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 way I know how to pray and get back to what is really true.
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 (those authentic, life-enhancing answers), and live them 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.