The year was 2009 and I was living the dream.
I’d reached an extremely high level of success in my industry by the age of 27. My job gave me the opportunity to flex my creativity and skills everyday while working with amazing people I respected immensely. I was engaged to marry the woman of my dreams and enjoy an incredibly full life with a big loving family, and deep relationships with supportive friends.
From this description, you could probably imagine me as a very happy man who had it all,
…but that’s not the whole story.
Since starting that dream job, I’d gained 50 pounds in fat, working long hours with high levels of stress and a daily 3 hour round trip commute. Sleep was a luxury I didn’t have much time for, and that amazing family, and those great friends were people I didn’t get to see very often. I struggled with incredibly low energy, and hated the way I looked and felt. I hit rock bottom one day when I fell asleep at the wheel and rear ended a car in front of me. Luckily it was in stop and go traffic and nobody was hurt, but I knew I couldn’t keep this lifestyle up.
My realization was compounded by the disenchantment I began to experience in my job. I still enjoyed the prestige, challenge and sense of accomplishment from the work, but I felt like something big was missing and I just kept asking myself, “Is this enough for me? If I do this work and live this life for the next 40 years until I retire, will that be enough for me?”
I knew there had to be another way to live life that offered more health, fulfillment and happiness.
I spent the next chapter of my life investigating, studying, practicing, and mastering different methods and approaches to living a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life.
I went to work for the world’s biggest personal and professional development company leading and coaching some of their most transformational programs.
I travelled to the jungles of Costa Rica to learn natural movement and fitness while climbing trees, swimming down rivers and crawling through the mud.
I studied and experimented with different nutritional philosophies, experimenting with cleanses, fasts, meal replacement shakes/bars, Veganism, Raw Veganism, Vegetarianism, Fruitarianism, Paleo, Ketogenic, Low Carb, and more.
I achieved certification as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and travelled the country leading seminars to help people quit smoking, reduce weight and relieve stress.
I attended Seminary to learn the power of prayer and the wisdom of Christian spirituality.
I sat on the floor of Buddhist Temples practicing meditation and learning the wisdom of the East.
I studied the attraction, seduction, and romance masters to learn the power and magic of intimate relationship.
During this long and winding journey for lasting happiness and fulfillment, I came across a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.;
“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
I’ve found the more time and energy I put into contributing to others, the more fulfilled I become.
Another MLK quote that guides me:
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
My coaching practice is a vehicle to bring all of the experience and wisdom I have gained through my journey to the people who need and want it.
I am currently living near Seattle training to lead transformational nature connection programs at Anake Outdoor School.