What can I say about myself? I’m doing the best I can with the skills I have, and I’m grateful to be on this amazing journey we call Life. Over the years, I’ve been driven to somehow use my creativity to help others.
In 2001, I attended Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida to earn a degree in recording engineering. I was fully committed to being a hip-hop artist and wanted to gain every skill necessary to be independent and successful. I was blessed enough to release 6 albums and have performed in front of wonderful audiences in Texas and Florida. I also held my own concerts with some of my musical friends to raise money for, or provide goods to, local charities such as The Children’s Advocacy Center and The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley. For several years, with my brother Lamar Jones, we ran the ‘F.R.E.S.H.’ program at the local Boys & Girls Club which taught kids how to write, record, and perform music. We still hold an annual talent show open to all kids in the surrounding school districts.
Somehow, in the midst of my musical adventures, I gathered enough energy to go back to college in 2009 with a focus on becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant. In 2010 I was accepted into the OTA program and I graduated in 2012 in the top 3 of my class. I’ve worked in various settings, including nursing homes, home health, and an inpatient hospital, with adults and elderly patients. Currently, I work part time at a fantastic pediatric clinic. The kids have proven to teach me just as much, if not more, as I teach them. This job has truly been a blessing.
I’ve been practicing mindfulness meditation daily since August 2013. I can honestly say it has changed my life. I have also developed a deep interest in learning everything I can about mindfulness, neurobiology, anxiety and fear, compassion, spiritual philosophies, and various religions including Buddhism and Christianity among other related things. I believe that the more I understand these things, the more I can help myself and others lead a more balanced and fulfilling life.
In October 2015, I wrote my first children’s story, “The Boy Who Lost His Imagination,” and in December I finished my second story, “Be Still, Little Tree, Be Still.” I am very much in awe of how quickly his has all came about. I feel like this is meant to be; that these stories are meant to reach people. They are a product of a difficult but fulfilling and necessary journey I’ve been on since 2006 and I’m deeply grateful that people are able to connect with them. It’s been an unpredictable road, and I’m finally at a point where I can’t wait to see what Life has in store for me next.