Several years after exiting the Marine Corps and being unable to find where I fit in society, I landed a corporate job that paid well, but it wasn’t something I was necessarily passionate about. Eventually, it led to burnout. During that time my mom had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and eventually passed away because of it. After her passing, I did some soul searching and looked for an outlet where I could express myself and to be honest, keep my mind busy.
At that time I frequented a military blogging site that was owned and operated by military veterans who tested and evaluated all types of outdoor gear, and then wrote articles on their personal thoughts of that specific gear. As an outdoor gear guy myself, I read and absorbed as much as I could. So, on a whim, I decided what the hell, I’m going to email them and see if they need any other veterans to evaluate products and write about their experiences.
Expecting my request to get lost in the black hole of the internet, I was pleasantly surprised. They responded within a few days and I ended up starting as a pro-bono writer shortly after them vetting my military background. I quickly went from pro-bono to a paid freelance writer within the first 6 months.
When asked to fill in temporarily as the editor for a short period of time, I took that as an opportunity to prove myself, which eventually led to me taking that position full-time. Although the full-time position only lasted two years, it enabled me to leave my corporate job to pursue something I was truly passionate about, a dream job if you want to call it that. It also put me on a course to be a very successful blogger and build new relationships.
Above: Myself and two of my staff writers covering an outdoor industry conference