When I left high school I was destined for a high flying career as a corporate lawyer. Dropping out of law school after 3 years certainly surprised a few people! I drifted in and out of jobs for a couple of years. Then I found work at a worm farm – shovelling cow manure to feed the worms so they could be used for composting. It was fun!
A big part of this work was helping people with mental health and intellectual challenges – and I worked in this sector for eight years. But I felt an urge to start my own business – which I did and for the next ten years I was an entrepreneur. I brought online businesses to life and started some of my own – making million dollar sales and learning a great deal about myself and life in the meantime.
Personally, the business commitments took their toll on my health – and by the time I was 36 I had ballooned in weight, was STILL smoking cigarettes, and inhaling junk food like there was no tomorrow. But bigger than all that was my alcohol drinking – I was, to put it bluntly – a boring old alcoholic.
So I went to rehab and quit drinking – and wrote a book or two about it in the process. And then I sold my business and enrolled in a life coaching course. And I committed to doing 7 hours of yoga every week – which I have kept up now for three years! And I run half marathons and keep backyard chickens and grow my own private tree fern and palm tree rainforest by the beach. With my wife and three spirited(!) daughters!