Well, my name is Jeremy Ratliff, I am 41 years old, and I recently got a second chance at life!
I have spent most of my adult years working for a local family owned flooring store in my home town, Council Bluffs, Iowa, as a sales representative during the day, and I am a little reluctant to say... I spent most of the evenings sitting on a bar stool in a dive bar. I was extremely unhappy. For many years of my life I was a very bad alcoholic and drug addict.
00 years, 00 days, 00 hours, 00 minutes and 00 seconds ago, I woke up completely broke, unemployed, absolutely miserable, and days from being homeless. I knew I needed help if I wanted to survive. That day, I went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and asked for help. I have been 100% clean and sober ever since. I knew that day, that I needed to change my whole life, if I ever wanted to be happy again.
Three weeks later, I gave away everything I owned to a man I met at an AA meeting that was just getting out of a treatment center, and couldn't afford to furnish his new apartment. I got in my truck and drove from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to St. Petersburg, Florida. My only plan was to meet sober people, and start a new way of life, in a new city, with a new career. I enrolled in a web design program at Pinellas Technical Education Center, and started spending all of my time learning about website design and development. I found a new calling in life!
I absolutely love designing and developing web sites. I know this is the career for me! It hasn't been an easy few years, juggling recovery, new friends, new places, school, and an empty bank account, but I made it! I am currently employed as a full time web designer, for an SEO company in Largo, Florida. And I do freelance web design on the side.
So if you have an idea for a web design project, get in touch!