For 20 years I was an elementary school teacher. I guess you can say I'm a born teacher. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t teaching or helping people to grow and flourish. It's given me satisfaction and great joy being a part of the learning process.
But, in doing this I ran myself into the ground. I loved what I was doing and just kept taking on more. Like so many people, I was crazy busy. Every. Single. Day. I turned to Diet Coke and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups to get me through each day. Treats were my reward for working hard. And since I worked really hard, I was stuck in this cycle and I continued this pattern. But at what price?
For months, I stood in front of the refrigerator, staring at the shelves, hoping to spot that exact, certain something that would satisfy my cravings. Something rich and filling.
Here's a glimpse: Sugar addict? Yes! Tired? You bet! Stressed and deserving of reward? Absolutely! Despite my fulfilling career, family and friends, I realized I'd spent my whole life being uncomfortable in my own body-- feeling disconnected, unhappy and searching. Most of the time I was sluggish and functioning half empty. I didn't realize it, because I didn't know what full felt like. I am not referring to a physical full, rather a "Wellness-Full." Something was off and I needed to know why.
I was hungry for clarity.
Sometimes a nudge is all it takes. My Pilates Instructor suggested I consider talking to a health coach. I didn’t even know what that was, but I was intrigued. I knew I needed help. So I made the call and began my own journey. Making that call and working with my coach changed my life.
That Was Then. This is Now
I think part of what made me such a good teacher is that I have always loved learning. For me, teaching was about sharing and discovery. I knew it was time to graduate to a new level of teaching where personal experience, professional training and passion merged.
I began my journey with a Mindful Based Stress Reduction Program offered through the University of Minnesota. This conscious awakening led me to further discovery at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. It was then that my spirit was enlightened and I made the decision to pursue certification as a Holisitic Health Coach.
I received my training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. My training included instruction from some of the most well known leaders in holistic health such as: Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr, Deepak Chopra, Dr, Mark Hyman, and more.
Now, I feel healthy and fulfilled. I feel energized and balanced. I've experienced how a life can be changed. I hope to give you the tools you need to feel "Wellness-Full," too!