Who inspires us? The following are contributing community members:
Adam is a 22-year old songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Gross released his debut EP ‘In Control’ on February 9, 2018, debuting at #1 on the iTunes reggae chart. The New York native and current Northwestern University senior combines many influences—reggae, pop, rock, electronic music, even Latin and Middle Eastern sounds— to create a four-track project exploring the duality of the notion of “control.” On the one hand, in this tumultuous socio-political moment, many of us feel disconnected from authority figures—those currently “in control” of society’s political and economic levers. On the other hand, by embracing a positive philosophy built around mindfulness, we can still be “in control” of our own thoughts, feelings, and approach to modern life. Enlisted to sing Gross’ lyrics on ‘In Control’ are New York based vocalists Mat Layton and General Steel, as well as Antiguan rapper Tha Shya. The project was produced and mixed by legendary producer Michael Goldwasser of the Easy Star All-Stars, best known for producing their appropriately titled reggae tribute of the Pink Floyd classic—Dub Side Of The Moon.
Danny is a Serial Entrepreneur, Software Engineer, Writer, Photographer, Constant Learner, and Viking Merchant. He is currently the top travel writer on Medium, and top-5 writer in Inspiration, and top in 7 other categories. He is releasing his first book today, March 30th, his game on April 3rd and his store on April 6th. You can find more information about all his crazy projects on his personal website.. He also happens to be one of the most productive, genuine, and intelligent guys I have had the pleasure of meeting.
Kaitlyn is a spiritual entrepreneur, life coach, blogger, writer, amazing human, friend, and so many other things. Pretty impressive for somebody only 23-years old!
“My name is Kaitlyn Sara Herman and I grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, NY. I feel that my life’s journey has lead up to this moment — pursuing my passion as a life coach.
About five years ago, I experienced my first panic attack. The feeling of panic was one of the worst things I had ever felt — all consuming, and debilitating. Little did I know that the very first episode I had was just the beginning to many more years of panic and anxiety.
In addition to my mental struggles, I constantly found myself feeling ill. It wasn’t until almost four years later, I was diagnosed with selective IGA deficiency. Having IGA means that I am prone to any mucus related illnesses including Tonsillitis, Strep throat, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, etc. Each time I fell ill, I’d find myself in a mental spiral, questioning whether my feelings of sickness were stemming from anxiety or if I was actually sick. I’d go back and forth, asking myself, “Is this real physical sickness or just anxiety causing physical symptoms?” After the diagnosis, I realized that it was both.
The diagnosis changed my life for the better. I realized that I had a choice. I could either let this syndrome define me and fully take control of my life … OR I could let this syndrome act as an opportunity for self love and discovery.
I chose the second option.
In the months following, I discovered numerous authors who specialized in mindfulness, love, and personal growth. I now practice meditation, manifesting, journalling, affirmation and more. I recently quit my job as a junior talent coordinator for a music management company in NYC and began a program to become a certified Life Coach.
We ALL have a purpose. At 23, I’m lucky enough to have found mine. Whether you’re 23 or 63, I will help you navigate your life to find that purpose. I will help you live an authentic life that you’ve only dreamed of living. I will hold you accountable for taking actions to make your dreams become reality. I will guide you in the right direction so that you’re living every day with immense gratitude. And lastly, I will help you see life through a lens of love, not fear. Through all of this, you’ll be guided to achieve inner peace and true happiness for the rest of your life.
Love & Light,
Jake was Getting COMFY’s first contributing author. He’s a Harvard grad and former professional soccer player in Spain. We recommend that you read his amazing story about resilience, determination, and overcoming physical and mental exhaustion.
Lori is a mom of three evolving millennials, a social worker, dating life coach, meditation and mindfulness practicer and community diver-iner. She and her husband have recently given away most of their stuff and moved to NYC to have a new adventure. Wise words someone once told her that she tries to live by?? “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
Mackenzie is a small town girl from Michigan living out her dreams in the big city. She is a tap dancer, hard-working waitress, and an all around positive person. She graduated Cum Laude from The Fashion Institute of Technology last year, where she majored in Advertising Marketing Communications. She also happens to be Getting COMFY‘s social media manager. So any improvements you may have seen on our website, Instagram, Facebook, etc. have been brought about, in large part, by this girl right here. Thanks, Mackenzie!
At age 21, Justin is one of the most accomplished guys I have ever had the chance of getting to know. He is an entrepreneur, a published author, speaker, world traveler, and founder of The Next Gen Summit, a gathering of the world’s most successful young creative minds.
Nihal and I have been collaborating for years now on fighting Alzheimer’s from a youth perspective. This guy is so passionate about what he does, and his work with The Youth Movement has rapidly spread across the country over the last few years.
Nihal Satyadev is a social entrepreneur, b
iomedical researcher, and a leading millennial Alzheimer’s advocate.
In 2015, Satyadev served as a public policy intern for Alzheimer’s Association. Recognizing the disease as one of the largest impending healthcare crisis and noticing the lack of youth advocacy, he founded The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s (YMAA) – 501(c)3. In the last 18 months of his involvement as CEO, YMAA has become the nation’s widest-reaching nonprofit in providing opportunities for college and high school students to advocate, research, and provide care for those battling with the disease. YMAA has expanded to 20 high schools and colleges, provided over 2000 hours of caregiver respite, and raised $10,000 for research scholarships. Satyadev has been awarded as an Under 40 Senior Living Leader for his work with YMAA.
In addition to his work with this nonprofit, Satyadev has been an avid researcher of neurodegenerative diseases. He is currently working on assessing a correlation between Alzheimer’s Disease and Periodontal Disease. He graduated from the University of Redlands in 2018 with a Computer Science degree and Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board honors.
Tony Shavers III
Tony has an incredible story and is working harder than anybody I know to push his platform and book out there, all about dreaming big and finding success! This guy is going to be a true star, and I can’t wait for you to meet him!
Philanthropist. Writer. Entrepreneur. Tony Shavers III continues to be a defining voice in finding success within identity. His spirit, inspiration, and life experience have led him on a journey of self-discovery where time and time again he has practiced his passion and gift in life — helping others. From a young age, Tony has had a gift for making a real difference in people’s lives. His power comes from being a voice for those who have none. He found that he had real power in what he said and did and knew he needed to share it with the world.
Tony Shavers III is the author of Is Your Dream Really Worth It? a book that helps people investigate what they’re passionate about and learn how their passion can be built into their character and everyday life. He is also the Founder of The Shavers Family Foundation, which awards college scholarships to graduating high school seniors living in low-income neighborhoods to help provide relief from educational costs.
He is also the creator of his new online course #PressRESET which aims to help people to learn to silence self-doubts, form new habits, build their armor of GRIT and conquer their biggest goals.
Tony Shavers III graduated high school from Oakland School for the Arts (Class of 2010) where he studied Literary Arts and received his Bachelors of Arts degree at California State University, East Bay. His deep passion for philanthropy has landed him at KIPP Bay Area Schools, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Board of Directors for Community Works West and now San Jose State University where he serves as a Leadership Annual Giving Officer.
Tony Shavers III enjoys spending time with family, friends, and volunteering his time with nonprofit organizations. He believes that we all have a gift that others are waiting to hear. It’s time we: Find it. Define it. Understand it.
I’ve known Alan for years now, and his dedication to this product and company is more than admirable. He has created something that people all over the world will be wearing as they adventure from country to country.
Alan is an entrepreneur and designer with experience building some of your favorite hardware technology products at companies like Apple and Tesla. He currently leads product and engineering at Somewear, developing the ultimate satellite communication device for adventure. The Somewear Global Hot Spot, which launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has a host of features to keep you connected and informed anywhere in the world. Somewear has more than doubled their Kickstarter goal but are still offering early bird units at a discounted price! Check them out for your next adventure.
Meet Ariel Radow – a talented publicity and branding expert who understands how we can hone our message to become thought leaders in our field. Building the right team is truly the most important aspect of growing anything. It’s impossible to create something extraordinary alone. Ariel has been such an incredible part of building this community, and I can’t thank her enough!