It’s Official! I’m a Certified Health Coach!

UPDATE: Group Coaching Enrollment is now open!

Well, we made it!

As of Tuesday, I have officially earned my certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. What’s that mean? I’m a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach!

What’s a health coach, anyway?

A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness professional helping clients feel their best through sustainable, realistic food & lifestyle changes by tailoring individualized wellness programs to each and every client.

My approach to holistic health is that we are more than the number of smoothie bowls we eat or number of times per week we make it to the gym. Our holistic health includes our relationships, job satisfaction, financial security, spiritual practices, and so! much! more!

We’re not holistically healthy when we’re stressed or unhappy, when our needs for friendship and companionship aren’t met, when feel undervalued in our work or community. My job as a Holistic Health Coach is to look at and beyond food and fitness for an integrative approach to true health and happiness.

How I Work With Clients

Right now, there are two main ways I work with and help my clients.

1:1 Coaching

I offer one-on-one coaching in both 3- and 6-month programs for individuals who want to create an overall sense of balance and wellness in their lives, have a few specific goals they’re trying to meet and need that extra boost of accountability and support, and who feel fine but are ready to feel amazing.

To find out if this type of coaching is right for you, I offer a free, 30-minute Health History Consultation where we quickly chat about where you’re at right now, where you want to be, and whether or not working with a health coach is the way to get there.

What’s included in 1:1 coaching?

  • a fully customized & tailored health & wellness program specifically for YOU, your lifestyle, and your goals
  • 12 1-hour bi-weekly calls where we discuss your progress, obstacles, and next steps & goals
  • access to resources, worksheets, and other supporting materials
  • unlimited accountability and support from a fully certified holistic health coach
  • frequent and consistent reviews of goals and progress, with opportunities to pivot and re-align where necessary

Click here to book that free consultation.

Group Coaching

I am currently pre-enrolling for my first group coaching program, which I opened up first to my newsletter subscriber list. Tomorrow, (Friday, July 13), I will open that enrollment up to the public. This inaugural 6-month program is called Bring It Into Balance, and it mirrors the type of coaching I offer to my 1:1 clients, but in a more structured format and in a group setting for added accountability and connection.

This is a great option if you want to test the waters of working with a coach, if your main goal is overall balance and wellness, and if you’re not quite ready to make the financial investment of a 1:1 program.

What are the benefits of a group program? Well, over 6-months, we will:

  • examine 12 important areas of a holistically healthy lifestyle,
  • set (& crush!) specific, actionable goals — together!
  • commune with like-minded individuals who are on a similar path of creating balance & harmony in their lives because there is so much power in community,
  • do all of this with the support, guidance, & accountability of a certified Holistic Health Coach (that’s me!).

I have over $200 worth of bonus materials planned for this course, including the opportunity for each participant to get a full 1:1 hour of coaching with me during the program.

In a nutshell? It’s gonna be good.

Beyond the coaching programs, I will be building up and out a number of other resources such as books and digital courses, and you can follow along:

As I build this business, I’d love to know how I can help YOU. Do you have any questions about what it’s like to work with a health coach? I worked with my own Integrative Health Coach for a full year and made a number of sustainable changes: I lost (and kept off!) 15 pounds, I increased my credit score by over 35 points, and I played with a few different dietary theories that I’d always wanted to check out, leading to overall sustained change in healthy eating habits. In short, it changed my life and I’m excited to pay that forward. My current clients are:

  • setting (and reaching) big financial goals
  • understanding and establishing boundaries and expectations in their relationships
  • learning how to make small, but impactful changes to their daily diet for more energy and focus
  • utilizing tools they already have to implement sustainable habit-change in their every day lives
  • overcoming limiting beliefs about what is and isn’t possible for their most fulfilling lives

Stay tuned — tomorrow I’ll open up enrollment for the group program, but if you know you want in, you can leave a comment here or send me an email and I’ll put you first on the list!

vision board

Create Your Own Vision (Board) Workshop Recap, Tips for Creating Your Own, + A Starter Vision Board Kit

A few months ago, as I created my own most recent vision board (pictured above), I had the idea that I’d love to lead an entire workshop on doing exactly what I was doing in that moment. I looked around at the environment I’d created — a glass of rosé, a few magazines spread out on the table in front of me, scissors, glue sticks, paper bag trash bag next to me for all of the inevitable paper scraps I was about to create, and groovy dance tunes filling the air around me.

I thought it would be pretty amazing to re-create this environment and then also fill it with other people who were energetically focusing their attention on their own dreams, goals, and intentions. I happened to find the phrase “workshop” in one of the magazines, so I cut it out and put it up on mine.

The Universe Conspires

A short ways into the planning process (really, just costing out what I’d need to buy and supply), I asked an event-planner friend of mine if she could recommend a good venue that would be well-suited to making a giant mess of magazine scraps while listening to music and drinking rosé.

What happened next can only best be described as the whole “… and, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it’* thing.

She said to me, “I actually need someone to lead EXACTLY such a workshop at the World Domination Summit this summer.”

Whaaaaaaaaaaat?!

So yesterday, I did exactly that. And of all of the places to test run and essentially launch this idea (and my coaching business with it) into the world, I couldn’t think of a better, more engaged place to do it.

Yesterday, I led my first Vision Board workshop at the World Domination Summit.

Show up

Supplies, space, and the guest list would all be BUILT IN. The target audience could not be a more receptive audience to spending two hours thinking about visions and intentions and then arts-and-crafternooning about it in the middle of the WDS HQ. 

All I had to do was supply some of my own magazines and show up. 

Hey, sometimes that’s the hard part (the showing up, not necessarily the magazines).

So, I did! This was yesterday and I am overjoyed at how well it went. 

The attendees were inspiring, engaged, creative, and open. They were excited to share their visions and dreams and even more excited when they found pictures, words, and phrases that seemed to *coincidentally* align with ideas, words, and phrases they already had in their heads. 

*spoiler alert : not a coincidence! Synchronicity is everywhere when we start to align with our purpose and calling*

Here are a few photos from the event: 

We started with a little overview on what a vision board actually is.

We talked about the power of setting intentions, creating space for our ideas and dreams, and the momentum we gain when we spend dedicated time focused on these visions, and the exponential power and momentum we gain when we surround ourselves with other people holding the same space and energy. 

Then, we spent a little over an hour flipping through magazines, sharing our visions, and putting it all together. 

It was magic.

I can’t wait to do this again here in Portland, and eventually take it to other cities in the future. 

Can’t wait ‘til then?

Create YOUR Own Vision (Board)

Here’s 5 tips to get you started, including a link at the end to snag your very own Create Your Own Vision (Board) Kit (yay!).

  1. Choose 1-2 magazines that you know will resonate and 1-2 that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to. Example: men’s interest magazines have long spent more time, column space, and ad space dedicated to topics on success, wealth, and power. Women’s magazines are catching up — yes! Yay! — but the variety of both plus travel, fashion, cooking, whatever your interests are (cycling! birds! sports!) is a great place to start.
  2. Have a specific focus. Or don’t! You can choose a theme (Home, Travel, Health, Romance) and look for images and words in support of that theme. This is a great approach if you’re seeking focus. Or, you can create a more holistic vision board that represents multiple areas of your life. This is great if you’re seeking balance.
  3. Keep a trash bag or can nearby. I find that this is an excellent re-use of paper grocery bags. Scraps into the bag, bag into the recycling. 
  4. Don’t spend money on new magazines! Use what you have. Ask your friends to gift you their old ones. Shop garage sales, Goodwill, or thrift stores for old magazines at a major discount. The more you’re re-using and/or recycling the better. 
  5. Need a jump start? I got you! I created this super simple and also super fun Vision Board kit to get you started. Each kit comes with the actual supplies you’ll need (scissors, glue, board) plus 2-3 magazines, washi tape and other fun crafty accessories, and a vinyl pouch to keep it all organized. Get it, get it!

Have you created a vision board before? What visions have you manifested by keeping them front-and-center in your daily thoughts? 

*Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist