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 Journey

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...

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I have had a lot of opportunity to grow.

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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. 

Why do I do what I do?

Short answer; I love people.

Not-so-short answer; Because it warms my heart and soul to watch people grow within themselves, and to see that growth translate in their everyday lives. I am very aware of how challenging life can be, and I know all about the obstacles that can get between where we are, and where we want to be. In my opinion, if you have unlocked the doors to maintaining happiness, even in the darkest hours imaginable - and you're in a position to share that value - it is your responsibility to do so.

 

Over time, I've learned that there is a power that exists within all of us that is far greater than we understand. That power has been the key to my happiness, despite what messes I have created for myself, or what challenges life has thrown my way.

 

It's the power of love and gratitude. When we channel it correctly, it allows us to create and maintain beautiful relationships with ourselves, and the ones we care about most, it allows us to see the world with more color than we've ever seen before, it gives us strength to overcome the "impossible," and it guides us in the direction of our soul's desires. 

 

Life can be difficult at times; adversity is inevitable. We need to truly understand in our core that no matter what life throws our way, we can handle it, especially with love and gratitude on our side. At times, we make Life more difficult than it needs to be. On the other side of it, sometimes Life just hits us out of nowhere. How we respond and learn to react in the face of adversity, in any form, is the name of the game.

 

Love, gratitude, communication, understanding, pain, growth, self-belief, passion, and persistence are all parts of the recipe.

Let's get cooking.

 

Stay Grüvy

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