Why did you decide to become a holistic health coach?
I was deciding whether or not to pursue an advanced practice degree in nursing a little over a
year ago and in doing my research, I realized that my world view of medicine had radically
changed and I did not want to waste thousands of dollars advancing my nursing experience and
education so that I would be able to write prescriptions for medications that I felt are not the
answer. Instead, I spent the money and went to the largest nutrition school in the world, The
Institute for Integrative Nutrition. What I got far exceeded my wildest expectations and then some. I learned the importance of understanding bio-individuality and what that means in terms of what I personally should eat. I also learned that health is so much more than nutrition, but all things that nourish our body, minds, and spirits that need to be considered in the continuum of health and wellness. From the time I was a very young girl, I have always wanted to be a life coach. I have been able to culminate my experience as a registered nurse, yoga teacher, and lover of life on purpose to build my own practice to help busy professionals re-establish balance, meaning, and health back into their hectic lives.
What is the best part of your job?
Helping people see the possibilities of where they can take their lives and health. I love feeling the confidence and pride when someone completes something that they never imagined they were capable of. I love providing hope for people that things can be different and that they deserve the best that life has to offer. Seeing people blossom into the fullest expression of who they are at their core.
How do you manage to get it all done and still have a life?
I have to be very intentional about what I say yes to! I also stick to a pretty structured schedule of work, exercise, family time, and down time to process it all and be able to reset on a regular basis.
What is your favorite indulgence?
Covering my feet in the warm sand and reading a wonderful book right at the water’s edge on the Gulf of Mexico. A great batch of homemade guacamole. Dark chocolate and peanut butter. Getting into a warmed bed. Not being in a hurry. Large dinners at our home with family and friends. The sound of children laughing.
Why is it so hard for people to maintain or get healthy?
We are living in the age of instant gratification and (dis)connection. This has stripped away all of the things that make it easy to be healthy. We are less physically active than ever before. We have more stressors in our lives than ever before, from environmental toxins to additives and chemicals in our food that are wreaking havoc on our bodies and we never take the time to be still. Therefore, our bodies are typically in fight or flight mode which leads to all kinds of disease and distress. We are all in a hurry and have forgotten how to be in the moment.
What kind of work do you do with your coaching?
I work one on one with individuals as well as facilitate group coaching. My niche market is professionals who struggle with overwhelm and lack of balance and good health. I also offer workshops that focus on nutrition, stress management, and healthy living.
How can people reach you?
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