Sunday, March 20, 2011

First Blog - My Introduction

“Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

My first Blog!!

I wanted to start this blog as a way to share some of the Knowledge that I have gained during my 2+ years so far in Graduate school working towards my Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling, My Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science,  my 7+ years experience as a personal trainer, and my soon to be 35 years experience of living on this big blue and green ball that we like to call Earth.  I would like to explore many topics that are and have been important to me, as well as topics that have helped me personally, and have helped many of the people that I have worked with. 

What I am hoping is that I will be able to motivate people little by little to make positive changes in their lives.  I’m not expecting everybody who reads my blogs to have miraculous results, and some will not get much benefit out of it.  My style and views will not be right for everybody, which I am fine with, as everybody needs something different.  Though I suspect, since you are taking some time out of your day to read this, that you are looking at improving and making some positive changes and I hope you keep an open mind and challenge yourself, identify those areas of improvement, and to use me as a resource.  I have yet to meet someone that is immune to improvement and doesn’t deserve to live a happy life.

I’m also looking at this blog as a way  to enhance myself professionally.  It’s a way to identify various topics in relation to mental health and help to be able to better understand them and how they can be used when working with people, as well as to see how some of my readers may respond to some of the topics. 

My last reason for doing this is much more personal.  Self-awareness is something that is crucial, especially for a counselor in training.  I need to understand myself better and also understand how I can apply these topics to my own life.  I will not be able to reach my full potential in this field without the knowledge of who I am, which of course is a life long learning adventure for all or us. 

Now as a Counselor in training, I am Ethically bound and do take Confidentiality very seriously.  Please know that anything that is shared with me in relation to this blog will be done in this manner, as I expect all readers to do the same.  Though please realize that any comments in the comment sections will be public domain.

I would like to hear and take many suggestions on various topics that may be important to you.  I will be covering topics mostly dealing with motivation,  psychology, counseling theories, exercise and anything else related to the goal of Mental, Physical, and Emotional health and Well Being!

I hope to share this adventure with you and am very much looking forward to intriguing discussions!


  1. Sweet! Positive changes are always welcome at any stage of my life. I'll be reading.

  2. I think you left out a major piece of the pie on your knowledge quest here...being a dad. The intense emotional connection to another human being that you have complete outcome anxiety for is something that changes your life and how you look at it wether it is acknowledged or not. Above all, it does teach us how we are going to make the choice in how we connect to other people...or not.

  3. Renee,
    Thanks for the response as you bring up some very good points. My personal relationships with my children and working on that “intense emotional connection” are such an important feature of this blog for me and should have been stated in my first posting. I also love your topic of “outcome anxiety” as a topic of discussion and something that almost all parents can identify with. Usually related to the anxiety of trying to balance the thoughts of providing our children with everything they need and shaping them, and avoiding our own fallibility and limitations as parents. The parent child relationship is definitely a unique relationship because we do not actually choose each other as we would choose our spouse and choose our friendships. We are supposed to just unconditionally love each other, which can be very challenging, yet very rewarding.
    Great Points!!

  4. Hey, Mike! am so glad you asked me to participate in this blog. To those who don't know me, I was one of Mike's personal training clients for years. For the first time in my life (and over 40 years of age),I actually LOVED exercise. After Mike left the gym to go to graduate school, I worked out with another trainer for a few more years. Well, life got more complicated -- I got married, moved, changed careers and the gym lost its importance. Well, I sustained a severe hamtring injury and neglected it. After two year, I finally dealt wih it. Now I walk with a cane and am facing a total hip replacment next summer. My doctor wants me stronger and leaner for the surgery,so I am following his prescription and yesterday signed on wih another personal trainer at the Savage Lifetime to get that accomplished. I learned so much from Mike -- he always challenged me to work hard and for the right reasons. He changed my life like few others have.

  5. Thanks Jeanne! I'm so glad you are participating. I'm excited to get your perspective on things coming from a Pastoral side of counseling and from some of the many experiences that you have had!