My Story as I enter my Second Half of a well lived life
Christian Allaire was born in Michigan and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Christian retired as a Senior Chief from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2008 serving 20 years. After taking a sailing sabbatical aboard his 32 foot sailboat Christa, sailing 7000 solo miles from Newport, Rhode Island to the Caribbean, touching nearly every island in the Eastern Caribbean, he enrolled and graduated summa cum laude from Dominican University of California in San Rafael. After a two year stint as a mortgage banker, Christian went back to Dominican University to earn a MBA in Strategic Leadership from the Barowsky School of Business
While on active duty in California, stationed at Lake Tahoe, San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Island and Alameda, Christian started to grow roots in the San Francisco Bay Area, buying a home in Glen Ellen in the California wine country. After living aboard his sailboat for several years in Sausalito, he was transferred (with boat and all) to Woods Hole MA where he ultimately retired and sailed south to warmer climes.
Since returning to the Golden State in 2010 to pursue higher education, Christian has quickly assimilated into life in Northern California. He is a yoga instructor. He taught for 4 years at Red Dragon Yoga in San Rafael and Mill Valley. He then shifted to NOW: new om world studio in Corte Madera, CA in 2015, where he leads 13 classes per week. He is also a passionate amateur photographer, motorcyle adventurer, is a voracious reader, technologist and social media enthusiast.
Philosophy of Living
I subscribe with what M. Scott Peck wrote is his opening line of The Road Less Traveled, Life is difficult. Everything seems to flow from this statement. Why? Because it is true!
This is not a negative statement, what it means to me is that I try to look for ease within struggle and within this process a form of contentment bubbles up. This is not necessarily a go-with-the flow attitude, but constant resistance is not the path to ease. It is a discernment between when to lean into points of resistance which leads to growth or when leaning in leads to mental or physical injury. It means that I try, with limited success thus far, to spend less time on frivolous things.
It is important to me to achieve in this life, to live a great story not merely to exist. This is a broad statement, but the best way to think about it is that intuitive feeling one gets when on the same job for to long. It is a sense of unease and stagnation. This must be avoided by constant training and improvement. Adjust as necessary without hesitation when things are going awry. To take on a quest, whatever that may be is the spice of life.