True REST Float Spa: Like a Massage, Only Better

True REST Float Spa: Like a Massage, Only Better

Ok ok, if you don’t know me well yet, you’ll come to learn through this story that I LOVE to relax! I will do just about anything for a good massage or spa treatment. I had heard a bit about “floating” from friends, so when True REST Float Spa gave me a chance to try it out, I agreed happily. Floating is a lot like a massage, or a yoga class, and here are my main reasons why:

Preparation Involved

Like any good spa treatment or meditation class, there is some preparation involved with floating. This treatment is nothing like anything else I have ever tried! As I arrived to True REST I was greeted by the friendly owner Mandy who walked me through the process and how things would go. I am not going to lie, the process was a bit confusing. Ear plugs, close the pod, turn on/off music, float. It all seemed like a bit much at first. I was a little scared to be honest, and as someone who can’t even float in a pool, I wasn’t even sure I would be able to do it. Thankfully, I was seated in a prep room and shown a 6 minute video that explained everything. That is when I really started to relax.

The video walked me through the ways to “float” in this pool of salt water. It showed different positions you could try, and explained what to do if your mind started to wander. I thought it was a lot like meditation, or yoga where you focus on your breath and not much else. As the video came to an end, I felt a lot more excited to get into the pod room and try it out.

Mental and Physical Benefits are Similar

Just like with yoga and massage, floating is so good for your mental and physical health. Taking care of and loving yourself takes time and dedication. Many people want to dismiss it and be selfless, never getting a massage or taking quiet moments for themselves. Floating gives you a full hour to be alone with yourself and your thoughts. No phones. No screens. Just you, and your breath. The amount of epsom salts, 1,000 lbs worth, incorporated into the float pod makes your body feel so lightweight, which in turns helps with inflammation and soreness. When I first slipped into the pod and closed the door, it was so dark, I almost started to panic. I turned on the lights so that I could get more comfortable with the process, and started to lay back and feel the saltwater take over. Immediately as I started to lay back, my body lifted off the bottom of the pod and I started floating effortlessly. I almost laughed out loud thinking about how I doubted whether I would be able to float in the pod. It seemed impossible NOT to float once I was floating. It was such a strange feeling at first, like you’re floating on a cloud. After 5-10 minutes I started to really relax, and unwind for the remainder of the time. I could see how you could get used to doing it consistently for mental clarity.

Lasting Effects

Although we can all probably agree that the effects of a massage or yoga session are not endless, they are prominent after the session for awhile. Floating is no different. For the few days after I left their Hillcrest location, I felt more relaxed, and a lot less sore! I loved the sensation of floating, and definitely think that everyone should try it! True REST is a wonderful location to visit if you’re looking for a place to try floating! They are a national franchise with over 23 locations across the country including locations in California such as Chico, Sacramento, and coming soon in Fountain Valley, Fresno, Napa, and San Francisco. I am so excited about this new relaxation technique, that I wanted to give one of you a FREE session to try it out! All you have to do is join our mailing list by entering your info below and one lucky winner will be chosen on May 1st!! Good luck, and if you have tried floating before, comment and let me know your thoughts!!

5 Consistent (& Classic) Ways to Win at Life in 2018: Video Chat with Lauryn, Creator of The Skinny Confidential

5 Consistent (& Classic) Ways to Win at Life in 2018: Video Chat with Lauryn, Creator of The Skinny Confidential

I recently had the opportunity to video chat with Lauryn, creator of  The Skinny Confidential (TheSkinnyConfidential.com) about her brand, style and life here in San Diego. I learned so much about business, not letting others get to you, and I even learned a bit about Michael, Lauryn’s husband! Watch the full video interview to learn about Lauryn’s entrepreneurial business and blog turned podcast turned fitness e-book (and much more!!):

Here are the 5 biggest pieces of advice I took away from my video chat with Lauryn on how to “win” at life in the upcoming year:

1. Beat to the tune of your own drum.

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Lauryn just IS herself. Totally. She never apologizes for it, and no woman should have to. She inspires you to be honest with yourself and live your life for fulfillment. She says, “I never felt that it was where I was supposed to be, even in high school. I remember looking back at high school and feeling that I wasn’t where I was supposed to be. That’s weird for a high schooler to say, but that’s how I felt. I started to realize that the reason I was feeling unfulfilled was because I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do or beat to the tune of my own drum. I was doing what other people told me that I was supposed to do. The second that clicked for me is the second that I rebelled and pushed back. I said, ‘Wait a minute. I need to reevaluate what I’m doing. I need to figure out a way where I can work for myself for the rest of my life and do things the way I want to do it.’ That’s where the Skinny Confidential came about.”

2. Don’t ask yourself how you will monetize your blog or website. Just focus on your passion, and then rinse and repeat.

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Lauryn didn’t start The Skinny Confidential to monetize the platform. She started with a passion for connecting with other women. She says, “Looking back, that’s everyone’s concern. How do you monetize? That’s such a mistake. Everyone leads with that. I don’t feel that I’ve led with that. I think money comes when you lead with bringing value and community. I don’t think asking yourself, ‘How am I going to monetize?’ is the first question that I would ask. Lead with value. That’s how it started for me and The Skinny Confidential. It launched in 2010. I think I got 300 hits the day that I launched, which is nothing. I just kept doing it every single day for seven years, seven days a week. Rinse and repeat.”

3. Share your intentions with the world, and then, stay true to them.

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Lauryn has always had pure intentions of helping others. She doesn’t just promote any random company and product that throws money at her. She’s very careful to be transparent with her audience. She says, “My intentions of building a community and providing value have always been the right intentions. I never want to pull a fast one on them. I’m not just looking to push product in their faces. If anything, I show what I really like. I say, ‘Leave what you don’t like, take what you do.’ I’m always doing give aways. A lot of bloggers will take the product that they get and display it in their room. I want to give it all back. I want to give back to the people who support me.

4. Find a way to keep in touch with others, and give back.

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Lauryn is always looking for ways to give back to her audience. She says, “I’m doing this thing right now where I follow a lot of the people who have been following me on Instagram. The intent is that I’m wondering who some of these people are that I haven’t met in person. A big part of my brand is doing meetups, interfacing with these girls and talking to them, hearing about what they’re doing. I wanted to build something that was way bigger than Lauryn Evarts. The Skinny Confidential is so much bigger than me. With that intent, it comes off like that. I do want to inspire women to do what they want to do, when they want to do it, and not have to apologize.

5. Don’t be nervous to live YOUR life.

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Lauryn is a huge believer in living life your own way. She travels a ton, and loves her busy life just like that. She’s realized you can’t hold back, and you can’t live for anyone but yourself. She says, “You wouldn’t believe how many people are nervous to do something because of their boyfriend, their family or what their mom will think. You can’t live your life like that. You have to live for yourself. Everyone’s different. I think that, nowadays, what’s cool is not to be someone else. It’s to be the best version of yourself. That’s changed. We used to look at celebrities and think, ‘I want to be like that.’ Now, in 2017 and going into 2018, the conversation will be, ‘How can I be the best version of myself instead of wanting to be someone else?’”

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The first few minutes of my video chat with Lauryn taught me a lot about being grateful and having a positive attitude, and the rest of the video chat was filled with fun, valuable information, sprinkled with some GREAT recommendations of local San Diego favorite places from Lauryn. Is there something you’re dying to ask her? You can comment below, and we’ll be sure to video chat with her again soon to get your questions answered!

Fit Athletic Club Delivers Results – Making Fitness and Healthy Living Fun

Fit Athletic Club Delivers Results – Making Fitness and Healthy Living Fun

Interview with Jim Patterson, Director of Personal Training at Fit Athletic Club in Solana Beach

We recently became members at Fit Athletic Club in Solana Beach, and it is awesome! It has been voted as one of the best gym in San Diego by San Diego A List for a reason.

Over the last several years, we have been members of a couple different country clubs here in San Diego North County, but we recently moved within the San Diego city limits, which gave us access to all the wonderful public golf courses in the City of San Diego at massively discounted prices. In addition, we get access to the advanced reservation system for these courses. Although this is really awesome, we no longer had a gym membership that was part of our country club membership.

We looked at several gyms near our new home and our office, and set out some criteria for selecting a new gym:

  • A club that gets us fit and healthy
  • Great member service, so we don’t feel like a number
  • Convenient to home or work
  • Wide selection of equipment and free weights
  • Skilled and knowledgeable personal trainers
  • Group exercise classes
  • Convenient parking
  • Not over crowded
  • Price of membership
  • Convenient hours
  • Child care
  • Nice locker rooms and shower facilities

Also, as part of the preparation for our wedding, we wanted to hire a personal trainer to whip us into shape over a three month timeframe.

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We visited four different clubs/gyms that varied in pricing, service, hours and amenities. We down-selected to three options:  Crunch in Carmel Valley, Bay Club in Carmel Valley, and Fit Athletic Club in Solana Beach.

Crunch is nice new club close to our new home. It has a very reasonable joining and monthly fee, and it is brand new. However, the demographic is heavily weighted to people in their teens and early 20s, and the personal training staff wasn’t very experienced.

Bay Club is between our home and our office. It is an awesome club, similar to one of the country club where we were a member. However, the membership, even without the golf (Fairbanks Ranch Country Club) was pretty high relative to the other gyms. I think if you are looking for more of a country club experience, with a restaurant, lots of kids activities, wonderful tennis facilities, and couple of pool area (one exclusively for adults), it is a great club.

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Fit Athletic Club in Solana Beach provides a balance of being a true service gym with experienced personal trainers, great hours, and a member demographic that ranges from early 20s to people in their 60s. They offer a variety of group fitness classes ranging from spin to yoga to Zumba to core to beach bootcamps. The are always improving the gym and recently installed new equipment in the Solana Beach location. The Solana Beach and Carmel Mountain Ranch locations of Fit were previously owned by Frogs Club One, but they have been totally renovated and seem brand new. The location is convenient to our office, and it has everything that we wanted in a gym at a reasonable price. We have been working out there for over four months now, and we love it! Although we don’t always need the child care, it is great to have it. Fit has a mobile app that replaces the need for a member ID and it also provides updates on classes and activities.  A nice benefit of the club is that they also have lots of tasty food and beverages for both pre and post workout.

The downtown location of Fit is primary and 20s and 30s demographic that you’d expect in an urban area, and the Carmel Mountain Ranch location has a of families that you would expect in a suburban area. The downtown location also hosts adult pool parties for its members during the summer months, some of which are available to the members from the other locations.

We were recently able to get an interview with Jim Patterson, who is the Director of Personal Training at Fit Solana Beach. As it turns out, Jim was also our trainer for the three months leading up to our wedding. We loved that experience and he continues to be a great resource and good friend to us.  Check-out our interview here:

Amanda:    Hey everyone. It’s Amanda with the San Diego Lifestyle. I’m here today with Jim Patterson from FIT in Solana Beach. It’s in amazing gym. I met Jim a few months ago when I was getting ready for my wedding. My fiancé and I were looking all over for a good gym in San Diego where we could train.

We were looking for something personalized and private in a great setting, but also a good community. We came to FIT and it was a great place. I’d like to ask you today about the location and the people here. Tell me about FIT and why it’s in Solana Beach.

Jim:           The original FIT club was in Houston. We moved out to San Diego and opened up downtown next to Petco Park. It’s a really beautiful gym. The cardio there is easy to do, because you’re looking out at one of the most beautiful baseball stadiums in the world. We then acquired two of the former Frog’s locations. We did a full renovation with all new cardio equipment and weight resistance.

Amanda:    When was that?

Jim:           That was in 2013. I came on about four months after the start of the renovations. We went from orange and green walls with broken down equipment to top-of-the line weight resistance equipment, cardiorespiratory equipment, a full sports performance area and all-new paint. We got rid of the orange and green.

Amanda:    It looks amazing. You have art from local artists hanging on the walls.

Jim:           Yes. One of the finer galleries here in Solana Beach has showcased art here. We change it out every month. If you have any questions about the art, you can also purchase it from here.

Amanda:    Tell me about the trainers, what you specialize in and what people come here for.

Jim:           I’ve been in the industry for about 18 years. I grew up here in San Diego and went to Colorado for school. I came back and immediately started working as a trainer. I’ve been doing this for 18 years now. This is the most solid, educated training staff I’ve ever created. It’s a fantastic group of people. They are highly educated.

No one has anything less than five years of experience. The majority have degrees and multiple nationally recognized certifications. It’s a buyer beware industry. You have to make sure that you interview your trainer, make sure they know what they’re talking about and they have a good level of education. You’re the product. You want to make sure that you’re safe and getting good results.

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Amanda:    Do you work with younger people or older people?

Jim:           All across the board. It can be a little intimidating because we have such top-of-the-line equipment and we are considered more of a boutique type gym. We have a culture of fun and support. Everyone knows each other and supports each other. There are people in amazing shape, and instead of being intimidating, it’s highly motivating.

Amanda:    There is such a motivating vibe around here. I know you have a lot of cool classes. You also have a spin room. What is spin all about?

Jim:           They like to call it cycle. The word “spin” denotes that you’re spinning in circles and wasting time. These people are serious business. We cater to them as best as we can. The bikes are always perfect. There is a towel waiting for them when they get there. We have an amazing industrial sized AC system here. We don’t keep it too cold. We keep it on just enough so that you can still get a great sweat, but you’re not dying in there. You’re not doing yoga, you’re cycling.

Amanda:    What room are we in here?

Jim:           This is our group exercise room. This is a huge room. You can do anything in here from pilates to barre classes to the usual cardio funk, which people love. We highlight it over at the Belly Up with Carrie. She has a cardio funk class and she has a dance troupe as well. We put on a party over there. We sold it out in about five minutes. There was a line around the block. We were blown away.

Amanda:    Tell me about the other areas. I know you have the turf area.

Jim:           That’s our sports performance area. We’re working with sleds, TRX, physio balls, kettlebells and FreeMotion, which is a pulley-style piece of equipment. We have a sled simulator. We have a parachute simulator. Anything you want to improve on sports performance, corrective exercise or the old “functional” training. You can put functional into any type of exercise. If you’re moving your joints, it’s functional.

Amanda:    On the other side, you have free weights and weight equipment.

Jim:           Yes. I like to call it the meathead section. That’s where we have all of our heavy weights. I’m a recovering meathead. We have chest press, squats and leg presses. We have all of the good stuff that you can stack weight onto and bounce around.

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Right outside of there is our outdoor area. We have a full CrossFit rig with another complement of dumbbells as well as two Muay Thai bags and boxing bags. We have a really good boxing class that’s held twice a week out there.

Kim Brutzman, one of my master trainers has a misfits class. That one is women only. We have that two times a week. It’s gotten so popular that she’s had to let the guys in and create a co-ed class as well. That’s just as supportive as the women only class. It’s impressive to see when women are in that situation how much they support each other. With guys, we’re sizing each other up and saying, “I’m going to beat that dude down.” There’s a lot of support in there. It’s good to see.

Amanda:    You also have a dedicated stretching room. This is something that I don’t see at very many gyms. I’m always wandering around, trying to find a little spot where I can stretch. You have so many things in there.

Jim:           Yes. There is really good padding in there. It has mirrors all around so that you can watch your form, especially if you’re doing something like yoga. It also has a full-length bar along the wall. You can use that for attaching pieces of equipment to or to help you stretch out. There is a whole set of foam rollers. There are different types of rollers. There are racquetball and lacrosse practice balls, which are really good to get deep into the muscle.

Amanda:    Tell me about the FitKids. That was a huge selling point for me.

Jim:           There are a lot of toys in there. It’s the size of two rooms. You can come in and drop them off. You can do monthly or daily, whatever works best for you. If you think you’ll be bringing them here three times a week, you want to do it on a monthly basis. It helps a lot of people with busy schedules, like moms with a lot going on. It’s great to be able to drop them off and get your sweat on.

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Amanda:    You also have amazing facilities in the back. The women’s bathroom is amazing. It’s like a spa in there. What else do you have?

Jim:           We have executive style lockers. We completely gutted it. Everything in there is brand new, all the way down to the wood in the sauna. Every tile is new. All of the fixtures are new. It’s very modern contemporary. You get a good feel when you go in there. It feels like a high-end hotel. You can make sure all of your things are safe in the lockers.

It’s a selling point with a lot of gyms. You want clean, friendly and well-maintained. Clean really starts with the bathrooms. No one wants to go into a gas station toilet.

Amanda:    I know that you have some upcoming and ongoing events.

Jim:           We always have something going on. It does kick up a notch in the summer time. If you’re working for that summer body, you’ll want to show it off. We have downtown pool parties that we sponsor with different high-end hotels downtown. We also have a monthly barbecue, resort style at the Carmel Mountain Ranch.

They have a very nice pool over there with gazebos and a lot of open space for barbecues and pool parties. It is a little more family oriented in parts of it because that is more of what Carmel Mountain ranch is versus downtown. There are not a lot of kids at the pool parties downtown.

Amanda:    There’s something for everyone.

Jim:           Yes. We’re also sponsoring a golf tournament to benefit Urban Angels, which feeds the homeless downtown. Each gym puts on things with its members. There are beach barbecues and bootcamp workouts.

Amanda:    The beach is less than a mile, maybe a half mile from here.

Jim:           It’s not even half a mile. It’s right across the street and down that path about 75 yards.

Amanda:    Thank you so much for talking about what it’s like here. It’s such an incredible gym. I know there are a ton of people in Solana Beach right now wondering where to go. Do you have any final words of wisdom for those people looking to get in shape but don’t know where to go?

Jim:           These are things that apply outside of the gym as well. If you come to FIT, you can utilize them here, but you can also do them anywhere. It’s all about motivation. Everyone has in the back of their head, “I have to lose 10 or 20 pounds.” When it goes from your head to your heart, that’s when you get the motivation to do that. It can happen in a lot of different ways. It could be a doctor’s office visit. You get an EKG and it’s not good.

Don’t let it get to that point. If you have some pounds to shed, you know it’s affecting your heart. Our heart is our ticker. You have to start doing something. You can walk on the beach, go for a small hike or go for a bike ride. Then start to investigate what you’re eating. That’s the key.

Find out your calorie intake and how many calories you need. Once you determine that, based on your activity level, body fat percentage and lean muscle mass, you get that number. You can go as far as you want to go with body fat reduction. Once you follow that, you will get to your goal. If you don’t do this, you will not reach your goal, no matter how hard you work out. You can work out as hard as you want, but if you eat a breakfast burrito afterwards, you negate that calorie burn.

You might feel better in your muscles. You might have a little more endurance. But dropping that weight is all around calories. You don’t have to suffer. Find out how many calories you need and you can eat the foods that you enjoy in the right amounts.

That way, you will stick to a nutrition plan. It becomes a lifestyle change. The other thing that I mentioned earlier when it comes to trainers is the safety component to exercise. You can go into any gym and pick up weights. Every time you walk out, you say, “Did I just get closer to my goal?”

Or you can talk to a professional. I’m not saying that you need a trainer for the rest of your life. You can have four or five sessions. Get a program designed for you. Then you can walk into any gym in the world and say, “I know exactly what I need to do to get myself to my goal.”

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Amanda:    People don’t want to put that on a trainer. They don’t want to say, “I’m only going to use you for a month.” That’s good to hear that a trainer appreciates that.

Jim:           Yes. Especially at higher end gyms, you won’t have to worry about that. Maybe at other gyms, it’s a bit different. They look for volume. With FIT, you are our marketing. We get you great results. We give you a fantastic gym. We give you a good experience. You’re going to tell your friends. We don’t want to plaster it all over trucks and buses. We want people talking about it. We give you the best possible product. We get you the best possible results. You go out and tell your friends. They come and see us.

Amanda:    I can’t wait to tell my friends at my wedding when I’m fit. Thank you so much for everything that you’ve done for me.

Jim:           Just bring me some cake. Thank you.

Dahms Acupuncture: A Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice in Encinitas

Dahms Acupuncture: A Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice in Encinitas

Interview with Talia Dahms, an Acupuncturist in Encinitas

“The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.” – Plato

I caught up with Talia Dahms, an acupuncturist and herbalist at Dahms Acupuncture here in Encinitas, California, and got to talk with her a lot about what she does. In our interview, she explains what acupuncture is, (basic explanation here) and how it benefits the mind and body. She explains many of the treatments that are available when you visit her, and how often you should come for sessions. I had many questions about pain during acupuncture, but Talia did a great job describing the experience you receive when working with her.

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Talia initially became interested in acupuncture in high school and college. She went to school for four years to receive her masters degree and has taken an exam to become a licensed acupuncturist. She now sees many clients at her practice for pain, digestive issues, insomnia, or other ailments. Some people come to just stay healthy and maintain their results. Many clients start with a massage or chiropractic session, and then enter the world of acupuncture once they are aware of its many benefits.

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The services Talia provides includes:

Acupuncture
Electro-stimulation Acupuncture (e-stim)
Moxibustion
Gua Sha
Cupping
Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage)
Kinesio Taping
Heat Therapy

External Herbal Treatment (liniment, poultice)
Herbal Prescription
​Nutrition Consultation

Aromatherapy

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The cost for acupuncture is about the same as chiropractic services, and can make you feel incredible. (Read more about cost and payment here.) Talia is also an herbalist, and she provides tablets and raw herbs to clients to help issues within the body as well.

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If you have ever thought about acupuncture before, make sure to stop in to Talia’s location in Encinitas. She is happy to answer any questions and talk you through the process, and how you will feel throughout. You can also visit her website to learn all about the services she provides, and purchase products or sessions!

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Have you been to Dahms Acupuncture before? How was it? We’d love to hear about your experience; simply comment below!

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Blind Sailor Hiro is Inspiring San Diegans

Blind Sailor Hiro is Inspiring San Diegans

“San Diego is always sunny and always right wind you know, so as a sailor it is heaven. It’s paradise.” – Hiro Iwamoto


Hiro Iwamoto is a competitive blind sailor who was born in Japan and moved here to San Diego ten years ago with his wife and daughter. He has conquered some incredible challenges, and now helps people all over the world learn to live life with purpose and positivity.

Hiro began to lose his sight when he was 13 years old and became fully blind by the age of 16. In this video interview, he explains how he started falling when walking, having trouble putting toothpaste on his toothbrush, and eventually even running into walls when he couldn’t see any longer. He became so depressed that he tried to commit suicide. After trying to drown himself unsuccessfully, he took a nap and while napping he had an epiphany that life was worth so much more than what he had thought. He woke up from that nap and began to challenge everything in life. He was inspired. He started learning English, and came to the U.S. to learn even more English. He also wanted to learn to sail, which he did and now, 15 years after starting to learn, is a world-class sailor.

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When Hiro and his family moved from Tokyo to San Diego in 2006, they fell in love with the city instantly. Hiro says, “San Diego is always sunny and always right wind you know, so as a sailor it is heaven. It’s paradise.” He loves that you can sail here in San Diego year round, and he loves competing himself, instead of with other sailors. He started competing in championships around the world, and found that he kept wanting to sail even father and farther. In 2002, he started dreaming of sailing across the Pacific Ocean! Everyone thought he was crazy to want to sail that far, but he was determined. He wanted to sail across the Pacific to inspire survivors of the Tohoku Tsunami to live unafraid of future disasters. His dream almost came true.

In 2013, Hiro began to sail across the Pacific Ocean with just one other sighted sailor and a few cameras. He wanted to prove that while his partner slept, he could sail himself blindly across such a large body of water. In the middle of one stormy night during the sailing journey, Hiro heard a loud BOOM BOOM BOOM. He knew right away, a whale had hit their sailboat. Video clips of the excursion prove that indeed the thick skin of a Blue Whale cracked their boat. Hiro tried hard to get the water out, but the boat was sinking faster than he was taking water out. A typhoon was chasing them, resulting in huge waves and fast wind. It was very difficult, but they eventually climbed from the sailboat into their lifeboat, and waited. For ten hours Hiro and his partner clung to the lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, riding the waves up and down.

Eventually they were rescued and brought back to Japan to explain the journey. Hiro was shocked. He explains, “When I bumped into the whale, I thought, why whale?! I was trying to make my dream come true, why did you bump into me?!” As we all know, many whale watching boats in San Diego go out on excursions searching for hours, and come back without any whale sightings whatsoever. For Hiro and his partner to bump into a whale in the middle of the ocean is extremely unlucky. He thought to himself, “Why me, in the middle of the Pacific?!” Through it all though, he knew there was deeper meaning. He slowly began to realize that every moment in life has meaning. There is meaning in everything that happens. “It means it will make my future success 100 times bigger, 1000 times bigger,” Hiro says, “It means I have to keep going, to make my dream of sailing across the Pacific come true. I will be able to inspire 1000 more people, a million more people, to be more passionate about life through my next trip. Life is good. I want to encourage people who have lost the meaning of their lives. As long as you have wind, you can keep going.”

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After the Pacific Ocean sailing incident three years ago and learning so much in the process, Hiro has now started his own company called Positive Life International.  He provides motivational speeches and one-on-one life coaching in the Kearny Mesa area. He also can give inspirational speeches to employees of a company, to help improve their productivity and give them a new passion for work. He believes there is even meaning to him becoming blind, because he can help people in ways that sighted people cannot help. Through his motivational speaking and life coaching, Hiro hopes to change the lives of many people. (He is also planning a special week-long retreat in Japan for life coaching members, we will let you know more about this soon!) Along with his passion for life and sailing, Hiro has also added triathlons (swimming, cycling and running) to his accomplishment list, and is training for The CVC San Diego Half Ironman Triathlon on August 14th in Chula Vista.

This August triathlon is composed of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle, and 13 mile run. Hiro has been training almost daily for the last two months for this race, so he is more excited than ever to compete. After that, he has dreams of doing a full Ironman Triathlon race (twice the distance he is racing in August) next year in Japan.  The people of Okinawa, otherwise known as “Miracle Island” plan to host an Ironman triathlon to raise awareness for those who lost their houses in the April 16th, 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. Hiro wants to compete in this event and show enthusiasm and give hope to the local people who have lost their homes.

Update! Here is video footage from Hiro’s triathlon!!:

Hiro’s story is unforgettable and life changing, and I hope you enjoyed the video interview as much as I enjoyed filming it. Hiro’s journey is one to be followed, and if you’d like to reach out to Hiro, please do not hesitate to visit his website or simply comment below! What inspires you to continue on in life when there are challenges?

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