BE AWAKENED

My Story

Living in Survival Mode

If you had met me when I was 35 years old, you would have never guessed that I’d “grow up” to be a life coach. In fact, what I really needed back then was my own life coach. I spent my adult life as the President and CEO of our multimillion dollar family steel business, driven by the need to be “successful,” to live up to my parents’ expectations, and to provide financially for my family. To say I was stressed out would be an understatement. To say I was happy would be a lie. I was in survival mode: eat, sleep, work, repeat. Don’t get me wrong, I had a wonderful life by all accounts and purposes. I had a wife who I loved, three wonderful children, a beautiful house with a swimming pool in the yard, and family vacations to look forward to a few times a year. From the outside, my life looked quite perfect. But I was so focused on being something I wasn’t, so dedicated to growing a business I didn’t even really like, so committed to living up to everyone else’s expectations, that I didn’t realize that choosing happiness was even an option.

Unfortunately, my health was the first thing to go. I had been diagnosed with Crohn’s in my 20s—a disease that’s known to be linked to stress—and struggled to find a cocktail of meds that would ease the debilitating symptoms I was experiencing. By the time I was 50, in what was supposed to be the height of my career, I was in and out of the hospital awaiting my first Crohn’s surgery. And, while it might sound cliché, as I lay there in the recovery room (with my middle son down the hall also undergoing his own gastro intestinal surgery for ulcerative colitis) I realized that something was not right and I could no longer go on living the way I had been. I didn’t want profits to be my guiding force. I didn’t want to sacrifice my health and wellbeing for some vision of “success” my parents had instilled in me—without my input. I didn’t want to feel exhausted, uninspired, aggravated, and unhappy almost all of the time.
So I took a leap—metaphorically of course—and I jumped off the fast track to mental breakdown and
into what I’ve come to call my journey of self discovery

From Breakdown to Breakthrough

Are You Ready For Change?

If any of that resonated with you, then you’ve come to the right place. Even if you know that what you’re going through is much worse than what I lived through. Even if you’re only experiencing a tenth of the insecurity, stress, frustration, anxiety, or dis-ease that I lived with. No matter what your story is—you’re exactly where you need to be.

Because no matter how difficult things are, how frustrating or hopeless or stressful they seem, there’s always something you can do about it. As a Coach I’ve worked with hundreds of people across Canada and the United States. I work with executives, doctors, entrepreneurs, parents, students, couples, patients, survivors, coaches, healers, ordinary people—anyone who, like me, wants to live a happier, more connected, less stressful life. I coach people through illness and recovery, relationships both at the beginning and the end, career transitions, parenting struggles, grief, reinvention, and more. I also help people find their own spiritual beliefs that they can feel comfortable with, as well as teach people how to connect with their intuition.

My clients say I’m a really good listener, that I’m authentic in what I teach and the way I live my life, I’m open-minded, non-judgmental, and create a space where people are free to be who they truly are, no matter what that is. I am blessed to have a beautiful space in Toronto from which I coach, both in person and on the phone, and I hope you’ll come see it for yourself.

Beyond Coaching

Throughout my journey of self-discovery I’ve found and nurtured many new passions, most of which
I hadn’t even considered in my younger years.

I have become a:

That’s just a part of my story, hopefully it’s enough to give you a sense of who I am and what I’m all about.