Choosing a life coach is a big step, and it's important to work with a coach who is a good fit for you—whose own personal journey resonates with you in some way. My path had many painful twists and turns before I finally discovered the tools I needed to build the fulfilling life I lead today.
Let’s rewind a decade or so, when my marriage of 20 years came to an unfortunate end and I found myself completely starting over at the age of 40. I was miserable, lonely, lost, and consumed with fear, with no idea who I was outside the context of that marriage. I fell into the role of victim of all I had been through and made myself right at home there. This went on for several years until I became so sick of myself that I made the bold decision to travel to India to study yoga. Perhaps this venture wouldn’t have been quite as bold had I taken more than a few dozen yoga classes or traveled anywhere outside the country, let alone solo. But my gut told me that I needed to do something completely out of character—and it turned out to be the best decision I ever made.
For nearly two months, I lived in an Indian ashram studying meditation and yoga, and experienced the true meaning of discomfort. I’m talking about a strict vegan diet in a foreign country, deadly snakes, spiders in the shower, a straw mat for a bed, and blistering-100-degree-heat kind of discomfort. But during one of many anxiety-filled, sleepless nights, something shifted, and I surrendered to the discomfort. I became curious about my discomfort and questioned my resistance to it. I needed to know what was on the other side of my near panic. This was the catalyst to my awakening, and on the other side of fear, I discovered my authentic self.
I graduated at the top of my training class and returned home with my Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in hand. I left India with a burning desire to see what I was made of, what made my brain tick, and why the heck I was here on this planet living my life as a human. That fire lit the way to my brand new life. I craved more of the philosophy that had sparked my new sense of hope and decided to pursue Life and Health Coaching. I studied everything I could get my hands on about the human journey. My teachers were great philosophers, gurus, and sages both ancient and modern. I trained as a professional life and health coach, and studied fitness and advanced yoga. My newfound knowledge was like a delectable culinary bounty, and I realized I’d been starving my whole life. The desire to share what I’d learned with others inspired me to open my own business.
For more than a decade, I’ve helped others to grow—and continued to grow myself— through Bloom Yoga, Verbena Holistic Center and Spa, Bloom Holistic Life and the Bloom Wellness Coop. I attribute my success to the countless hours I’ve spent studying, meditating, reflecting, and applying everything I’ve learned.
I am living, breathing proof that life coaching works.
I’ve personally studied and applied the very principles I teach my clients in my own life. I’ve transformed my health by understanding the life-changing benefits of eating clean, vibrant, and nutrient-dense food. I’ve moved from simply understanding the knowledge I’ve acquired to living that knowledge—and this is the process that helped me create the career of my dreams.
That said, I’m far from perfect and my life isn't free from challenges by any means. Owning and operating multiple businesses has presented me with more challenges than I could've ever anticipated. The difference is that I view them as an opportunity to grow, learn, and evolve. I no longer resist discomfort—I accept it as part of the process and welcome the lessons it has to offer. My new lease on life happened for one reason: I changed my mindset and took ownership of my thoughts and emotions. And I’m here to tell you that you can do it too.
Whatever it is you’re going through, please know there is hope to create new thoughts, new beliefs, a new path. I’ve walked that very path, and the journey is incredible. Life always gives us clues when we are seeking guidance, so it’s no mistake that you found your way here. I invite you to take a leap of faith to gain a whole—and new—perspective. I’d be honored to be your guide.