There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
Taking my education to Africa
My experience and expertise in health, wellness and life coaching are a unique combination of breadth and depth. Spanning the globe, the country and the fields themselves, I have spent the last 10 years learning with and from the human-community. It is a constant source of inspiration and growth for me, with no end in sight
The spark began while working as a sexual health educator in South Africa. It was the beginning of a conscious exploration humanity and our pursuit of wellness...
In the 2.5 years I lived in southern and western Africa, I worked with the World Health Organization, several smaller HIV prevention NGOs, Planned Parenthood Ghana, lived in the bustle of Accra, facilitated a female empowerment workshop for high risk teens, learned French, and traveled to nine African countries. All before my 23rd birthday.
The common and rich thread between all of these adventures was opportunity to sit down with people in need of support, who were struggling to change their lives, and who were in dire need of more than education.
When we need change, we need someone to sit with us and hear our story so the problem can be uncovered.
That was what I offered Africa.
The Return State-side
Through these incredibly formative years, I consciously explored ways to give back to the human-community. The first formal steps as a wellness and life coach began in a free mental health clinic, working with individuals to find help, resources and guidance in making the changes that had kept them stuck in patterns they identified as unhealthy.
The years after were a special mix of travel, self-development and career refinement. In two years as a wilderness therapy life coach in Alabama, Florida and Utah, I taught youth and young adults life skills and personal-development in the outdoors.
These highly emotional and physical experiences were a fertile ground for mindfulness skills development, both for myself and my students, skills that were taught and utilized with powerful results. After over 10 years of personal practice, I decided to obtain my 200-hour yoga instructor certification. This experience left me with an even greater passion for the potential of yoga and meditation as wellness tools, two significant elements of my approach today.
Masters Degree and Making It Happen
While obtaining a Masters in Health Behaviorand Education, I applied my healthy lifestyle insight and skill as a Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach, Positive Psychology Teacher's Assistant, 5-day-a-week yoga instructor, community college health faculty, and sexual health communication workshop facilitator.
The tying together of these pursuits, purpose and inspiration came when I was certified as an Integrative Wellness and Life Coach. Coaching from the inside-out (emotions and mental frameworks) as well as the outside-in (plans and strategies to overcome barriers) allows me to work with clients on their problems, issues, struggles from a holistic model of life. My clients leave sessions with a stronger sense of their own truth and path towards wellness, rather than advice of 'shoulds' and 'coulds.' Wellness coaching means starting where you are, using what you have and doing what you can to live the life you want for yourself.