What Lead me to Coaching
A quick flashback to September 2012 in Duluth, MN, wading with just my feet in chilly Lake Superior, it reminds me of those first steps into the unknown that brought me here. Before dipping my toes in Duluth, I lived in Brooklyn, NY and by all means I had the ‘perfect’ job and ‘perfect life’ but felt something was missing.
I’d recently lost the love of my life at the time, and it took everything I could to get up every day and ‘show up’. I loved my job, but I was constantly sick, and I felt like I was suffocating in the city I loved. I needed something bigger to plan for, so I took a monumental risk and negotiated a remote position with my company.
If that wasn’t enough, shortly after leaving NYC I lost my job, and 8 month later, 4 days before I was planning to permanently move to Seattle, I tore my ACL. Every time I felt like I was making progress, another major challenge was there to push me back down. I lost a relationship with the man I wanted a future with, I lost my job, and I tore my ACL all within a year. At this point I was homeless, had no income, and was anticipating surgery. I had a choice, I could keep feeling pain and struggle or I could find out how to breathe again.
I had my surgery, started a business and moved to Denver. It thought it was a concession until I could move to Seattle, but it turned out to be the catalyst for a major change. I wasn’t done changing yet. I was struggling emotionally, my business was failing and I was still recovering from surgery. A concerned friend suggested I shift my eating, and together we committed to 30 days to improvement.
That changed everything. I signed on new clients and detached myself from toxic clients. I realized from my experience since I left New York City that I wanted to help people make positive changes with their lives. At the time, as a small business owner, I couldn’t deny the direct correlation between my health, happiness and growth of my business, and I set out to help people create the same synergy in their lives and businesses. As an entrepreneur, I understand the pressure to be everything to my business and how the rest of my relationships, health and social life can often fall to the back burner. I specialize gut health, and working with entrepreneurs and CEO’s build synergy between their personal health, business and life.
During my training, I studied with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition©. My teachers include Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University. The program at the Institute for Integrative nutrition covers over 100 dietary theories, innovative coaching and practical lifestyle management techniques.