My name is Vernon Lindsay. To help you achieve self-mastery and make positive contributions to your communities, I write, teach, and coach. For the specifics of how I do this work, keep reading or click products and services.
Have you ever wanted to move to another country?
I am a Chicago native who lives abroad. In 2016, I moved from the US to Mexico with my wife and three children. Two years later, we moved to the Caribbean island of Antigua and Barbuda for my job as an assistant professor at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine.
There are entrepreneurial and employment opportunities to make money abroad.
I teach classes in academic success strategies, advise adult students, serve on committees, and facilitate special programs at a Caribbean medical school. My duties also include serving as director of campus initiatives such as Men's Cave Mentoring and the Capoeira club.
Moving abroad helped me return to my love of writing. Changing your environment can also encourage a surge in your creative abilities.
I am the author of three print books and two Ebooks. On May 18, 2018, my first book, Critical Race and Education for Black Males: When Pretty Boys Become Men was published with Peter Lang Press. In 2019, my second book, Capoeira, Black Males, and Social Justice: A Gym Class Transformed, illustrating my work with Capoeira, schools, and teaching a culturally responsive curriculum hit the online market and bookshelves. I self-published my 2021 title, Dear Brother: 82 Powerful Poems to Guide Your Journey to Healthy Black Masculinity to share perspectives through open heart-felt letters and poetry about how to become the best possible version of yourself. My Ebook, The Why Manifesto: A Guide to Help You Discover Your Why and The Manifesto of Why I Write is available for free when you subscribe to my site. Download my Ebook, Capoeira Island: The Capoeira In-tune Guide to Encourage Growth in Isolation, at this link.
Through various media outlets, my family's story has been shared with others. You can find my articles on the Good Men Project, Entrepreneur, Thrive Global, and Addicted2Success sites. My wife is an online contributor for CNBC. Together with our three children, we appeared in season two, episode sixteen, of Home and Garden Television's (HGTV) Mexico Life.
Do you have a large family?
I am the only son of my parents' six children. My father is a church pastor, and my mother has a background in social work and music. From cosmetology to government gigs, my sisters are engaged in meaningful work that provides for their families and improves communities.
Through my life's experiences that include: being raised in a religious home, struggling in college to later earning a Ph.D., getting married, becoming a father, training capoeira, losing a home to foreclosure, starting a business, and moving abroad, I discovered a few things about life that I want to share with you.
Sometimes, you have to get uncomfortable to align yourself with destiny. Explore my blog, vlog, articles, books, courses, and coaching services, for more information on how to make mental and physical shifts in your life.
In Chicago, I had ample opportunities to remain in the United States. Together, with my wife and three children, we chose an unconventional path. In 2016, between July and September, we donated, sold, and gave away many of our possessions to downsize our 3200 square foot home to 10 suitcases. This move was the start of La Vida Lindsay, a YouTube channel dedicated to documenting our lives abroad and demonstrating the possibilities of thinking outside of the box.
On October 15, 2016, my wife and I moved from the United States to live in Mexico with our children to pursue our life’s callings as mindful partners, parents, and entrepreneurs. Relocating to Mexico, was not an easy decision because three years earlier I started work as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Teaching and Mentoring with the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
As an Honors College professor, I taught undergraduate students in courses that explored critical issues in race, gender, and social inequalities. I also advised students on course selection, graduate education, career choices, and entrepreneurial ventures. My responsibilities also included serving as the co-director for a co-curricular initiative.
I received several awards, grants, and fellowships for my teaching, academic accomplishments, and commitments to community service. This list includes the Honoring our Professor’s Excellence Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, the Diversifying Faculty in Higher Education fellowship, the African Americans Studies Departmental Award, and the American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation's Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award.
Do your values align with how you spend your time?
While I lived in Chicago, I pushed the buttons of insanity by trying to achieve success as a husband, father, professor, community organizer, and business owner. My work had its rewards, but it required that I spend long hours away from home while also continuing to struggle to meet my family's needs.
I decided to take more control of my life. Through the change in lifestyle that living abroad provided me, I discovered pathways to other forms of success. I want to share the map to achievement with you.
With my writings, courses, and coaching services, I offer tangible strategies to help professionals achieve fulfillment in life.
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