From Concept to Conception / by Malik Lloyd

Alright, let's start by tracking down an old picture of me.

 Winter 2009?

Winter 2009?

There we go. That guy up there is me, right after I moved back home from college in 2008. It was a really shitty time because, as much as I wanted to go ahead and get my degree in Engineering, family issues with finances and taxes pretty much killed my chances to stay at college any longer. So I moved back to DC, did random computer repair jobs for money, and had as much fun as possible. Back then was the real chaos. Fighting my own thoughts every morning just to make it out of bed so I could fill out job applications before wandering aimlessly through the streets of the DMV.

Back then...it was lucky if I was planning ahead to the end of the week. At 18, there wasn't a thought of where I'd be at 25.

 November 2015

November 2015

After I took this picture, I honestly had to sit down for a while. Right now, I'm 6' even, weigh 165, and can bike 30 miles a day. If anyone reading this can remember the kid I was growing up or the anti social nerd I was in high school, it's kinda hard to imagine that I've come as far as I have. In the many years that've passed, I've somehow managed to survive and improve myself. While some people can validly argue that I'm still a bit of an asshole, I'm far from the hateful mass of pent up anger and criticism that I once was.

 November 2014

November 2014

It was about a year ago that I decided to start the process of transforming my life. It was a crazy time and, after wrestling with the darker parts of who I'd become, I decided to see how much I could change my life if I spent more time and attention on the idea. The concept was simple - Become Better. So I started looking up any info I could find on "self-help." At first, it was a pain sorting through all of the mess that out there, solely to suck your wallet dry. But after awhile I finally found some information that helped me find the grounding that I needed.

I came across the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). It's pretty fun and everyone should at least checkout what type they are. I took the test and got the result INTJ. Now, I could go on and on about the particular details about why I found this aweesome, but it really isn't important towards my greater point. Basically, it was through the MBTI and a bunch of other books and podcast revolving around sociology and "human optimization" that I was able to make this year of progress possible.

Everything started out trying things to get outside of my comfort zone. I learned how to longboard, started drinking hot tea everyday, and went as far as changing my diet for an entire year just to see if I could do it. I even attempted to start a YouTube series back then, but I was definitely in way over my head for that one. It was honestly a lot of fun though, just jumping out there and trying somethings that were completely new to me. And after a year, it's all finally starting to sink in.

About a week ago, this finally happened. I got my first tattoo.

From concept to creation, I saw this thing happen. I drew out the design a few weeks after I started immersing my life into the chaos of my "self-improvement" projects.  Since other things are obviously more important than getting a tattoo, I had to put this thing off over and over again. When I finally got it, I finally felt a sense of relief from seeing the idea finally become a tangible reality.

 November 2015 - Eastern Market

November 2015 - Eastern Market

So now, after a year of crazy adventures and testing my boundaries - I'm set. I've started putting together my plans for next year and it'll require that I get in the habit of posting more stuff of substance. In the next few days, I'll be posting some videos where I talk about a few of the things that've made my progress possible.

That and I'm gonna be going to some awesome places and I feel like sharing!

Anyway peace~