As an owner of Ampersand Integrative Wellness I am tasked with a blog every month. This month our options were Valentine’s Day or human connection. As a single man, who recently just got out of a relationship, I chose to write about human connections.


Authentic Connection

Being involved in sports my whole life followed by being a coach/trainer the other half of my life I’ve met some really amazing people. I have also learned that in order to have real connection to other people we must be connected to ourselves first. I’m pretty sure this is why the connections I make now seem to have more spark.  

First of all, I am so blessed to have so many amazing family and friends. My family and friends are always there for me and continue to support me whenever I ask. I’ve met everyone at Ampersand through my business of personal training in some way shape or form. That in itself could be enough to write about! These connections that I’ve built will no doubt continue to strengthen and shape my life.


The Impact of Meaningful Connection on my Life

I’ve truly been blessed throughout my life when it comes to connections. I remember when I was around 6 years old and I was playing T-Ball. My family was pretty strapped and so the coach paid for my uniform so I could play baseball. That is something I will never forget and that kindness was a great way to start my athletic career.  

I’ve talked about my past and current experiences on human connection. There are many memories I had with the different teams I competed for. In high school we went to Disney to play a football game. That was a really fun trip and I enjoyed hanging out with the guys. In college, I met some of the most genuine people in my life. Some of them I still see on a regular basis.  Socially interacting with new people all the time is something that is really fun and exciting for me, so college was the best.

I was on the Track & Field Team at PSU and if you don’t know much about this sport there was one big appeal to me. It’s so laid back. I mean you stand around a lot talking to the other teams and you get to know some of them too. It’s not like football where you have to hit them so it’s pretty easy to connect. I’ve met a lot of really cool people that way.  



Those connections were all amazing and I treasure them. Looking back at those moments I realized that I let a lot of those connections fade away. Like I said in the beginning, I feel in order to really connect to others we must be connected to ourselves first. I see how strong my connections are now and how I view these relationships. I want to apologize to all the people in my past that were amazing to me and I let you down by not staying connected. My intent is to sincerely reach out with this message.  Moving forward, I plan to honor this by staying connected and valuing my future relationships. I am already seeing the benefits of this. I have some of the best friends and family a man could ever ask for!


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