Yes, I really build spaceships...
I recall sitting in front of the television with my parents, watching the Apollo landings and declaring at that point (age 5) that I was going to be an astronaut. I pursued that dream relentlessly until the moment that I stood in the medical office and was told I was too short and nearsighted to qualify. It was a soul-crushing moment. There I was, already committed to an Air Force career that was well on the way to space systems operation, and all of a sudden I was questioning my future.
Fortunately, there was only one choice at that point - go and do whatever the Air Force decided on my behalf. I spent 6 more years in the Air Force as a satellite pilot and solar physicist. I have always been in the business of solving tough problems - like how do you fix your satellite that’s 22,000 miles away and you can’t go open the hood and check it out (and no, you can’t send an astronaut to do that, either)?
After my military career, I went into private industry, and through a series of twists and turns, ended up working as the lead
manufacturing engineer for the Launch Abort System on Orion - America’s deep space exploration spaceship.
It is probably no surprise to any of you (but was a HUGE surprise to me), that stress, long hours, lousy diet habits, and lack of sleep can cause a person to get sick. After all, I’m a freaking rocket scientist and obviously invincible (please tell me you noted the sarcasm here).
After our last big launch, I found myself in the ER with chest pains, a racing heart, and ridiculously high blood pressure. I was convinced that I was having a heart attack. None of my attending professionals could figure out what it was, and neither could any of the dozens of specialists I saw in the aftermath.
It wasn’t until I found an herbalist who pointed me in the right direction that I finally figured it out. I worked with her and trained as a master herbalist and aromatherapist, and well, here I am.
I love sharing knowledge -whether that is inspiring the next generation of engineers who will lead us into the great unknown universe or talking with a client who is looking to understand why her body hurts so much.
It's an interesting balance - plants and spaceship building - but the two of them keep me grounded and my soul nourished. In both pursuits, I'm doing my genius work of solving problems with complex systems and explaining the solutions so anyone can understand.
The really great part about all of this is that I'm pretty good at uncovering patterns, connecting dots, and figuring out what's going on. When you're working hard to find out why you're still sick despite trying everything you can find, let's have a talk and see if I can point you toward a strategy that brings hope for healing.