Hi, I'm Gage :)
If you've made it this far, you're probably wondering who I am and what I'm all about.
You might be curious about if I'm just another one of those new-age-y, spiritual life coaches (oh god please no), or if I'm the real deal.
Well, let me see if I can shed some light on the subject...
1. I'm from Lincoln, Nebraska. Yep - born and bred in the heartland. I moved from Nebraska to California at age 13 (my parents split and I moved in with my dad), so I like to think that I got the best of both worlds: the kind & practical nature of a Nebraskan, and the laid back open-mindedness of a Californian :)
3. The (long-ish) backstory to why I became a life coach: When I was in high school, I had an eating disorder. I was a compulsive overeater and binged on food as a way to help me cope with what I wasn't able to feel or deal with emotionally. Read more...
4. I love to vacuum. Yes, it's a control issue, but whatever. There are worse control issues to have.
5. My Masters Degree is in spiritual psychology. You might be wondering: What the heck is spiritual psychology??
Well, my teachers - Drs. Ron & Mary Hulnick (the directors of the University of Santa Monica) - have defined it this way:
"Spiritual psychology is the art and practice of conscious awakening, awakening into the awareness of who we truly are. And there are three essential questions [that we ask in this practice]: Who am I? Why am I here/What is my purpose? How can I make a more meaningful contribution?"
For me, awakening to who I truly am and what I'm here to do/be/share has been such an important (and always evolving) inquiry in my life. So as a coach, I help my clients explore and live into their own evolving and unfolding life purpose - or, who they are and what they are here to share in the world.
6. In addition to spiritual psychology, I love learning about all kinds of things: Prior to getting my Masters, I earned a Bachelors in Spanish & Fine Art. I also hold two coaching certifications, a 200-hour yoga teacher certification, and I am qualified to give CPR (which I truly hope no one around me ever needs).
7. To date, I have enacted two Vision Fasts. In May of 2014 I enacted my first Vision Fast: three days and nights alone, in nature, without food, praying for a vision to bring back for my people. Most people think this is utterly insane; for me, it's just one more way I know how to pray and get back to what's true inside.
8. My coaching philosophy is simple: I believe that you are the expert on your own life and my job is to help you hear your own answers within and live them out into the world. My job is also about challenging you to stretch beyond what you think is possible for yourself, and really go for it.