Never Give Up! #LiveYourDreams 📸: 4 YEARS AGO, TODAY ... I successfully defended my Doctoral #Dissertation , officially earning my Ph.D., the highest level of academic achievement, & the title of "Doctor" in front of my name. I was 28 years old, then. In 20 days, I'll turn 33. While I could write a ton on what my academic journey means to me & has done to mold me into who I am today & the man I'm constantly striving to become, I'll simply say this ... It took me 11 STRAIGHT YEARS, right out of high school, to earn 3 University-Level degrees: my Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, & #PhD , all in (Bio-)Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Applied Exercise Physiology. My dissertation defense was a culmination of 4.5 YEARS of Ph.D. studies/work, specific to my unique, novel area of clinically-relevant, human performance-driven research (applications of resistance training in older men, healthy aging, & exercise interventions to enhance quality of Life). I had every single word of my dissertation defense presentation 110% memorized, in a succinct 45-minute presentation that laid out my main findings & conclusions as a Ph.D. Student. I practiced that presentation speech & refined/developed its slides for nearly 4 straight weeks. I was fully prepared, & I succeeded, but only because, in my mind, there was no other option. Looking back, that culminating point in my Academic Journey was truly only the beginning of my Professional Journey, which I knew, then, had to involve work in the "Private Industry," giving back, teaching/coaching, motivating, inspiring, & leading by example. I left that "PEAK," and I discovered: The Journey & The Process are never-ending, the best is still yet to come, & there are always countless more lives to influence & change for the better, if we CHOOSE so. In my heart, I know that I'm far from reaching my truest potential. To all of you reading this, to all of those who have loved, supported/encouraged, motivated/inspired, elevated, & celebrated w/ me along My Journey, I'm unconditionally & eternally grateful for you, beyond measure. || Find & Pursue your #PASSIONS . Follow your #HEART . Live YOUR #Dreams . And, NEVER GIVE UP! #BestSelf ~Dr. Matt
🏆International Bikini 👙 Competitor @lucy_berlin captured the perfect #SelfieSunday ! 📸 She looks gorgeous... and her tan is flawless!👏🔥 . #Repost throwback to the morning before my first bikini competition ever in November 2015🙈, I was so excited 😝🔫😂 and it was a beginning of something new for me, something that I don't want to miss. I love to compete, to train, to pose, to represent myself 💁🏽to prepare for it, i'm in love with the whole process 😍. If you want to compete, do it. Make impossible things possible ☝🏾, believe in yourself and get in love ❤️ with the process, because after you will get so much more, than a trophy 🏆, you will get stronger physically and mentally, you will learn so much about your body and yourself, you can't imagine it now😌!