Since 1998 I have been passionately participating in the Swing Dance (Lindy Hop) community here in Seattle. I used to travel and teach at events like the Balboa Rendezvous in San Diego, and have competed at the National level. My wife and I met at a Swing Dance at Sonny Newman’s Dance Studio in Greenwood in 2001.
We got engaged a couple years later at the Mountaineers Club (no longer in existence):
Thought I would quickly share my a Blog Post Feature on the Erickson College International Blog, Erickson Hub.
How Being A Life Coach Can Make You Healthier!
“One benefit of being a successful coach is that it can actually enhance your healthiness and happiness. This truth can be illustrated by moving from the negative to the positive. Have you ever wondered how people who work every day with clients that are depressed, distressed, or in mourning don’t get depressed themselves? The fact of the matter is that they do sometimes get influenced by the situation and mindset of those with which they constantly deal….”
My Day Job, if you want to call it that is Performance Coaching. I spend most of my time these days Training Professional Life Coaches. I am the Executive Director of Learning and Development for Shipley Coaching!
Photos By Evrim Icoz! The BEST Wedding Photographer in the Pacific Northwest!
The Century Ballroom: our favorite place to dance, and where I asked her out for our first date! So many awesome Memories!
When I am not Training Professional Coaches somewhere in the world, I like to get out and race! For the last three years I have been part of Petty Cash Racing. We compete in the 24 Hours of Lemons. We road race a Jeep Cherokee XJ in endurance races from 16 to 24 hours in length.
This was my second race at Reno Fernley Raceway. During my night stint it rained, and for a short period of time, IT SNOWED! I couldn’t believe I was racing in the snow, and passing everyone one the track! Before you ask, the Jeep is a 2WD model, so now I didn’t have it in 4WD. After a solid hour of ice skating around the track, I made a rookie mistake, off throttle oversteer caught me out. Of course, I reacted incorrectly. In my defense I was distracted by the Audi making a huge slide and awesome save:
For a little more footage watch Matt wrangle the Jeep around Buttonwillow with the power steering pump leaking, making for some epic slides!
and one more, Matt making the restart of all restarts! That’s heads up racing!
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Vanessa does and amazing job of putting together websites without the high upfront cost most web developers charge.
My web presence is a big factor in my success, and in large part that presence is due to Vanessa’s work!
Sometime during 2010 while attending a church new to us at the time. We became aware of an amazing Charity. We were very surprised to find out that 1 in 6 people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. The picture that stood out in my mind, and is still disturbing to me was one of six glasses of water, 5 filled with clear, clean water, and one filled with muddy water. The second was a baby bottle filled with dirty water. Did you know that 4,500 children die EVERY DAY due to water related diseases!
Charity:Water is an amazing charity where 100% of the money raised goes to drilling wells, educating those receiving the wells, and training locals how to take care of the well. All the money used for the administration of Charity:Water is raised separately.
$5000 builds a well for an entire community to have access to clean water. 2.5 Million will receive clean water based on the work of Charity: Water! Only 800 million to go. I don’t currently have a fundraising campaign open. Please consider donating to this worthwhile and meaningful cause!
18 months ago I did a Campaign that raised money for them, I just got this e-mail today. The money from that Campaign went to this project: Koundemela Village. Click on the linkl to see the report on the well!
In May of 2011 I had an awesome opportunity to train for Erickson College International in Singapore!
I grabbed a few photos along the way!
The Raffles Town Club. Lap Swimming every morning!
Raffles Town Club Chinese Restaurant
Singapore Formula 1 Track from the Sands Tower:
The National Orchid Garden!
Elsa loves to ride the Ferry!
For the last 8 years we have been blessed with a fabulous companion for our family: Cocoa, the Frenchie!
Special Thanks to Doctor Baxter at Northgate Vet Clinic for keeping Cocoa so healthy!