Hey YOU. It's ME.
"I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray."
- from The Layers by Stanley Kunitz. (1978)
If I could say it better than Kunitz above, I would, but I can't, so I'll let the great bard say it for me.
I've had the experience of walking through many lives while trying to hold onto the vision of who I am and who I want to become for as long as memory serves me. Much of the struggle, as Kunitz suggests, has been keeping my finger on the pulse of the present moment.
After years of dedicated study and practice, I can say with a calm confidence that I'm far from where I started on this adventure, stronger and with an exponentially-improved resilience, and yet I know with a similar assuredness that I remain a beginner.
The more I learn, the more I understand the importance of maintaining this beginner's mindset and the more I understand, the more I'm able to sit softly into the faith that everything is as it's supposed to be.
It takes constant, deliberate practice.
I am exactly where I'm supposed to be.
My aim is to make the world a better place by helping people cultivate their own certainty.
The AdventureLife. I already know WE can do it.
My family is my greatest inspiration.
Always first. Always foremost. I'm a father to (2) miracles, I mean, boys. AND I'm a husband to my beautiful, loving wife of 10 years.
The story of how my family came to be is long and varied, full of highs and lows, at-times harrowing twists and turns, strokes of impossible coincidence, nothing short of divine fate and necessarily simple, bare bones, A to B to C logical simplicity all at the same time. It's beauty and magic and love incarnate.
People. People. People.
Outside of my family, my greatest source of happiness is learning to know and understand people. I want to know the surface conversation as well as the deep well of contemplation. I want to know what tickles. I want to know what aches. I want to know the smiles. I want to know why people do the things they do and why they don't do the things they don't do.
I'm forever fascinated by how the physical world(s) people inhabit affect their inner landscapes.
The ocean is in my blood.
I was born in 1978 and raised on the man-made peninsula of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. My maternal grandmother, Loretta McDonald (1921-2002), told me and all 15 of my Cape Codder cousins alike that "we were born with sand in our shoes."
The longer I live, the easier it becomes to recognize the significance of being brought up with this kind of phrase repeated time and time again in various contexts. What at first signified all the time spent on the beach and messing about on boats during my younger years evolved into a worldview representative of a life spent outdoors in the presence of natural beauty.
The ocean is in my heart and my heart pumps saltwater.
20+ years of Sales and Business Development Experience
I've carried golf bags, sold liquor, dug holes, cooked and served food, interviewed and wrote about world famous musicians and golf professionals, sold medicine, built prosthetic teeth, crafted handmade copper roof products, developed logistics solutions, sold digital advertising and put landscapes on rooftops nationwide. I've worn the spectrum of titles from laborer to account executive to cashier to manager to national sales manager to owner/ founder, etc., etc..
I earned a BA from UMass (2002) and an MBA from Suffolk University (2007).
I'm an ACC certified coach with the ICF, International Coaching Federation. I have extensive training with CoachU and independent master-level coach training from the best coaches in the industry.
On 7/27/2011, I walked into a yoga studio for the first time. I remember the exact day because the event was that powerful. After 60 mins., I changed. The pursuit of health and wellness and happiness followed, albeit never in a straight line and never with the quick fix bliss that is so often promised.
Yoga introduced meditation, which introduced lifestyle design, which introduced coaching, which introduced the utter certainty that my place on earth is to do healing work. For me. For my family. For my legacy. And for ALL people willing to sign up wholeheartedly.
BA English. UMass Amherst
MBA International Business. Suffolk University
ACC certified Coach with the International Coach Federation
CoachU+Advanced Corporate CoachU (160 hours+ of business specific coach training)
CiPP grad. Certificate in Positive Psychology @ Kripalu Yoga and Health Center
RYT-200 Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance
GLP GoodLifeProject Immersion Participant 2014
TM meditation technique training
MBSR Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program completion