"So... What do you do for a living?"
Yeah... this question.
When I was teaching, it was so damn easy to answer. "I'm a teacher," I'd say and that was that. But when I left my job in 2005 to pursue something less well-defined yet more aligned with who I'd become, I struggled to find an answer that people would understand (as if that were my responsibility).
I'm a natural learning specialist, master certified coach, storyteller, fly-fishing junkie, student of native traditions, the Hero’s Journey and the Genius Myth. I'm both a writer and proud dsylexic (dude, where's my editor?). I'm a wilderness skills instructor, facilitator of rites of passage programs, artist, community builder, mischief maker, and coffee lover. I'm all of these things and more and what I do today will likely look different from what I do tomorrow, but try giving that as an answer.
The common thread in all of these, however, is that at my core, I am a mentor. I initiate the genius within people and teach them how to build their capacity to carry it, so they can create a life and business that is built upon what lights them up while at the same time being of service to others.
Before leaving my job, I wouldn't have believed you if you told me I would one day mentor, coach, and train hundreds of individuals in discovering their Original Medicine. That I would earn good money using skills I learned for fun, like primitive fire making, to build people's confidence. That I would lead retreats in some of the most beautiful places on the planet or that I'd be flown to faraway lands to tell stories around campfires. I'd find it hard to believe that I would one day get paid to help people find their life's rhythm by taking them fly-fishing, or to track their life's purpose while literally tracking lions in Africa. BUT... I did and I have. And now, well... I can imagine a whole lot more to come—for myself and for the people I serve.
Ask me what I do for a living and I'm likely to tell you, "I do what I love. I guide smart people, just like you, to make a difference and a living, doing what they love."
Enough about me. Let's talk about you.
By realigning these two things, you can create a life and business that feels like freedom!
"Personal insight comes in a variety of ways. When you spend time with Michael, he invites you to look at struggles in different and unique ways that open windows you didn't know were there! Refreshing, surprising, playful, full of mischief.
Never a dull moment."
-Theresa Moore, 2017