This week marks the first anniversary of Iron & Tweed!
And I've got to say, the old cliche is true – when you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life.
Sometimes it's hard to believe that I've been writing Iron & Tweed for a year now.
But for the first time in my life, I have a job that I love, that fulfills me, and that gives me more than it takes from me. That's something I truly didn't think was possible.
So I want to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of you, my readers, for being here with me through this journey and helping to build this community.
I literally couldn't do this without you.
But enough of the mushy stuff…I'm sure you've had enough of that with My low-T Journey.
A Year in Retrospect
When I quit my job to start Iron & Tweed, I had a baby on the way (she's 7 months old now), bills to pay, and a helluva lot of learning and work to be done.
I started Iron & Tweed with ZERO web design, photography, or writing experience.
Hell, I didn't even know how to set up a Facebook page.
Before launching Iron & Tweed, I had a fairly adversarial relationship with technology – while in middle school I'd actually convinced myself that computers were just a fad. (Guess I'm not always right, haha).
All I had to start were my interests and experience, and an intense desire to teach other men all the things I've learned.
There's been a lot to learn and many hurdles to jump, but this former wrench turner is getting things done with a new medium.
And for the first time, technology is my friend!
So in case you missed it, here's what I've done in the last year through Iron & Tweed.
Published 65 posts
Most articles I publish have at least 40 to 50 revisions, not to mention the thought, planning, and research that goes into them before I even sit down to start writing.
Given those clues, it's obvious that I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I let go of any aspirations of making daily posts early on.
Instead of aiming for volume, my goal is to build a community of guys looking to improve their lives while sharing my own with you.
I want to be an invaluable resource for building the body of your dreams and then dressing it in a way that makes you feel great and exude confidence.
Created my FREE 10 Timeless Wardrobe Essentials
A classic wardrobe should be built around key pieces – items that will see frequent use, never go out of style, and get better with age.
But given their intended longevity, they're also the items you're likely to drop the most cash on.
So I created this eBook to guide you through the selection and buying process – navigating different styles, materials, functions, and price points for items such as suits, raw denim, watches, and leather jackets.
Many of you have already downloaded my FREE 10 Timeless Wardrobe Essentials guide, but if not, there's no better time to get your copy than now.
You'll also get an email from yours truly once or twice a week when a new article is published.
Launched Casual Style 101: The Affordable Wardrobe Guide
CS 101 is not for the advanced style student.
It's not a detailed history of menswear and etiquette or a comprehensive guide on color/pattern matching.
What it is though, is a complete and actionable budget guide to building a kickass wardrobe and dressing better today!
I created this manual for guys just starting out on the road to dressing better, so if you're completely (or mostly) clueless about what to buy and how to wear it, CS 101 is perfect for you.
In this eBook, I give you examples and detailed information on all major wardrobe pieces including shirts, pants, shoes, formal attire, and accessories.
You'll also find a shopping checklist, price point recommendations, and outfit formulas for every occasion, all while sticking to an extremely reasonable budget!
Before Iron & Tweed, I was completely miserable at my job.
After several years of working manual labor jobs, I went back to college, got my degree in hospitality and fitness management, and landed a “sweet” job as an auditor for Hyatt.
Although I was working in my area of study and making a decent living, I felt trapped and totally unfulfilled.
I was working the graveyard shift, preparing mountains of mind-numbing financial reports, all while dealing with drunk and rowdy guests having the time of their lives.
I'd been a reader of Bold & Determined throughout college, but never really felt as if the financial independence message applied to me.
Like most guys, I'd grown up believing that the only way to make a living was to work a soul-crushing job in exchange for a mediocre paycheck.
But at 3 am, alone in a windowless basement of a hotel while eating from a brown paper bag, it all started to make sense.
There had to be a better way, and Bold & Determined gave me the road map.
So I went through the archives, starting at the very first post and ending at the latest – I did this at least four times.
All the while, I pondered how these ideas applied to me and how I would make my escape from the 9-5 (or 10 pm – 7 am, as was my case).
Fast forward ten months and a LOT of hard work later, and I went from a mere reader of Bold & Determined to an actual member of the Superdrive Publishing family.
I'm now part of the very network that inspired me to take charge of my life and start Iron & Tweed!
As a visually stimulated person, Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform.
I've mentioned in another article that, as a kid, I used to pay more attention to aesthetic qualities of movies and shows than the actual plot line.
Not only do I enjoy posting my images, but I love seeing a visual catalog of other people's lives.
No more looking at stock images or magazine photos to gain inspiration, those have just never seemed like realistic examples to me anyway (J.Crew models wearing seven layers?!).
Instagram makes it easy to find real life examples of guys doing exactly what you want to do with your life.
Posts you may have missed
When I launched Iron & Tweed, I tried to come out of the gate with strong content.
But for a long time I didn't actually have, you know, an audience to read that content.
So for you newer readers, unless you've patiently slogged through the archives, here are a few valuable posts that may have gone unnoticed.
8 Reasons to Squat (Frequently)
Not only does this article sum up most of my thoughts on exercise, it also represents my philosophy on life in general.
Most guys, in any venture, try to get fancy from the get-go when they really should be hammering the basics.
If you haven't read this article yet, learn how you can accelerate your progress and decrease (or even eliminate) leg soreness with this one routine modification.
The squat really is the king of all exercises!
Budget Bodybuilding: Meal and Supplement Plan for Less $$ than a Burger and Fries
Most young men I know aren't rolling in dough, and many of my readers are young men.
Combine those demographics with a strong interest in bodybuilding and it only makes sense to include a guide on how to eat to support muscle gain while staying within a budget.
In this guide, I show you how to feed yourself a high quality, whole foods diet for the cost of a fast food lunch.
100% Irritation-free Shave: Electric Razor
Most readers recognize me as the guy with the beard, but up until a year ago, I was an every-other-day-shave kind of guy.
And as far as I can tell, most of my readers have frequent appointments with the blade and cream.
Like most men, ever since I started shaving in 7th grade, I had horrible razor burn on my neck.
I tried a number of blades, creams, and gels, as well as varying shaving techniques to find relief.
But none of them fixed my painful, bumpy neck.
Here's a particularly effective and gentle shaving solution I came up with that will completely banish razor bumps and burn.
Backed by 10 years of successful use.
Basic Shoe Care: Bring Your Old Shoes Back to Life
A very important component of building a timeless wardrobe is maintenance.
When you buy pieces that are built to last, chances are you'll be investing a few bucks in those items. So it only makes sense to protect your investments.
Aside from the obvious benefits to the shoe itself, shoe maintenance is like meditation for me.
My mind is completely in the moment and everything else takes a back seat until I'm done.
And it's incredibly simple to achieve professional results if you follow the shoe care routine I've laid out.
Here's to the next year!
As great as this first year has been, I want to make the next year and every year after at Iron & Tweed even better!
I've got tons of ideas and plans brewing in the old noggin, but I also want to hear from you.
What do you want to see on Iron & Tweed?
I can't promise that I'll address every request, as I can only write about topics in which I'm genuinely interested in and qualified to write about.
You won't read “25 surefire ways to take her home from the bar!” from this married man.
But I would love the chance to write posts that speak to my readers and directly enhance their lives.
So let me know what you hope to see going forward and let's continue to build this community together.
Thanks so much for being along for the ride!
All the best,