Hey - thanks so much for checking out this page. "Describe yourself in three words" is kind of a boring way for us to meet. Instead, here's 2 phrases which come to mind:

 "student of life" and "lover of people." Clootzlife was born out of a passion for personal development and that same love of people. 

Like many journeys, my journey in self-development starts with my mom. Growing up, she would read me stories, sometimes in the Portuguese she brought with her to the US, and sometimes in English.

Each night, she would call me into her room, and sit at the foot of the bed as she'd read aloud from this big, turquoise-blue picture-book collection of Grimm's Fairytales. It always gave me nightmares, but I couldn't get to sleep without it.

So each night, I'd listen. And each night, she'd read.

But as I got older, and began reading plenty of fiction of my own, my mom figured she would use our joint reading sessions for something a little different.

One day, circa age 10, I came in to find the book she held in her hands was different - no pictures, hard-cover, marble-white. As she read, she would ask me questions - about where in my own life I could find elements of what I was hearing. About what I could change. About what I could do.

She would encourage me to reflect, apply, and challenge myself - even when there was nothing there to challenge me.

And thus, Malcolm Gladwell was my first exposure to the art of self-growth.

Over 10,000 hours and a decade later.

Clootzlife was born. To help you get where you could be.

Because behind every great idea, behind every great brand, behind every great story is a person - with their own quirks and pains and loves. You are the protagonist of an epic the likes of which the world has never seen, and will never see again. The epic of you.

The fancy stuff.

-My Podcast: How To Talk To Anyone grew to 2,000+ regular listeners in less than 5 months

-My Article: How To Use Your Energy Levels To Be More Productive was featured on personal productivity/self education blog Pick The Brain, and shared hundreds of times on social media

-My Article: 3 Steps To Break Free Of Small Talk was featured on The Self-Improvement Blog

-My Ebook: Purpose: The Guide To Figuring Out Exactly What To Do With Your Life peaked at top 20 for its category on Amazon at the time of publication (coming soon in paperback...)

-The Back of My Head: House Of Cards Season 4, Episode 1 (Netflix) 

And some bigger things in the works... be the first to know: 

Personal Impact Strategist.

I want to help you impact your world. Because it matters. Because you can. Because you deserve nothing less. Showing is better than telling, so get a taste: Join the club (get connected with me for free advice, exclusive resources, and secret opportunities only available to members of this list).

Some things you should know about me...

Hometown: The DMV

Current city: Portland, Oregon

Favorite quotes:

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
— Horace Mann
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
— Maya Angelou
I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.
— Jorge Louis Borges
The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.
— Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
— Napoléon Bonaparte

Things I love... people, film, family, good books, music, frank ocean, tchaikovsky, garlic bread, elephants, honesty, perseverance, good writers, good leaders, open minds, creativity, conviction, investing and finance, david mitchell, trader joe's, songwriting, writingwriting, scriptwriting, this person, physics, pre-2010 Pixar

I spend most of my time... working with clients, writing, reading, core training, developing stories, dreaming up ways to help people solve problems, thinking about how many things I'll never know the answer to