I love my life. Most days I wake up with a profound sense of love, gratitude and freedom. Was I always this way? Heck no. Once upon a time, not too long ago, I was stressed out, anxious, and overweight.
Sure, I had a boyfriend and a well-paying, secure job, but I wasn't happy. Not by a long shot. So what changed? I decided it was time to take control of my life and actually be the woman I had always dreamed of being. Step by step (and with a lot of patience and commitment), I began to design the life I know I was meant to live. Don't get me wrong - it took a lot of elbow grease, and a few giant leaps of faith I didn't think I was capable of making.
But each time I found the courage to push myself out of my comfort zone, I was rewarded with some seriously soul-shaking awesomeness in my life.
Once I had a taste of it, there was no going back!
Of course this is an ongoing journey for me, and there are still times I get stuck in my own fear and self-doubt. But for the most part, I wake up with a sense of purpose and a deeply grateful heart. And now that I've experienced that, there's no way to keep it to myself and not share it with others!
I am deeply committed to sharing with other women the tools I used to create my dream life. Once you get a taste of your best self, you can't help but want more! My one passion is to ignite that spark in every woman I work with.
Some other bonuses that came from transforming my life:
I lost 30 lbs! Woohoo!
I learned to truly love my body
I worked up the courage to leave a job I couldn't stand
I moved to a city (and climate) that I love
I started meeting some amazing people that I like to call my "Circle of Awesome"
I got pretty good at some sweet, sweet yoga poses
I met (and get to spend my life with!) this guy:
A bit of background...
After fulfilling most of my parents' (and society's) expectations, like working my way through college, getting a "real" job, and buying a home, I was hit with intense anxiety at age 25. I had no idea I'd based my entire life on external contstructs. I didn't have a clue who I really was. It wasn't until I did some digging that I began to gain some perspective on the many complex aspects that make up each and every one of us. I couldn't believe that my childhood sexual abuse, beliefs around love and intimacy, and sense of self worth were all tied together! (Not to mention the food I put into my body as a result.) Isn't anxiety random? I don't know that I have the answer to that, but I can tell you that for me it wasn't. I had to really dig deep and weed out (false) beliefs I had been holding onto for over two decades. As I did so, it became easier and easier to treat myself well. I realized that what you eat, drink, and think really matters, and the more you start to love yourself, the easier it is to up the quality of both your physical and spiritual food sources. (Bonus: once this happens, the weight starts to shed itself!)
The more I began to shift my thinking around who I really was and what I really wanted out of this one precious life, the more I began to trust myself. I knew I needed to share what I'd learned, but I'd need some training first.
So, I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I'll help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.