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 dealt with debilitating anxiety attacks for several years
At one point, I could barely eat because I would be afraid of choking
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, all forcing me to slow down
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 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 threatened with a lawsuit, forcing me to sell all of my things (not the first time) and move back in with my parents
I've been burned out numerous times, resulting in stress-related health issues like digestive problems, sleep problems and lack of energy or motivation
Within the span of a year I was single, engaged and then single again, finding myself selling a ring that cost me thousands of dollars for a fraction of the price
I've lost money as easily as I've made it and I've been broke on numerous occasions, wondering if I'd ever be successful
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 gave me many blessings in return like self-acceptance, patience and perseverance.
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 an integration between my passion for personal growth, years of health research and biohacking, and experience as a professional athlete and dancer.
It combined movement principles based in Alignment with traditional personal growth principles for something totally unique: Alignment Coaching.
If I could teach you to dance, could I also teach you how to 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, hacks and strategies with countless people across the world. My show also connects people 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 the host.
As a coach, I offer a unique journey that promises meaningful, lasting change and empowers you with novel tools to be your best self in a sustainable way.
To get started, learn more about what Alignment Coaching can do for you and let's get in touch.
Lastly, dancing is still very much part of my life as an artist and as a teacher. I still create content, compete, perform and coach with my partner, Breanna, whenever we have a chance.
If you are a Phoenix local, you can register for your introductory sessions and consultation by going 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, I believe that I can train you to dance it well.
"The secret to living is giving." -Tony Robbins
Life is about giving, and one part of that is our relationship to the community.
Below are some of the charities that I am involved with throughout and their websites. I strongly encourage you to visit at least one of them and research how you can contribute.
I know each of these organizations and their leaders personally from volunteering and collaboration over the years. Some of them are huge while others are just starting their journey, but they all have a great story behind them and a winning purpose.