thEN and now


The other day someone asked me a question that made stop and really reflect on my life, and the journey that I’ve been on, not just in trying to build a great clothing company, but the many journeys that I’ve been on a person; the journey to graduate from the University of Houston with honors, to be in the best shape of my life (both mentally and physically), and to being a better son, friend, or whatever role that I have in your life. The question was “If you could have a conversation with yourself four years ago, what would you say?”

Four years ago I was just graduating from high school. I had visions and dreams so big that no one around me could fully understand. I was excited about starting a new chapter of my life in college, and people were slowly believing in the potential I had as a clothing designer. No one in my immediate family ever graduated from college, and I was determined to be the first.

Fast forward four years and I am now a senior at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, I have currently made the Dean’s list five times, have a current GPA of 3.841, Elect Nation went from just shirts to having signature shoes, and I have lost nearly 40 lbs in the last 12 weeks. In no way am I writing this to brag about my accomplishments, but just to paint the picture that I am a completely different person than that kid that graduate from high school four years ago. I’ve grown as a person, student, business man, artist, and most importantly as a follower of Christ. So if I could go back and have a conversation with my old self what would I say?

I would tell me old self to keep dreaming and to hang on to every vision that you have planned for yourself. Also I would say that there will several challenges along the way, but you will overcome them all. Lastly, I would tell myself to keep praying and that God hears every one of them. This advice is what was gave me the strength to push to become the man that I am today. So what would you tell your past self?