Mike Aidala: Creator/Founder of the MAST Method

Mike Aidala is one of the most beautiful souls you will ever meet.  Mike and I have an amazing conversation that definitely went DEEP.  Mike has done the inner work within himself and has a wealth of life experiences that he is so very transparent in sharing.  This conversation for me personally, was one of the most stimulating human interactions that I have ever had.  Mike is so real, so open, and so vulnerable, it is absolutely REFRESHING!  You will thoroughly enjoy this episode.

Mike’s Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/mike.aidala/

127 Fitness Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/127fitness/

One Word

If you had to choose one word to describe yourself, to describe who you are, what you’re all about, why you exist, what word would you choose? For me, the word that I would choose, and have chosen, is the word serve. I have come to learn that I was put on this earth not to serve myself, but to serve others. My life, is not about me. My life is to be about, and for, others. God did not gift me so that I could create a better life for myself, but God has gifted me so that I could help create a better life for others. I feel the most alive, I experience the greatest joy, when I am in service to others. My soul burns to serve others. My heart yearns to be a man who puts others ahead of self. I want to be a leader. An example. I want to be someone to follow. All of these begin with service. A leader, an example, and an individual to follow, must first become, and continue to be, a servant. A servant is one who takes action. Consistent action. Day in, and day out. A true servant is one who seeks no glory, praise, or recognition from others, but they quietly, relentlessly, and boldly serve in the shadows of those servants who have gone before them. A true servant is living for that which is beyond the here and now, beyond the distraction of materialism. A true servant realizes the present is not what the future reality has to be. There is more. So much more to life then living for one’s self. Life is service. Service is life. You and I were made to serve one another. To love one another, until death do us part. Serve. If I had to choose one word to describe myself, to describe who I am, why I am here, what I am living for, I would, and will continually choose the word, serve. I am a servant. What are you?

Rick Alexander: Author, Veteran, Athlete, Coach, Podcaster, and Entrepreneur

Rick Alexander is a man of many things.  Rick is a published author, Navy Veteran, athlete, endurance and mindset coach, podcast host (Lion Heart Radio), entrepreneur, and snowboarder.  Rick just recently moved to Colorado and I had the pleasure of catching up with him to discuss his life-story.  Rick and I cover a wide-array of topics which included:  Morning routine, favorite podcast, the importance of suffering, military experience, the importance of knowing who you are, and much more!  There are some valuable nuggets within this episode, you will not be disappointed!  Enjoy!

Rick’s Website:

https://rickalexander.com/

Rick’s Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/rickalexander_/

127 Fitness Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/127fitness/

Build

It is interesting how we live in a culture that wants everything, RIGHT NOW. There is no waiting, no patience, no discipline to deny the instant gratification that tugs at us so hard. Most people just give in, it’s a lot easier to do so. And we see the ramifications of the RIGHT NOW attitude all around us. Overweight adults, overweight youth, large increases in preventable disease, broken families due to divorce and children being born out of wedlock, increases in gun violence, the list goes on and on. It’s sick and pathetic. Great things, powerful things, lasting things, take time to create, to build. They take hard work, discipline, focus, drive, and passion. If you look no further then the house or building you are currently in, there was a process to building this structure, it took time. A plan was created, the foundation was laid, so on and so forth. Building something meaningful, impactful, and again, lasting, doesn’t and won’t happen over-night. You have to be willing to endure, suffer even. You have to be able to block out the noise, the doubters, the naysayers, the negativity that wants to destroy. You have to build no matter what, whatever it takes. In the end, the product, the outcome, the results, will be worth the toil and the labor.

Seasons

I have walked through many seasons in 31 years of life. Seasons of great accomplishment, seasons of great difficulty, seasons of struggle, seasons of loneliness, seasons of anxiety, seasons of frustration, seasons of searching, seasons of questioning, seasons of rebellion, seasons of exploring, and seasons of great joy. Seasons in life come, and seasons in life go. Some seasons are short, others, endure seemingly far too long. What I have learned over the years though, is that each season we walk through in our life, is preparation for the upcoming season. Each season we experience within this life, offers us valuable lessons in order for us to continue to grow, mature, and become the individuals God created us to become. Seasons are opportunities for us to learn, apply, teach, and expand as human beings.

One of the greatest seasons of my life occurred in my early and mid 20’s. I had graduated from college and was living in Sioux Falls, SD at the time. Through God’s working, I had the opportunity to move into a small, one bedroom house in a lower-income part of the city. Again, through God’s working, He began to open my eyes, ears, and heart to the hurting youth of my community. Many of the children in my neighborhood were Native Americans. I began to learn a great deal about the Native American poverty, plight, and generational struggles during this season of my life. God began opening doors like crazy for myself and others in my church family at the time, to begin reaching out to kids not only in my specific neighborhood, but kids throughout the city of Sioux Falls as well. But this was just the beginning. Doors began opening for us to serve youth in JDC’s and drug rehab facilities. Then, the greatest door for me personally opened. God opened the door for a trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South-West South Dakota, one of the poorest places in the United States. Through the service opportunities in Sioux Falls and Pine Ridge, my heart began to change. God began a work in and on my heart towards youth. I could not get past the fact that my childhood was so good, but in comparison, so many children experience a childhood that should never have to be experienced. I had it so good, but so many have it so bad. My heart began to yearn to help. My heart began to fill with love and compassion toward the hurting youth I was encountering and serving. A fire began to be kindled deep within my soul. God was awakening me to my purpose for existence. A purpose that was not about me, but about the next generation. Throughout this powerful season in my early and mid 20’s, I learned a lot. Many invaluable life lessons. I learned so much about myself. I learned so much about others, specifically children, even more specific, the Lakota children of South Dakota. The greatest lesson of all from this season, was the lesson of what this life is all about. God has taught me that this life isn’t about me. This life isn’t about me getting mine. This life isn’t for my glory, fame, or recognition. But, this life is first of all, about Jesus. The Son of God. Secondly, this life is about serving others. When we realize the great power in serving others, the great joy in serving others, and the great impact we can make within this world through serving others, then we realize why we are alive. Through the service to others, we become alive. We step into the purpose for our existence. We step into the reason for our being. Jesus Himself did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. We were created in the image of God, we were created to serve one another. God is good. Be open to what God wants to teach you in this season and in the seasons to come. Be open to humility. Be open to the uncomfortable. Be open to the new. Be open to being transformed, changed, and becoming a different person. God loves you. God is interested in you. God has a plan for your life. BUT, YOU have to be willing to submit to His plan. Open your eyes, open your ears, open your heart. God is working, God is moving, God is always willing, God never fails.

Ashley DePaulis: Sustainable Health Practitioner and Creator of The Inner Athlete

Ashley is a sustainable health practitioner.  She also is the creator of The Inner Athlete.  Ashley and I have an awesome conversation covering a variety of topics.  We really dig deep into Ashley’s story, which includes several life-changing vehicular accidents, in which one involved being hit by a drunk driver.  Ashley opens up about her challenges with PTSD and how this became an impetus for her to begin focusing on the inner person, or inner athlete.  We also talk about Ashley’s childhood experience of being an only child, body energy, the importance of knowing who you are, alone time, and much more!  Ashley is a strong, energetic, lively, and beautiful soul!  You will thoroughly enjoy our conversation and Ashley’s vulnerability with her story.

Ashley’s Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/the.inner.athlete/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ashley.depaulis?epa=SEARCH_BOX

127 Fitness Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/127fitness/

P.S. I Love You

I want to share life. I want to share life with you. I enjoy my alone time. I enjoy my solitude. I enjoy being free to do what I want. But I am beyond ready to give up that freedom. It’s not about me. It’s not about what I want, my alone time, my solitude, my freedom. It’s about serving another. Someone else. It’s about becoming one. Walking, living, in unity. It’s about sharing my life with you. You sharing your life with me. It’s not about my adventure, it’s about “our” adventure. Together, we are free. Together, we are strong. Together, we are unified. Together, we will struggle. Together, we will disagree. Together, we will fall. But, together, we will learn. Together, we will grow. Together, we will mature. Together, we become better. More loving. More caring. Kinder. Tougher. More humble. More patient. More resilient. Together, we are complete. Two cords are not easily broken. I am yours. You are mine. You are beautiful. You are intelligent. You are persistent. You are passionate. To me, for me, you are perfect. Together, we will explore, experience, wander, wonder, and dream. Together, our lives will shine. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being bold. I can’t wait for our first date. Our first conversation. Our first walk hand in hand under the star studded sky. Our first embrace. Our first kiss. Together. Until death do us part. I can’t wait. But I will. See you soon.

P.S.

I love you