My journey starts with an extremely difficult relationship with my alcoholic father. Feeling trapped as a child, I continuously fantasized, by drawing the doodle that is now my logo, representing an alternative universe I longed to escape to. Yet, this dysfunctional relationship thankfully provided me with invaluable life skills including; resilience, determination, imagination, flexibility, and insightfulness. In fact, they all eventually merged into my life philosophy of today called Possibility in Action™ - taking desire for positive transformation and putting it into action through self-awareness and making conscious choices.
It was in college that I met Desiree, the remarkable woman I would marry. Unfortunately, while at the height of our everything, life took an unexpected downward spiral. I had just taken an amazing finance job in Abu Dhabi, and Desiree excelled in the MD/Ph.D. at Mt. Sinai in New York City. A few weeks before she turned 31, we received the devastating news. She was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer. I willingly took on the role of caregiver during the 11 years she journeyed with terminal breast cancer, eventually having to leave work. Her story, as her choices were unique, was covered in a front-page article in the New York Times after she passed. Chasing Life is the memoir I dedicated to my Desiree.
It was in those years, I unknowingly became her life coach. I leveraged the life skills I learned as a child while Life continued to teach me a tremendous amount about Psychology and Coaching through hard and practical experience. All of this allowed us to live in a state of joy regardless of adversity.
However, after her death, I lost all concepts of purpose, direction, and reasons to live. I even contemplated taking horrible action. I numbed where I could. I returned to Dubai but felt completely lost. I looked around and thought "if someone wants this life, have at it but it's not for me." Luckily, my innate desire for transformation did not abandon me. A dream started to emerge at that moment. I had always wanted to live in Italy. One day I decided to take the leap. I gave up the amazing life in Dubai, the money, the security, my community, and I moved to Rome without a job, community, or being able to speak Italian.
I actively redesigned my life, reconnected to my personal power and to the wonder of life. I questioned limiting beliefs and challenged myself to meet my greatness. Shifting my career path, I enthusiastically and proudly became a certified life coach in 2014. I also became an adjunct professor as well as a thought-provoking international speaker discussing my life philosophy of Possibility In Action™, the power of choice, the importance of resilience, grit, joy, and how to live life on purpose. In 2021 I published my first book, Chasing Life - The remarkable true story of love, joy, and achievement against all odds. In 2022 I published A Pimby Tale - A Modern-Day Fable for the inner child in all of us, as well as, Possibility in Action.