About the Proactively Me Blog
Proactively Me is an experiential journey beginning with self-assessment, endeavoring through self-improvement, in hopes of ultimately achieving self-fulfillment through personal progress. Together we can contemplate our own lives, evaluate areas of needed improvement, and take action to implement positive changes. I invite all of my readers to proactively join me on this journey of personal development to become a master of your own personal realm and to take control of your life through introspection and a collection of beneficial choices.
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My name is Chris Coates. I was born in Orlando, Florida in 1981. I grew up with loving, dedicated and supportive parents. My father passed away in 2016, but I continue to enjoy a close bond with my mother. I also have two older brothers whom I maintain very close relationships with. In my youth I played a lot of baseball, I wrote a lot of poetry, I listened to a lot of music, and I lived for those powerful afternoon thunderstorms that seem like a daily occurrence in Florida. I was introspective and quite shy throughout my teenage years, but not to any extreme extent as to be deemed anti-social or reclusive. Playing baseball in and of itself contributed to healthy social life for me, as it was a year-round sport in Florida where many of my friendships developed. I enjoyed the company of a select, tight-knit group of friends. But I always enjoyed my time alone to reflect upon and ponder all facets of life.
In 1999, after graduating from high school, I attended the University of Florida on a small baseball scholarship. The baseball thing didn’t work out (thankfully), but my life took a positive turn soon after that. In 2001 I made a life-changing decision to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I spent 2 years living in various cities in Southern California preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and serving others. Those crucial years solidified my own religious foundation (I remain an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today), and I feel they also accelerated my maturation process by teaching me an insane amount of important life lessons in a fairly short amount of time (lessons pertaining to sacrifice, selflessness, perseverance, etc.).
Upon completing my missionary service in California, I attended Brigham Young University – Idaho where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. I then began working in the field of graphic design in Utah before testing the waters of entrepreneurship and independent work by launching my own graphic design and print company and dabbling in real estate as a licensed agent. It was around this time that I met my beautiful wife while she was completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Utah (where she was also a scholarship athlete in swimming), and together we have a son and a daughter. They are my life, and I love them dearly. Family is of the utmost importance to me.
I feel that I have encountered my fair share of varying life experiences to this point, many of which I will share throughout the course of my blog posts. I have suffered significant failures, but I have also enjoyed many wonderful successes. I have lived through a couple of deep, dark depressions, but I have pushed through those hardships with a desire to learn and grow from them. I believe it is important to obtain balance in life, and to continually work towards self-improvement and progress…thus, the creation of the Proactively Me blog.