In The Beginning…
If you’re interested in the journey of how my photography and consulting business—Michael Fireborn—came to manifest, I am happy to share my journey with you. There is truly no greater joy in life than getting into the flow of ones unique path.
Growing up I always had a natural entrepreneurial spirit, more importantly I have always been an extroverted people person. Through my younger years I created all sorts of businesses. In my twenties after graduating college I put my graphic design skills to the test and became a nightclub and event promoter in Scottsdale, Arizona. I was very successful at what I did however, burning the candle at both ends working a full-time job for a financial printer by day, and moonlighting as a party promoter by night, didn’t have a sustainable future. Over the course of 2-years, leading a double life—specifically my love for partying—eventually got the best of me. It was time to make some new life choices and that is exactly what I did. After a long and well traveled journey down the road of recovery I emerged clear eyed and busy tailed ready to write the next chapter of my life.
New Chapter, New Life
Eventually I found myself immersed in the world of health and fitness in my new home of Southern California. I started a very popular YouTube channel and became a juice, cleanse, and detox guru. Eventually that all led to partnering up with a fellow health enthusiast to open a very lucrative and successful juice truck and eventual stand alone juice bar. I found myself in the heart of Hollywood, California doing what I loved most—getting people healthy and changing their lives for the better.
After a couple of years I sold my share of the business and over the course of the next 7-years I would do everything from work for Whole Foods Market and Starbucks, travel solo around the United States, live in ashrams, and solo backpack many of our majestic National Forests. This journey and spiritual sabbatical of Self-discovery and travel all led me to a point in my life where I asked myself—what now?
Learning to Surrender
I took an inventory of my life and all that I had done up to that point and wondered what was next for me. I didn’t have anything in particular in mind but I asked Spirit for guidance in what I should do next. From that point forward I learned to pay attention to what life was showing me, and most importantly, I learned to surrender and trust.
I figured out that if I wanted to be happy and inspired while simultaneously living my path and purpose, I had to continue following my excitement. In other words, I figured out that to live an abundant and fulfilled life, I had to do what I loved! And that’s exactly what I started doing, and continue to do to this very day. Over the course of the entire year of 2018 I became a total student of photography. Online course after online course, retreats, seminars, trainings, traveling all across the United States, and putting myself out there to learn and get my hands in the mix. Next thing you know, I’ve built a business doing what I love, and like the juice bar, I am working with amazing people.
It took a minute to find my voice and niche as a photographer, but here we are and I’m helping entrepreneurs and “civilians” find their personal and business brand voice. I’m helping people cultivate authentic confidence and validation, and it feels freaking awesome!
This past decade of my life in particular has been tremendous, you never know what life has in store for you. I’m excited for 2019, this year is going to be a game changer!
Follow your excitement, and do what you love!