A Little Bit About Me & My Background


My name is Matthew, and I do prefer Matthew, not Matt. Although I’ll never correct you. I live a comfortable and generally happy life – I’m 38 years old, married, have 2 boys, drive a Toyota Camry, own a home, and work as a self-employed real estate agent in Chandler, AZ.

I’m an Arizona native – born in the small town Page (up north, practically Utah) and grew up in Glendale, AZ. This was no doubt my hometown. I married when I was 22 to my college sweetheart and we lived in west-central Phoenix for a few years in a cockroach-infected apartment, right near Metrocenter Mall. In 2000, we bought our first home in Chandler, AZ had our first son, Toby, in 2004, and then moved again in 2009, where we had our 2nd child, Miller.

Have seen a lot during my lifetime, and while I’m not the wisest guy on the block I know a few things. The purpose of this blog is to share my life experiences with others, for laughs, learning, inspiration, a good time, and deep thought. I remember watching the film “Julie & Julia” with my wife a couple of years ago, and how uplifting it was to watch Amy Adams’ character do what she did via blogging.

Matthew Coates family picture

While I don’t claim to be an Amy Adams, I will be delivering content on a regular basis, and some people will read it, some won’t – AND THAT’S OK. I’m not going to sweat it. In blogging for my real estate business I have actually come to really enjoy it. Who would have thought?

I’m a college graduate, in a business career, raising a family, do the best I can, yet I have developed a “draw” towards putting my thoughts and feelings on paper (or, on a website if you want to be technical). According to most of my friends, I should be “too busy” to entertain anything like this. But although that may be the case, as anyone will also tell you, you’ll fit in whatever is important. And so that’s what I’m doing. That and compartmentalizing  my thoughts and life into this blog for your education and entertainment. I’ve started delegating certain tasks so that I can do more sharing with the world.

Not to get too off-topic, but generally everyone today does what they are “supposed” to do, but very few do what they “want” to do. Perhaps I have made enough prior good decisions to allot myself this luxury. I do not take it for granted.

I live my life the best I can, and I absolutely love my life. I work hard and play hard and give back when possible. I am transparent and direct with people, which isn’t always the most comfortable, but I believe it is the right way to live for me.

So what inspired this website? First of all, I am an introvert. Most people perceive this as meaning one who doesn’t like to be around others and is shy & reserved. One of the things I found out about introverts is that we like people, we really do, it’s just that we draw strength, creativity, and comfort when we are by ourselves. I like a good party as much as the next person, but if you stick me in front of 15 people at once and put me on the spot I’m going to be a little timid!

The site is a way for me to express those thoughts & feelings that in certain situations it’s better to just hold my tongue and diary them later, but also free me to express things I think about, am concerned over, and keep me up at night. As well as the fun & enjoyable, things that make me laugh, smile, or wonder.

Over time, I hope to learn a little bit about each of my readers, what motivates you, inspires you, makes you angry, sad, and so on. Look forward to starting that process now…





11 thoughts on “A Little Bit About Me & My Background”

  1. Very proud of you Matthew. You would never know that I’m also an introvert. Looking forward to your blogs.

  2. Wow, I’m impressed! It takes a lot for non introverts to create a blog and share their personal life’s let alone a self proclaimed introvert doing it. It’s great to see pictures of your family and rapidly growing boys. Good to hear your doing well

    1. Denise, so good to hear from you! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Hope your family is doing well, and your real estate endeavors flourishing.

    1. Laura, flattered that you took the time to read this. As we speak I am starting on on our family vacation follies. Haha. Interesting that it becomes a slight balance of writing about my experiences and living them. Trying to stay erred on the side of living, but also love articulating what happens to my readers.

    1. Adrian,
      Well thanks for stumbling! I love writing and will continue updating the blog post and see where it goes. Let me know if you ever have a topic suggestion.

    1. I was taught to write from your heart, and everything else will follow. For the most part, that is what I have done.

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