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AJ Leon  I nomad around the world & make things happen | Founder @misfitinc @studiomisfit @misfitthemes @misfitpress @misfit_studios & @snapstoryapp


Honoured to have been able to experience a meal at the non-profit Café Sabor Cruceño, which is the restaurant expression of a student-run culinary school in a very remote area off Lake Atitlán. The culinary programme is geared towards providing at risk youth with skills and opportunities in the hospitality industry. The restaurant itself is a world class joint serving both traditional Guatemalan dishes as well as Mayan fusion dishes. And the setting is absolutely breathtaking .... especially when timed perfectly for a red wine-infused Sunset dinner with your sweetheart. #santacruzdellago #lakeatitlan #guatemala

Eight years ago on this very day, almost at this very hour, I decided to once and for all, stop living some other dude's life. I remember the moment well, I had a choice and it was simple. To continue living the Life that I was supposed to live, or to begin living the Life I was destined to live. I remember being in my corner office, my heart feeling like it was in a vice, and suddenly, I had a vision, and saw myself as a 70 year old man looking back at me then mourning the glory of a life that could have been. Today represents more than the eve of a new year to me, it is the day I was emancipated. Today, I celebrate my liberation. And the girl in this photo kissing me on the cheek? The moment I walked out of that very lucrative and very successful finance career with nothing to show for it (in those days you'd spend more than you earned), it was four days before my wedding, and I knew I had only one call to make. When I told her that I had walked out, lost a $50,000 bonus and had less money in the bank than we needed to make rent the following month, her response was something I'll never forget, "AJ, I'd rather live with the real you under the Brooklyn Bridge than an impersonation of you anywhere else, I'm just glad I have you back." And today, eight years later, I get to celebrate the day of my liberation with this gorgeous girl soaking in the vast and sumptuous horizons of el Lago Atitlán while reminiscing on eighteen year's worth of adventures and changing the world together. Wherever this finds you, I hope it finds you reflecting on a Life of your own choosing, but if it doesn't, remember this, that your life is always just one brief moment of audacity away from remarkable. Maybe you were not meant to be average. And maybe, just maybe, this is your time. #happynewyear

Watching the Sunset rays butter the ripples of Lake Atitlán's currents while cascading in a ferry enroute to a tiny lakeside town. #onward #lakeatilan #guatemala

A half-filled notebook with scribbles for the next adventures, a warm cup of my daily ritual lemon, ginger and chia seed tea and an unbelievably decadent view. #goodmorning #lakeatitlan #guatemala

So, I met this pretty girl drinking Mezcal cocktails in Antigua, and asked her to come spend the rest of the year with me exploring Guatemala. She said yes. #luckyguy #antigua #guatemala

Sunset at the foot of two cathedrals and one volcano. #cheers #antigua #guatemala

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “What a fucking Ride!" - Hunter S Thompson #onward #antigua #guatemala

It doesn't happen often, but when it does it happens all fucking night. #brother #sister #6am #wiretowire

Breakfast of champions. #misfitgram

Thoreau once penned, "Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” I am beyond honoured to live and exist with a girl that embodies this sentiment to the last breath, the last syllable. There is a refrain I've honoured for quite some time, that @themelissaleon has always and continues to personify, that if you're going to live, then bleed to the fucking edges. #lovethisgirl #misfitgram #havana

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