Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Position at Aligned Life I are hiring: Patient Care Coordinator Are you passionate about health?  Do you want to be a part of a team where you make a real difference in peoples lives?  Do you have an anatomy or physiology background?  Are you a powerful individual? Aligned life is growing again and looking to hire a high energy, health focused individual to help ensure the quality of every patient appointment.  This role will include providing hands on patient care in support of Dr. Shea, getting patients in and out of traction, assisting with explaining postural exercises to patients as well as administrative duties.  This position will require approximately 20-25 hours per week.  If you are a growth oriented individual who wants bring it every day, please take a look at our job posting on, answer the questions and submit a resume.  We look forward to speaking with you! Audiobook I am hearing: The Common Path To Uncommon Success by John Lee Dumas It has been a long time since I have written a negative review of a book I am listening to, however this definitely deserves a thumbs down.  To summarize this work, Dumas tells you multiple times about his path to success which, upon hearing the first time, seems to be the only valuable content.  The recommendations seem over simplified and not descriptive enough to actually help you become "Uncommonly Successful".  I am bummed because Dumas has come out with some good stuff over the years through his wildly successful podcast.  I guess we all deserve a mulligan! Quote I am pondering: "A year from now you may wish that you had started today!" ~ Karen Lamb One of the most rewarding aspects of my life is working with amazing people every day on my team.  In fact, at the end of my career I believe that the people who I will have influenced the most won't be my patients, but rather my team members.  It is always incredibly exciting for me to go through the hiring process.  You never know when the right person is going to walk through the door and absolutely change your life.  Over the 13 years I have lead Aligned Life I have had the chance to work with some absolutely dedicated and talented individuals.  Each of them contributed in their own way to creating the experience you go through as a member of the Aligned Life community.  In starting this new journey

Race I am running: Ironman 70.3 in Santa Cruz After months of trying, I am proud to announce that I have been accepted to run the Half Ironman on September 12, 2021!  The distances for the race are as follows; 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run.  Having never done anything close to this level of intensity I can honestly say I am scared and excited.  Honestly, I am freaking out.  This race will be the culmination of over one and half years of training 6 days a week. It will also serve as a milestone for me following a very difficult time in my life.  However, before I can officially run this race and complete a bucket list goal, I need your help!  My acceptance into the race was pending my ability to raise $1750 for the Ironman Foundation.  The foundation attempts to provide funding for a number of important issues including COVID relief, racial equity, bicycles for children and hunger relief.  For the full story of my "Why" for doing this event and to donate directly online please click HERE.  I greatly appreciate your support and could not do this without your help.  Thank you! Vacation I am taking: The Week of April 12-16 Due to the blessing of being deemed an "Essential Business" throughout the past year and  attempting to navigate through the COVID affected world, I have not been able to take much time away from running the operation at Aligned Life.  This in conjunction with my boys being on spring break made it seem like the right time to take a step back for a week to get re-energized.  I recognize the impact on all of you who depend upon our facility to take care of your health and accordingly appreciate your patience.  I strongly recommend that you spend more time during the aforementioned week stretching, focusing on your body position habits, getting a massage (Stan is available for services in the office!), using your home traction orthotic and taking walks.  These behaviors will help you get to the following week without getting into a crisis.  Once again, I really appreciate the chance to get away and rest assured, I will be a better provider for you on the other side of the holiday! Quote I am loving: "The miracle isn't that I finished.  The miracle was that I had the courage to start!" ~Unknown I am not a very

Accountability isn’t something that comes naturally to anyone.  It’s a skill that you work on daily. Holding ourselves accountable for our diets, health, and overall wellness goes a long way! If everyone held themselves accountable for their overall wellness we would live in a much healthier, and happier world. What if you ate wholesome healthy foods. What if you were active everyday? What if you dedicated time to listening to your body? Turn the “What If” into I Will! Think about how your body would feel. Think about the mental strength and clarity you would gain. Start saying I will instead of what if and I guarantee your life will change for the better! Say I will be a part of a healthier happier community. It’s never too late to start caring for your mind and body, so start today and set an example for your family, your friends, and even your coworkers by holding yourself accountable everyday!  ~Myriah

Podcast I am hearing: The Less Doing Podcast by Ari Meisel Do you have 5-10 min?  Would you be interested in learning a ton of quality personal and business principles?  Meisel is a business coach that has been producing a podcast that turns out short episodes that are packed with solid content.  I love the short nature of these segments as well as the overarching theme of creating redundancy and replaceability in a business. Book I am hearing: The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker Lately I have been looking to increase my productivity without increasing the amount of time it takes to get the work done.  To that end, I picked up the Audible version of The Effective Executive.  Drucker believes that becoming effective is a learned behavior and is a collaboration of choosing one thing to focus on, time blocking, eliminating pointless meetings, making swift decisions and remaining disciplined.   This book was written in the 1950's however remains a classic for anyone looking to increase their contribution to an organization. Quote I am loving: "It is more productive to convert an opportunity into results than to solve a problem, which only restores the equilibrium of yesterday. " ~ Peter Drucker in The Effective Executive Do you ever feel like you don't have time to actually work on the things that will push you in the direction you want to go? Are you stuck just barely getting the grunt work done?  I believe this is a common problem that I have faced over my professional career.  Until you can decide to make one thing a priority and refuse to start anything else before that one thing is accomplished, you will always feel inhibited.  Identify what you want to achieve, block out the time to get it done and stop everything else you normally do until it is accomplished! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Garden I am planting:  Side Yard Planter Boxes Do you have a green thumb?  Or, would you like a great project for your kids?  Have you noticed that Spring is finally here?  This week my boys and I replanted the planter boxes on the side of our home.  We are so excited to see continued growth in our grape vine, passion fruit, mint, lime, mandarin oranges, kumquat and tomatoes.  This year we have added basil, cucumber and a few other herbs for cooking.  Whether you have a large property or a single pot, I believe that getting in touch with the miracle of nature is good for the soul.  Let me know what you guys are planting and harvesting.  If we have anything that over produces in the next few months I will bring into the office any surplus for you guys to grab! Dessert I am craving: Honey Mama's Cocoa Truffle Bar Are you a chocolate lover but are looking to keep on track with your diet?  This is my new obsession.  Shana (our massage therapist at Aligned Life) kindly gifted me my first Truffle Bar on my birthday last week.  These desserts have five simple ingredients.  They are free of refined sugar, gluten and grains, soy, eggs and dairy.  I know, you are thinking that they taste a little like vomit.  Not so!  These are incredible.  They come in nine flavors.  My favorite so far is "Original Dutch".  Make sure to keep them refrigerated.  Please do not sleep on this one! Quote I am repeating: "The deep roots never doubt spring will come." ~ Marty Rubin In my world it appears that after 12 long months our community has decided it is time to begin anew.   It is time to take all the good things that have happened and adopt them.  It is time for all of the things we have been restricted from and eliminate them.  This is the season of fresh starts, putting yourself out there and realizing your potential.  It is a time for healing, excitement for what is to come and presence for what you are putting your heart towards in the now.  I have heard from so many of our Aligned Life family that despite having struggled to maintain their healthy behaviors, now is the time to recommit to the life they desire.  If you find yourself in this situation, you are not alone and we are here to support you.  Thank

Birthday gift I am requesting: 5-Star Reviews on Google or Yelp Tomorrow (March 10th) I am turning 41 years old!  I am really excited to spend the day with each of you in the office celebrating.  What better way to ring in a new year of life than to spend it with your friends and colleagues.  That being said, I have a favor to ask.  Never before has the power of social proof become so important to the success or failure of small businesses.  This year for my 41st birthday I would greatly appreciate you going to the following links and writing a quick 5-Star review for Aligned Life Wellness!  Your reviews greatly help to reach people that we normally do not have the opportunity to touch.  Thanks for your time and effort in getting the word out about Aligned Life Chiropractic and Wellness! Book I am hearing: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield Do you ever find yourself needing to be creative in order to complete a project or develop a new strategy?  Do you ever feel your mind and body resist every attempt you have to start and follow through with that creative endeavor?  Then you have experienced what Pressfield calls, "Resistance".  Resistance is your mind/ego's way of coming up with any excuse possible for you to step into your true potential.  For strategies and systems that help to work around the "Resistance" check out this amazing book.  If this sounds appealing, but you want more info before buying a copy, check out Pressfield's interview of the Rich Roll podcast here! Quote I am loving: "Fear doesn't go away.  The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew each day." ~ Steven Pressfield in The War of Art To deliver creative work to the world regularly is such a difficult endeavor.  This is why the majority of people do not write, publish, video, record, speak, paint, draw or become an entrepreneur.  All of these avenues of self expression require courage and an endless supply of perseverance.  To be a creative is to step into the ring with an endless opponent.  If you desire to find your authentic self, this daily struggle to drill down on what makes you unique is required.  It will not be the easy path but it may allow you to find deep satisfaction and fulfillment.  I believe that we

Video series I am enjoying:  The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday Over the past three weeks I have been steadily consuming content from Ryan Holiday's YouTube channel called "The Daily Stoic".  The Stoics were people who lived during the early 3rd century BC who created a philosophy based upon logic that helps to prepare people for all of life's ups and downs.  For anyone looking to become more resilient, kind, passionate, reasoned and adaptable this is an amazing framework.  Each of Holiday's videos discuss key points taken from Stoic philosophy and applies them to the modern world.  If you are a seeker of life truth's this will be a treasure trove of useful information! New traction equipment I am installing:  Pope 2-way and Wall Unit This past week we received and assembled two new pieces of traction equipment for the office!  My goal with these new units is to eliminate any waiting you may have experienced previously so that you can get the care you need quickly.  As always, we have chosen top of the line products for you to use to ensure comfort, durability and maximum results.  I can't wait for you guys to try out the new gear! Quote I am repeating: "The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away." ~ Pablo Picasso After tons of thinking about the topics of "meaning" and "purpose" over the past ten years I believe Picasso's statement to be one of the best attempts to describe these complex topics.  This week, I encourage you to think critically about what your gift is and in what creative and impactful ways you can give it away! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Podcast I am hearing: Rich Roll Podcast with Adam Grant Grant, an organizational psychologist, just launched his new book Think Again in which he discusses how to recognize when we need to relearn and further develop our ideas. Especially in a time period in which seeing both sides of an argument is critical I believe his message is extremely important. In this episode he talks about how many people share their ideas using three different mindsets; the "preacher", the "politician" and the "prosecutor".  When we act like the "preacher" we are so convicted on the topic we are discussing that we lose the ability to be flexible in our arguments.  When attempting to influence others as the "politician" we change our story based upon what we believe the person in front of us would like us to hear.  Lastly, as the "prosecutor" we are more concerned about making our argument right and the other person's wrong.  Ultimately, each of these personas are faulty and lead to a lack of fully understanding a topic.  For more detail of this concept and a bunch more nuggets give this one a listen! Exercise accessory I am using: Mr. Zog's Original Surf Wax As I mentioned to you guys a couple of weeks ago my eldest son has gotten into surfing.  As someone who has never gotten involved in this sport I am eager to learn how to do it myself.  This week, we added a couple of layers of surf wax onto our foam surfboard in order to improve the grip of our feet to the board.  Wow!  Huge difference!  In order to find out how to apply the wax correctly I watch this YouTube video.  Make sure to purchase wax that will match the temperature of the water you intend on surfing in.  As a side note, I absolutely love the smell of the wax.  It takes me right to the beach every time I breath it in! Quote I am repeating: "I see myself as a lighthouse.  If I live my life well, equip myself as an athlete, ensure that I am excelling intellectually, mentally and emotionally I act more like a magnet. A tractor beam that will bring the receptive audience to me." ~Rich Roll on the Adam Grant Episode mentioned previously.  Before this quote in the episode, Roll explains that he does not see himself as the "preacher", the "politician" or the "prosecutor".  He mentions how each of these roles seem to create

Strategy I am utilizing: How To Think About Work by Dan Sullivan Have you ever felt for a short period of time that everything was going your way?  Things were peaceful, rewarding and productive.  Then something happened and everything became difficult, scary and frustrating.  Have you ever wondered what the heck happened?  If you are nodding your head "yes", then take a look at this concept that was presented by Dan Sullivan in regards to the process of doing work.  Sullivan believes that work comes in three stages; rest, planning and action.  When you effectively cycle through these stages and then start over it will allow you to have a continuous feeling of enjoying your work.  If however, you spend too much time in one of these, or maybe you skip one all together, then say goodbye to your sense of inner peace.  Sullivan talks about how in our modern world we skip the steps of rest and planning and focus constantly on action which leads to burn out and lowered quality work.  If you are looking to accomplish something important, identify each of these steps in your journey and then enjoy the process! Audiobook I am hearing: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle After reading Tolle's other bestseller "A New Earth" about one year ago and being profoundly influenced, I decided to dive into this audiobook this week.  The overarching theme discussed is how most people identify with their mind and thoughts.  This erroneous identification leads to often living in the past or living in the future.  Unfortunately, this means we are rarely present.  This lack of presence causes us to label just about everything and justify our behaviors.  All of these layers of thoughts color our experiences and lead us away from the magnificence of the present moment.  Through clever analogies and answering common questions from people he has worked with in person, Tolle has created a very user friendly, albeit challenging, guide to raising your consciousness. Quote I am loving: "Your outer journey may contain a million steps; your inner journey only one: the one you are taking right now." ~ Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now I believe that a strong spiritual foundation is the bedrock to creating a great life.  Although we may strive for innumerable goals in our personal and professional lives, as Tolle says, there is only one goal when it comes to improving your awareness, to become

Treatment and recovery device I am using: Hypervolt  Last week I began using this device on myself as well as for treatment of our patients in the office.  Hypervolt is a percussion based massage gun that offers three different speeds and four different heads for different parts of the body.  I decided on this brand due to its ability to remain relatively quiet while in use.  I also felt like the product was built with durability in mind as I am hoping to get a lot of usage out of it.  So far I have really enjoyed using it on my calves and achilles after bike rides, traps and shoulders after swims and quads and lower back after running.  I have enjoyed using it because it is something that you can use on yourself and only requires a second set of hands for harder to reach parts of the body.  There are multiple price levels of this device but I went with the one for $349.  If you want to give it a shot it will be available for you to try out at Aligned Life! Audiobook I am hearing: The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy If you are looking to get back on your habits after petering out on your new year's resolutions this may be the perfect read for you.  "The Compound Effect" refers to the use of small but significant behaviors, repeated over time in order to create a massive difference in your outcomes.  This book is short, very simple to understand, has a number of clever analogies and makes a compelling case for a number of different behavior categories including health, wealth building, relationships, goal accomplishment and more.  The best part is that this book I believe comes free with your subscription to Audible! Quote I am repeating: "Small Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE" ~ Darren Hardy in The Compound Effect This is the equation used by Hardy that helps to illustrate "The Compound Effect".  This week, think about what area of your life you would like to improve.  If you are having trouble thinking of one, think about someone you admire.  Next, identify the behaviors they use regularly and what it would look like if you implemented the same strategy.  Then take action, do it regularly and commit to the long haul.  The key factor in this equation is "Time".  Stay patient, as many of these small behaviors require years,