I read my first book about health when I was a teenager and was intrigued by the premise that what we eat is central to our health and well-being. My big sister, certified health nut, was appalled at my diet of Tab and egg & cheese sandwiches. I laughed when she put wheat germ on everything and mixed something into my OJ that made it chewy. But, she was vibrant and healthy and I wasn’t, so I read the book and put some of the basics to the test. Transformational. I learned a very simple equation and its inverse: eat well = feel good. Eat poorly = feel badly.
That was the beginning of my life-long interest in health, nutrition, and our profound ability to affect our well-being with simple choices.
I discovered massage therapy during my college years, when I was suffering from chronic headaches. This too was transformational. My headaches disappeared. I developed an even deeper appreciation for my body and how to listen to it and care for it. This was powerful for me.
Years later I was given a gym membership as a gift, and the timing was perfect. I was struggling through a tremendously difficult time in my life. While I had never been a “gym person”, I had always been active and enjoyed being physically challenged. This time I used exercise as medicine – and once again a big light came on; the more I moved, the better I felt.
Through some of the biggest challenges in my life I have been fortunate to have someone at my side as a teacher – someone wiser, more learned, someone I trusted for guidance. These people did not so much tell me what to do as guide me to my own insights and answers. They taught me if I remained open, curious, and a tiny bit courageous – I would be ok. They also taught me that words matter; the words I chose for my inner narrative, that created the stories I held about my past, my future and most importantly the very moment at hand.
Over the course of my life I have learned from my experiences that what I eat, how I move, how I think and what I believe all directly affect not only the tangible aspects of my health, but the quality of my life on all levels.
Now, I have the incredible privilege to work with others as they navigate, define, and experience a beautiful, meaningful life. I have spent nearly two decades of my life studying human ecology and how movement, nourishment, and an aware mind can be used as powerful tools of creation. I believe, and my clients consistently demonstrate, that growth through self-discovery leads creates incredible experiences.
Change can be scary. Growth can be challenging. Truth can be hard. But it is so worth the effort. Whether your change is about your body, your mind, your health, your job, your relationships; having a trusted partner in the process to help you discover and use your strengths not only makes it far more fun, but vastly increases the likelihood of success and long term change.