If you’ve stumbled across my page… chances are you’re probably wondering who is Sam Rivera.
This site has been a long personal work in progress! We all go through stuff in life that causes us to either shift our focus and/or change our personal goals… and this was the case for myself and this site. I really never thought I would find myself with enough inspiration and courage to write again, but I’m happy that I found a purpose to put myself out into the public once again. What changed? Well, my focus changed for starters. Realizing that my work isn’t done and that it’s my duty to serve others is what shook me awake once again. My main goal for creating this site is mainly to offer motivation and inspiration to those seeking an extra push in life.
Here’s a brief bio about myself (I know it’s a bit long, but wanted to share as much about my background, where I’ve been and where I’m going) …
I was born on April 15, 1982 in Guatemala City, Guatemala where my father was attending Seminary School. Both my father and mother are from Honduras, where all of our extended family currently still lives.
Sometime around 1986 when I was 4 years old, my father was given the opportunity by an Oregon Senator in the form of a letter inviting our family to come to the United States to work as a baptist missionary within the hispanic community in Bend, Oregon. After about a year helping rebuild a Hispanic Church in Bend, my father was called upon to move us to San Diego, California. We lived in Chula Vista until 1988. Within that timeframe my father planted and built up another Church.
In 1988, my father was called upon a third time and so we moved to Burbank, California where we lived for the next 7 years. In that time frame, my father continued his missionary work planting two new Churches. Our family would also go on to become American Citizens during this time period.
In 1995, we moved back to Chula Vista. I attended Chula Vista High School from 9th through 12th grade. After graduating from Chula Vista High 3rd in my graduating class and with top honors… I then went onto study Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo from 2000 – 2005 on an academic scholarship.
While still in college, I got married at the age of 21 in 2003. My wife, Cynthia Rivera, moved up to San Luis Obispo with me and supported me with my studies while I completed my Bachelor’s Degree.
As a Sophomore in College, I was fortunate enough to be admitted into INROADS and blessed to have landed an internship with a San Diego based Gas Turbine Company. For the next three summers while in college, I would return to San Diego and intern for this company.
In the first quarter of my Senior year, I was extended a job offer to come work for this engineering firm, which I accepted. Since graduating in 2005, I have worked at the same company and my wife and I have established our roots in Chula Vista raising our son, Alex Rivera (10 yrs old) and daughter, Giselle Rivera (6 yrs old).
My father passed away in 2007 after losing his battle to cancer. This was only 2 yrs after graduating from college and one year after my son was born. My father was my hero! Everything I ever did was to make him proud.
You see, he was one brother out of 12 brothers and sisters living in 3rd World poverty in the mountains of Honduras. When you watch documentaries about poverty in 3rd World countries, those were his exact living conditions. He took it upon himself to read and educate himself day in and day out since he couldn’t afford an education and had to help his family in the corn fields. This was his exit strategy and how he was able to claw himself out of those conditions.
He taught me an important lesson… if you want anything in life, you can have it… you just have to be willing to work harder than everyone else for it. The only thing that will stop you from getting it will be yourself. Hard work always exceeds talent, and with enough hard work, consistency, dedication and perseverance, anything is achievable. As a young boy growing up, witnessing him live out these principles ingrained it into my mind and I am forever grateful for his amazing example.
Why am I sharing all of this with you and what is my site really all about?
For starters, this blog is really all about getting back to my core passion of who I am as a person and that’s helping others through health & fitness motivation and inspiration. I strongly believe that when your health & fitness is in tune, all other areas will begin to fall into place (Mind, Body, Spirit, Money, etc).
You see, when I lost my father in 2007 to Cancer, he was at his peak. He was just about to finish his Ph.D in Theology from the Dallas Seminary. He also had his own Seminary in San Diego. I watched all of his dreams crumble right before my eyes all because of the cancer. This impacted me like you wouldn’t believe and made me realize how important taking care of your health and fitness really is.
My personal Beachbody Journey
I first joined Beachbody in 2009 and went through the P90X program from start to finish. After dropping about 35 lbs, I became a believer and soon registered as a Coach. I thought, hey why not, I’ll get 20% discount on my Shakeology and earn a little on the side by simply sharing this thing.
I had a good thing going, but soon lost focus of my health and fitness. I got involved in a few different business ventures that nearly cost me my finances. Due to stress and other factors, my weight jumped 50 lbs and was pushing close to 280 lbs.
In early 2016, I decided to take control of my life again. I registered back as a coach and got right back on my Shakeology and started going through the Body Beast Program to build myself back up. A lot has changed since my first enrollment in Beachbody back in 2009. My focus, purpose and perspective have all changed as to why I’m really doing this. The money is nice, but not the focus. The main reason for doing this is really all about self-improvement, being the best version of myself, feeling good about myself and living life to the fullest. Only then will I be able to fulfill my life’s purpose of helping others, which is what brings true happiness to my heart.
The cool thing about going through challenges is that it gives you more clarity as to who you are as a person. Personal purpose becomes clear after we’ve been through a few tribulations.
Well, with that said, my hope is that you have learned a little more about who I am, where I’ve been and where I am going with this blog.
If you ever want to reach out to me with your comments, suggestions or would simply like to share your fitness success journey, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.