I am an author, travel writer, speaker, yoga teacher, and coach. I write and speak about creativity, personal growth, the power of storytelling to help us live more authentic, heart-centered lives–to live with freedom, power, and grace. I coach people to become an authority in their field by writing the books that are inside them. I lead writing/yoga workshops called The Yoga of Writing. In these workshops, I show people how to create dedicated writing and yoga practices that can change their lives for the better. They learn to be their own teacher and personal coach. to be their own own guru–and thus to live with more courage, freedom, power, and grace. These courses help people to connect more deeply with themselves and their higher power, build community, and serve the world.
I built my expertise as a storyteller while working as a journalist. I was a senior editor at Outside magazine, where I conceived, developed and edited hundreds of stories by some of America’s finest writers. I gave these men and women solid editorial guidance. Some of them, including Jon Krakauer, won prestigious awards based on our work together. But I received so much more from them. They taught me how to think like a professional writer and how to be a professional writer. Working as a magazine editor taught me the art and craft of storytelling.
Armed with this deep knowledge of storytelling, I left the editing staff at Outside in 1997, and spent more than a decade working as a freelance magazine journalist and adventure-travel writer. I traveled across America and around the world. I interviewed and wrote longform stories adventurers, politicians, astronauts, professional athletes, tech visionaries, spiritual leaders, and more. I wrote about spiritual gurus in India and Messiahs in Jerusalem. I rode the campaign bus with presidential candidates and broke bread with cult leaders. I played polo with tech billionaires in India and pounded vodka shots with Russian cosmonauts. I hiked in Jesus’ footsteps in Galilee and road-tripped across Palestine. From these amazing experiences, I took away new lessons. We may look different. We may be different. But we have the same needs, fears, hopes, and desires, and thus we are interconnected. This life is mysterious, and it’s best to live curiously.
My book, Real Mosquitoes Don’t Eat Meat, was published by W.W. Norton. My articles have been published in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Wired, National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, Travel + Leisure, Best American Travel Writing, among others.
I had a career that most writers dream about, but it wasn’t until my late thirties that I discovered an additional calling: teaching writing and coaching authors. In my 40s, I started reflecting on my life and spent months traveling the Middle East. I saw the many ways that travel changes us by showing us new landscapes, cultures, and different points of view.
My journeys around the world sent me inward. Back in the States, I sought deeper connection with myself, my community, and the world. A longtime, yogi, I began to meditate. I became a certified yoga teacher. I shifted from grumpy journalist to seeing that we are all connected. I saw that stories about our suffering and successes unite us, and that we are our best self when we are serving others. From this new way of seeing, I began to teach writing and share what I’d learned during my two decades as a professional editor and writer. I learned that I truly love helping people tell their stories. I began to work privately with up-and-coming writers as a book coach
. Today, I write, speak, teach, and coach.
You can read all about my personal journey my upcoming books, The Yoga of Writing and a yet untitled travel memoir .
I enjoy coaching writers. I help them become better, more powerful writers and to write the books that are inside them. With more than two decades of experience as a professional writer, editor, teacher, and coach, I am steeped in real-world writing and publishing experience.