Battling Fear at 14,500 Feet

“C’mon Dad, it will be fun!” My oldest daughter Bailey kept saying that to me, but I couldn’t get past the feeling I was going to throw up.  Two summers ago I was about to turn fifty and wanted to do something I had never done before.  Bailey thought that skydiving...

How Could This Happen To Me?

How could this happen to me? How could I develop an autoimmune disease at the age of 36? This was not supposed to happen. Not to someone in their 30s, not to someone who had dedicated their life to health, wellness and fitness. Not to a microbiologist turned personal...

7 Ways To Start To Value Yourself

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha...

How I Did Something I Sucked At and Survived

The cold office wall held me upright as my breakfast teased the back of my throat. All I could do was focus on my breathing. My boss had booked me to coach a workshop for corporate professionals. She believed I could do it, yet my self-belief had quickly dissolved two...

The Diet That Changed My Life

I was always an obese kid. One that would eat and drink the same things as my friends, but gain 10 lbs while they somehow stayed young and slim. Things were this way for many years, then one day I’d finally had enough - I was going to start eating healthy and lose...

How Our Relationship Got Repaired

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Every year when my mother’s birthday rolls around I visit the same story in my...

How Fear Helped Me Leave Behind a Life of Self-Sabotage

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose." - Steve Jobs A few years ago, my life was an endless cycle of procrastination, addiction, and self-sabotage. Each morning, I’d wake up with little...