As the title suggests, change is a-happenin'!! That being said, I'm linking everything from my old site and personal portfolio to this new blog that focuses on my traveling. I managed and maintained that site for roughly about a year before I got too consumed in my career. You can visit it at www.BobbyTaylor.info if you'd like to click around and see the different things I've done and have been involved in.
Beyond that, I'm closing my old blog. If you'd like to check out the different things I wrote about and did, you can start at the beginning at http://bobbytaylor.weebly.com/blog/previous/3 , where I often updated about the different things going on in my life from fire spinning gigs to motorcycle trips, concerts and festivals I helped with, and more.
Here soon, I will be updating this blog to reflect how we've been preparing for our next big adventure! Stay tuned and find out how we are doing everything, how we decided to do everything, and get all the links to the cool stuff we bought and deals you can take advantage of yourself!
Talk to ya soon! Adios!
Well, it looks as if I've completed most of this site! So I thought I would finally make my first post. I literally just finished writing my History section in my About Me page and I really like it, so I'll share that with you all first. Over the next few posts I plan to recap a few of the adventures I've gone on recently, and shed some light onto where I'm going. My plans have already changed many times since I decided to quit my job and do all of this, but that's the beauty of it all. As the great Bill Murray said, "I try to be available for life to happen to me."
I grew up with very little, always working hard for what I needed or wanted. Because of this I have a very strong work ethic trying to benefit everyone involved, creating a win-win-win relationship between myself, my companies, and my clients/customers. I had the typical suburban life growing up in Columbus Ohio where I did well in school, practiced martial arts and eventually received my First Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo; I also participated in and practiced extreme sports such as rock climbing and skateboarding. Though public school's music programs I began to learn trumpet, then guitar, where I went on to learn to play all kinds of instruments and started playing in indie bands as early as 13 years old. All the while, I was still working any ways I could to make money. As a young kid to a pubescent teen, I did everything I could to find work. I found work by creating some, such as selling hand made crafts door-to-door such as necklaces and bracelets, I shoveled snow out of driveways and walkways, I did lawn care and landscaping, even house cleaning, babysitting, lemonade stands and whatever other work I could find. Around this same time, my father and I often would volunteer to build Houses for the Homeless through Habitat for Humanity, and we even helped build and maintain cabins at Camp Mary Orton! That was when I really learned how to build things and work with heavy equipment and power tools. I was a pretty hard working kid and I still am today.
By age 14, I had saved up enough money to buy my first mode of transportation, a small 50cc Tomos Targa Moped. This enabled me to get my first tax paying job as a Bus Boy at Scrambler Marie's! In high school, I went to career center at Fort Hayes where I received my associates degree in Ophthalmology. After working in that field for about a year, I decided that it wasn't for me. I then changed gears and went to Columbus State where I started my degree as a Business Major. I am actually quite proud that I worked my way through college and paid my own way without any financial assistance. To say the least, it was no easy feat. While I was in college, I was working traditional jobs for a local bank, holding roles from Customer Service to New Accounts/Authorizations and later, even Debt Collections. Outside of school and work, I was also learning to record music and even developed my own home studio. I was also still playing in indie bands, on top of also working as an entertainment manager at a Pool Hall where I was booking the bands, bringing out a PA, managing the acts, and running live sound for the venue's weekends and other down times. Later, when I was 17, I road tripped across the East Coast, from Ohio to New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and then back to Ohio; this was by means of busking and just traveling around! Specifically, this is when I discovered my love for adventuring, exploring, and overall fulfilling my wanderlust.
After that, I continued working and finished my degree in Business in 2010. As I was wrapping my my college education, I moved from Columbus, Ohio to Atlanta, Georgia in search of better job opportunities. The first year I was in Atlanta, I worked in Customer Service while also running my own home business that catered to the arts I was interested in. Everything from band management, recording and producing music in my home studio, and even helping to manage artists from strategic planning to financial projections, booking, PR and more. In 2012 I received my first, "real job" as a Sales Executive for a technology company. I worked closely with Marketing, Management, and other departments to develop Sales Campaigns, where I would then execute the campaigns myself,. Overall, I was responsible for developing more sales in the territories I was assigned, and this was without any sort of real guidance or management from others. This role included B2B sales for everything from Fortune 500 companies to small mom and pop shops. While I did very well, often overachieving and setting new sales records, I wanted to do better and began looking further into Sales, Copy Writing, and more to better myself and grow my skills. Outside of work, these self-help skills began to materialize as I began helping to host multi-day festivals, helping to boost sales and develop effective campaigns for these sorts of events. Beyond that, I was also working many concerts and festivals as an audio engineer, and also holding miscellaneous roles from ticketing, security, crew, and more. Around this same time, I started to get into flow arts! One day, at a festival, a stranger (who turned out to be one of my favorite people ever) had a bunch of practice hoops and staffs and all kinds of flow toys. I picked up a staff and immediately fell in love. Because of my martial arts history, I took to flow arts very quickly and soon I started taking on gigs, spinning fire and performing for everything from private events to multi-day festivals. I guess you could say, my time in Atlanta is when I really became a jack of all trades. In my career life, I was solely responsible for developing and tracking my own sales campaigns, growing sales, and handling the actual transactions as well. Outside of my career, I was helping friends with everything from multiple roles at festivals, developing strategic business plans for small artists and independent venues, and was also still taking on audio engineering gigs and fire performing gigs. At many of these events, I would often run live sound during most of the event and then do some fire performances here and there, while also helping out with miscellaneous things like entry, security, crew, and whatever else they needed a hand with.
After about a year and a half at the tech company, a recruiter on LinkedIn reached out to me about a better career opportunity. After seriously considering my options, I decided this new offer was the best move for me and so I began working as an Account Manager for a security products firm. Again, I was responsible for sales growth for my regions with little management or oversight. In this position, I got to travel a lot more it was very fulfilling, I was very happy with this job and where my career was heading. It enabled me to save a lot of money and really advance my career in ways I never imagined I would. In many ways, this position also enabled me to help many of my more artistic friends who have small businesses, or are artists, as I gained more skills and experiences in the business world. I also had more free time and these new skills helped to develop their business plans, financials, copy writing, marketing, and whatever else they needed. I even wound up helping with things from developing investor packages, crowd sourcing or fund raising, and more. Some of these artists and businesses including Pocket Universes, James Godfrey Art, Kaleidoscape, and Incendia.
In early 2016, I began to receive job offers for my next big career step; becoming a Director of Sales. This would encompass me building, managing, and developing my own sales teams while reporting to upper or C Level management. Unfortunately, shortly after I began looking into these opportunities, some serious health problems fell upon my immediate family back in my hometown. It was at this time that I came to a fork in the road that is my path in life; either take on more responsibilities and take my next career step, or put off my career to help take care of my family, and possibly take some time off to go travel. After some serious soul searching, I decided that being 27 and working around 60 to 70 hours a week while my family suffers wasn't really the right decision for me. I could do a lot more good for my family and friends if I freed up some of my time. So I decided to put my career on hold to go help my family in any ways I could. And then afterwards, possible go fulfill some of my wanderlust and travel...
I cannot stress how difficult of a decision that was for me to make... I was making the most I had ever made before, I was living in the nicest house I had ever lived in, with some of my best friends as roommates, and I had a large network of supportive and caring friends; all the while doing fulfilling work outside of my career by really helping my friends and other artists figure out how to make their dreams work through business planning...
So here I am now! Having helped out my family however I could, about to travel the world, writing this post now, and it's about as thrilling and exciting as it is scary and frightening.
But you know what they say, "With great risk comes great reward"...
Just your average, not so average, guy! Here you can follow my travels, learn to travel yourself, check out some cool photography, and otherwise follow along as I explore my interests from performance arts to traveling to philosophy and more!
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