Finding Joy in the Ordinary Moments: The Importance of Present Moment Awareness

I just celebrated my birthday and as I was blowing out my candles I immediately thought about my wife’s birthday and then our upcoming twenty-five year anniversary celebration of being in business and…..

I almost out loud said STOP. Life is not just going from planning one thing to planning the next. What about all the breaths in between?

And I took a breath. I reminded myself of all the reasons, seasons, and times that we are not celebrating and decided right then to celebrate the moment for no particular reason at all. How...

Get inspired and motivated

Recently I shared a story on my adventure going south for the winter as it has been a dream of mine. This year I got to watch that dream unfold in real time as I packed up my car, drove down to Virginia, and headed on the Amtrak rail south to Florida.

This was a true law of attraction for me. Each year I have been extending my trip a little longer and a little longer and each year I have even been calling myself a Florida snowbird. This season I have been thinking why? Why do I find freedom there? Why do I find freedom in traveling? It prompted me to ask you,...

HAPPY banner.png

How important is it to know what direction you are going in life?

We have been traveling south each winter since 2010 when I was 36 years old. And each year since we have slightly increased our southern exposure. Sometimes flying, cruising, driving and this year we wanted to try the Auto Train.

Well, today, my wife and I packed up our belongings, loaded up the car, drove to Virginia and we are about to board the southbound Amtrak train to Florida without a return ticket.

As I am sitting here in the passenger check-in area watching all the cars being loaded onto the...

Get inspired to live healthier

Do you wonder why the things you want most in life are the things you spend the least time devoting to? A Vision Board is an excellent tool to remind you of your wants and desires on a daily basis, keeping these dreams fresh in your mind. Vision Boards are recommended by life coaches, trainers & scientists as the most effective techniques to turn your goals & dreams into your reality!

1. Get clear on goals

You can use a vision board to clarify your life goals. As you work towards your goals, it can help you focus on what matters most.


feng shui chinese new year

Have you been wondering what is to be expected as we transition from the Yang Water Tiger year to the Yin Water Rabbit Year? Are you getting confused as to what to do and what to expect? Here is your no-nonsense Feng Shui of 2023 practical guide to the New Energy.

Let's start off with a question - What Is Feng Shui? The Chinese words "Feng" and "Shui" translate to mean “wind” and “water," respectively. This concept is derived from an ancient poem that talks about human life being connected and flowing with the environment around it.

What we do as we transition from the energy...

self care best practices


I hope this finds you at Peace during this holiday season...

Can you believe 2022 ends this Saturday night? So my question to you is, “What will you be in 23?"

I just reviewed some of the year-end review rituals we teach inside our online and in-person programs and set up some workshops to welcome in 2023. I wanted to share all of it with you so you do not miss out!

As we all make our way towards wrapping up 2022, you may feel yourself falling into the comparison trap, focusing on where you are NOT and that is the exact opposite feeling that will attract what...

find freedom

As the holidays approach, we are sending you a few reminders and a beautiful invite from our coaching and mentorship programs to help you heal through the holiday season. You are just one thought away from that being your reality.

Take a breath in and let it go. As the holidays approach, we are sending you a few reminders and a beautiful invite from our coaching and mentorship programs to help you heal through the holiday season. You are just one thought away from that being your reality.

Question- How does life feel for you right now? How do you mostly...

expert wellness blog

Before you say to yourself “what the heck is that” a new type of economy I have to start fearing. I’m already in full fledge stress…

It is not that AT ALL. This might very well be the first of hopefully many discussions we will have around a new non-fear-based approach to dissuading the word “Economy”. So many of our clients who are business owners, employees, employers, and people in our spirit-based communities are experiencing fear-based communication about what is happening or what might happen or could happen.

If you are like most people on this planet, you might have...

cbd  depression remover

Anyone who has dealt with fear, anxiety, stress, or insomnia knows just how difficult it can be to treat these common conditions, especially if you want to avoid going the pharmaceutical route. In the past few years, cannabidiol (CBD) has been widely hailed as a solution. So here’s what we have found out during our research.

Consumer Concerns:

Most people share the most significant reason they haven’t tried CBD yet is that they weren’t sure what to look out for and they were insecure about what brand to trust.

The top questions our clients are asking us...

loyalty programs

What is normal? A standard; usual, typical, or expected.

What is common? Occurring, found, or done often; prevalent.

Ok, so why do you care that these two words have different meanings? Here is a story that will shed some light on the topic of why understanding the difference between what is actually normal vs what is common in our society, our behaviors, and how we feel.

Have you ever heard that common sense is not so common? After being a massage therapist for over 2 decades, I found out that knots in my client's shoulders, neck, and back are extremely common. At the...

family life coach

Choosing to share this information after the pride balloons have faded and the celebrations come to an end is important as so many families are struggling with their emotions around this family affair. Coming out does affect the entire family.

Happy pride to all of us who are or love someone that’s part of the beautiful rainbow that represents love beyond all labels. Love is Love regardless of what “haircut” it shows up in.

When we share love, we are love, we become love. Everyone can celebrate pride month and pride in general just by learning and becoming more aware of what...

dealing with trauma

Dealing with the ups and downs of past trauma.

Flying up, grounding down.

As I write this, I am on a flight from New York to Michigan. I thought it to be a little ironic to write about grounding down into your root chakra when I’m flying through the air at 30,000 feet above the ground.

May is mental health awareness month and is right on the heels of June which deals with PTSD. PTSD stands for “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” which usually stems from past experiences of trauma that lives on in future experiences usually caused by “triggers”.

One major trigger I...

live the life you imagined

At certain points during your life, you might find yourself taking inventory of where you are. You might find yourself facing a difficult decision or at a crossroads, a place where you are asking deeper questions. Questions like “I thought I would have been further along in my life by now, what’s next or even why me, why can’t I seem to change my life’s circumstances?”

When you start evaluating your life, it’s ok to ask these questions to yourself- that can actually be a good thing. No really, it’s ok not to be totally fulfilled in life or 100% clear on where you are going. Even...

expert wellness advice

Stress is our fear reaction to life and to the constant change that consistently unfolds all around us. You may have heard people say the only constant in life is changes. Change is inevitable and it does not mean that Stress has to rule over all of our lives, shrinking us into a less than existence filled with fear at every turn.

It's time to create a new relationship with Stress. It has become a catchword: we use it as an excuse for not taking responsibility for our true feelings of; distrust, taken advantage of, anger, regret, grief, frustration, and above all our fear. If you...

brain health

Boy, have I a story for you about how shifting my mindset and belief system shifted the physical effects of Fear, Stress & Anxiety in my body.

📧 We sent a previous email about the severe effects of Stress, Fear, Anxiety on the body and the fact that many people have a belief system that there is nothing we can do to shut off the constant noise inside our brains causing all this S T R E S S. "It's just Stress", If you are one of the people who think stress doesn't really do anything or that there is nothing you can do about reducing it so you just deal... Listen Up!



If you hear the words Feng Shui and go straight to the feeling of confusion and not even sure where to start…you are not alone.

How many true Feng Shui and Energy Masters do you think there are in the world anyway? Not too many…so no judgment if you just don’t get it.

Frankly, if you don’t want to “get it” and wish to spend a lifetime learning this complicated layer upon layer study of Eastern Chinese Medicine energy practice and want to feel well in your space, The Feng Shui freedom technique is for you.

The best part is that it isn’t based around fear like so much of...

transformational story

This is Success...

“This changed my life”

This is success… Nikki is an amazing woman, body-positive influencing powerhouse mom who has shared openly about all things mental health. The difference is she took action and as she quoted “this changed my life”…

What action steps have you taken to change your life? Share with our community so we can all rise tighter. It’s time to take action and be the change we have been wishing for.

Yes, true transformation is available within our trusted community online right from your computer or phone!

Set up a...

inspirational story

Meet Jolynn

“I no longer use the words l can’t because I now know that I can. I put it out into the universe and it fell into my lap”

When you put thing out there with a powerful intention, the universe lines people, places and things to bring you what you ask for. Being mindful of what you ask for and “put out there” is so important!

Another one who “couldn’t afford a life coach” shared her journey through our one-to-one and group immersion experiences.

Listen to her story of going from the feelings of sadness and putting on a happiness show… to bringing it,...

success story business coaching

“Supporting Small Business Entrepreneurs is Success”

Meet Chrissy owner of Vented in Brooklyn, an amazing small business supporting cancer research and patients. Listen to her experience that led her from feeling uninspired, alone, unmotivated to … well we will let her share. Chrissy shares how she thought she couldn’t afford coaching since the cost is often in the thousands and tens of thousands… until she found our program. We are so proud of her accomplishments! Who she is as a bad ass entrepreneur making a difference and who she is as a person! And we love...

transform your mindset

“My Therapist FIRED me!”

Check out Kristen's incredible testimonial as she shares her incredible transformation almost immediately after investing in herself and joining our ten week Mobster to Mentor transformation program!

She kicked medications and her therapist fired her after over a decade of working together!

We are so proud of this incredible program and this amazing woman who showed us all that getting fired is the best feeling in the whole world!

This is success!

Click for our...

Screen Shot 2022-01-15 at 9.50.33 AM.png

This Is Success

This is success to me! Check out Louis Coluccio from ALC Italian Grocery sharing about his experience inside our group ten week transformation online course…

A few words about Lou and his incredible catering Italian Specialty Store - Real, Vulnerable and Authentic. Lou is a stand-up person in our community and his share is so appreciated and real!

Yes, true transformation is available within our trusted community online right from your computer or phone! Our next tribe kicks off January 23rd.

Set up a...


You'll often see rituals associated with setting intentions and manifesting with the energy of the moon and I wanted to take a dive into what's up with all the attention. It's just a tiny little sliver in a great big giant sky anyway, isn't it?

Many of the manifesting rituals are associated with seed planting, with nourishment, intuition, meditation, feminine energy, healing and tapping into your creativity, as well. And today we are exploring the why? Why all the ceremonial hype?

A full or new moon ceremony is an invitation to drop into the power of deep intention and an...


During this season of Thanksgiving, I thought it would be interesting to be in the energy of Thanksgiving…Meaning spending more time inside the energy of giving and sharing thanks.

So many people inside our coaching programs get stuck when they are first asked to write down a gratitude list.

I hear things like thankful for what? What should I write? Do you mean what I had? For the shiny new sports car? Maybe that new beach house you invested in over the pandemic, or your job, jewelry, family, a baby…

So let’s talk about that. What to be thankful and grateful for. Of...


Do you ever feel like you never have any time for yourself? When people talk about “me time” you whisper under your breath “yeah right, I barely have enough time to get the necessary things done each day.”

People often ask the question “Where does time go?”, it is an age old question. Followed by shoulder shrugs and “I know right!” Our communication and relationship with time is distorted and we are conditioned into the same old patterns of complaining about the not enough-ness just to create more of the same. More empty time jars, wishing they would miraculously fill up.



Work life harmony or work life balance....what is the difference and what matters most?

We often hear about the importance of creating work life balance and the importance of creating balance in general, right?

Why is almost no one talking about creating harmony and what is the difference?

Well, recently inside my coaching group, this topic came up and got me thinking what’s more important, creating harmony in life or balance in life? Or are they the same thing?

Let’s think about this - when we think about the word balance, we can almost picture someone on a...

Screen Shot 2021-10-17 at 3.45.52 PM.png

What does that mean to get ready to get ready?

This means to prepare for what you say you want, to prepare for your day so you aren’t caught up in the day, instead you prime yourself for whatever could happen in the day. You might really get ready to accept the good and get ready to catch any potential curve balls that may be thrown your way in any given moment :

This is especially important if any of you experience a situation where you only know there is a problem and have no idea how to get to the solution....

For example: if your experiencing any heightened emotion...


If you can wish for absolutely anything in life right this very moment, what would you wish for? Seriously think about that right now. You can wish for money, a new car, better circumstances, a new partner, someone to share love with, a better body, to conceive a child or make a major life move. Or you could wish for something super grand like “learning how to live out your life’s purpose”

What about wishing for TIME?

Many people close to the end of their life, when asked this same question would ask for more TIME and the same word came up inside our Mobster to Mentor Tribe....


"If you feel lack of trust in or from others, your circumstances, outcomes, institutions, have a challenge trusting your own choices or even the universe in which you live… take a look within.”

Ask yourself, when did the lack of trust begin- trust in yourself I mean?

The trust you have in your abilities, your self trust. The decisions you are making, the trust you have that everything can change, will change and is already changing for the better. The trust you have in your timing, judgement, the trust you have that circumstances, relationships and yes money, apartments, cars...


We all know what the July 4th holiday represents for our country, Independence Day, also called Fourth of July or July 4th, in the United States, the annual celebration of nationhood. It commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

What does that really mean? What really happened on Independence Day for our country was that we signed a piece of paper that stated we were able to BREAK FREE from foreign rule and we claimed our very own freedom to decide the fate of our country.



First of all, I cannot believe how fast the time has flown. It has been two years since I lifted up a glass of alcohol and used it to “cheers” for one reason or another. If I could pick one word that describes the sober me vs. the old version of me, that word would be FREE.

The truth is that alcohol was a very sneaky friend of my inner mobster. This sneaky enemy, disguised as my dear friend would talk me into thinking I NEEDED it to have fun, to celebrate, to let go of stress, to mellow out, to calm my nerves or anxiety, to dull the pain, to dance, to fit in and so many more false...


Fear is a way of life…What? I hear you saying. Stop for just a minute and read that one again. Do you believe that statement? Well, if you are on the fence or thinking “umm no, I don’t believe that at all” let’s carve out five minutes and let’s explore this four-letter word, find out if it in fact is a way of life, who taught us this so-called “way of life” and most importantly what to do now.

Let’s start by exploring where the heck fear comes from. I mean, saber-toothed tigers don't exist anymore and a good bet if you're reading this is that your basic physical needs are being...


So, let’s talk about the why. Why do we dedicate an entire month to create Awareness around Mental Health?

What comes to mind when you hear the words “Mental Health Awareness”? Do you think about the movie ‘Girl Interrupted’ or every time you hear the name “Clarice” you have shivers down your spine? Perhaps you have a picture of people wearing white gowns, living out life locked inside an insane asylum. Maybe you picture people who are depressed and cannot get out of bed, people who lean on addiction as an escape mechanism for past trauma.

You may even think of that person...

Copy of this is mindset mastsery.png

I remember when I was in my own way, I felt ashamed, stuck in my own way. I was 100 pounds overweight and well a picture is worth 1000 words, or so they say.

For me, back then I was living a life that I was unhappy with and I just couldn’t figure out how to change it. I couldn’t think past my pain. I couldn’t find the way out of being stuck in my own mental & physical roller coaster ride.

They say weight loss is all about willpower. I found out that was a lie.

I mean, I had the will - I was willing to change some things and I had the power to make the changes… I was...


At Transformational Gangstas, we are passionate about inspiring people to break free from the metal noise holding them back from living their best life so they can reach their dreams and goals. We know that all true transformation starts in the mind. Let us show you how to master your mindset today.

What is a Solutionizer?

A TG Solutionizer is someone who is relentless, laser-focused and consistent about mastering their mindset. We understand that success is a lifetime of a practice. We offer no excuses nor do we accept any. A Solutionizer speaks their truth and is their own...

Difference of Mindset Mastery and Coaching

Many people have been asking us what is the difference between a coach and a mentor.

You might be doing a quick google search to find out how to change your life in some way and you can scroll for miles of feed from “Life Coaches” all around the world.

Why all the buzz around life coaching right now? Well, because due the entire world changing all at once, almost everyone wants to or has had to change their life in some way. So today we are discussing the first things to consider when searching for the right life coach for you.

You might think that I’m going to list out...


Bye-Bye 2020…

We are a few hours away from saying goodbye to one of the most challenging years we’ve ever faced. We wanted to write you an inspirational email so you could kick off 2021 on the right foot. So much happened in 2020:

  • COVID-19
  • A crazy political election
  • Murder hornets

Here’s a list of 10 things we can do to make 2021 the best year ever.

  1. Do NOT make resolutions. Yes, you read that right. The problem with resolutions is we make them on New Year’s Eve and then check back with them sometime around...

Today is GivingTuesday. Created in 2012, GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that empowers people and organizations to transform their communities.

Transformation sounds pretty good to us!

The good news is that it doesn’t need to be grand gestures. There are many ways you can impact and transform your community.

  • You could reach out to the elderly and make sure they are safe.
  • You could volunteer at a local food bank or local charity
  • You could pay for the person’s coffee who is standing behind you in Starbuck’s
  • You could show gratitude...

Did you know that you can turn down the volume on the mental noise in your head and live your best life? You don’t have to let the inner mobster in your head win.

Learn the secret trick that allows you to turn down the negative voices in your head and turn up your inner mentor.


As you may know, May is #mentalhealthawareness month. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma that goes along with mental illness. Many people don’t talk about their condition because of a fear of shame and ridicule. Almost 20% of the adults in the US experience mental illness. That is over 46 MILLION people who suffer in silence.

To break the silence and let people know they are not alone, I am sharing my story of abuse, addiction, depression and PTSD by giving away copies of my book, Breaking...


Living a Strong, Confident Life Is Contagious

What a lot of people don't realize is that stress affects the body's immune system. Now more than ever, it is important to boost the immune system to keep it strong. Listen as Maureen Brody shares what she learned about using all natural products and everyday household items while going through radiation treatment for cancer to strengthen this vital protection system.