sketching out a whole new you

Meet Brad

Me (40lbs. lighter)

I found myself at my lowest point.  I was sitting in a drunk tank looking back on a life of nothingness.  No real accomplishments, nothing to show.  31 years old.  My first DUI, February of this year, 2012.

For the last 14 years I have been lost.  No direction.  Living in excess.  The truth is I may never have known myself.

It starts well before this, but this seems to be as good a place as any:

I joined the military, U.S. Army Reserves, in 1997 (my Junior year of high school) and left for boot camp on my 18th birthday. (June 30th, 1998).  Before this I guess I had a decent high school life.  I was a captain on the basketball team and I also was the Homecoming King and Prom Prince.  But I didn’t have a trust fund or excellent grades to rely on so I decided to join the Army to help finance my education.  I chose an A.I.T program (training for your particular job) based on the length of the course.  I found one that was 7 weeks long.  My original plan was to get to school right away and major in graphic design.  I didn’t go right away.

I cycled through bad job after bad job until I finally did go in 2005, when I received my honorable discharge, but still did not pursue my dream.  How mixed up I was.  I chose to pursue a business degree.  Business degree?!  I never had any interest in being a businessman, but I also didn’t want to be a “starving artist”.  I let my fear control me.

I turned to booze and sometimes whatever else I could get my hands.  I stayed in bad relationships for fear of being alone.  I had no identity.  I was depressed most of the time.  Mood swings, unhealthy eating, smoking cigarettes was my way of life.

Flash forward 14 years to me, sitting alone, drunk, in the coldest most uncomfortable concrete room imaginable I call out to God.  I have never been the same.  That night God changed me so much for the better.  I’m paying for the mistakes I have made, but I’m getting my life right with God and have been sober and smoke-free ever since.  Words cannot express the gratitude that I now have in my life.  The air is cleaner, the birds sing sweeter and every relationship in my life has gotten so much better.

So now I’m living for life.  I’m living for God.  Jesus is my savior and I’m very proud to proclaim that. I still make a lot of mistakes and I have a long way to go.  I have a temper that sometimes gets the best of me.  I am a very honest person, sometimes brutally so and I probably need to tone that down a bit.  I am faithful and committed.  I hate broken promises.  I believe that people that put the roll on upside down may very well be on their way to serial killing.  I am insecure and working on that.  I require love and constant reassurance. I’m sometimes too lazy and need help getting motivated. I love to read and soak up knowledge about any particular subject I’m into that week.  I volunteer at the local library and do my best to live right.

Some homemade pie for Mother’s Day

I also love to cook and eat healthy.  I’m getting into shape too.  I’ve lost 40lbs. since I’ve started and starting to get this mush into shape.  A little more about me if you aren’t bored yet: I’m a hack on guitar, but some, very few, say they like it.  I love photography and being in nature. Hiking and kayaking are some of my favorite things to do.

Oh and the reason for this blog, sketchingbrad, is I love to draw.  This is my original passion and it’s my outlet on life.  The whole reason for this blog in a nutshell.  I pray specifically that this blog will be fruitful for my soul and others who take the time to read it.

SketchingBrad is a play on words.  I will be sketching, drawing, creating, whatever you want to call it, but also it’s a reference to me growing and rebuilding myself into a person that I like and want to be.

Two things I know that will always be true:

  1. God is the sculptor.
  2. And I will always be a work in progress.
meet brad pic, brad meyers, sketching brad

Deep in thought.

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14 thoughts on “Meet Brad
  • jack says:

    Wow man – I kind of wondered why I hadn’t seen you in awhile and what was going on. This is the best surprise I could have imagined. Great to hear all this, to see this great site, and that life is so much better for you!

  • Annie says:

    I am so happy that you are in a good place with good people — the past is the past so don’t beat yourself up too bad! I like the blog idea and it seems like it will be a good outlet for sharing your art and your thoughts. I have been thinking about doing one, to temper the frustrations and celebrate the joys that being a mother/wife/student brings, but I think mine would be too snarky! Cheers to your continued success!

  • Lindsey says:

    Great to hear, Brad! Congratulations on the new path! I look forward to reading future posts! :)

  • julie says:

    WOW!!!! I sent you a message on fb but thought I would send a message on here also! WOW!!!! Praise God!! He can transform !!!!! I am so speechless. Sometimes we have to go to our lowest to find the greatest love of all, His!

    I am so happy for you! And you said it correct….You are a work in progress, you arent where you want to be but you are better than where you use to be!!!

    Julie =)

  • sara coombs says:

    Well praise God!!! I love your story! Wow, reading your testimony, I can’t help but notice the similarities! I spent the first 28 years of my life denying the existence of God, I was broken, full of resentments, selfish, not to mention, I drank too much. God had different plans for me. When I hit the hardest bottom of my life almost 3 and a half years ago (which was being arrested for my second DUI in front of my son!) I was desperate to become a different person, but I didn’t know how. I took the first step to go to AA, where I was introduced to the idea of God…which freaked me out at first, but as I worked the steps, I began to become interested in checking out church. Long story short, I was saved, baptized, filled with the Holy Spirit and the rest is history. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” What an understatement! He is able to take a hideously broken life and turn it into something amazing and beautiful!!! Anyway, congratulations, and sorry for rambling! :)

    • Brad says:

      Wow! We do have similar stories :) Thank you very much for your kind words and I am so happy for you that you had the will power and gumption to change your life. A lot of people do not, unfortunately. Your story is amazing and very inspiring, ROCK ON with ya bad self, lol! …and definitely didn’t think you were rambling I enjoyed reading about ya. God bless!

  • Brandie says:

    Hey Brad!
    Thanks for sharing this. It’s refreshing to meet someone who is willing to make their struggle their testimony and not be ashamed to share it. I relate on so many levels and I look forward to reading/seeing more.
    Blessings

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