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March 16, 2018: today I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach ?

I’ve been coaching for 11+ years, albeit in a different capacity as a people manager or trusted colleague or friend, but if you asked me 5 or even 2 years ago what I would be doing today, supporting people as a coach to Make it Happen, writing blogs, running workshops, running my own yoga and wellness retreats, and making my own body butter would not have been on the list.

It was not too long ago that I was climbing that corporate ladder, earning my MBA and CPA/CMA, eating and drinking what and when I wanted, exercising when I felt like it, buying my first condo, buying my dream car (grad gift to self) …  sounds great right? so then why was I feeling so blah?

Sidebar: Ok, the eating and drinking what I want hasn’t changed, it’s just that now, the selection is more plant-based and more delicious and nutritious than ever!

I’ve always been on the ambitious side, but I guess the only way I can describe it is that I felt like I was supposed to be doing something else, like there was more to life, more that I wanted to give, more that I am meant to do.

I fell out of LOVE with going to work that, while challenging in a good way, didn’t align with my purpose anymore.  I fell out of LOVE with eating so much food that, while tasted delicious at the time, made me feel like, for lack of a better word, crap.

In other words, I was falling back in LOVE with myself — I didn’t want to feel tired, unmotivated, and lost in thought. I wanted more energy, better sleep, I wanted my body pains (tight hips, headaches) to go away, and I wanted to do something that would make me feel ALIVE again.

What I was realizing was that I was on the brink of a transformation. I felt so unhealthy from the inside out, that if I didn’t change, I might not ever shake these feelings, and what kind of life would that be?

So, I took a chance — I took some time off, regrouped. I went on an incredible adventure — travelling Spain, deepening my Yoga practice and living the dream, my dream.

All my life I have looked at things with a glass half full kind of attitude.

I LOVE helping people to grow and achieve their goals — My experience not only as a people manager, but also as a Mentor in the Women’s Mentorship Program at my former company was beyond rewarding on so many levels.

That feeling of pure joy that I would get after seeing people put in the work, develop and grow, and realize their visions and goals, both professionally and personally, eventually moving on to bigger and better — that’s priceless.

I LOVE helping people achieve their health and wellness goals and I LOVE practicing Yoga — one of my favourite jobs was when I worked at GoodLife Fitness in Customer Service and as a Member Ambassador, back in university.

Seeing people achieve their goals like losing 20 pounds over the course of a year, or seeing people completely transform and come alive — you can’t put a price on that.

I LOVE to cook and experiment with spices, wholesome ingredients, and uplevel my old favourites like my banana bread (stay tuned for recipe). I have been moving towards clean living (i.e. eliminating toxins from every angle) over the last few years, saving all kinds of things to my Pinterest Board over the last few years.

Using natural and wholesome ingredients in my home and eliminating as much toxicness (I just made that word up) makes me feel good from the inside. It’s my way of making peace with Mother Nature, helping to protect our earth and those we love by saying NO to chemicals.

So, when I came across the International Association of Wellness Professionals (IAWP), it was like the stars aligned — it just felt right. Not only could I build the foundation to transform my own life, but I could also DO WHAT I LOVE! I can help people feeling like I was feeling to transform their lives too.

Through IAWP, I learned so much. I learned about the body and its functions, about food and nutrition, about mindset, about lifestyle, about coaching, about wellness, about me…

I learned the value and benefits of working with a coach. I had done detoxes, workout programs, diets, bla, bla, bla, and always thought coaching was a waste of money if I’m frank. But I’ll tell you what the problem was — I had no accountability.

That’s where a coach comes in — you have someone to listen to you, to guide you, to hold you accountable, to help you make the changes last, to help you STOP doubting yourself. You get clear and you take action.

It’s not only a commitment to yourself, but also an investment in yourself.

Change can be the hardest, but it doesn’t have to be — remember your WHY and lean on people for help and guidance!

Never stop learning and growing. And do a vision board ? — if you need help, let me know or be on the look out for one of my Vision Board Workshops near you on Facebook.

Everything I have done up to this point has been leading to this, and I couldn’t be more excited for this new chapter.

I want everyone to be happy, inside and out, and doing whatever it is that makes us feel alive — it may sound cheesy, but it’s true.

That’s my mission — I’m out to make a difference in this big, bold crazy world. To help people realize dreams and realize their true calling, their true self, their true happiness.

When we’re happy, we’re healthy, and when we’re healthy, we’re happy.

‘To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.’ — The Alchemist.

Dream it. Think it. Live it.
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