I’m Chuck and there’s my better half, Amy.
I built this site to share what we’ve learned to be happier, healthier, and more successful.
In short, how to live life more consciously and purposefully.
What does it take to live as Ben Franklin said, “healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
We don’t believe you can be truly happy or successful unless you have all three.
You can probably think of a few people who lives could be described as;
- Wealth without health – dying too soon and not fully enjoying the fruits of their labor
- Health without wealth – struggling day to day, hoping for a light at the end of the tunnel
- Or, life without wisdom – full of headaches, heartache, and needless pain
Like many, Amy and I struggled at the beginning of our lives together.
But luckily we had three things going for us:
- My insatiable curiosity for learning, growing and adapting
- Amy’s never-ending optimism, happiness, and strength; being our foundation for weathering challenges
- Our commitment to one another to not give up, honor each other and keep moving forward thru the challenges and the successes
So I built this site to share what we have learned, what we are still learning, and a place for you to share so that we can all learn and grow together.
To learn more about Amy and her work as a stress and trauma therapist, you can visit her site at WellnessAlchemist.com
The Official Bio
Chuck is certified, Book Yourself Solid™, marketing coach teaching entrepreneurs how to market their products and services without being pushy, icky, or chasing leads.
Along the way, he earned his 2nd-degree black belt in Hapkido studying under GM Bong Soo Han from ’87 until his passing in ’07 and has also studied other martial arts including aikido, kali, and tai chi. Presently, he’s training with the jo (walking stick), kali sticks, and knives to prepare for being an “old man.”
Also, he worked as an industrial & commercial union electrician for over 35 years so he brings a blue-collar no-BS approach to his coaching style. His last big project before leaving construction was the $1.73B LAX MSC building, where he was in charge of the logistics, management, and team & leadership development.
With all that being said, Chuck was able to be successful on the mat and on the job, despite the fact that he’s a physically small guy, or maybe because of it. Topping out at 5’2″ and about #115, Chuck had to learn how to come up with outside-the-box solutions when dealing with “big” problems.
Lastly, Chuck is a voracious reader, never without his Kindle reading and/or listening to an audiobook (sometimes both at the same time to take in the info with multiple modalities, he’s a nerd in that way).
In short, he’s a life-long learner who loves to put what he’s learned into actionable steps that moves his life forward.
Over the years, through his Hapkido training, he’s found that he loves to share what he’s learned if it helps other people’s lives.
That’s the lesson he learned from GM Han as he discussed the scroll of Do Shim on the wall and what it meant to live The Way of the Heart.
With that being said, Chuck isn’t for everybody.
He’s an INTJ with a blue-collar mouth, sensibilities, and sense of humor (and is often NSFW).
He can be dry, droll, and never accepting of things at face value, but always wanting to dig deeper to the chagrin of his friends and family.
So if that doesn’t bother you, read on…
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”― Mahatma Gandhi
I believe for the world to heal, each person needs to heal.
There are five qualities to health and healing; physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetically:
- Physically – get back to a vibrant and healthy connection with your body
- Mentally – let go of criticism and ignorance and instead, embrace curiosity and learning
- Emotionally – keep openness and caring in your heart, allowing you to release fear and pain
- Spiritually – connected to something greater than yourself, getting back to a state of awe and reverence
- Energetically – realizing that all of life is a flow of energy, honoring the yin and yang of giving and receiving equally
I want to help those who resonate with this message to fully embrace a life of balance, brilliance, and beauty.
Or as John Wooden recommends, “to make each day a masterpiece.”
Pain + Reflection = Progress
Over the years, two quotes have helped me to weather every challenge.
The first is about Dukkha and that “life is pain” but that once you accept that, it makes everything easier.
The other is a hilarious quote credited to John Wayne, “Life’s tough. It’s tougher if you’re stupid.”
I’ve made a lot of stupid mistakes over the years but as I’ve gotten older, I’m less stupid.
One thing that’s gotten me through it all is not being afraid to look in the mirror, see where I’m fucking up and find a way to see if I can do better.
And to take action on that plan.
- It’s helped me on the mat as an orange belt beginner when I ended up in ICU with a ruptured spleen (Lesson: keep your elbows in and don’t be a one-trick pony.)
- It helped me numerous times on the job site, especially in the early years when safety regulations were not as stringent (Lesson: shit happens, pay attention, don’t get lazy or complacent.)
- And it helped me in life because life never goes as planned (Lesson: be willing to adapt, flow, and to keep moving forward.)
Because if you don’t make progress, life will pass you by and you’ll never learn how high you can fly.