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The Question is…Who is Brian Graham?
You came here perhaps asking yourself: Who is Brian Graham? Where am I? Do I have any clean socks?
I am not sure who or where you are, and as far as the socks…I can only hope so.
BUT if you were actually wondering about ME…
Who I Am
I am a late 20’s guy, going through the adventure of life. I grew up in small-town Illinois, and at the very typical age of almost 18 I decided to hit the college scene. I went to college at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and graduated in 2008.
I received an undergraduate degree in Manufacturing Engineering, and after carefully making a great group of friends and thinking I had it made, I up and decided to move to Maryland for my job.
This put me way out of my element because I knew no one, really didn’t know what I was getting myself into in my job, and had never moved away on my own. It was a bit scary, but I took the challenge head on. I think it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life, and set me on a path to constantly finding the best out of any situation and learning from everything.
That being said, I didn’t immediately get along with Maryland so thought I’d say goodbye for the time being and see what the Lone Star State was up to.
In the summer of 2009 I moved down to Dallas, TX (where I’ve been ever since). I moved here with the corporation I worked for, which made this move a lot easier than moving to Maryland. I also got a roommate this time so that I could have some type of connection to figure out what was going on in the city (great choice by the way). I instantly fell in love with the city and began to feel at home.
While working here for the past five years, I went back to school and got a Master’s in Engineering Management from Drexel University. My job required doing various things but I mainly supported supply chain management.
After a lot of deliberation, I decided that I had learned what I could out of that field for now, and that I ought to chase my dreams of living my ideal lifestyle and contributing in my own way. I quit my day job in fall of 2014 and began building my new lifestyle around the things I love.
And what are those things? Well, it’s many, but music, fitness, helping people, and generally interacting with others are all rewarding to me. I thought that if I could combine those somehow, I could be doing what I loved and give quality services to those interested in those things.
I now live in Austin, TX, where I write for a travel website and pursue other entrepreneurial endeavors.
Fitness and Health
Fitness-wise, I was never the most athletic kid. It didn’t come as naturally to me, and while I grew up playing soccer (football to the rest of the world), I never considered it my forte; however, I entered into a more serious regime in college when I began lifting with my best friend, and that kicked off a decade of constantly learning about fitness and teaching myself and others anything I could find that they were interested in.
I went from not so fit to a little more fit, then back to not so fit again (engineering school is stressful) then kept wavering back and forth over the years as I learned more and more about what truly affects your body composition, overall health, mind, and the connections of all of these systems. Finally, I landed on pretty fit, where I stay to this day. Once you learn the formulas, it’s not so hard, but the battle is 75% mental.
I’ve played music since I was a young kid, singing, playing piano, trumpet, banging on various inanimate objects (also known to some as “drumming”) and anything else I could find musical. Piano seemed to hold my interest the most, and is what I do mainly to this day. I bought myself a piano as an undergraduate graduation gift to myself and you will often hear the faint sound of me playing and singing in my apartment (or really loud sound if I just feel like jamming).
As one of my biggest passions, I pursue this vehemently. I have experience in theory, reading music, and playing by ear.
I play rock style and like to cover a wide range of popular songs. I play whatever I feel like at the time, but this ranges from Ben Folds to Michael Jackson to anything you might find at a piano bar. I trained originally in classical and am planning on adding in more of that back into my repertoire after leaving that genre for the last decade.
In the end, I would love to play jazz and blues and improvisational pieces, and this is what I am currently in training doing.