Author: The Ridiculous Adventures of Serbinand
Coach: Unlocking your Human Potential
I currently live in the Muskoka Lakes region of Ontario, Canada together with my wife Mindy Blackstien, who goes by @heymindheart, and our cat Oracle Spirit Spirit, or “Aura” for short. I like to describe it as living in the middle of the forest on a lake.
My first passion is writing and I began The Ridiculous Adventures of Serbinand in my teens after being inspired by the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Monty Python.
Before that, I also resolved to make a difference in the world and in 1990, I took the initiative to start Canada's first environmental magazine named Recover with tagline Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover.
Over the course of my career I also dedicated myself to my other passion, fitness. With tremendous focus and teams of passionate visionaries Mindy & I helped pioneer the natural bodybuilding & fitness model movements starting in 1997. We hosted hundreds of events globally, produced top rated television shows, published magazines and provided pathways and platforms for wellness enthusiasts around the world. We started the World Natural Sports Organization (WNSO) & FAME which ultimately inspired transformations in millions of people around the world.
I had the privilege of meeting key influencers, brand creators, innovator and top athletes. Our focus was on inspiring individuals to build their body by offering them platforms on stages, spots on TV shows, features in magazines, and the opportunity to build their brand and get exposure for their self-dedicated hard work. In 2008, we conceptualized the bodyproud term to convey the elements we realized were still missing and spent the last decade getting everything ready for launch. During that time I mentored under coaches and experts in all areas of business, empowerment, nutrition, wellness and spirituality, and was ordained as a Metaphysical Minister. Today, the bodyproud concept has expanded into the Rethink FIT Initiative where people can be inspired and inspire others to love better how they think, feel, act, look and dream. We do this through pathways and platforms live and online, and through workshops, seminars, retreats and transformation challenges.
Today I enjoy writing, nature, exploring the capabilities of the metaphysical , enjoying life and going with the flow. I am also an Ambassador and Strategic Connector for the RethinkFIT initiative and spreading the message that being fit must include mental, emotional, social, spiritual & financial health too!
Book Two in this sci-fi comedy empowerment adventure, Godfried’s Turn, is already in the works and getting ready to be told and while that is happening I have been doing talks to kids around the world, podcast interviews and speaking engagements. What for? Well, The Ridiculous Adventures of Serbinand, of course. How come? Well everyone love’s a comedy… well this one is a laugh out loud sci-fi comedy book & audibook 😉 and it’s a true case of humour, escapism and an anything goes kinda of trip to another world. It’s also about self discovery and growth with a bunch of laugh out loud moments in between. So my talks are about creativity, imagination, self discovery, empowerment and being fit in body, mind, heart and spirit.
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My sincere, absolute gratitude and appreciation goes out to my wife, partner and best friend Mindy Heather Blackstien (@heymindheart). From your awesome editing skills and attention to detail to helping with the story and character development. Your storyboarding and strategy turned out to be a huge bonus even though at the time I may not have quite agreed right away... funny now when we look back at it, right? wink, wink, LOL. Mindy your insight, support and inspiration helped bring it all to life! Thank you for helping to keep this going and being my constant cheerleader. You mean everything to me! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
There are a few more people that I would like to thank for inspiring me to write this book. Firstly, Douglas Adams through the famous Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series; it was the hours and hours of laughing out loud reading and re-reading those books that prompted me to start writing. Secondly, my friends from my younger days, whose stories are embedded throughout the book based on some of the crazy adventures we had together! Next, to my mother-in-law, for writing her first book at the age of 69, under the pseudonym E.P. Snider, called Why Me? A Memoir and her new children’s book The Magical Adventures of Lori and Bonnie B. Bunny’. Both times she became motivation to get my “butt in gear”! To my friends and family who read the book in various stages over the years, offering suggestions and feedback that may have ended up in the pages throughout the story. Finally to my mom - Rosalie Dinkin-Spreacher - for buying the first copy and for always supporting the things I do.
Since laughter is one of the best “medicines” I chose to work with the RethinkFIT Initiative. Proceeds from the book sales will go to their humanitarian efforts to spread health, wellness, fitness, empowerment, love and laughter to those in need around the world.
To learn more visit: www.rethinkFIT.social