Not long ago, I woke up. I realized I had been asleep at the wheel of my life. For decades I was so busy being who I thought I was expected to be, I never thought to ask, “What do I want?”
I did what women are “supposed” to do: we put others’ needs before our own. We give and give until we have little left over for ourselves. It’s both beautiful and tragic.
On top of this, I was unkind to myself. Caught in the self-esteem trap, which forces us to calculate our worth by comparing ourselves to others, I was exhausted; and no matter how hard I tried to be perfect, I rarely felt whole.
Now, in midlife, every day I am grateful for the chance to live a life of intention and figure out who I want to be.
And I am so, so grateful for what I know now, about me and about you.
We deserve to dream.
We have more to give when we take care of ourselves first.
We are enough.
Never say never.
Back then, I never thought I would…
- get a good night’s sleep
- wake up early to exercise
- control my sugar cravings
- forgive myself for making the smallest of mistakes
- go back to school
- start a business
Here I am today—ten years after I first thought, “Maybe my life can be different”—doing all those things. And I’m just getting started.
Before, I would have asked myself, “Why did you waste so much time?” Today, I’m certain that all that matters is I’m in exactly the right place, showing up as who I’m meant to be, devoted to my mission to help women be well, lead with confidence, and make our world—desperately in need of the talent, experience, and perspective of women—a place where Earth and all her creatures are thriving.
The story of my wellness journey is, I suppose, interesting and potentially insighttful; but as a coach, my value is not to offer what worked for me as a path to your success.
As a wellness coach, my job is to ask powerful questions that help the women I work with dream about what could be…if they nourished their bodies, minds, and soul with what they need.
So, my friend, I ask you:
- What do you want? Not what you think is possible…what you want. Because you can have what you want, but first you need to know what it is.
- What could you accomplish if you gave as generously and were as kind to yourself as you do and are to others? If the real or perceived barriers to finding the elusive “me time” were overcome, and you offered yourself the same kindness you would your best friend, what could you do to honor your health and well-being?
I’m inspired by the women I work with who courageously, one day at a time, find their way to higher well-being. If you’re ready, please reach out to schedule a conversation with me. I would love to help you figure out your next step in your wellness journey, whether it’s working with me or something else.
More About Me
After a more than 20 year career as an administrative professional in state and local government and the nonprofit sector, I made a life-changing decision in 2017 to leave my executive assistant role and do “something else.” After taking some time for myself, I discovered health coaching as a career that aligned with my values of service and living a healthy lifestyle.
I earned a Health Coach certification in 2018 from Dr. Sears Wellness Institute where I learned to teach adults in all stages of life how to eat, move, live, and think their way to optimal health. In 2019, I began training at the Wellcoaches school, where I learned the fundamentals of Lifestyle Medicine and evidence-based coaching methods that help me guide my clients to achieve their unique visions of wellness. I began coaching private clients in June 2019 and in March 2020 became certified as a Health and Wellness Coach.
A vegan since 1998, nothing gives me more joy than helping people use the power of plants to sustain or reclaim their health. If I’m not coaching, I’m probably at home chopping vegetables, listening to podcasts, and watching my two feline fur babies be adorable.
P.S. For even more about me, check out some fun facts on my blog.