It started when I decided to stop growing trees for a living and start helping people grow.

Hey, I’m just a guy who has lived a lot. I've been around 60 years, and ever since I can remember, I’ve valued helping people live healthier, happier, more successful and more fulfilling lives by leading them to make better choices. I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I went to college and have lived in New York, New Jersey and Virginia. I traveled all over the world for about 15 years. Now, I live in Baton Rouge again. I love my family, my friends, my dog and the occasional bourbon.

My coaching, Energy Leadership Development Program and workshops help to change self-sabotaging patterns and belief systems. My work is grounded in maintaining dignity, believing that each of us can change, improve and grow, regardless of the situation. We all have capabilities that we have yet to recognize and tap into.

I treat everything about life — the manner in which I live, love, work and coach — as a creative process. What that means is that I will help you look beyond your old ideas and patterns to create new ones unique to you.

Let’s work together and become what we "ought to be”, for each other’s sake.

"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Strangely enough, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be."
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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While other kids were listening to The Stones and watching Bonanza, I was reading everything I could get my hands on or working on cars. I was an odd kid in school, always reading about philosophy and psychology. When I got to college, I studied Landscape Architecture (that’s where the cute girls were) and got involved with design in a way that changed my life.

After a few years of design, I decided to go back to my roots in agriculture and grew trees for 25 years, only later becoming a life coach. My point is that I have spent my life reading, learning, designing, and being, learning the rhythms of nature and life so when I decided to do this, I discovered that I had a real depth of knowledge from which to pull.
When I was learning to be a life coach, my training focused on helping people learn to feel better. It is a good thing, and it sells. You can find literally thousands of books on how to feel better. One day, it struck me that it was difficult to maintain that “feeling better” if you didn’t “get any better.” What if there was a world where you get a trophy for participation. Can you imagine how that could screw up your values? (Oops!) Anyway, as I began coaching, I encountered this long line of people who were struggling to come to grips with the thought that they weren’t getting that participation trophy at work, from their spouse, or friends. They were confused. But the truth is that no work equals no reward.

Therefore, I focus on a combination of resilience and grit. The more practice you get, the better you become. The more grit you have, the more you will try. The more resilience you have, the more you will stick with it and grow over time. You see, there is always adversity in life and much of it is good for you. At a minimum, it will keep you alert.
My coaching process is a combination of Core Energy Coaching developed by Bruce D. Schneider, the founder of the iPEC Coach Training program in New Jersey, and the holistic combination of methodologies championed by Dan Dougherty of Garden Cottage Counseling in Richmond, Virginia. When you add this to the already conventional paradigms from the established coaching community, you have a process that can take a client from self-discovery and emotional intelligence, to leadership development and executive coaching.

I like to think that my process utilizes the best of the various modalities, giving me the opportunity to offer my clients a unique client-helper relationship. The relationship becomes a powerful alliance — a partnership in a way — to help my clients better manage their lives, experience more fulfillment, and identify and live their dreams. I have learned that although change is not necessarily controllable, our impressions of it, and reactions to it, are indeed controllable. It isn’t always easy for any of us to deal with the rapidly changing world and how it affects our lives. My coaching relationship helps clients not only manage, but also thrive in the face of those changes.
When you discover a gap between where you are now and where you want to be, then there is room for life coaching. I feel that there is no need to struggle on your own when you can get what you want out of life in less time with the help, structure, support and tools of a skilled life coach.
No, and absolutely not. I am a Certified Life Coach with lots of hours behind the wheel. As a life coach, I don't diagnose you. For the most part, there is nothing “wrong” with you. Did I mention that life is about choices? Learn to make good ones. If you like my stuff, you can take me seriously; if not, then that’s ok too — just choose.

In training, I studied with iPEC coaching and maintained certifications with them and the ICF. I also work with the Gestalt Institute in New Orleans and have a fabulous coach, Karen Sullivan, and a mentor, Dan Doreghty, LCSW. Together they keep me on the rails as a life coach and a human being.
No. I have two people who help me make my career what it is. Alyssa Lundy manages the technical side of the site and customer service. She also oversees the social media, site design, and a little bit of writing here and there. Kathleen Hastings handles a lot of the research and fact-checking that needs to be done. She also has taken on the herculean task of editing my monkey scratch and helps turn it into the things you read here. I love them both and have ruined their lives forever.
I started blogging in 2010, just for fun. In the beginning, it was mostly about my thoughts on work and business. I never imagined more than a handful of friends and suffering associates would read this site. Today, most of what I write is written so I can better understand something I am seeing. I don’t share these ideas because I think I’m smarter than anyone else, or that other folks are less insightful, but rather, I write them because I sometimes think I’m wrong, or see something crazy and I am correcting my own misjudgments on a public platform. Surprisingly enough, it appears to help a lot of other people in the process.

I’m not insisting that you take anything I say seriously, unless of course, some of it resonates with you. The point is to choose to think for yourself. Life is all about the choices you make and if what I write or coach can help you, then that’s great. If not, then that’s ok as well.

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