The world is full of opportunities and you have unique gifts to make your mark.
You know you need to make a change... you just don’t know how to do it.
Join us on an adventure toward self-discovery and empowerment.
BE who you are … DREAM what you want to be … then, DO it - take action!
BE . DREAM . DO
- Living by Design Adventure -
At the two-day, Living by Design Adventure Workshop, you will leave with a renewed sense of self, purpose, and a roadmap for action. You will be energized, inspired and positively changed by the experience.
UPCOMING WORKSHOP DATES
April 14th & 15th
Join us in the mile-high beautiful town of Pine, Arizona for two days of fun and fresh air. Our hope is for you to return home feeling empowered and focused on the next steps you will take in your life.
- The Adventure | $395/person -
The Living by Design Adventure Workshop is an intense two-day twenty hour workshop, includes 3 meals, reference material and continued support. Consider inviting a friend and experience Be.Dream.Do together.
- DREAM -
Once you align with your authentic self, you will be better prepared to identify your calling and lead a purpose-driven life. This is what truly makes life worth living.
- DO -
Being and dreaming create a positive shift in your energy. This energy must be focused and deliberate to fully leverage its power. In the BE.DREAM.DO. Living by Design Adventure you will learn how to bring your dreams to life!.
- BE -
When you have a deeper understanding of yourself and you know what really excites and inspires you, you are more empowered to discover your brilliance. Then, the wonderment of life truly unfolds and you will find yourself happier and more fulfilled.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” - Helen Keller
- OUR PHILOSOPHY -
We believe in the importance of “living by design”, and by doing so we live more impactful and fulfilling lives.
To live by design, we use the BE.DREAM.DO. approach in a powerful group setting.
BE.DREAM.DO serves anyone who is eager to explore the options before them and consider taking steps to live a happier, more fulfilling life. If you’re wondering how to define yourself, feel you’ve missed your calling, are experiencing burnout, are in the midst of a career/job change, or are retired and looking for what to do next, then this Adventure is for you!
WE WILL ROCK YOUR WORLD!
DAVID A. WHITEHORN, MBA, CPC
I have always loved being with people who are of different backgrounds than I. That could mean people of different countries, cultures, languages, ethnicities, age and experiences.
Following this “attraction” I set out on a path that would enable me to maximize the opportunities to live what I most enjoyed. This translated into very specific actions that took me to Brazil, Asia and the South Pacific, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Sweden. It also led to a myriad of jobs where I worked with employees from all five continents.
After graduating from high school while living in Brazil, I learned to play soccer which enabled me to have friendships with other equally passionate Americans and players from around the world. I played and socialized with world class players from Brazil and other countries. To be clear, even when I was at the top of my game, I was not a good soccer player. But I was just good enough to be part of the teams and I loved the social interaction.
After retiring from 2 global companies, I now coach business leaders from around the world. I am also active in my community through the Kiwanis and Boys and Girls clubs, and Sister Cities of Tempe, Arizona.
I am blessed with my wife Silvia from Monterrey, Mexico, who shares my passion for cultures, languages and cuisines from around the world. We raised our three sons Patrick, Christopher and Sean Eric with a global mindset. They are also bilingual (English/Spanish). We love getting together with our sons and their families - including our beautiful granddaughters who live just ten minutes away.
Silvia and I find time to go to our cabin in Pine, Arizona and travel the world when our schedule permits. Travel has taken us on safari in Kenya, the ice hotel in the arctic circle in Sweden, the Great Wall in China, the pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, the fjords of Norway, the Aztec and Mayan ruins of Mexico, and the samba filled streets of Rio among many other locations around the world.
I have been able to live a fulfilled life by simply living my passion. For this reason I wrote the book, BE.DREAM.DO, Living by Design, to share my story. If my story only inspires one person to take action, it will be worth the effort.
PEG THOREN, M.Ed, BCC
Helping people discover what brings out their best is what makes me tick. Guiding someone through self-discovery, helping them clarify their direction puts a smile on my face. This desire to help others comes from the struggle of finding myself. While I may have presented like I had it together, I resonated with “Little Miss Much Afraid”, a character from the book Hinds Feet on High Places. I was afraid to be me, to expose myself to the world in fear of judgement … I felt I wouldn’t measure-up, so I often lost my identity in others and what they thought.
I grew up in a military family, moving around every 3-5 years. While this taught me how to be adaptable, it wasn’t fun leaving friends and familiarity to start over; however, it did contribute to my sense of adventure. Our family dynamic was one where "children were seen and not heard” and we couldn't really express ourselves, which contributed to my becoming a people pleaser. In my teenage years I operated out of a sense of guilt. I would buy my mother flowers every time I would argue with her... she had fresh flowers on her table almost every week!
My confidence began increasing as I started growing as an adult. Many lessons were learned and I found my own voice as my journey began through schooling, getting a Master’s Degree in Counseling, with an emphasis in Career Development (again wanting to help people). These were hard years as I struggled with trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life, and how I was going to find a job within the “Helping Profession” that would pay the rent! (simple issues, don’t ya think!) I began my work life living away from my support systems in another state. This experience was one of the hardest, yet one of the most rewarding as it forced me out of my comfort zone. I was exposed to an environment that was very different than what I grew up in (not dealing with conflict). I had to learn how to stand up for myself and learned in the process that if I expressed my opinion that I was still accepted. Confidence began building and I was on the road to becoming my own person. I subsequently moved and took a job as the new supervisor of day treatment programs for behaviorally challenged students, k-12. My staff was an experienced team that had calculated they collectively had 100+ years of experience over me. Needless to say … personal growth, sometimes painful was in the cards. I quickly realized if I was smart I would not try to take a “top down” leadership approach, rather utilize a collective approach to leadership. This experience again stretched me beyond where I thought I could go. Many nights were spent driving home frustrated, even shedding a few tears, yet over time a highly effective team and program emerged.
Of course new roles were added to my repertoire when I married and then became a mother, and as we all know developing relationships, whether it is marital or parental gives us plenty of opportunity to grow as an individual. My focus shifted to my family and meeting their needs which I enjoyed wholeheartedly, but somewhere in there I lost track of who I was outside of being a wife and a mother. I had defined myself and gained self-value through my profession, and without that I felt … lacking. It took several years, but I did manage to learn to become comfortable with “me” rather than being defined by a professional title. In recent years, I have enjoyed putting my college degree to use, once again, helping college students clarify what it is they would like to do in the world of work, and high school students maneuver their road to college or further education.
In looking back, my story has been one of learning to let go of what I thought others wanted me to be, and embracing who I want to be. Bottom line is that I have grown, become more confident, and shed most of the “Little Miss Much Afraid” persona (every now and then she raises her head). As I continue to become stronger and step into being the best person I can be, I would like to invite you to join me in discovering more about you … BE who you are … DREAM who or what you want to be … then, DO it - take action!
JEFF THOREN, DVM, PCC, BCC
I spent a good portion of the early part of my life and career feeling like I was a square peg in a round hole. The hand writing was on the wall for me during veterinary school. Unlike most of my classmates who were passionately engaged in the learning process, I found myself just going through the motions academically and doing the minimum “hands on” work required to get by. I had much more energy around extracurricular activities and, in a variety of ways, trying to bring a measure of levity to the other 104 members of our class during a demanding and often stressful four year professional program. In retrospect, these were all lighthearted diversions that kept me from dealing with the real question that was eating away at me deep down inside, which was, “What the _____ (choose your preferred expletive) am I doing here?!”
At some level I knew that I was a square peg in a round hole but I didn’t want to admit it since my parents were financing my education and I felt obliged to live up to their expectations. More significantly perhaps, I was too proud, and had too big an ego, to quit. So, instead of facing my doubts and discomfort, I clung to a glimmer of hope that things would get better once I graduated and got out into the real world.
It didn’t take long after I started my first job as a practicing small animal veterinarian for that dim glimmer of hope to be snuffed out. I was sitting in my car one day on my lunch break contemplating running away to enroll in Barnum & Bailey’s Clown School in Florida (you laugh, but I was half serious) and was reflecting on the fact that my favorite days of the week were Wednesdays and every third weekend … my days off! In that moment, I realized that the trajectory I was on was not sustainable. I simply didn’t like the work I was doing. In fact, it was sucking the life out of me.
In a blinding flash of the obvious, it dawned on me that being good, even excelling, at something didn’t matter if my heart wasn’t in it. I was a good veterinarian but I clearly lacked the scientific curiosity required to love my work. I knew that I needed to make a change and I began to think seriously about what that might look like.
It was about that time that I read the book, “What Color is Your Parachute?” by Richard Nelson Bolles. His advice made a lot of sense to me: start by defining what you have to offer in terms of your talents, gifts, and skills, then find a job that requires those things. I was also challenged by Bolle’s proclamation that “Purpose is the place where your heart’s deepest gladness and the world’s greatest need intersect.” With those words ringing in my ears, I set out on a journey to discover my unique gifts and purpose. Little did I know that it would be a life long journey and this concept of giftedness would play a pivotal role in every step of my developing career and life from that point forward.
With each career transition I was able to gravitate toward roles that allowed me to pursue my interests in leadership and people development and to rely less and less on my technical skills. In the process, I became less of a square peg in a round hole and more of a square peg in a square hole. I felt like I was truly making a positive impact in a way that was authentic and that honored my unique design.
Because of my own personal journey to find my own gifts and life’s purpose, it’s my sincere hope that the Be.Dream.Do Adventure Workshop and community can play a role in helping others become the best at what they are individually designed to be.
In the words of Viktor Frankl, holocaust survivor and author of Man’s Search for Meaning: “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life. Everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus everyone’s task is as unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.”
What are you waiting for? Life’s too short to not live “by design!”
- OUR TEAM -
- OUR MISSION -
“To serve those who desire clarity on the next steps of their journey at an affordable price.”
“BE who you are … DREAM what you want to be … then, DO it - Take Action!”