I discovered one of my life’s passions at a very young age. Dance. I discovered it completely by accident, actually. I was at a summer camp when I was about eight years old. Ya know, the kind where you play sports, make lanyards, ride horses and miss your Mom. We had a vast array of electives we could choose from, and among them was gymnastics, which I overconfidently chose. Part of the gymnastics elective was a dance class. I may not have been too good at the tumbling (I was terrible), but the dancing? Forget it. I was smoking all of ‘em. When I got home from summer camp, having clearly been bitten by the dance bug, my Mom enrolled me in dance classes. The rest, as they say, is history.
My Dad, being an avid art-lover, started introducing me to anything with great dance in it. I fell in love with movie musicals like “Singing in the Rain” and “Mary Poppins”. I also became obsessed with Michael Jackson. At one point in time, I knew all of the choreography to “Bad”, “Beat It” and “Thriller”. Long story short, if it had dance in it, I was into it.
Dance has continued to be a driving force behind my life. A divine purpose of mine. I have always felt that I didn’t choose to dance. Dance chose me. There was no denying that I was born to dance. When I dance, I am in my element, and nothing else matters. I’m am completely connected to my life force. I am not looking back into my past at something I regret. Nor am I looking forward into the future at something I might be worried about. I am grounded in this present moment as a full expression of me.
As I’ve grown into my adulthood, my other talents have shown themselves to me. I have always been the person whom my friends and family members come to for support and advice. I have always had an innate sense of the bigger picture and an understanding of larger perspective. I have always had a fascination with healing and wellness. I have always been one to see a dream and go for it.
My career as a dancer started off very strong. I was booking very high profile jobs right out of school, and was getting a lot of attention from the dance and theatre industries in New York City. After a few years, however, the momentum began to slow down. All of the sudden, I wasn’t booking jobs anymore, and my confidence began to suffer. I began to feel immense pain in the cycle of desire and disappointment that I was experiencing, constantly auditioning and never booking. Rather than having hopes of booking big jobs and being let down, I found it easier and safer to diminish my desire. I took my eyes off of the big prizes. I settled for what seemed “attainable” for me. Maybe I was just one of those performers who peaks early.
Along the fascinating and winding road of my life, the work of some the greatest minds in self-development had landed in my lap. A choreographer that mentored me in my college years, Rick Pessagno, introduced me to Eckhart Tolle, a writer and spiritual teacher whose work centers around the idea that the present moment is the only thing that is real. Through our divine awareness that the present moment is all that we ever have, we are able to release all of the pain the we create when we leave the present moment. Upon studying his work and internalizing its meaning, I realized that I was ready to build upon this. I wanted more.
Shortly thereafter, a songwriter, brilliant creative force and close friend, Seth David Lord, introduced me to the work of Esther and Jerry Hicks. Upon hearing the first few words of their teachings, the next phase of my inner transformation had begun. Esther and Jerry Hicks are teachers of the powerful Law of Attraction, which states “that which is like unto itself is drawn”. What does that mean, you ask? It means that the people, things and experiences that make up the content of your life are a direct reflection of the person that you chose to be. This was exactly the next step in my understanding that I was asking to receive. This meant that I can use my present moment to focus my energy in such a way that will allow me to bring the people, things and experiences that I desire into my life. Again, upon studying the work of Esther and Jerry Hicks and internalizing its meaning, I discovered a desire within me to take my application of these teachings to a new level.
Of course, as life would have it, the answer to my desire came to me while I was doing a production of Disney’s “Mary Poppins” (one of my all time favorites!). I was playing Bert, the role famously originated by Dick Van Dyke in the film. I was cast opposite a brilliant, dynamic actress, Nicole Casteel, in the role of Mary. We had instant chemistry, camaraderie and rapport. I knew, right away, that I had met someone that would play a very big part in the next chapter in my life. As we worked together and grew closer, I learned that in addition to being an actress and singer, she was also a life coach! A life coach?! A LIFE COACH! Someone who works closely with people, teaching them the tools that they need in order to create their ideal life! My life had delivered my next step right to me. I had an undeniable feeling of “Yes”. I wanted to bring coaching into my life.
My journey with coaching (and self-development as a whole) has been one of constant discovery, smashing limiting beliefs, pushing myself out of my comfort zone, and developing a mental and emotional mastery that puts me in the drivers seat of my life. I discovered a way of feeling that freedom that I discovered through dance in every aspect of my life. I figured out how to remove the obstacles that I was putting in my own way. Most importantly, the tools that I have learned gave me the will to dream big and desire for myself once again. I was no longer allowing my fear of disappointment or pain be the reason that I didn’t go after my goals. Much to my delight, I was having successes in my performing career again! Many people close to me began to notice a difference in the person that they saw. They were seeing a person who was more confident, more vulnerable, more authentic, more creative, more productive, more prosperous. They wanted to know how they could have all of that for themselves. Once again, I was in the role of counselor, healer and visionary for my friends and loved ones. A coach was born!
Nothing thrills me more than seeing people have the successes that they desire. It fills me with joy to help people step into the version of themselves that they want to be. Do want to create more for yourself but don’t know how to do it? Do you have a desire to create something, but you don’t know what that something might be? Does fear of failure, disappointment and pain stand between you and your potential? If you wish to create more for your life, to live in the present, and to awaken to your divine purpose, I am the coach for you.