About Tom

As a public speaker, workshop leader, and Life Coach, my goal is to help facilitate PERSPECTIVE SHIFTS for my clients, and help you come into a deeper sense of self-awareness. I believe knowing one's self is essential for creating deeper relationships, and that enjoying healthy relationships is of the primary reasons why we're here.

I am a national speaker on the incredibly important topic of climate change, and I also host a podcast titled "Off the Spectrum." I currently lead groups in the field known as "Authentic Relating."

I have been a national public speaker on climate change since 2018.

Among all the symptoms showing that the modern world and our consumerist lifestyles are dramatically out of balance, I believe the climate crisis is the #1 issue that needs to be addressed. My first career was as a web programmer. By my early 30s, I was earning 6-figures and owned a home in the suburbs. But it was all plastic, and I knew it. It was a major act of faith and courage to walk away from all of that at the age of 34. I was done following the path of our fast-paced, consumer-driven society. I had arrived at the end of my rope.

Leaving my comfort zone far behind, I underwent a person journey that lasted a little less than five years, which iincluded living in an Intentional Community, a Yogic Ashram, a suicide attempt, and an enormous amount of personal growth and transformation work. Through what the Buddhists refer to as "a mix of personal cultivation and suffering," I came back to realize what I'd known all along: that healthy relationships, a slower-paced life, and the way we treat each other (and the environment) is truly what matters most in this life.

Being a Personal Coach (Life Coach) is another aspect of my work.
I believe that in order to cultivate our best lives possible, we need to focus on more than just ourselves. I encourage my clients to take the path that leads them to be of the most service; and not simply look to become the best version of their own personal self. From that orientation, I'd like to encourage all of us to follow the advice of the little voice in our head that whispers of courage and convictions and guides us in our quest for a more meaningful life than our plastic society has on the menu. It's absolutely not an easy journey. It begins with a leap-without-looking sort of faith, and ends with a clumsy sort of falling into grace.
I hope I can help you land more softly than I did.

Prior Experience:
From 2006-2016, I worked as a Web Developer and Project Manager.

Education:
I hold an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, where I majored in English and minored in Religion.

When I began my carrer in web design after college, I taught myself HTML, having no previous formal (or informal) experience.

Over the pasy 4 years since leaving my first career, I have gained invauable wisdom through the trainings, seminars, retreats, and immersions I have participated in across the United States.

All of the professional training courses I have completed have been in-person seminars, immersion weekends, or one-on-one and group work. I truly believe in the power of in person, experiential learning.

Philosophy:

I consider Charles Eisenstein, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Alan Watts among my greatest teachers. I have studied Yogic philosophy and Buddhist meditation, and my spiritual beliefs most closely align with Taoism.

The self-empowerment work I do is informed by spirituality. You'll never hear me talk about how to make a million dollars, or how to use the Law of Attraction to manifest a red Ferrari. (Though I will tell you why you'll be happier without one.)

The choices we make in our daily lives matter.
I see the world around us today undergoing major changes, and I see a significant "Renaissance of Consciousness" blossoming. This global change excites me, and is empowering. As the world shifts significantly, it's up to all of us to decide where that shift will take us, collectively. We all play a role.

I live in Kansas City, MO, and am very happy to be back in the Midwest after living in an asham in Oregon for a year, and then in Boulder, Colorado.