The short is I grew up in northern New Jersey in a small blue collar town. I won a congressional scholarship at 17 to be an exchange student in the Black Forest in southern Germany. The exposure to foreign language and culture lit a fire in me. The world stage opened, and I started my dance. I returned to NJ to graduate high school, then immediately went back to Europe. I was at an international university in London for a few years, but then I dropped out to travel. I went solo all over the world, and eventually landed back in the US (Jersey City) to start a career in advertising and publishing. I later moved to the Hudson Valley, NY, and called that home base as I did #vanlife and travelled across the US for parts of the year. I moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2021, and am proud to call it my current home base as I prepare for a return to Europe. I’m currently studying psychosynthesis at The Institute of Psychosynthesis (in London, England) while working in the advertising industry (in New York City).
The long is that when I was 16 in 1997, I went on a class trip to Beuron Monastery in southern Germany. The class trip changed my life and steered my intellectual interests in the mind-body-spirit direction. I spent a few days practicing meditation with the resident Benedictine monks. When I was 17 in 1998, I went to the PEAR Labs (a parapsychology lab then located in a basement at Princeton University). When I was 21 in 2002, I spent time in Kerala, India studying yoga and Ayurveda. I’m a believer in the value of direct experience.
When I was 22 in 2003, I self published my first work of autofiction, SevenThirteen. Then I started my first microbusiness, the syntax rugrat, with the slogan “bouncing ideas, one word at a time.” I offered creativity consulting that helped clients expand their vocabulary around what it was they were bringing into the world. Both were outlets to explore language and its role in creating reality.
When I was 33 in 2014, I went through a devastating course correct in my life. Those lunar nodes and Uranus quincux their birth positions helped me go crazy. I confronted lingering mental health challenges. I changed my lifestyle to align with self care needs. The dance between the inner and outer worlds became a choreographed philosophy on life, which you see on this website. Crisis became opportunity, and it led me to the role I have as a transpersonal guide.
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