My mom tells the story of how I would burst out of the kindergarten doors when she came to pick me up. I had to run around the building three times before she could walk me home. That’s how much energy I had pent-up from having to sit during kindergarten.

Later I was diagnosed as being hyper-active. That was before ADHD was a thing. I was fortunate that my mom found natural ways to help me. She took me off of all artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. We ate all-natural foods before it was in style and easy to find. It made a difference.

In school I played the all-too-common grade game. “What do I need to do to get an A?” In reality it was more like, “How little can I do and still get an A?” I had mixed results through elementary and junior high school. I was often bored in class because I wasn’t really focused on learning the material. I didn’t find my stride until I got into music in high school. I ended up graduating a solid A-B student, but I still didn’t get it.

By the time I enrolled in college for the first time I discovered that I was in over my head. Everyone told me that I should be an architect because I always liked to build things, so I enrolled thinking that would be my career. While I excelled in the design classes, I struggled in the math and engineering because I had not really learned it in high school. I was too busy getting the grade.

Eventually, I reached the end of the road in architecture when I received an academic suspension. I switched schools and switched my major to music. I had always loved music in high school, so I thought that it would be a good fit. I excelled in performance, but struggled in theory. I was at a loss.

I felt like I was in academic free-fall. I had to start from scratch to figure out what I was good at and what I really wanted to do. I was raised with the expectation that I was going to college, but I had no idea what direction to go in. That’s when I started to learn about my mind.

I studied everything that I could get my hands on. I read book after book and found schools where I could learn more. Finally, I began to get it. I was finally able to direct my mind. Now I was in the driver’s seat. That was the key to creating the success I desired in my life.

Since then I have authored two books, become certified to teach middle school and high school science in three states, helped create two alternative schools, written an abundance of curriculum, and graduated (finally!) with a degree in physics and biology. I went from academic suspension to a 3.995 GPA. (Yeah, I missed it by that much!) Oh, by the way, I am also the cohost of a nationally syndicated weekly radio show called Spirits Journey.

If I can do it, anyone can. I want to help others achieve the successes they desire. I have done keynotes, workshops, classes, and seminars for hundreds of people all over the country. Some of my students have faced even greater challenges than I have and created even more amazing results in their lives. That’s why I do what I do.

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Other fun facts:

  • I play the didgeridoo (Yes, I do the circular breathing too!)
  • I walked across hot coals with my bare feet (Yes, really. I did!)
  • I practice and teach yoga and tai chi
  • Even after years of training my mind, my 15-year-old daughter can still get the best of me – sometimes 🙂