It was never my intention to be a Recovery Coach.
Before I got sober, I was suicidal and felt as though no one on earth could feel as lonely as I did. I had sabotaged every opportunity for success because I didn’t believe I was worthy of it. I had lost my life’s purpose.
I had always been a musician, but , even after I got sober I found that I was unable to tap into my musical talents. My hands were so uncoordinated, I couldn’t play a simple chord on the piano. The muscles in my throat were so out of tune with the neurological messages from my brain that there were times I forgot how to swallow, let alone sing.
From desperation came inspiration.
Craving a creative outlet,I started taking art classes at a community college. I did not paint the best still lifes, but working with my hands began to reconnect my neurological wiring. My grades went from D’s to B’s, I sold a couple of oil paintings, and I found satisfaction in designing and making stained glass.
Then came a thought that changed everything: If I could start from scratch and become a decent visual artist, why couldn’t I go back to school and learn music again? I may not have the skills I used to have, but I could develop new ones. I could rescue the musician in me that was still alive somewhere.
I got a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami, began scoring award winning films, and stumbled into a gig as a radio host. My career in music was rebooted; it was as though everything I touched turned to gold. Out of the darkness, my inner light began to shine brighter than ever before.
I began leading guided meditations for others in recovery groups and received much positive feedback. I decided to combine my experience as a composer, producer, and radio host to record some meditations so people could listen at home. These recordings led to invitations to facilitate workshops and retreats across the country. Soon people were asking me to coach them one on one.
I discovered my life purpose.
Having much respect for the coaching profession, I returned to the University of Miami for their Professional Coach Certification program which is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). I was trained by Master Coaches who were founders of the coaching profession and have decades experience coaching executives of Fortune 500 companies, officers of the U.S. Military, and individuals from all walks of life.
Today, I work with those who are just starting the journey of sobriety and mental wellness. I also work with people who have been on the path for quite some time and are just beginning to reclaim their vision of their authentic selves. Being sober is not just about being abstinent, it is about recovering the person you were born to be.
I am known for my extreme optimism, but that doesn’t mean my journey has been all sunshine and rainbows. I have experienced grief from losing a life partner, suffered lapses of mania and depression, as well as periods of great financial crisis. But I have been able to do so without picking up a drink or a drug. I have not harmed myself or others. Through it all, I have kept my integrity and have kept facing my challenges with courage.
I built a support system that included professional doctors and mentors who have also been through this process of transformation. I found new tools and a new understanding of self-care. In addition to staying sober, I stopped a 22-year smoking habit, lost 60 pounds, and built loving relationships on the foundation of trust and respect. All of these are outward manifestations of an inward transformation.
Whether I am speaking to a large audience, facilitating a workshop for a small group, or coaching an individual one on one, I am humbled and honored whenever I see someone’s spark reignite their passion.
Are you ready to reach a new level of success? I can help you reclaim your creativity and navigate your path through sobriety. You are worthy!
University of Miami, Master of Music: Media Writing & Production
University of LaVerne, Bachelor of Arts: Music
Dick Grove School of Music, Composition & Arranging
Dick Grove School of Music, Songwriting & Vocal Performance
Certifications, Additional Training & Awards
University of Miami, Certified Professional Coach - International Coach Federation Accredited
2015 W3 Award for Online Video Production in the Advocacy category
2013 EmPower Award nomination for Best Music Video
2012 Davey Award for achievement in production of online marketing film/video