Contributors

MJ

Hi! My name is Mike. There are so many ways I could tell my story here (the hero, the victim, the regular everyday guy…). I could write for hours on all of the things that shaped me to who I am currently. However, if I did that there would be no reason for you to read the posts. So, I will try to keep this concise and to the point. A Mike sampling size if you will. Here are three things that most accurately define me:

  • Relationships are the most valued thing in my life. Relationships are all that we really can claim ownership of in this life. There is nothing more important to me than starting, building, and transcending my relationships.
  • My deepest passion is about helping others grow and discover their authenticity. Who are you? What song does your heart sing? How can I help you be the best version of yourself today?
  • I love strategy, philosophy, and studying human nature. If I had a super power it would be that I seem to have a knack at seeing and reading the currents of life. To unpack this a little, I cherish the challenge of seeing how all things are tied to One. It is very fun for me to discover wisdom and then apply it to all other (often unrelated) aspects of my life.

Some personal things: I am married and have two children (girl and boy). I kinda own a house (mortgage). I have been through a dark and horrible depression. I LOVE competition in any form (Golf, table tennis, chess, billiards, yard games, trivia, cycling, <insert anything>). Humor is my regular mode of interaction.

Some professional things: I am an Adult Learning & Development Consultant. I am also a Human Behavior Consultant in association with The Fitzgerald Institute (see Resources for link). Coaching and presenting are my work passions. If you need either, give me a shout.

If a quote were to define me, it would be: “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” Rocky Balboa


JB

Hi all! I’m a self-defined hot mess mom (owning it), reluctant farmer’s wife, a leader in ministry for a local church x8 years, and a hospice chaplain. I lucked out in a training and met MJ, the creator of this blog. He’s convinced I’ve got something valuable to say, so here we go!

About me…I am all about relationships, for those people we are parallel to and the relationship to the Divine. Here I will focus more on the parallel, though at times they are intertwined. Academically I was trained as a teacher and a writer and still dabble in both. I am also a Human Behavior Consultant in association with The Fitzgerald Institute, and have a heart for working with families in many capacities. I am proud to be a life-long learner. I’ve worked hard to become authentic in my relationships, even when it gets messy.

I married the Farmer Brown, we have one of those stories being friends from childhood that people don’t believe ever happen. We have 2 kiddos, a boy and a girl, and they are the best part of my life. We also share our farm with 2 black golden doodles, a black cat, 2 goats (babies on the way), chickens and bees. Life is an adventure and I love it!

I don’t know that I can define my life with a SINGLE quote (English teacher here), but this one is a most recent one that sparked my brain and heart.

I understand now that I’m not a mess but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often, I say, ‘For the same reason I laugh so often-because I’m paying attention.” – Glennon Doyle Melton

Sincere thanks to MJ for his invite to join you all on this adventure and to keep working with people in the beautiful mess of life!


Coach Phil

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