Today @BonjourClem meets @TheMattPowers for a really inspiring interview ! The Man is Happy, Healthy, Kind and , if it was not enough, aim to help others to better their lives and achieve happiness too !
He is the proud hubby of the Top Candice Huffine and a supportive son to his Mum, suffering from MS (to know more about MS click HERE) . I met him during a charity party that him and his wife Candice were throwing ! To know more about his actions for MS, follow Matt on Instagram and check his video on Vimeo! What an Inspiring pair !
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Who is Matt Powers ? how do you define yourself ?
I wake up every morning with a lot of excitement because I have the opportunity to define myself. While I am and always will be a husband, a son, a brother, a friend, and all of the other constants in my life, how I define myself is always changing because I am given the opportunity to make choices that define who I am.
SO, the best way I can answer that question for you is: I am exactly who I want to be right now.
I see Happy and Positive attitude when I see you, how do you keep that energy up ? Can we buy it ? Any secrets ?
I have always had an unusual amount of energy. When I was younger, that energy got me into a lot of trouble, but now I have been able to channel it in more positive ways and I am glad it shows. I think it is a matter of figuring out what gets you to that happy place, right? For me, I know what gets me there and I try to stay focused on having those things around as much as possible.
What pushes you to be such an athletic person ? What is your inspiration?
Competitive sports and athletics have always been a part of my life, but more recently I have become much more involved as I train for the NYC Triathlon. What pushes me has a lot to do with the first two questions you asked. I want to make sure that everyday I am being my best version and for me a part of that is my physical abilities.
I am inspired by the fact that I am able push myself and know that there are things that I cannot do now that if I work hard enough I will be able to one day. There are a lot of people who do not have the ability to be active for reasons they cannot control. I am fortunate to be healthy and want to do what I can to stay that way!
Why did you decide to take action against MS instead of just dealing with it privately like most people do ?
MS has been a part of my family’s life for over 40 years. My grandmother began volunteering with MS patients in the 1970’s while having to watch her sister’s health slowly worsen and eventually die from the disease. Since then, there have been so many breakthroughs that have allowed people with MS to live longer and more productive lives. My Mom and so many others battling MS have to work so hard to do the things that I often take for granted. I am confident that without taking action against diseases like MS, nothing changes so I will continue the fight!
How do you deal with so much on a daily basis, any advice for those in your situation ?
I think everyone is in some sort of situation, and it is how you decide to act upon what life gives you that will determine if that situation is good or bad. In my case, I try to create a healthy balance. I know and accept that things are not always going to go my way, but that just makes it so much sweeter when they do!
What is your goal with those actions ? Do you have a project’s 5 years plan?
My goal in all of this is to create awareness for a disease that has impacted thousands of people, but I also hope that people see that if they put their mind to it, they can do anything.
I am really excited about the next five years. Two years ago I made the decision to quit my career with the hope of finding what truly makes me happy. I can confidently say that I have been able to do that throug filmmaking and know that if I continue to push myself I will reach all of the goals I have set.
Loving the POW/POWERS/POWPOW ! Is this your real name… like Really ? This so cool ! We don’t have cool names like that in France !
Powers is totally my real name! I wear it loud and proud 🙂
What’s your fave food ? Just curious, foodie question 😉
I eat anything and everything. I love red meats like beef and lamb with a nice garlic mashed potatoes, but I really love anything new and fun. When Candice and I travel, we always try to find restaurants with creative menus or foods we have never tried.
I also have a horrible sweet tooth on almost an addict level. I will eat an entire cake in one sitting.
How does it feels to wake up everyday next to a Top Model ? Had to ask …
People ask me this every once and a while and I always smile. For me, I feel so lucky to wake up to her not because she is a top model, but because she is my best friend and the only person I could imagine waking up next to. Candice is a super hard worker and is amazingly talented at her job. I could not be more proud of her!