I'm a writer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and - most of all - a Modern Pagan Witch. And I'm here with unshakeable Pagan faith, dedicated to helping you become the best, most unfuckwithable you, you can be.
I'm a born-and-raised Kentucky boy with nothing more than a beard, a passion for real connection to nature, and a laptop. I'm super-proud that I am building a socially-conscious business that will eventually touch thousands, if not millions.
I'm asked a lot, "How did you get started in this stuff?"
Back when I was a kid, I had a bully. When I went to my great grandmother for advice about what to do with the situation, she taught me a trick.
Take a living leaf from a living tree. Burn the end of a stick in a fire, or with a cigarette lighter, or something like that. Then use that stick to put the name of the bully on the leaf. Then go back to the same tree and place the leaf on the end of a twig. You know: poke a hole through the leaf with a twig, so that it stays on the tree.
When the leaf blows away, so will your bully.
And he did.
That's the one incident that I credit with my interest in all things magic-and-spirituality.
I read voraciously throughout my preteen and teen years. I devoured everything from In The Shadow Of The Shaman,by Amber Wolfe, to The New Pagans, by Hans Holzer.
And then when I was 13 years old, I met a friend at school whose Mom ran a Coven. In just a few short months, I was Initiated into a Tradition called Feycraft, and then by 1995, I'd received my Third Degree.
Since then I've run three Covens of my own, including the current one (Mystic Star Coven). We started together in 2005, and in 2008, we put things in a holding pattern while we each sorted out our individual lives. In 2014, Mystic Star reopened, and we've been going strong ever since.
My Work & Interests Have Always Varied
I've done a lot of things for work in my lifetime, from literally cooking donuts, to assisting the Elderly as a State Registered Nurse Aide, to running the office and billing of a small auto repair shop.
But my interests have always swung in the directions of Spirituality (especially Modern Pagan Spirituality), writing, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and things like Life Coaching and self-improvement/personal growth.
I'm not conventional.
I've never been conventional. And I don't want to be conventional. I'm extraordinary. And I live my life that way. When I am lying on my deathbed, my last words will be, "That was fucking awesome, let's do it again!"
I believe that if you want to thrive in today's world, you have to bring your whole self.
That means that every unique gift you have, your personality, and your spirit (the real inside part of you, not just "attitude") have to be fully present. Whether you're running a business, writing a book, or even just budgeting your grocery money for the week, allowing yourself to live who you really are is the critical key. To fully blossom into the potential and fulfillment of the ideal life you deserve, you have to recognize - and give yourself - the agency and the power you have available to you.
What I mean is: you have the agency and the power to change your life. It may not happen overnight, but I guarantee that if you work the process, the process works. And as you change your life, as you progress and achieve your dreams, you also change the world. You literally make it a happier, better place.
In allowing myself to bring who I am on the inside to the outside, I've checked more off of my bucket list than I'd ever imagined.
I attended - and graduated - Nursing School.
I wrote The Spell In My Pocket, despite having been told I'd "never be a writer."
My Partner & I saw both Roger Waters & Lady Gaga in concert - and I had to have my pink Joanne hat!
Graduating Nursing school may not be the most impressive thing to you - unless you were raised in the most poverty-stricken areas of town and had no hope of ever going to college.
Writing a book might not be impressive to you, either - unless you've ever been told things like: You can't make money as a writer, or You're not good enough to be a writer, or You'll never make anything of yourself.
Seeing Roger Waters or Lady Gaga in concert might not be a big deal to you - unless your Mom didn't work, your Dad drove a truck (but got no hours from the company), and you lived in a rundown ghetto apartment with no furniture but an old 1970's t.v., your mattresses on the floor of your bedroom, and a cheap-ass particle board t.v. tray to eat your supper on.
But for a Kentucky boy who was raised in poverty, and who was told "You'll never be anything," and who went through a shit-ton of religious abuse at the hands of people who supposedly loved him - all these little things mean a whole heck of a lot. And celebrating them is part of living your authenticity.
Which brings me to you ...
I've said it before and I'll say it again: if service is beneath you, leadership is beyond you. I'm not just here to be a leader - I'm here to serve. I'm building my business on the values that people think business can't embody today: passion for what's possible, empowerment of others, and a commitment to be an unstoppable locomotive of positive change.
My hope is that - through my free content, books, paid online training, and anything else I might offer - you get to build a life you love. One that is specifically designed to nurture your authentic sacred self, and the powerful force that YOU can be in the world.
Yes, this is a business. Yes, I sell stuff. And yes, I'm super proud and constantly grateful that I have the opportunity to do what I love for a living. But you should be aware that most of what I do is free.
I don't have all the answers. I'm not perfect, and I have shitty (and really shitty) days just like you do. I screw up sometimes, and I make stupid decisions. And I get bogged down in fear and self-doubt, too. Because those ugly little voices from the past like to rear their knotty little heads sometimes, and it's all the energy I can muster just to smack the bastards back into the abyss where they belong.
But my "ride or die" commitment is to bring you the 100% best of what I'm learning as I keep living my authentic Sacred Self
And to keep it 100 as I go.
So please don't expect perfect polish. I'm too "plain" for that. I write well, but I speak very casually. My Kentucky accent sometimes leaks through. And I've been known to drop an F-bomb or two along the way. But do expect stuff that might provoke some thought on your part, a little goofiness, and some timeless wisdom. Also, expect an undaunted devotion to helping you live your most fulfilling, meaningful, and expanded you possible.
If you've read this far: thank you. I hope this is just the beginning of our friendship, and I'd love to learn more about you. The easiest way for you to get connected is to join my e-mail list. You can also like and follow my Facebook page, and follow me on Instagram. (But don't be too disappointed if you see my social posts rather inconsistently - I post in fits and spurts.)
Thank you for taking the time to visit.
And I'm super-thrilled that we're connecting for this journey together.