Congratulations on launching the podcast. I’m glad that your next big goal is finally taking off, and I can tell — finishing the first episode now — that it’s going to be a big success. I love podcasts with an incredible passion, but one of the biggest things that I’ve noticed is that there aren’t enough LGBTQ+ voices using the medium. Thank you for being that voice.
Thank you for the work that you’ve done for the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. From coaching, writing, editing, podcasting, and motivating, you’ve projected so much of your advocacy into the growth of others, and that makes you a phenomenal leader.
Speaking for myself, you’ve helped me grow so much as a person ever since I first joined the publication only a few months ago. It’s been an amazing pleasure to work with you, and I can’t wait to continue doing so.
I met Darren a number of years ago when I signed up with him to be my personal trainer. He was extremely supportive and motivating, but what I remember most about the first experience with him, was his ability to relate to me. When he evolved to being a life coach I was very excited and signed up right away.
Darren’s life experiences have truly made him an example of overcoming hard situations and made him an exceptionally unique coach, as he can relate to individuals on so many levels.
His humanity and passion are the most beautiful qualities that show when you speak to him. All you have to do is read his writings and listen to him and you will know what I’m talking about.
Darren has a gift of being able to deduce and understand situations and get a person to talk without reservation. He asks the right questions and is a master at initiating thought-provoking conversation.
He has kept me grounded, focused, and positive. People around me have noticed the impact as I have become more self-aware and improved my confidence to get to the next level with his help and support.
I remember after our initial meeting I left with a confidence that you were the right person to work with. We spent a long time (longer than the allotted time I remember) discussing what my goals were and what challenges I’d faced in the past reaching them.
You talked about your approach and how you worked with your clients. You didn’t promise success but did promise you would partner with me to achieve success, to the extent that I was committed to success. It let me know that if I wanted real and sustained change I had to actually work at it outside of the coaching session. In the past, I thought my job was to show up for the session and success would follow. You made me see that I had a bigger role to play than that.
You encouraged me to remember why I was doing this work and to focus on that. The realization that my attitude was as important to reaching and sustaining my goals as the coaching itself was revolutionary.
Whenever I’m discouraged by a bad week you’d mention where I’ve come from and how much progress I’ve already made. You have a confidence that I’ll succeed and that confidence is infectious. I’d see how you’d adapt to find ways to explain new habits, and to get into my head to figure out what was holding me back. Finally it’s you’re overall attitude. You don’t ever let me quit. You care about the whole person.
Darren is the only coach who has made a significant impact on my overall wellbeing. I’ve utilized most of his services, including personal training, assisted stretching, nutritional advice and meal planning. I have learned the value of integrating healthy choices into my lifestyle thanks to Darren’s wholesome approach to fitness and his philosophy on nutrition.
Practicing being disciplined with my health and myself will help me be disciplined in other areas of my life. And it will help me prioritize myself. I am notorious for always putting others first and I really want to give myself some time and some self-love.
Once you work with Darren I find it’s very difficult to turn anywhere else because he truly is the best. He is highly knowledgable and has provided me with excellent tools to make the maintenance of my fitness and nutritional habits a breeze.