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The Origin Story
I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Utah. I'm the oldest of 5 children and if you were to ask anyone in my hometown what I'm known for, it is being a state champion in wrestling.
After high school, I moved to the "big city". There I worked at a salt factory by night, and went to massage school by day. The biggest thing I learned during this time of my life was how dedicated I could be to a goal once I set my mind to it. I would work a 12 hour shift at night, drive home, shower, and attend an 8 hour school day. I was able to maintain this schedule for the majority of a year. Some may ask, "When did you sleep?" Well, it was on the massage table of course :0
A couple years after graduating massage school, I landed a job with Steiner Leisure, a spa company that runs a majority of the spas on the largest cruise ships in the world. I worked for 3 years as a massage therapist, and 1 year as a spa manager.
Read More About My Background
As I mentioned, I was born and raised in Panguitch, Utah, a town of 2500 people near Bryce Canyon National Park. I’m the oldest of five kids and have quite a mixed family (see image above). My mother, Arta, had me when she was 20 years old and I didn’t know my birth father because, “He wanted to see other women,” says my mom.
She did end up marrying a Vietnam Veteran, let’s call him ‘Tom’, and having two kids – Stuart and Danielle. They have red hair, green eyes, and plenty of freckles. Needless to say, we do not look much alike. Sadly, Tom ended up committing suicide when Danielle was not even a year old, I was four years-old. To this day, I have yet to ask my mom what happened during those times. What I do know, is she moved back home (Panguitch) and ran into a guy she when to high school with.
Upon moving back to Panguitch with three kids and being a widow, my mom ended up developing a relationship with a guy she when to high school with, his name was Kenny (he passed away in the summer of 2017). They got married and had two children – Dylan and Andrea. They have brown hair, brown eyes, and white skin.
Again, they do not look like me, Stuart or Danielle. As I said, a mixed family. Did this mixture set my family somewhat apart from the typical small town Utah family? Most definitely. Combine this with being poor and you’re left with a childhood that took a lot of gritt, determination, and forgiveness to overcome. The gritt and determination was developed at a young age. Despite the hardships, one blessing I did get when I was young, was being put into youth wrestling at age five and continued to wrestle until my senior year of high school – that year I won the state championship in my weight class! As the saying goes, “Everyone in a small town is a celebrity.”
If you were ever to meet someone from my home town and ask them about me, they would say, “Oh, Oz is a great wrestler. He won state.” Unfortunately, at the time, this celebrity didn’t translate to feelings of accomplishment or recognition. This is due in part to my own anger and frustration at the time. I was angry about being poor, being unpopular, and having a challenging home life. Thankfully, there was Divine work at play because I ended up on a path that brought about self-healing, forgiveness, and a deeper understanding up how hard life was for my parents.
This path began by moving away from home at age 18. Side note, I did apply to college because it is what other people did, but because my parents didn’t even know, I didn’t follow through past the application process. Back to the path... I moved to Northern Utah and got a job at a Salt Factory. It was hard work, which I was used to, and it paid well, which I was not use to.
With all that money I bought a sports car. While driving around in my cool new sports car I found myself drawn to stop by a massage college and see what it was all about. I ended up attending massage school during the day and working at the salt factory during graveyard shift. After finishing massage school, I quit the salt factory job and ran into a few challenges. Some due to financial illiteracy. Some due to being a 19-year old kid owning a sports car and foolishness that comes with youth. Other's due to circumstances out of my control. All leading to me being borderline homeless. It' seems that when life has been rough I end up finding deeper parts of myself and exploring my spirituality.
The first time I really became aware of a Divine presence within my human existence was during those challenging times. That's when I first learned about meditation, the teachings of Buddhism, and how vital forgiveness of oneself is if one wants to move forward. Soon after getting my feet back underneath me, I was hired to work as a massage therapist with Steiner Leisure, a company that runs the spas on most of the cruise ships sailing the seven seas.
For the next four years I traveled around the Mediterranean and Caribbean aboard the cruise ships, visited my friends in South Africa and England, and got my yoga teaching certificate from an Ashram in the Bahamas. I finished up my cruise ship experience as a spa manager and ended up meeting a beautiful dancer who drew me to moving to the City of Angels in 2007.
As sometimes happens, things didn't work out between her and I. However, meeting her brought me to Los Angeles, and I've called it home ever since. During my 11+ years In LA, I've worked at multiple spas, chiropractic offices, yoga studios, and private homes. I build a successful massage and yoga practice that brought me in touch with professional and Olympic athletes, actors, and entrepreneurs.
Most important of all, my practice allowed me to work with highly educated individuals, i.e. people with multiple degrees and Ph.D.’s. The proximity to those who value education finally helped me break through the false assumptions and limiting beliefs that prevented me from pursuing a university degree. Now, here I am graduating from Cal State LA and find myself excited to see what else comes my way.
Cruisin' The Seas
At the age of 21, I boarded a plane in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As I settled into my seat, I found myself looking out the small airplane window and realized my life would never be the same. I told my self, "From this moment on, I will move forward without regrets. I will make the most of this life."
Hours after leaving Colorado Springs, I landed in London, England. There, I spent the next 6-weeks training at the Steiner Leisure facilities. While there, I met people from all over the world, partied like there was no tomorrow, and learned what it was to be who I wanted to be.
After completing the training, I was assigned my first ship, The Celebrity Millennium. Myself and a fitness trainer boarded a plane in London and found ourselves on our way to Venice, Italy. The next four years of my life were full of adventure, hard work, self-doubt, questionable choices, and lots of memories.
Living in the City of Angeles
INTERIOR: POOL DECK OF THE SPLENDOR OF THE SEAS (cruise ship) - NIGHT - MOVING
The cruise ship glides through the calm waters of the Caribbean Ocean. The water reflects slices of the full-moon through the windows surrounding the pool deck where crew members of The Splendor of the Sea find themselves dancing to some nice beats, swimming in the pool, chilling in the hot tubs, and chatting at the poolside bar.
Rose, a dancer new to the ship, is sitting at the bar soaking up the good vibes and enjoying her first crew party. Ozro, the spa manager, sees Rose sitting alone and decides to introduce himself, he is also new to the ship and wants to get to know the other crew members.
(seats himself in the vacant seat next to Rose)
Hi, my name is Oz, what's your story?
(tilts her head and smiles)
Hi, my name is Rose. You know, no one has ever straight up asked me that. Hmm, what's my story?
(Listening to Rose share her story)
Wow, thanks for sharing. Being that your new to the cruise ship life, might I say, you're going to have a lot of fun. On that note, tomorrow we are in St. Thomas. would you like to grab lunch with me and I'll show you around?
Yes, I'd like that.
---And so, began their relationship---
This is how I met the girl who was the catalyst for me moving to Los Angeles, California. To move to Los Angeles in 2007, I had to turn down an opportunity to manage the spa aboard a ship that was going to be cruising around Hawaii... Such is young love :).
In the end, it didn't work out between her and I. For my part, I still had a lot of growing up to do. I went from living on a cruise ship to living in one of the biggest cities in the world. Let's just say, I didn't adjust well. Nevertheless, once I got settled in LA, I began to feel that I was born to live in the City of Angeles.
Accepting My Limitations
The day is March 14, 2014. I'm at the DMV in Santa Monica, CA to renew my license. The next thing I know my driver's license is being revoked because my physical vision has deteriorated to the point where I am legally blind, and therefore not able to drive.
This was devastating news. I knew my vision was getting worse, but did not want to admit that it had gotten that bad. You see, I have a genetic imbalance that causes a deterioration of my retina. So, obviously, my ability to see well on the road is limited. It was hard to accept and even harder to start to share this weakness with others.
Thankfully, I came across Brene Brown's work on shame and vulnerability and slowly began to accept my new circumstances and share my struggles with others. Does this mean I'm unshaken by the challenges of being legally blind? NO! However, I have developed gritt and determination that I would have never guest.
Embracing My Strengths
Have you ever read a book and them came back to it years later and find that the book 'has changed'. This happened to me. Years ago, I read the book, 'Strength Finder" and I took the assessment. At the time, I didn't really do much with it. Fast forward many years, and I find myself in a High Performance Professional Skills class at Cal State LA. One of the assigned books is "Strength Based Leadership".
This refocus on my strengths came at a perfect time, because a few months earlier, I began to acknowledge my own needs, wants, and desires. I mean REALLY acknowledge them to myself - without apology. For example, I want to be seen and heard! I want to know I had an impact on people's lives. I want to be the best and I hate losing. I have also acknowledged that I'm a great listener and have a gift when it comes to deeply understanding a person.
All this came into clear focus once I learned to name, claim and aim my Top 5 Strengths.
Click Here to Learn How I Interpret My Top 5 Strengths
#1 - Significance: I aim to be very important in the eyes of others. I am very independent and want to be recognized. Some of the most satisfying moments I've experienced throughout my life have been when I KNOW, deep down, that I've had a positive impact on someone's life. This has allowed me to help others feel significant and unique, which in turn, allows me to be honest and real with them about challenges, fears, and frustrations they are dealing with.
#2 - Competition: I've been competitive since a young age and I'm thinking wrestling had something to do with that. I also am a veracious self-sturdier because I do not like being ignorant about the world. This has allowed me to hold conversations with a variety of professionals from multiple industries. For the most part, my competitive nature has been tempered a bit and is mostly focused on beating my past self, in the gentlest of ways.
#3 - Ideation: Building off my passion for study, from time to time, I find myself putting main projects on hold, so that I may explore an abstract idea or business opportunity. I enjoy being exposed to new ideas and points of view, especially ones that are contrary to my own. This strength has allowed me to really get to the heart of people's challenges and see the connecting threads that will lead them to success.
#4 - Maximizer: I love this one. I'm all about focusing on what works and letting go of the rest. I often find myself seeing, right away, ow to improve something in a way that benefits most involved. This strength also helps me notice the strengths of others, which allows me to help them cultivate and maximize them.
#5 - Individualization: This is why I'm great at helping others create paradigm shifts within themselves so they can see their own strengths. In some ways, I guide the exchange of information by drawing out the singular perspectives of individuals. This has allowed me to take abstract ideas floating around in the minds of a lot of holistic healers and translate them in a way that others can understand and relate to.
Watch these videos by Gallup to learn more about my Top 5 Strengths.