So who am I, and why am I writing this blog?
This blog is going to serve several purposes, I am going to use it as a personal log to track my workouts, my meditation/mindfulness, nutrition and to keep myself accountable.
My name is Nicholas Leslie Gaskin and I am 33 years old, living in Perth Western Australia. My story so far…
I was born in Geraldton, Western Australia approximately 420km North of the nearest capital city, Perth. I had a pretty normal childhood, played sport, generally kept out of trouble and went to local Catholic Primary and High Schools.
After I finished school I moved to Perth where I studied at University and worked in a variety of jobs. In 2008 I moved to Melbourne and in Mid 2009 I moved to Europe where I was based in London and traveled around Europe with my partner at the time. In 2010 we broke up and I moved back to Geraldton for about 12 months before eventually moving back to Perth. I worked in several different jobs between 2010 and 2015 before starting my own company while I was still working full time in 2013. When I quit my full time job and started working on my company full time I had some very tough times financially and found myself living way beyond my means. For one reason or another rather than seek help from loved ones I turned to crime and found myself in a vicious cycle of hiding an almost completely separate life from my friends, family and loved ones.
On the 20th of January 2016 I was remanded in custody and in August 2016 I was sentenced to 53 months in prison (backdated to my remand in custody) with my earliest release date the 4th of January 2018.
My trip through the prison system was short in comparison to some and long in comparison to others, but let me tell you 2 years was more than enough. I spent 9 months in Casuarina maximum security prison before spending my remaining time at Wooroloo prison farm with ~8 months of it at the Dowerin work camp.
Being put in prison was both the best and worst thing to ever happen to me. Having to put your parents and family through such tremendous disappointment is the most humbling thing a person can ever do. It was also the best thing to happen because it was like hitting a big life reset switch and forced me to come clean to my family, it gave me the opportunity to re-educate, and get the help that I needed desperately at the time as well as a lot of time to think and reflect on everything I had achieved in life both positive and negative.
Now that I am out on parole I am pursuing a career in fitness which has been a burning passion my whole life and every day that I drive to the gym or go to the beach I value my freedom and liberty to do whatever I want.
It has been a rocky few years but I couldn’t have done it without my family and while I have never said the words “I’m sorry” – I believe my actions will speak a thousand words.