In 2003, after finally getting the courage to ask a girl to dance at a local Salsa club, she flat out walked out on me after about a minute of dancing together...
I couldn't believe it. I was so upset at the time (don't judge, I was about 18) that, when the next semester came around, I decided to double-down on my efforts and rebuild my confidence.
I signed up for 3 dance classes, tried my first ballroom dance competition and within a few months successfully auditioned for ASU's Latin Exhibition team.
Because of my new efforts, I went from being rejected and barely keeping up to performing every weekend at the club in front of hundreds of my peers.
I got bit by the dance bug and I literally had no idea where it would be taking me...
As the years flew by and I improved my skill, competed across the country and eventually began coaching, my life was full of challenges... and some amazing lessons, too.
Throughout the years as a coach, professional athlete and personal growth junkie, the Transformation Train took me on many adventures:
I have had 6 near-death experiences (so far!) that have each taught me the value of faith and that everything works out in the end
I dealt with debilitating anxiety attacks for several years, landing me in emergency rooms and even crippling my ability to eat
I slept on a mattress covered in blood (and other stains) because it was the only thing I could afford at the time
I had serious abdominal surgery and walked around with a colostomy bag for a few months before having surgery again to get back to normal
I've been hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, had SIBO, adrenal fatigue, insomnia and depression at various times in my life, and have been burned out on numerous occasions
I had a violent gang break into my home, assault me and my girlfriend at the time and rob my stuff
I've been cheated on and betrayed multiple times (who hasn't)
I was fired at a job of 7 years after giving the owner a 6 months notice (for which they asked) and then got threatened with a lawsuit
I've been broke on numerous occasions, taken a ton of risks that didn't pan out, had to sell all of my things and move in with my parents and wondered if I'd ever be successful and reach my dreams
...On and on, just like the unique and valuable struggles in your own life.
But I believe that every challenge is a gift in disguise, and these powerful lessons not only gave me many blessings in return like self-acceptance, patience and perseverance - they inspired many life lessons like the one portrayed below:
Life is not a Competition, it is a Performance
As I continued to read, educate myself, learn about health or mindset training techniques and invest in my own growth, a powerful new direction began forming.
It was the integration between my passion for personal growth, years of health research and biohacking, and experience as a professional athlete and dancer.
It combined the wisdom I gained from timeless movement principles with traditional personal growth strategies to create something totally unique: Alignment Coaching.
Pictured with two of the top doctors in the world, Dr. Brimhall and Dr. Harris, as well as the founder of Optimal Health, Doug, after a wellness certification seminar.
With a group of wonderful doctors doing a workshop on mindfulness and movement during a retreat
Having fun facilitating the Gratitude Getaway. If you'd like to join the interest list, simply go here.
When Alignment is present, Success flows naturally.
This is how you Dance Your Way Through Life:
Today my life is one that I am incredible grateful for. I have found the unique intersection of my passion, purpose and play through meaningful work with others as an Alignment Coach.
Thanks to my weekly personal development podcast, The Dance of Life, I'm able to share my most valuable life lessons with countless people across the world. My show also connects listeners with some of the most brilliant and inspiring souls in wellness, mindset and spirituality and it is a source of endless learning for me as a host.
As a coach, I empower people to create success naturally in three main areas of life: health, mindset and business.
This means developing the skills to create what you want with the least amount of effort possible by respecting timeless wisdom as well as learning to incorporate research-based strategies. To me, it is always about combining the best of both worlds, and through my unique life experience I believe I've learned to do so as a coach.
If this part speaks to you, visit my coaching page and book a free discovery call with me about your goals and current situation. I promise it will change your life.
Lastly, dancing is still part of my life. What is life without a little music and dancing, anyway? If you are a Phoenix local, you can register for your introductory sessions with me here.
Wherever you are in life, my goal is to serve you to the best of my ability.
...And if you believe that life is a dance, then I believe that I can help you to dance it well.
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