Sept. 20 Human of Greenville
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit?
"I really like the community; you come in here, and it's a brotherhood or sisterhood. You have that connection with everybody because you're all doing a workout. You get a close bond because you suffer together. It's a great tool for someone like me, who is in the military to stay in shape."
What motivates you every day?
"My kids. They always make me want to do better so I can set the example for them and show them that they can do anything they put their mind to. Also, being in a military leadership position, I want the Marines under me to better themselves, so I try to set the example and be the best I can be."
If someone was going through a hard time, what would your advice be?
"Find an outlet. Whether it be working out, talking to someone, find a hobby. Find something that won't necessarily distract your mind from it. I think if you're having an issue, you have to face it head on and find a way to get through it. I don't think you should ever try to run away from a problem."
What's your passion?
"My passion is trying to be a better person. Trying to improve myself."
What is a subject you wish you had been taught at school?
"Finances, being smart with money. As a child, we didn't have a lot of money and nobody said, 'Hey, you should try to save this much money every month out of your paycheck.' I won't say my parents or grandparents weren't good with money; they struggled a little bit. I think if this was something I learned in school, I would be in a better position in life now. It's something I've always struggled with."
What's something you've learned from your grandparents?
"They taught me work ethic, integrity and stuff like that. My grandfather was a big influence in my life; he taught me to work hard. He also taught me not to quit."
If you could give your daughters any advice what would it be?
"Paying attention to the quality of guy and making sure he has work ethic. Making sure he has similar values, a like-minded individual that will push you to be better. I want them to be independent but having someone to grow with. Also, not to get caught up in how a person looks."
How would you define beauty to your girls?
"Having a good personality is key. Having good values. Their mom has similar values, which is good. So, raising them up that way and making sure they have integrity. My girls are beautiful, and I'm not just saying that, they really are. I would tell them to be kind, honest, trustworthy and all of that. Be smart and a well-rounded individual."
Photo and interview by Marlen Lizeth Luna for The Daily Reflector