, alone.
After enough dead end jobs with lazy, innefficient, unreliable managers and bad coworkers, I decided that I am going to make something happen for myself on my own terms.
I hate the idea of being an employee minded person. I also hate the idea of feeling helpless, like I’m not myself, like the way I felt when I was locked up. So what better idea is there than working for myself and helping other people to become the best version of themselves?
I had to conform as an inmate, but that’s not who I am anymore. Now I’m all about standing out from the crowd and refusing to be average. I’m all about achieving my goals in business and in life, no matter how hard it gets.
I don’t just say you should reach for the sky because it sounds cool. I say you should reach for the sky, because if you stay on the ground, you’re going to die. I’m all about having a positive mindset and constantly improving your skill-set. And I can’t stand the fairy tale, motivational fluff about sunshine and rainbows that most people claim to live by.
I am nothing like “most people.” And you shouldn’t be either. Don’t just think I’m on a mission to sell apparel items and other products. I’m on a mission that’s so much more than that. I want to help you be the best version of yourself no matter what. Remember, a Skyward Mind is a great mind.
Many of the products from Skyward Mind express some sort of positive characteristic or trait, like a winning mindset, an uplifting attitude, or an optimistic outlook on life. Some of the products here are meant to be humorous and to bring a smile to you and the people around you. Humor and laughter help to heal the injured and mend broken hearts, and that’s important to this brand as well.
Everything from Skyward Mind is meant to complement your sense of style.
There’s a variety of clothing items and more for both Men and Women. From T-Shirts and Tank Tops, to Leggings, Hoodies, Hats and More, you’re sure to find something that resonates with you here.
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