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Hi, my name is Carl Araneta. Thank you for visiting my site!
Born and raised in Southern California, I was living the typical life of a working professional. I graduated with a bachelors degree in Economics with a minor in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. Upon graduation, I entered the working world and moved up the ranks from Administrative Assistant to Executive Director, managing annual marketing campaigns. While I was building my career, I also decided to attain a Masters of Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.
Then somewhere along the line, upon facing the dirty thirties, I began questioning my direction. I felt like life was good, but perhaps I wasn’t ready to settle. Perhaps, there were a few more things I needed to cross off my list before deciding to just work until retirement.
Three years ago, I decided to make a change, leave that life and embark on an adventure. And an adventure is what I got. Since then, I feel I have unleashed my inner ninja. I’ve spent two and a half months in Asia. I trained Muay Thai in Thailand, practiced Jiu Jitsu in Brazil, visited Argentina, Uruguay and a few other destinations. I’ve also fought amateur MMA in front of 14,000 fans, DJ’d at multiple events, picked up photography and videography. I’ve become a teacher at UNLV and built a whole new career in Design and Marketing. Aside from all of this, I’ve made new friends, found love and reconnected with family. It’s a path less traveled, but one that’s been very worthwhile.
So here I am, still on this journey, trying my best to document my experiences on this blog.
Some of the topics I cover include:
While I am a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu, I also happen to be a blue belt in life. I’ve got a ton of more experiences to go through.
Again, thank you for visiting! You can join me on my journey by following my blog, connecting with me via email or my social media accounts (listed directly below). If you find anything I write about of value, please share with anyone else you know that may be interested. Good luck on your own journey!
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