Age: 35 (aka very young)
Occupation: Life and relationship coach, author, and speaker. Owner of a creative agency in Chattanooga, NoogaMedia.com.
What did you want to be when you were a little boy?
Well, when I was a little boy I dreamed of being a lawyer. As a Scorpio, I have always recognized my distinct ability to communicate and persuade. When I was a child, I assumed that meant I should be a lawyer. Fortunately, later in life, I realized there was an abundance of fields in which I could employ my gifts.
What are some different jobs you’ve had in your life?
I was a youth and young adults pastor for 9 years. This experience taught me more about humans and relationships than any other in my life. Early in my career I worked for a non-profit that provided enriching community programs and services to the community. This experience exposed me to a variety of different people, groups, and cultures. I was also an education and events coordinator for a professional physicians association in Florida for a period of time.
What do you work toward in your spare time?
I am constantly working to develop my own personal spiritual practice. To connect more with myself and my own higher power. To let go of trauma from my own childhood.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Ideally, I aspire to be a morning person. However, truth be told, I am very much a night owl.
What are you most proud of?
I experienced a very unstable, traumatic childhood. This experience created a desire within me to be a dad, and to be a very good dad. I am most proud of being a dad to two of the most thoughtful, kind, generous, open-minded, loving, fun kids in the world. They make me proud regularly.
What are you known for?
I think (and hope) I am known for being a man of hope, resilience, service, sincerity, and love. I aim to live a life that embodies a message of hope. One of my life mantras is that every experience is an opportunity to learn and grow. My life has taught me that we have the chance to grow through everything we go through. So, I choose hope in the face of resilience, and that is the key ingredient of resiliency in my opinion. I also believe that we have a beautiful opportunity to take what we learn along the way, turn around toward those who are coming behind us, and lend them a helping hand up; to serve them in their struggles by sharing with them what we’ve learned, and supporting them as friends and neighbors. I am also committed to doing all that I do with a sincere heart. If I have the option to do something that will be more profitable but less genuine, or to perhaps forgo financial gain for the sake of being true to who I am and why I’m here on the earth, I try to pick the latter every time. And the whole reason we are here on the planet is to give and receive love. I am learning and growing in love each day, and I hope that others have felt that in their interactions with me too.
What inspires you?
Kindness, compassion, generosity, love, hope, understanding.
Tell me something about you that most people don’t know.
I was a foster kid, and grew up in foster homes and group homes from middle school onward.
Why did you apply to be an O Mag Insider?
My reasoning was two-fold. First, I believe in Oprah and the message and life she has lived for us all, I am better for it. I understood the opportunity to be a way of promoting her magazine and her work, and any way I can do that is an honor indeed! Also, I believe in myself, in my message, and in the work I do, and I saw this as an opportunity to partner with a brand that could lend my work some exposure as well.
How do you live your best life?
By assuming good things are always coming my way, and anticipating, and even daydreaming about them, ahead of time. This acts like a magnet, drawing good things that I desire into my life in ever increasing abundance.
What are you reading now?
The Journey from Abandonment to Healing by Susan Anderson and A Course in Miracles.
What’s a day in your life like?
I usually wake up about 5-10 minutes before my alarm goes off these days, and as Louise Hay encouraged her readers, I like to start my day with gratitude. And because I think it does me well, and because I know you can’t be “too grateful” I try to go overboard with it. I thank my bed and my pillow for holding me so snug through the night. I thank my central air for keeping the room just right. I thank the Universe for any pleasant dreams I may have had. I smile and thank myself for being the kind of man I want to be.
Then I roll out of bed and finish off a water on my nightstand, then go to the kitchen to start some hot water for my tea. Then I continue expressing gratitude for every little thing that I can think of as I start my morning. At some point my mind begins to wander, or I get distracted from this process as I get ready for my day, but I try to keep it going as long as possible. I always do a little mirror work in the mornings to remind me of how loved I am. I will say things like “Man, I love you!” or “I really like who you are these days.”
When I first get to the office, I use Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map Planner to set some intentions for my day, and to write out a plan for the day. Then I get to work, usually with the “Keep Calm and Breathe” Apple playlist playing in the background. I have my hands involved in a lot of different types of work, so some days are full of analytics and reporting, while other days are filled with graphic design, writing, or planning. Other days are filled with meetings, coaching, and speaking engagements. Some days my work spills over into the evenings, and some days I am fortunate to finish early and catch a movie with my kids or dinner with a friend. I am involved in 2-3 support groups per week, depending on my work load and other obligations.
I am vegan, so many evenings you’ll find me in my kitchen, trying out a new recipe I’ve come across on Instagram, then attempting to capture a perfect shot for my story. I usually end my day with a walk, watering my ferns, and doing my spiritual practice. My practice has evolved over time, but it currently looks like this: I spend about 10 minutes doing yogic stretches in my bedroom floor, followed by 10 minutes of writing out my thoughts, or a list of gratitude, or a spiritual check-in. Next, I spend about 10 minutes doing either a guided meditation or a breathing exercise. I finish with 10 minutes of prayers and affirmations. I do my best to get to bed in time for 7-8 hours of sleep each night, because sleep is so very important to me!
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