Since the age of 12 I dreamt of becoming a professional poker player.
My father taught me to play cards on the kitchen table as a child.
Poker has always been part of my family.
On the holidays after dinner we would have a poker tournament with all of my aunts and uncles.
In high school me and my friends would gather every Friday for poker night.
Later on in college I even paid my rent by playing 20 games at a time on the internet.
After graduating college with a marketing degree I decided to move to Las Vegas and follow my dream.
I packed everything I owned into my Jeep, said goodbye to my family, and drove across the country to play in the World Series of Poker.
I put everything I had been studying for 10 years into practice including body language tells, psychology and probability.
I had gone broke chasing the same dream many times before but I was not going to give up!
Soon I was making more money than I knew what to do with playing poker, but as the cliche goes, money can’t buy you happiness.
I was living by the beach in Los Angeles but my lifestyle was toxic.
I was spending long nights in smoky casinos surrounded by angry old men.
Dealing with the intense stress of the financial swings was taking a toll on me emotionally.
I saw a vision of how my life might look in five years and I didn’t like what I saw.
I was already developing severe allergies and even back spasms from sitting long hours.
Thank God I discovered Yoga.
I began practicing everyday and within six months joined a Yoga Teacher training.
I knew deep down what I needed to do, but the doubt and fear was gripping me.
A big part of me wanted to stay comfortable with the life I had.
I did not have a clue how I was going to make money in the future, but I decided to trust my intuition.
I walked away from my six figure income and got a job mopping floors at a Yoga studio.
The Yoga studio became my sanctuary.
It was a paradigm shift away from the dark underworld of a casino at three o’clock in the morning.
I loved being there and surrounding myself with the positive energy and awesome people.
It was a big hit to my ego working there though.
One part of me felt like I was above taking out the trash at the end of the night.
I got over that fast though.
Working there taught me to be humble.
Changing my career was only part of the shift–I decided to take my health to the next level too.
I was dealing with adrenal fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression.
I was fortunate enough to have two mentors who had been in the alternative health business for a combined 70 years to guide me in this transition.
I began consuming the most high quality food, water and supplements out there.
I meditated, practiced Yoga and read spiritual books as much as I could.
I took my level of self care to a high level.
I spent a whole year taking it easy, healing my body, mind and spirit.
I am grateful to have had enough savings to take care of my self during that transformational period.
Going to the farmers market and buying expensive herbs and supplements was an investment in my health.
It was an expensive lifestyle!
I was paying $2,000 a month for my apartment in Venice, CA and by the end of the year I was running out of money.
Then, once again, I opted for a paradigm shift in my lifestyle: I sold all of my non-essential belongings, including my car, and bought a one way ticket to Bangkok, Thailand.
I had an apartment full of people just hours before my flight trying to give away every last piece of my stuff!
I left Los Angeles with the dream of making money from anywhere in the world through a laptop.
I had never heard of the term digital nomad until arriving in Asia, but I met a lot of them once I got there.
I wanted to create a business that would allow me to live an abundant lifestyle and also have a positive impact in the world.
A whole year in Asia filled with uncertainty and dead ends passed before I made that happen.
Brownie is my sunglasses brand and our mission is to solve curable blindness.
There are 39 million people who are blind and 80% can be healed, often with a 15 minute procedure costing only $50.
I feel inspired to help solve this social issue because my father has cataracts–the leading cause of curable blindness.
If he lived in the third world he likely wouldn't have access to proper medical care.
I want to inspire you to play big and achieve your highest vision!
I believe that you are a powerful creator.
You can take action to live the life you really want and the only thing holding you back is you.
In order to create a radically different lifestyle you need to do something you have never done before.
Typically this is where fears and doubts will plague you.
A little voice in your mind might give you an excuse like you’re not good enough, you’re not ready, or any other convincing lie to keep you from growing.
There is no blueprint for what your life will look like when you are doing exactly what you are on this earth to do.
There is no other human with the unique set of gifts and life experiences that you have!
Don’t hide your light!
Let it shine as bright as possible.
Part of my life mission is to support people who want to create positive change in the world.
I was fortunate enough to have mentors guiding me during the most transformational period of my life.
Having this kind of support can be critical to moving through all of the blocks, limiting beliefs and challenges that are bound to arise.
I want to help you expand into your unlimited potential!