My name is Mark Lawrence. I am a 25 year old inquisitive individual on a quest of adventure and life fulfillment. I’d like to pack in as many experiences in this finite life as I possibly can, and I’d like you to do same. LifeStyle Ignition arose out of a complete shift in my values, way of thinking, and my life direction. Follow me here as I strive to help you realize that your dreams, goals and desires are possible. Ignite your lifestyle, find your passion, and start living the life you want to live!
I went to school. I graduated. I got a job at a bank. I was doing everything “right”. And then it hit me; I asked myself: What do I really want to do? How do I want my life to turn out? Is what I’m doing now going to get me there?
I saw many people at work that weren’t happy. They had been working there for so many years. They got their few weeks off a year and that was it. There had to be a better way.
I went on a vacation to Colombia with my roommate at the time Brandon James . We met so many great people, and had such an amazing time. Returning to the cold harsh winter in Chicago to the bank was difficult. I got on the train. I rode it to my stop. I got off the train. I walked with the people streaming out of the station. We all walked the same direction in the same way to some cubicle, in some office, in some building downtown. There had to be a better way. And there is.
I’ve traveled before and had epic and amazing times, and met great people some of which I still keep in contact with today. But this was different. Everyone told me it was great I was able to travel before I started working because now it was all over. I wouldn’t be able to take that much time off from work to have those experiences again. It’s assumed that once we start our careers we will work diligently up the ladder in a never ending race against time.
You do not have to be stuck into the narrow confines of a “normal” lifestyle. You can follow your dreams. You can break out of the restrictive mold of “how things are supposed to be”. You can live the lifestyle you desire. You can do what you want.
I am leaving the corporate world on a journey of adventure. I want to grow, learn, love, and live. I am working on a list of experiences I’d like to have and things I’d like to accomplish. I love life and am ready for the excitement and the unknown. Here I gather my thoughts, share my experiences, and learn from the world.
Live your passions. Follow your dreams. Ignite your lifestyle.
I wrote this about page when I was 24 and have only changed the age and added these sentences here. Life has been great. I am now working on my Chicago parking website SpotHero, and love the entrepreneurial journey and where it has taken me.