My Story

Adam Conway

My Story 

My name is Adam Conway. I’m a cyclist, adventurer, and personal trainer. I live in a mid-sized city that lacks both a decent public transportation system and bike lanes. In spite of that, I decided to trade my car in for a bicycle when I got sick of how heavily we rely on cars.

Background

From August 16th, 2011 to January 2nd, 2012, I worked as a bus-boy in the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Not necessarily for the awesome times I had there (there were many), or for getting into Disneyland for free (I may or may not have gone 70 days out of 139 possible). It was such a great experience solely for how immersed in creativity I was. Every waking second was spent working, exploring, and studying a place whose soul is creativity.

I brought that creativity home with me. I spent every moment thinking about creating something. I wanted to create my own business, my own way. In the midst of creating this business, an opportunity to work a great job in the business field found me. It seemed like a great opportunity to graduate from college with some business experience under my belt.

Upon taking the job, I felt like I had it all together. Everyone I knew told me I was going somewhere, that I was going to really accomplish something in life. I felt like I was doing great for my age. How many 20 year-old dudes still in college were working jobs at financial planning firms? Not many, by my calculations, and that made me a winner. The problem was, these thoughts weren’t genuinely my own. I was merely taking on the thoughts of the people surrounding me and that’s bound to end up in disaster.

Disaster struck a couple months into my new job. It was too boring and there was zero creativity involved. I answered phones and processed paperwork. I stumbled upon Wandering Earl and it was all over from there. I found a whole world of people doing the kinds of things I wanted to do. People creating, inspiring, and challenging the limits of what’s “normal.” This discovery led to two significant revelations:

  1. I knew instantly that that’s the kind of person I wanted to be. All it took was really finding what I’m truly passionate about, and that didn’t take long. I have spent just under a decade devoting myself to health and fitness. I studied weight training to nutrition and everything in between. Through my own experimentation, I developed a passion for helping those around me get healthier. After quitting, I became a personal trainer to further educate myself.

  2. After sifting through countless articles from websites like Zenhabits and Becomingminimalist, I started to realize how much I value simplicity. After reading all these articles, I began to think about how un-simple our car culture is. I committed myself to doing something to change it. I bought a bike and decide to give up driving my car. I would eventually sell it, but my outlook changed completely the day I started riding everywhere.

In this blog, I attempt to educate and inspire others. I want to show people how to push their limits. People need to know that cars aren’t always the answer and there’s more than one way to get in shape. Enjoy!

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “My Story

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s