Hi, I’m Ryan
Personal development & mindset coach, student and teacher of mindfulness, inspirational speaker, and Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker. I’m super stoked to meet you!
Please allow me to introduce myself.
When I reached my early 30’s I had everything I was told I was supposed to want in life; a wife, a home, a college degree, and what many would consider to be a “successful” career. I was chasing the quintessential American Dream, the conventional definition of “success,” and as a result, lost sight of everything that was really important.
I became disillusioned, wondering how I could have accomplished so much yet feel so empty inside. Rather than feeling the happiness and fulfillment that I thought I would gain from it all, I felt overwhelmingly stressed, anxious, depressed, and suffered from frequent panic attacks. On the surface I had achieved so much, but my life lacked meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. I felt completely stuck.
A divorce left me alone for the first time in my life, so I turned to meditation and mindfulness to try to cope with the change, and it totally changed my world.
I was finally ready to start living the life I wanted, rather than the life others expected of me.
I let go of everything I knew, including my career of 10 years and the “success” I spent so much time building, and hiked the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, all 2,189.8 miles of it.
I named my hike the Breathtaking Journey, dedicating it to raising awareness for cystic fibrosis, a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.
I often refer to the day when I completed the hike as the first day of the rest of my life. The moment when I was screaming from the top of that mountain, I had never felt more alive.
My story is one about going against social norms, letting go, and taking risks in authentic ways. A story about finding passion and pursuing it relentlessly, creating a unique path to ultimate freedom and happiness.
My path led me to my purpose—to inspire people to overcome what might seem insurmountable, and to take control of this one precious life you have to live.
Now, my life’s work is to help you find your path, too.
my background and credentials
I have a dual certification as a Life Coach and as a Health Coach from the Health Coach Institute, CCE Accredited from the International Coach Federation (ICF), the main accrediting and credentialing body for both training programs and coaches
I am in the process of completing my Mindfulness Instructor Certification, studying one-on-one with Sean Fargo
Currently pursuing my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Tru Nature Yoga
I have over 10 years of advertising/marketing experience where I studied human behavior, including why and how we make decisions, and led large group workshops as a strategic planner
Named the “2016 Young Professional of the Year” by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Earned the “Grace Award” from one of the agencies I worked at over the course of the 10 years
Named the “Employee of the Year” by another agency I worked at throughout the 10 year period
And of course, I am a member of the 2017 class of Appalachian Trail Thru-hikers
A logo with Meaning
The enso circle is symbolic of the moment when the mind is free to allow the body to create. The integration of the trees represent my personal love for nature.
I believe that nature has a job...to be there for us. It doesn’t discriminate or judge. It’s a place where social status and hierarchy are meaningless. It’s a place to be free. To test one’s mental and physical grit. To clear the mind and be more present. Nature brings us together rather than pushing us away. Its sights, sounds, and feelings nurture the soul, and the mind. Nature has a job...to heal us.
Logo design credit goes to my good friend, and the most creative person I know, Luke Waldrum.