Raindrop Enterprises, LLC and its various divisions seek to educate individuals about balance in the 3 key areas of Body, Mind & Spirit to help you become a better version of who you already are. The concept is simple, really... think of it as a 3 legged stool with all 3 legs supporting one foundational platform, capable of helping you live a more vibrant & fulfilling life. We teach and train you on becoming more aware of what really moves you and your why's why. We also provide the necessary tools that you will need to maintain your new lifestyle.
We work with the foundational components found in almost every person from any walk of life, regardless of their story, path, or journey. They are in no particular order, just as a 3 legged stool has no one leg more vital than the others. But removing one or having different lengths proves to make it difficult to sustain an otherwise comfortable position. The same is true for each of us with our Body, Mind & Spirit in conjunction with a balance of Sleep, Exercise, Nutrition & Mindfulness. The majority of this education & training takes place outside the traditional classroom, gym, or doctor's office. Ideally, you will be able to utilize the training for use at home, making it a much more sustainable lifestyle transition.
Who We Are
I am 60 years old, and yes, that is a before and after picture of me on the home page. I am the proud father of 5 wonderful children. Four of them are in their 20's & 30's and one beautiful, vibrant 18-year-old daughter - Elizabeth. When my wife told me that we were having one more child after 13 years since our last, it put me into more of a tailspin than I was already in. Coming off of 2 business failures, 80 lb. overweight, on 5 prescriptions and self-medicating, mental and spiritual instability, blood pressure through the roof, DVT (blood clot) in one leg, tumor in a lung, cholesterol out of control, and a wife that was soon to be diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.
The stress added up and took its toll on all 3 levels of my existence: body, mind, and Spirit. All hell broke loose in my world. One of the few things that I can remember about this dark block of time was people telling me that a child will make and keep me young. All I was thinking about was death would be a welcome relief. Fortunately for me, I am a very, very stubborn man. It took me several long, dark, and hollow years to finally make it to the day I thought would never come - “the line in the sand."
Every day was spent hoping that an end of any kind would finally come and end this existence. I had had enough with no hope in sight, just mind-numbing, dark, empty days full of watching the clock to be sure to take the next prescription that should help me get through the side effects of the last prescription I had just taken. I felt that even God had forgotten me after 25 years of devoted service. My doctors were of no help, and as I later come to more fully understand and remind them, it's why they call it a “Practice.” My children and wife loved me, which seemed to add to the stress level, as I could not even take care of them anymore.
During my life, I had the displeasure of dealing with several people who had ended their life or had a close family member do so, and I did not want to burden my family with more “after-my-death drama” with a messy or gruesome suicide. That's when I had the recollection of what my doctors told me about my D.V.T... Any minute could be my last... if that blood clot breaks loose, it will kill me faster than the ambulance can get to me. I know that to be true as that's what killed my sister while she was in the hospital.
That's it, that's the answer! Get the blood clot to break loose, and I am out of here - respectably? I looked around for any ideas or ways to make that happen, and all I remember was seeing that damn treadmill - That will do it! Let's fire it up. Guess what I found out? Running won't kill you, and you will pass out first. The treadmill did not kill me. It did just the opposite. It saved my life. I lowered the deck and pressed the start button while standing on the sides, holding the rails, waiting for it to get up to a jolting speed (and mostly me trying to remember how to work it). I held the speed button down until the max speed had been reached and then raised the deck to full incline and jumped on with all 6 feet 247 pounds... You get the picture; you might be there somewhere close to this in your own life and or know others like this. How's that working for you? (Thanks, Dr. Phil).
Today I weigh between 165 - 175 pounds and have between 6.5% and 7.5% body fat. It is common for me to run 50 - 75 miles a week - yes, even with a blood clot, in 20 below temperatures in Utah's mountains, or most recently, 113 above in Arizona. I also make time to show gratitude to a much higher power than I am. I show and journal gratitude daily. I smile even if I don’t want to - it makes others smile back (thanks, Ellen D). My blood pressure is normal, and all my vitals are in the peak performance range, and you guessed it, no meds, diets, or surgeries!!! I lost 75 pounds in 3 months and ate more food than I ever did in my fat days. I love to cook, and I love to share what I cook with others. I have my mental and spiritual sides in training (I am far from perfect - but I love the days that pose some challenges for me to practice what I preach).
I about jump out of bed every day between 4 - 5 a.m. No alarm clocks and no more “Claws in the ceiling” anxiety. I look forward to the new day with the excitement of a child on Christmas eve. And I get to share it with my beautiful 17-year-old daughter that feels the same way. I guess they were right; a child at my age will make and keep me young. We dance, sing, and love to watch sunsets with the gratitude of being blessed to have another chance at this wonderful life. Now it's my turn to give back.
Please join us at Raindrop Enterprises and let us help you put some purpose back in your life, expand your “ripple effect,” and become a better version of who you already are. I promise we won't do any treadmills on high with full incline - unless you want to??? This is not a typical diet program, but you might make several life changes that will show yourself & those around you that “Yes, you can” do even the impossible. It's all in your head; all you need to do is what I did on that treadmill - “Change your mind,” and the rest will follow. We can show you how. 100% success - it’s that powerful. It’s just 7 for 7.