Hello world, my name is Luke Sniewski. Made in Poland, raised in the United States, father to a Kiwi baby, and now traveling around the world learning about healthy living from incredible people from all walks of life.
If I had to sum myself up in a single sentence it would be this: I’m a work in progress.
I’m constantly trying to learn new things, challenge my own beliefs, and remain open to what life is trying to teach me. Luckily, life hasn’t failed to provide plenty of learning experiences. I was a professional football player in Italy. Playing quarterback (and punter) for the Ancona Dolphins is an experience I’ll never forget. I had my own CPA practice on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Yes, no joke, I was a Certified Public Accountant. And let’s not forget my current crash course in fatherhood. Jack Jozef has been my teacher from the day he was born.
From 2009 until 2013, I had a wellness studio, LEAF Lifestyle, in Santa Monica, CA. Both personally and professionally, my time in Santa Monica was invaluable and I had a blast wearing many different hats. I was a speaker, writer, coach, manager, and together with a small group of amazing trainers, we changed the lives of the people we worked with. It was for more valuable than an MBA could ever be. And definitely more fulfilling.
We helped people get on magazine covers (Watch Here), lose 100 pounds in less than 6 months (Watch Here), shed weight for professional boxing matches (Watch Here), and even stave off the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Watch Here). Oh, and I lived upstairs above the gym. Sweet setup, actually. I hate traffic, so I created a lifestyle that eliminated it.
Now my life is more nomadic and global. Though I live in Auckland, New Zealand, I help coordinate and teach wellness retreats around the world with Jack and Olive Retreats with the amazing, illustrious, and inspirational Claire Robbie (aka Jack’s mom), with whom I happen to be globetrotting around of the world pretending to be a filmmaker with. We’re creating an international documentary web series about the Healthy Lifestyle Principles (Real Food, Movement, Rest & Relaxation, Lifelong Learning, Community, Love) I wrote about in my book, Million Ways to Live.
I fully welcome and embrace the constant change that life provides, but the one constant has always been my focus on health. I’m a student of the human body and love learning about it. I’ve got plenty certifications, degrees, and continued education in personal training, soft-tissue therapy, nutrition coaching, cooking, and even agricultural sustainability. But those are just pieces of paper and why I don’t list them here. nothing beats the the experience gained from the best laboratory available for any healthy living topic: my own body. The second best teacher? Working with others. Luckily, I have plenty of experience there as well.
I love experimenting with new foods like cow brain and ram testicle, teaching myself new movements like handstands, and challenging my mind, body, and soul to new challenges like rowing a half marathon, 1,000 double-unders, or completing a Tough Mudder. It’s fun learning about the true potential of the human body. And believe me, that potential is infinite. I’m just trying to keep discovery new ways to release that potential. Then I share those tools with you.
I’ve learned that the only thing that gets in the way of, well pretty much anything, is the mind. That’s why my current interest is my own mind and behaviors. After years of running from uncomfortable emotions and pain, I’ve decided to develop tools of mindfulness and meditation so that the roller coaster rides of anxiety, depression, anger, fear, and jealousy are more like small bumps in the road. So that’s where I’m at right now; a work in progress.
I write about all of these things and more. I write about life. Hopefully some of my stories and experiences can help you with your own journey.