Andrew – Artist Sunshine Coast
I had been sustaining myself for 5 years on a low income doing freelance work as a artist.
I did not enjoy what I was doing anymore and lost passion for life. Stopped traveling and hanging out with friends and doing things for fun. I was stressed, over worked and in a negative frame of mind.
I was looking for a way out of my financial stress but I thought that getting a job in a unrelated industry would be selling out. I believed I had to be a starving artist or not a artist at all.
Before coming to code black I was stuck in the grind I would go to gym and do art every day but not enjoy the journey I was depressed and it was having a negative impact on myself and those around me.
Arriving at code black I really didn’t know what to expect. I new I wanted to share my story and work through some of the issues I have been having with the rest of the group. I was relieved to hear the others in the group have been dealing with similar issues to myself. Being able to talk freely and have a open discussion was like a weight being lifted. As I worked through the weekend I discovered that I only needed a few adjustments to move in the right direction again.
I left code black feeling confident about my future, the skills I learnt over the weekend were a game changer for me.
I was feeling stressed working hard with no plan but now I am enjoying the journey, have a clear path and goals for the next year. I used to sacrifice fun, friends travel for work but now I am working towards a more balanced lifestyle.
Personally I have a few mates doing it hard right now that could use the code black experience.
In my experience code black is for guys that are serious about taking life on and are willing to work towards becoming a better person.
I am going to continue to improve all areas of my life and find the joy in what I do so that I can share it with others.