Hi there. My name is Derek, and I'm an artist, a lifestyle & wellness coach, an entrepreneur and I absolutely love adventure!
I am just like you. A boy who is always learning. A man whose soul is vibrant with inspiration and energy. A creative spirit that is expressive and joyful.
I am the artist of my life.
I'd like to share with you a story about a critical turning point in my life. It happened during my childhood. I was in the 7th grade. I remember those long, dreaded days, those intense feelings of not being good enough. I grew a hatred towards my fat and chubby body. I couldn't stop those fearful and destructive thoughts from bouncing endlessly around inside my head. I analyzed everything. Everything that was wrong with me.
I was confused.
And then I was handed a single book, Eat Right for Your Blood Type. Achieving a level of readiness and a flirting sense of hope - I knew I didn't want to live this way anymore. I wanted to feel good. And I was going to feel good.
I didn't know who I was or what I wanted to be when I grew up. I remember always wanting to help people. I knew I needed to start with myself first.
I began on a quest of self-discovery, empowerment, health and adventure. At 12 years old, I made the best decision of my life. I decided to change. I decided to let go of my fear of being fat forever. I decided to live my life from a place of inspiration. I decided to love. And it started with me loving me.
I began reading and researching endlessly. And I applied what I was learning. I started looking closely at the foods I was eating and noticed a trend - certain foods would consistently make me feel sick. Like sore throat, congestion, cough - sick. Especially the next day. I had lived many years with digestion problems and ear infections that never went away. So I experimented on myself with the vision of what I wanted for myself always in mind.
I made a shift that changed my life forever.
And at 12, I watched my love handles disappear, my chubby cheeks thin out, and my belly slim down. After 40 days of eating in a new way, I lost 31 pounds.
To this day, I enjoy telling this story of my childhood because I learned an invaluable lesson. I learned I have the ability to do anything.
Over the last 2 decades, I've continued to empower myself and be the artist of my life. And with my burning desire in place at all times, I create a deeper and fuller life experience.
By sharing my inspiration, observations of life, and experiences, I've been able to reach thousands of people all over the globe. Having the ability to touch the lives of so many people through my paintings, my programs and my adventures has been the most rewarding part of my journey.
My mission is to keep exploring and sharing the truth.
May it inspire you to discover and live your life on purpose.