ABOUT JOSHUA PEREZ
Hi Beloved! I am Joshua Perez -- a nationally certified life and relationship coach, aggressively ambitious entrepreneur, business and strategy consultant, author, speaker, and spiritual guide based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m a pastor at heart, and a proud father of two beautiful kiddos. Chattanooga, Tennessee is home. I'm here to serve the world by raising the consciousness of the planet, and to have a lot of fun along the way; to give and receive love as I grow in love and wisdom.
I also own Nooga Media, launched in 2010, which serves high profile clients like Gucci Mane, Keyshia Ka'oir, Kim Zolciak Biermann, Aminah Abdul Jillil, as well as small growth-minded entrepreneurs and organizations across the country.
Over the past 17 years I’ve worked with thousands of people to create more of what they want in their lives, their relationships, and in their world. My personal philosophies were forged through decades of overcoming struggles, building resilience, and seeking ever-increasing light in my life.
I was raised in an unstable home that sometimes included a single mom who was an addict. By middle school life had become so traumatic that I called the local department of children’s services office and asked to be taken from my mother. I bounced from foster home to foster home, and from group home to group home, experiencing repeated abandonment and neglect.
Then, as a young closeted gay guy in the Christianity-steeped south, I allowed the pressures of my environment to persuade me into marriage with a woman. I spent a decade serving in the Church, married a beautiful woman, and had two children.
But something was missing in my life: the real me.
I longed to experience intimacy with a man again, yes, but even more than that, I longed to just be myself; to no longer have this big secret and the shame that came with it. I was tired of living to please everyone but myself.
The moment everything changed was in 2011 when my mother was very sick and was hospitalized. I went to see her and she immediately began apologizing frantically for several things we had already dealt with in the past. What I realized was that she felt like she was at the end of her life, and she had so many regrets for the way she had lived it, and there was nothing at all she could do about it. That experience helped me realize that I wasn’t okay with being 60 or 70 years old, and looking back over my life and dying with a long list of regrets.
I realized that if I wanted to live a different life, now was the time to start.
I started taking better care of myself and living a more healthy, positive, fulfilling life. I lost over 70 pounds, peacefully ended my heterosexual marriage, and came out as a proud gay man. I have a fulfilling career that excites and challenges me, and I’m better off financially today than at any other point in my life.
All of those changes came at a cost though. When you’re a married father who serves in the church, coming out is a process of extreme loss; not only did I lose my partnership, time with my kids, and lots of money — I also lost my spiritual life. And for the most part, the only friendships that remained were those who felt it was their mission to save me from a burning hell because of my “sin”.
5 years in, life began wooing me back to my spiritual roots. I began flirting with spirituality again. I read books that I had no idea would help me re-develop a spiritual life again…but they did.
After several conversations with others who felt the void of spiritual community, life began highlighting to me specific needs in the world — needs I felt weren’t being adequately addressed by anyone around me.
A need for compassion.
A need for unity.
A need for community.
We are all cut form the same cloth, we are all made of the same thing, and we will all return to the same place. But recent world events have left the human race divided and hatred has become normal.
I'm on a mission to invite people back to their individual spiritual journey through a circle of friendship and support, to cultivate personal growth, and to create opportunities to serve the human race by advancing love, unity, and the consciousness of the planet.
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