Where were you born and what was your childhood like? I was born in Trenton, NJ - Trenton's saying is "what Trenton makes, the world takes". I was raised by two radically different humans: my mother is an artist, writer, poet, and mystical being, while my father was a chemical engineer, inventor, latent Mad Man marketing executive, CEO and CEO coach. As a child, I was drawn to art, music, athletics, and science. Becoming a physician was an early dream but one that I arrived at a bit later than most due to a circuitous route caused by many varied interests.
What is your favorite way to destress?
Hugging my wife and children always brings me back to the moment like a grounding rod for my worries. Swinging kettlebells, rowing, running, or riding my bike also have a major positive effect on my mood.
What is a quote that inspires you?
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit" - Aristotle
Who is someone you love to follow on social media?
@sokolstrong on IG
What is a goal that you have for yourself?
To invest more time in teaching my 9 yr old son about Greek legends and buddhist thought.
Describe your morning or evening ritual.
Mornings, I am up around 7 am with my 9 yr old. I prepare his breakfast & vitamins, we discuss the day ahead, any preparation for the evening (like movie night, or meeting up with friends), then I drive him to his elementary school in downtown Denver. On our drive we survey the Rocky Mountains to the west for the day's weather and we usually sing Grateful Dead tunes (his favorite is “Ripple”). Once at school, he's out the door with our usual salutation "Make it a Great Day!".
Once I return home, I fix a warm mug of MUD\WTR w/honey and meditate for 20-30 minutes before I start the day for myself.
What is your favorite way to make your mud?
In a large mug I add boiling water to 1-½ tablespoons of MUD, 1 tablespoon of MUD Creamer and either dash of MUD palm sugar or local CO honey.
How does mud make you feel?
Connected to the earth; relaxed and acutely alive.