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Hello Family, Friends, Colleagues and Clients!
I’d love to hear from each of you about your 2017! What shifted? What is on the horizon in 2018? What support, resources, relationship and tools do you need to make it happen?
For me, 2017 was a powerful year filled with business growth, travel, breaking my word, restoring integrity, repairing relationships, health progress, love and new business connections. I’ll begin this year-in-review with the basics, then a deeper cut exploring my breakdowns and what I’m learning, and finally a selection of photos from this really fun year of purpose, impact and joy!
LOVE, TRAVEL + FAMILY
This year’s BIG NEWS is that I got engaged to the amazing Stephanie Staidle in February on her birthday weekend, on the beach in Mendocino, CA. After yoga and breakfast, we went on a horseback ride on the beach. On queue, our guide asked us to dismount to readjust the harnesses and told us to go for a walk. On that walk, I pretended to pick up a shell, then took a shell I brought with me with the ring inside and said, “Hey honey, check this shell out!” She screamed and started crying. I got down on a knee and asked her to marry me. We savored the moment with a bottle of Prosecco.
Steph and our cat, Kizzy, moved in to my place in Berkeley in June and we are set to be married July 7, 2018 in Connecticut. We’ve had a really fun time homemaking with paint, plants and art. (Thanks for your help, Mom!) We love entertaining in our home, and have had numerous house guests and impromptu gatherings. We continue to enjoy our monthly date nights which this year included interactive theater in Berkeley, going to Ellis Island and a filming of the Daily Show in NYC, going on a safari in Sonoma, circus training in San Francisco, an Oakland A’s game, a sunset cruise in Maui and a blues bar in Chicago.
Additionally, we traveled to Jacksonville, FL for a friend's wedding, Los Angeles for Steph's grandmother's 75th birthday, Champaign, IL for U of I’s homecoming, my 20th reunion, Mariposa, CA for the Go West Festival, and to Tuscon, AZ to celebrate the wedding of my cousin Justin and his wife, Alison. I had two great guys trips, one weekend in the Poconos skiing and hiking the Appalachian Trail, and a weekend in San Diego with my Dad, Uncle John and my cousin, Elliott, reigniting our Peele Boys Stag tradition - there was much merriment, music and ball-breaking.
I had a huge shift in my business this year. Through some great business coaching from Tracey Thompson (as well as Steph), I refined my messaging and sales process and quickly built a full practice. While I serve folks from all backgrounds in my online courses, in my 1-on-1 work, I exclusively work with executives who want to make their highest contribution and create a career of impact, abundance and joy. Through this shift, I developed a sweet spot working with female executives - who comprise about 80% of my 1-on-1 clientele. My business accountability partner, Hilary Hendershott, also played a pivotal role in helping me grow my business.
A great deal of this shift had to do with these business tweaks, but I believe an equal portion was due to a concerted effort to embody my own purpose in every area of my life (a never-ending task). My participation in Landmark’s Introduction Leader Program last year and coaching it this year was foundational to this integration and embodiment work. I thank my coaches, Jeffrey Chin, Piper Davies and Jae Yee for challenging and empowering me to walk my talk. I continued to deepen my own purpose with my friend and colleague, Cynthia Hendricks, and in 2018 I will have a number of new purposeful projects to share. More on this below.
More broadly, I’ve enjoyed working with 70+ colleagues on developing the Global Purpose Movement, to create a shift in human culture and political economy towards one that values, cultivates and rewards every human’s gifts. Since February, we’ve initiated a series of fun projects to add greater coherence to the movement, learn from each other’s practices, connect with each other and raise the profile of purpose work in the world.
My highlights include building a team of 4 colleagues (Jon Darrall-Rew, Spencer Honeyman, Michael Stern and Kara Hess) to run a 10-week online purpose course and publish a white paper on best practices for online purpose discovery, hosting the On Purpose Gathering in November for 15 of us up in the mountains for two days to explore the deeper themes and issues of our work and growing the movement, and participating in the first Purpose Summit, a 2-day conference in San Francisco. I was a speaker, workshop facilitator and panelist, along with 30+ other colleagues and 300+ attendees.
On Black Friday, a group of us launched the Soul Care Package, a free, no-strings-attached non-profit gift to the world to have a more soulful holiday season. It includes a 12-song playlist, an inspiring 6-speaker series, a Soulful Holiday Cheat Sheet and 2 powerful exercises. Thus far, we’ve delivered over 3,000 Soul Care Packages. Please check it out here and share it with your family and online communities.
I had the privilege of delivering a number of talks and workshops at companies this year and was the first male speaker at the Morgan Stanley Women’s Leadership Speaker Series, the Illumina Women’s Leadership Network and the Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. Additionally, I facilitated workshops at the Unitarian Universalist Church in New York City, the Greenerminds Summit in Mendocino, CA, Start Up Week in Chattanooga, TN and for the United States Coast Guard in San Francisco, CA.
I’m in the final design phase with my publisher and will launch my book, audiobook and ebook, along with a self-paced purpose discovery course in Q1 of 2018. Stay tuned! I’ve received some advanced praise from Tim Kelley (author of True Purpose), Chip Conley (Founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality), Pat Sandone (Founder of Net Driven and Rebel Capitalism) and Aaron Hurst (author of The Purpose Economy). Check it out here and listen to the first few chapters.
I was honored to be asked to contribute to another purpose book, Purpose Rising, that launched in November. This book is an anthology of essays from leaders in the purpose and consciousness space such as Bill Plotkin, Ervin Laszlo, Terry Patten, Ken Wilber, Dustin DiPerna, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Susan Lucci, Jonathan Gustin and Duane Elgin. You can get your copy here.
PURPOSE + INTEGRITY
As I mentioned, in late 2015, I began participating in Landmark’s leadership development offerings. In 2016, while I was in the Introduction Leaders Program, I had a chance to deal with many areas of my life where I was out of integrity - my finances, my career, my relationships, and my health. 2017 had me clean things up even further with my Dad, as well as look more deeply at my integrity as a function of alignment with my soul’s purpose. I’ve been making shifts in my expression across multiple mediums - my book, Facebook, with my clients, and in my relationships with Steph, my Mom, my Dad and my Stepdad.
In May of 2017, I joined two friends and colleagues, Cynthia Hendricks and Sam Clayton, in Maui. We did an archetypal purpose discovery process and ceremony. In this process, I discovered that the next phase of my purpose journey will be to embody the King archetype, a heart-opened, world-wizened steward of the human condition. How this actually unfolds, time will tell, but for now, I merely ask the question, “What would a king do?” I’ve been using this question to purposefully reformat every area of my life, beginning with my home, my relationship, my appearance, and in my coaching.
In August, I prematurely left the Landmark Introduction Leader Body and the ILP Coaching Body, breaking my word with both bodies. It took me two months to make this very difficult decision, as integrity is one of my most cherished virtues, but I was being called to serve in another capacity and in deeper integrity with my soul’s purpose - launching my 10-week purpose course, shepherd the purpose movement and complete the editing of my book. I got complete with all my Landmark friends, fellow coaches and participants who were negatively impacted by my decision. And there were many impacts. Although it was the right decision for me, breaking my word with these people deeply impacted me and negatively affected my performance and leadership. As Steph says, “Integrity always catches up with you.”
Late last year, I made the decision to stop doing yoga every day and adopt a more diverse physical fitness regimen. I joined the YMCA and have been exercising 6-7 days a week, mixing weights, kettlebells, ropes, yoga and HIIT training. I’m loving it and have had a number of personal records. I’ve put on about 10 pounds of muscle, but have lost some flexibility and added 5 pounds of fat. Still working on the formula to become more lean, but that will require cutting back on the scotch and giving up bread I suspect. Kings do like their feasts:)
Lastly, I have two requests:
Thank you in advance! I look forward to receiving your updates and helping you create the best year of your life!
Author, Planet on Purpose
15 minutes after getting engaged on the beach in Mendocino, CA.
At the Women's March in Oakland, CA.
At the Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco, CA.
At the Go West Festival in Mariposa, CA.
Speaking at the Illumina Women's Leadership Network in San Diego, CA.
In the Poconos skiing and hiking with my best friends from graduate school.
At the Daily Show - I got to ask Trevor Noah a question during one of the breaks!
Playing rugby on my 41st birthday in Berkeley, CA.
With my cousin, Elliott Peele, in San Diego, CA for our Peele Boys Stag.
At U of I Homecoming in Champaign, IL.
Delivering a purpose workshop for the US Coast Guard in San Francisco, CA.
Exploring group purpose with the Young Women's Social Entrepreneurs Board of Directors in San Francisco, CA.