Aloha, my friends.
My name is Matthew Budgell,
but you can call me Budge.
Life is absolutely beautiful.
Even then, at times, it can be excruciatingly difficult.
My mission is simple; to empower and inspire others to create and further explore their own path to a fulfilled life.
My whole life, I've been blessed to collect experiences and create beautiful memories with people from all over the world.
When I was 18, the New York Mets called my name in the 2011 MLB draft, and I had no idea of the roller coaster I was about to ride. After a few short years, I was burnt out, and in a world of darkness. My heart wasn't happy playing baseball in a game with more politics than our own government. Not to mention, I was a mess. I had a major realization that threw me into a nearly ten-year journey.
"How can I ever be a Big League pitcher if I'm a Little League human?" I couldn't.
When I made the initial decision to quit professional baseball, everyone and their mother had something to say about how I was "throwing my life away." When I walked away, there was only one person who had my back.
Thank you, Mom.
For the next ten years, I would grow in ways I never imagined possible. After many failed relationships, legal issues, skewed words from media outlets, a bankruptcy, battles with substances, financial struggles, dozens of jobs and unsuccessful business ventures, family traumas, and ultimately, a battle with stomach cancer that lasted for most of 2019 and half of 2020 we're still not all the way out of the woods...
I have had a lot of opportunity to grow.
How was I able to marry the love of my life - who is the best thing that has ever happened to me, create a beautiful nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for, supporting and serving the AYA cancer community, and establish multiple lines of business just a couple months after completing treatments? It's the result of a lot of years full of hard work and a lot of growing pains along the way. Whether I was learning how to communicate effectively (processing and expressing), controlling my temptations, working on my shortcomings and focusing on my strengths, or dealing with the storms that life threw me into on an involuntary status; every success and every failure were just as important as the next.
It's become very clear to me that our connections with each our own self, along with the connections we have with those around us, are the foundation that we build our lives on.
As a part of my journey, I have found it is my purpose to help others who are on their own journey in life, in search of something deeper.