“You can feel stronger, more energetic, with a clearer mind, and an ignited purpose—no matter how crazy Life is coming at you-- I’ve got the research and personal experience to prove it.”
When I was twenty-seven a brain tumor nearly killed me, and the treatments that followed nearly broke me. For years I was convinced it had wrecked my life and destroyed my dreams. My strong and healthy body was reduced to a gaunt frame, my bone marrow was compromised, and my digestion was so damaged even the bathroom was painful. A life-long optimist, now I only saw the negative. The critical voice in my head never missed an opportunity to scold or shame me for mistakes I had made- real or imagined. My energy and stamina were so low it felt like I was clawing through each day, my spirit crying out for mercy.
But mercy came…
Through research and experimenting on myself I learned how to eat foods that would heal my insides. I found physical activities I loved that actually made me look forward to moving my body. I gradually replaced the harsh critical thoughts in my head with supportive encouragement. I learned how to increase and harness my energy from one of the most powerful qigong grandmasters in the world. And I found an endless supply of insight and guidance once I paid particular attention to my spirit.
The Whole really is greater than the sum of its parts, and to put together a whole life, the parts need to be practical. As a husband and a father, I know how hard it is to keep everything running smoothly while Life is coming at us a million miles an hour. When people hear my talk, they don’t just get a recipe for success, they find the inspiration to get under the hood of their lives, the tools to make it run better, and the confidence that they are completely capable no matter what Life throws at them.
When our lives are made whole we feel great, and we can share that feeling with others.
It was through speaking and presenting in schools that I recovered my joy. Making kids laugh and cheer felt great, but speaking to them about important topics felt even better…deeper. Getting them to see the value in themselves and others, helped me recover my own self-worth, and a desire to spread that spark of clarity to adults.
For years I believed my brain tumor wrecked my life, but now I can see it was one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been given-- simply because I choose to view it that way!
Easier said than done, I realize that…
So my mission is to help others cultivate their own silver linings and combine them with health, humor, wisdom, and grit to create a lifestyle that is both fulfilling and sustainable over the long haul.