Who Am I?
Why am I here?
Why am I different?
These are 3 questions that have driving me forward, around the world, and inside-out of myself since I was a 5-year-old boy.
I’m adopted from Colombia and raised in Sweden, and all I wanted from an early age was to be like everyone else.
I wanted to be liked, but as a black boy with big curly hair that kids could hide pens in, all I got was classmates, teachers and parents laughing at me and telling me: “go back to where you came from”, “you don’t belong here“, “this is how we do it here” and “you cannot do that” (whatever my idea was).
And to my best knowledge back then, not even my birth mom wanted me (a belief that took me 25 years to unlearn).
So, who am I, why am I here, and why do I have to be so different?
I looked everywhere for the answers and by today, I’ve lived in 9 countries:
- From the USA to China.
- On luxurious cruise ships in the Caribbean to tents behind a railway station.
- Working in startups to leading global brands.
- So broke that I almost sold myself as the boyfriend experience.
- Heartbroken to the point I gave up on being me.
- A scout, dancer, runner, yogi, soccer player, volunteer, student, salesman, leader, coach, professional speaker… you name it.
Yet, I didn’t get a step closer to the answers until the day I sat down and listened to that uncomfortable silence within, which I quickly learned was far from silent.
I’ve learned the answers to my questions, and I find that being different, owning your story, and being the true you are when you come jazzily alive and bring the most beauty to this world.
My color, my race, my gender, my environment, and my experiences may influence who I think I am, but it’s who I choose to be in this moment and every moment forward that determines who I am.
I believe in a world where we all live a life, we are proud of, and that we all ought to decide who we want to be and the life we want to live.
Nobody should have to be someone they are not, hold themselves back, or stop living their lives.
You are remarkable and when we connect to our true selves and support each other, we can all live a life of joy, aliveness, and fulfillment.
I’m here to guide, inspire, motivate, coach, facilitate and challenge you to be courageous, confident, and authentic in who you are and what you do, so that you can feel like your true self and do what you are really meant to be doing
Own Your Story!
With a jazzy hip shake,