I have been coaching people from all walks of life for more than 10 years. I speak with organizations about change and personal growth as well as write and facilitate my own workshops.
Growing up, I lived a pretty normal childhood until my teenage years, where things started to become a little abnormal. I struggled and rebelled throughout my teens and early 20s.
In 1994, at age 26, I attended a series of human empowerment programs that changed everything for me. Quickly, I learned that the frustrations I was experiencing in my life I had created, and a new world began to emerge.
By 1999, I had left my job and was working in the field of human empowerment. I attended many other programs and retreats, read countless books and continued to grow both personally and professionally.
In 2005, however, it all came to a grinding halt when I was exposed to carbon monoxide and woke up in a hospital not even knowing my name.
Almost everything I had learned and taught, I had to learn all over again. It was a tough journey at times but a rewarding one as well. Today, I feel more gratitude, confidence and energy than I did before the incident occurred.
As I rebuilt my life and career, I was fortunate to have the help of some truly amazing friends and family. I was able to experience aspects of humanity that I had only seen in movies. From that experience, I learned the value of giving back and helping others, and made a commitment to myself to pay it forward.
Since 2008, I volunteer each week at the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre, a community drop-in for less fortunate residents in Weston. I also sit on their board of directors as president. In 2009, I served as a member of The Vaughan Citizen’s Community Links panel and continue to be involved in the community today.
In 2010, I was invited to write a column for The Vaughan Citizen newspaper. As it is my mantra in life, the editor thought it appropriate to entitle the column, It’s All Good, and it is published every 2nd Thursday.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” I couldn’t agree more.
There are two things I can tell you about myself for sure.
The first is that I love to play. Generally, if there is a game being played, I’m in!
The second is that I don’t like being told what to do. Everything else, I continue to discover, learn and integrate each day (oh, I’m also a pretty good cook.)
The one thing I can tell you about life for sure is that our perspective and attitude determines our experience and destiny in life. We may not always get to choose what’s happening around us, but we do get to choose how we feel about it and what we choose next.
I like to choose gratitude and to believe that it really is all good.