Life and business coach Paul Fishman is on a self-love mission. And in this day and age, what could be more appropriate? “Prior to [my] being a self-love coach, people would come to me every day asking how I could help them land their dream job or finally attract that sexy crush,” he says. “They all had a desire for validation from external sources, and I found that most of them had one major thing that was keeping them from their ultimate goals—self-love.” When Fishman isn’t teaching people how to follow his self-love diet, you’ll find him practicing what he preaches at his favorite places around town.
I cannot stray from my love for Buona Forchetta in South Park (the OG!). Not only is the food so good, but they truly know how to make you feel like family. 3001 Beech St.
Favorite place to get drinks with friends?
I love Herringbone. There is something about the indoor olive tree that just really makes me feel at ease. 7837 Herschel Ave.
Where do you go to find a little Zen?
The Self Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens in Encinitas. I’m always able to get a massive energetic recharge from that sacred space. 215 W. K St.
Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Real talk: Taking a nap with my husband and our puppy, Hatcher.
What is your favorite part of the Pride celebration?
It’s always fun to experience the parade. I used to sing in the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, and I love supporting my chorus brothers when they perform.
Photography by: Alina Mendoza