My Most Recent Adventure

As an entrepreneur of an , i’m incredibly grateful that i’m able to travel whenever I please and continue to build my business wherever my adventures take me. From Tokyo to Rome to Rio, i’ve visited some of the most amazing cities in the world.

This past month, however, I stumbled upon what I think may be my favorite city yet, and it’s not as far away as you might think. So which city tops my list? Well, let me rephrase that….So, which city tops my list, eh?

If you haven’t had a chance to visit our neighbors to the North, I highly recommend making it a top priority on your travel list. Between the generosity of the people, the culture, the high quality of living, and the thriving economy I think I might be investing in Canuck real estate sooner rather than later.

Beginning of August I had to make a last minute trip up to meet with some execs at Corel Corporation, a tech firm that designs some high end media and design apps, based in Ottawa, Ontario.

I had never been before, so I did some digging on what I should do while I was in town and damn was I impressed at all they have going on. Turns out, Ottawa has the second highest quality of living standard out of any city in the America’s (for those that are wondering, the other one is also a Canadian city). It’s also known as the third cleanest city in the WORLD. Needless to say it was going to be a nice change of scenery from NYC.

Flying in, I was blown away at the beauty of the Rideau river in the backdrop of the skyscrapers of Centretown, the cities financial hub.

As I exited the plane, I took a long, drawn out inhale and allowed the crisp, clean, strikingly fresh air fill my lungs. Yep, not in New York anymore, Dorothy.

Airport security was as easy as airport security can be. I was even allowed to keep my shoes on when I walked through the metal detector. What is this place!?

I was met at the terminal by a chauffeur from The Ottawa Limo Company (I hate taxis) who not only guided me through Canadian customs, but went out of his way to help me with my luggage and even had a bottle of champagne waiting for me at the car. Hands down the best service I’ve ever experienced.

My driver dropped me off at the Westin Ottawa where I was staying and after tipping him ever so deservingly,  I was off to my room. As I was checking in, I overheard a couple talking about Jazz music, and immediately my ears perked up. For those who don’t know me, I grew in New Orleans so jazz has always held a special spot in my heart.

I interjected, not so graciously, and asked about their conversation and let them know I was a die-hard jazz lover.

“Well you picked the right weekend, then! Tomorrow is the first day of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.”

No. Freaking. Way.

Why did no one tell me that Ottawa was home to one of the largest Jazz Festivals ever? Well, I mean, someone just did, but how did I not already know that?! This place keeps getting better and better.

So after finishing business at Corel Corporation, I called my wife and told her my stay was going to be extended through the rest of the weekend.

As hard for me as it is to understand this, I realize that not everyone is as hardcore of a jazz fan as I am, so I won’t go into extreme detail on the festival. I will say, however, that the Canucks sure the hell know how to throw a festival. There must have been at least 10,000 people there over the course of the weekend. Some of the most positive, good spirited people i’ve had the fortune to meet.



Ipad for Fitness Professionals

As far as stereotypes go, I’m a unique hybrid between two polar opposites: the computer nerds and the fitness buffs. In high school I spent all my afternoons in the weight room trying to build up my self esteem. I played sports and lifted weights and ate healthier than any high schooler you’ve ever known.

Through the college years I continued to equate physicality with my identity. Not the healthiest way to live, but it’s all I knew. I was doing personal training for a living and majored in exercise physiology.

After college I finally got burnt out on living to work out. I realized that I didn’t want to do personal training for the rest of my life, which is why I got into marketing and technology.

I still push myself in the gym and stay healthy, but there are things that are much more important to me than working out now, like spending time with friends and doing the things I love.Fitness-for-Nerds

I’ll never work as a personal trainer again, but I know a thing or two about running a successful fitness business. I’m currently helping my good friend Bret, the best personal trainer in San Diego build his business.

Bret’s a much more talented trainer than I, but I have the experience running a business so we’re teaming up to turn his studio into the premier fitness solution in all of San Diego.

One of the first changes we made was equip Move Strong Studio (that’s Bret’s studio) with club management software, called Shape Net.

With this, Bret can manage virtually any aspect of his business from his iPad or iPhone. His clients schedule their own appointments, and are sent reminder texts automatically. He has the different packages that he offers built into a digital presentation he presents after the initial assessment via iPad.

Once the sale is made is where Shapenet can really make a differnce.

If you’re a personal trainer and you aren’t using EFT aka auto pay then you’re missing out. Shape Net, or any other auto pay program allows your clients’ credit cards to be billed automatically each month so you don’t have to ask for payment or tell someone they’re out of sessions. It’s a win-win because your clients don’t have to experience the pain of forking over the cash, which means they’re more likely to stay with you long term.

When a client has to miss sessions due to travel or extenuating circumstances, the Shapenet app allows you to provide them with video workouts so no progress is lost.



My Rant

I’m always looking to grow. Always trying to reach the next level, accomplish greater things, and be a better human being.

Because i’m always striving to get better, I don’t have the patience for negativity. There’s no room for it in my life, and I guard myself from it as best as I can. Even if it means cutting people out of my life, I’m willing to do whatever is necessary to keep the Debbie Downers at bay.

I’m not saying we should all be staring at ourselves in the mirror saying “positive thoughts, positive thoughts, positive thoughts”, and trying to block out any and all negativity. Shit happens sometimes, and it’s impossible not to have negative thoughts. But you don’t have to be a slave to them. I encourage you to be the captain of your ship, and take control of your thoughts.

Treat your negative thoughts like garbage, since that’s exactly what they are. When you catch yourself with some garbage, throw it in the trash. Rid yourself of it. Acknowledge that it’s there, throw it away, and move on.

Don’t RSVP to people’s pity parties. Steer the conversation in a positive direction. Offer a solution to their problem, and move the conversation on to good things. If they can’t take a hint, just be up front and make it clear that you’re not interested in discussing things that aren’t conducive to positive thoughts.

This isn’t blind optimism. It’s protecting your thoughts. Guard them like your life depends on it, because it does!


Why You Shouldn’t Use Your iPad Before Bed

I’m my most creative and productive during the evening hours, so I am often on up late into the night on my iPad writing and getting other work done. I also like to lay in bed and watch a movie before I go to sleep.  Lately though I’ve been feeling really tired during the day, even after 8 hours of sleep. I’m not a fun person to be around when I’m not well rested, and I noticed effects in productivity in addition to the physical effects. My personal trainer even commented that I wasn’t my usual self in the gym as of lately.  This really bothered me.

So I did some research, and discovered something startling. It was my beloved iPad robbing me of my energy.

So why am I, the iPad Guru, talking to you about when not to use your iPad?

Because good health is the most important thing you can own, and without it we can’t enjoy the things we love.

The type of light emitted by electronic devices such as iPads, phones, computer screens, and laptops is known as blue light. Blue light is also the type of light that the sun radiates (in a much greater amount).  when blue light enters our eyes, receptors in our eyes send an encoded message to our brain. This message tells the brain that it’s day time out and it’s time for us to be awake. When the brain receives the “daytime” signal from the eyes, it stops the production of melatonin (the hormone that causes relaxation and sleep).

Another example of how this cycle works is in the morning when the sun rises. We wake up because the sun shines into our eyes (even through the eyelids) and the eyes relay the message to the brain. Brain says “ok, no more melatonin” and within a few minutes we wake light

Why does this matter?

Because when we look at screens in the hours before bed, we’re tricking our brain into daytime mode. This is fine during the day when we want to be awake. During the night, however, tricking our brain into thinking it’s light out can cause us to be alert, restless, and awake when we’re trying to sleep.

Even if you are able to fall asleep, without melatonin you won’t be getting the deep, restful kind of sleep that our bodies need and you’ll most likely wake up groggy and tired even if you get the recommended 8 hours of sleep or more.

Proper sleep is one of the most important factors to good health. The research is starting to show that lack of sleep can cause a whole host of problems, from weight gain to depression. As someone who loves technology, I think it’s important that we are responsible for our heath first and foremost.

The best way to counteract this issue is to dim lights in the evening and avoid using electronics about an hour before bed. Instead of surfing the web or watching tv do some stretching, read a book, or listen to music (but turn the screen off). You’ll notice an immediate difference in the quality of your sleep and feel more energy throughout the day.

If you can’t give up your iPad or TV an hour before bed (come one man, have some will power) then there are a couple options that aren’t 100% effective, but are better than nothing.

The first is to purchase a pair of blue light-blocking glasses and wear them at night before bed when you use your electronics. You can pick up a pair for around $10 on Amazon.

You can also download an app, called F.Lux on your iPad, iPhone, and /or laptop that acts a a filter and reduces the amount of blue light radiating from the screen.

Give some of these a try and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel. Drop me a line here if you try it out and let me know how it goes.



Top 3 Ipad Upgrades

The short answer to this question – it depends. For your average web surfer, iPad has more than enough power and features to make a seamless replacement for a full-sized laptop.  For those who are used to powerful laptops that run CPU intensive programs, an iPad would be a great supplement, but not a replacement. These upgrades can close take your iPad from a casual web surfing device to a powerful computing machine.

For those making, or considering making the switch, here’s a list of things you’ll want to consider investing in:


Touch screens are fun. They’re great for web-surfing and playing your favorite games. If you need to type anything lengthy, however, a touch keyboard can’t really hold up it’s own compared to a real keyboard. There are several options for attachable keyboards, however, that can serve as a more than acceptable replacement. Most even double as a protective case, which I highly recommend no matter how careful you think you are. I recommend finding a keyboard with a wide kickstand, such as the Belkin QODE Slim Style Keyboard to make typing easier in any position.

2. Storage

While 128gb Ipad may have plenty of storage for the average user, you may want to consider adding an external storage device if you like to save movies, games, high-definition pics, music, etc. to your hard disk. Pick up a wireless card reader such as the Mediashare Hub by Logear and you’ve got and endless source of extra storage that connects to your iPad wirelessly. My recommendation is to opt for a card reader with a pass through option that allows the reader to stay connected to your wi-fi network and the iPad simultaneously.

3. Ports

Compared to some of the other popular tablets, the iPad is somewhat lacking in the port connectivity department. However, if you take advantage of the Lightning dock connector this disadvantage disappears.  One of my favorite iPad upgrades is the PhotoFast i-Flash Drive HD. This handy device has a USB port on one side and plugs into the lighting dock connector on the other side, making it easy to store data even without a data connection.

The iPad is great for casual internet and multimedia users, but with some key upgrades like the ones above you open up a whole new realm of possibilities and tap into some of iPad’s true potential.

Try one of these? Have something to add to the list? Contact Me and let me know!

Top 5 Business Uses for iPad

There’s a notion out there that iPads are just expensive toys that kids use to surf the internet after they finish their homework. That notion could not be more wrong. When paired with the right apps and a bluetooth keyboard, the iPad has the potential to become an invaluable business tool.

1. Access Your Files Anywhere

Have ever been on your way to a meeting and had to turn around and go back to the office because you forgot some important documents on the office computer? With any of the multiple cloud-hosted data storage solutions, (many are free) available you can synchronize all of your work-related files from your desktop to your iPad seamlessly. Dropbox, SugarSync, and Apple’s iDisk are just a few of the popular cloud-sharing apps

2. Ditch the Sales Brochures

Why lug around a heavy stack of sales brochures when you have a much more efficient, aesthetically pleasing way to show off your businesses products or service in your hands. All you have to do is convert the required promotional materials into image files and they can be viewed using the Photo app. Sort the files into properly organized folders (on the cloud!) and you’ve just created a digital compendium of all of your business’ services accessible from anywhere and helped save the rainforests in the process.

3. Give Presentations

Since we’re on the theme of lightening the load, let’s talk about an alternative to carrying around a bulky laptop when needing to give a presentation. Pick yourself up a VGA adapter and download some of the apps that support it like Apple’s Keynote or Presentation App (free) and your presentation is now infinitely more portable. To take it one step further and make the process cord-free, Apple is coming out with an update that allows presentations on Keynote to be streamed wirelessly to an Apple TV by using AirPlay.

4. Plan Your Day

 I used to be one of the proud guys that thought they didn’t need a daily planner or calendar. When a mentor of mine finally convinced me to give it a try I couldn’t believe how liberated I felt.  It was like my brain’s RAM was maxed out, and when I “downloaded” all the things I had to remember onto a calendar I freed up tons of memory. With one of the several available calendar apps you can use your iPad to manage everything that goes on in your day, both personal and business related.  There are many types of calendaring software that allow you to manage your work and personal schedule for the iPad. These apps can sync your calendar to your phone too, so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting a meeting. I personally recommend and use Google Calendar but the default Calendar App works fine as well.

5. Increase Productivity

Personal productivity is an area that I love to dial in on and really focus on improving.  Everyone’s productivity peak is reached in different ways, and It takes a good bit of experimenting to find out the methods that work best but it’s totally worth it once you hit your stride. iPad has tons of productivity boosting apps, including some that block social media and other distractions when you need to get work done. There are also a ton of free note-taking apps that help you be prepared for whenever a new money-making idea pops into your head.

You may have bought your iPad to use as a web-surfing machine or to watch movies or read books, but it’s got potential to be an invaluable business tool, whether you’re an entrepreneur or a corporate worker. Give some or all of these a try and let me know what you think.