New Year’s Workshop Was a Success!

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On January 30th I hosted a New Year’s workshop at One Roof in Venice Beach. I am so pleased to share that the workshop was a success! I wanted to provide women with the time and space that they needed to relax, reflect, set an intention for the way that they want to live their lives, and come up with a plan to reach each and every one of their goals.

We spent the day talking about what we want our lives to look like and we tapped into our heart’s deepest desires. We wrote in our journals, created plans for our goals, made vision boards to help our dreams become a reality, meditated, ate delicious plant-based foods, and took part in an interactive talk that I lead. It was incredibly touching to see so many women come together, open up about their fears and desires, bond, support one another, and know that they are not alone in their joys and frustrations.

I am excited to share that I will definitely be putting together more workshops in the future, so please stay tuned!

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It turned out to be a nice morning/afternoon, so we decided to sit outside. Here are the women creating vision boards.

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Like the retreat that I hosted in October, we ended up having lots of mother/daughter duos at the workshop! Here are JoAnn and Monica, sharing their vision boards. JoAnn is working on finding balance in her life and making more time for herself. Monica recently got married – congratulations, Monica! She and her husband Ted would like to start a family soon and they are thinking that Monica should try to get pregnant by the end of the year. Because of this, Monica wants to eat healthier and stay active so she can be in the best shape of her life when she gets pregnant and so that she can also pass on good eating/living habits to her future child(ren). I can’t wait to learn more, Monica!

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Lynne-Anne created a great vision board that covers the four main aspects of her life. In each corner of her vision board are the letters “LOVE” because everything she does is surrounded by love. I love this, Lynne-Anne!

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Here is Lynne-Anne with her mom, Ruth. Ruth is retired and wanting to enjoy her life and play more. She has an adorable cat that cuddles with her, so you’ll notice the two kitties on her vision board :).

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Gwenna created four vision boards! She’d like to do things fully so she is working on giving everything that she does 100% of her effort. She wants to see things through to the end. She is also working on getting fit and eating healthily. I can’t wait for updates on your health journey, Gwenna!

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Elizabeth created two vision boards :).

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Nicole has been wanting to go on a cruise to Alaska with her husband so you’ll notice that she has a picture of a cruise on the top left corner of her vision board. She also wants to be authentic; she has a top-level position at her company where she is not only the youngest employee, but she’s also the only woman and the only minority. Though she is required to dress professionally and “be polished” at work, with her hair straightened, she sees her true self as rocking an afro, smiling, and wearing a dashiki, which she does on weekends :).

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You may have noticed Virginia from my last retreat – I love Virginia! She has such a warm, fun energy and she’s always open to attending these workshops and tapping into her true self. As a mom, daughter, and teacher, she is working on saying “no” more often so that she can say “yes” to herself. It’s taking some time, but I am so proud of her for finally prioritizing self-care!

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Pam is retired and loving life! She is traveling and taking the time to enjoy herself and her family. There may be something else that she wants to pursue in life, so with some encouragement from her daughter Nicole, we’ll see what life has in store for Pam!

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Here I am with the lovely women who attended this special workshop. It was a beautiful day and I truly enjoyed my time with them. Thank you, ladies!

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Here are the women with their vision boards. Great job, ladies!

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Lynne-Anne took a picture of me preparing the women for our meditation. I had no idea she was taking pictures!

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We went over the mantra before we meditated.

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Getting ready to meditate!

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I always love spending time with women and helping them reach their goals and live a life filled with love, abundance, and self-care. Please join me for my next workshop!

New Year’s Workshop: Discover Your Heart’s Deepest Desires

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New Year’s Workshop: Discover Your Heart’s Deepest Desires

When: Saturday, January 30th 2016 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where: One Roof, 1333 6th Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Why: You deserve to be happy and live the life of your dreams





I’ve been thinking about our new year’s tradition of making resolutions and I’ve been wondering why so many people abandon their lists so soon into the new year? I’ve also been thinking about those who have decided not to make any resolutions at all, because they feel that they’ll fail at most, if not all of them. I’d like us to get back into the spirit of believing in ourselves and knowing that we can lead lives that are exciting, fulfilling, happy, healthy, and beautiful.  For this reason, I want to invite you to join me for this workshop so that we can search our hearts to discover what it is that we truly want for ourselves and how we can achieve these goals. We’ll be exploring topics such as: How can we make our dreams a reality? What are our deepest desires? How can we learn to be happy now?

We’ll journal, create vision boards, meditate, enjoy a delicious lunch, and listen to a workshop on the importance of following our intuition and allowing it to guide us as we navigate our way to the life of our dreams. We’ll learn how to let go of past stories, emotions, and relationships that are no longer serving us and we’ll instead embrace our inner strength, independence, and courage.

Whether you’ve made a list or not this year, we’ll discuss the importance of self-care and why we need to nourish ourselves mind, body, and spirit as this is how we can live in alignment with who we really are – amazing, radiant, gorgeous women who are meant to thrive, not just survive.

As a special gift, this workshop is available for just $25 if you sign up before January 25, 2016. Afterwards, the price will increase to $45. Be sure to bring a friend who is in need of relaxation and the space to create a plan to achieve her true desires. See you there!

If you want to:

  • Get clarity on how you want to live your life
  • Discover your deepest desires
  • Enjoy the company and support of like-minded women
  • Attend a workshop on how to let go of the past and embrace the present
  • Create a vision board
  • Meditate
  • Eat delicious plant-based food

Then this workshop is for you!

In order to ensure your continued success, you’ll leave with:

  • A clear vision on how you want to live your life
  • A plan for how you’ll achieve your goals
  • A FREE 1-hour consultation with me (a $125 value)
  • A new vision board
  • A community of women who share your wants and needs
  • A deeper love for yourself
  • A sense of calm, peace, and tranquility

Join us on Saturday, January 30th (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) at One Roof in Venice Beach. Space is limited so reserve this experience today by clicking the link below. See you soon!

 

 





Your Healthy Happy Getaway: An All Day Retreat for Women On the Go

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Imagine if you could spend a day learning how to create the lifestyle that you’ve always wanted, so that you can enjoy the health and happiness that you deserve.

On this all-women’s retreat, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.

If you feel stressed out, exhausted, overwhelmed, and are struggling to find the time and energy to keep up with your busy life – you’re not alone. And, it’s not your fault. We all have so many commitments and obligations; it’s easy to see why we often neglect our wants and needs. But on this retreat we will learn how to manage stress, decompress, love ourselves, and prioritize our mental/physical/emotional/spiritual well-being.

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We’ll have the day to do yoga, meditate, create vision boards, write positive affirmations, eat delicious plant-based food, listen to a nutrition workshop, and more. We’ll create an intention for the way we want to live our lives and we’ll learn how to carve out the time and space we need to live our dreams. We’ll finally be able to tend to ourselves, instead of constantly putting everyone else first.

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If you want to:

  • Relax, Recharge, Refresh
  • Be in the company of amazing women
  • De-stress and decompress
  • Do yoga and meditate
  • Receive a FREE mini massage from Takahashi Chiropractic while you are attending the retreat
  • Attend a workshop filled with information on how to be healthy, happy, and at peace with your body
  • Create a vision board that will make your dreams a reality
  • Be surrounded by nature in all its beauty
  • Eat delicious food catered by Pretty, Healthy Foods

Then this retreat is for you!

In order to ensure your continued health and happiness you will leave with:

  • A free one hour consultation with me (a $125 value)
  • A bundle of beautiful sage
  • A massage certificate for $29 from Takahashi Chiropractic
  • A free initial consultation with Brandon Takahashi at Takahashi Chiropractic
  • Organic, natural skin care from Zatik
  • Your new vision board
  • A sense of calm, peace, and tranquility
  • A deeper love for yourself
  • A community of women who share your wants and needs
  • Energy to fulfill your purpose in life

Join us on Saturday, October 10th, 2015 (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) in beautiful Temescal Canyon for the relaxing getaway you’ve earned. Space is limited so reserve this experience today by clicking the link below, which includes a reserved parking spot for the day!




Don’t need a parking spot – want to park on the street instead? Click below.




Your relaxing retreat awaits. I am excited to see you soon! Namaste.

 

 

 

Did You Know? Prediabetes Increases Cancer Risk

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According to a new study published in Diabetologia, prediabetes increases a person’s risk for several cancers, including endometrial, liver, stomach or colorectal cancers. Fortunately, researchers noted that lifestyle changes can treat and even prevent this condition. You can read more about the study here, but this is a reminder that doctors are making people aware that prediabetes is a disease in itself. If you or someone you know has prediabetes,  please seek help, as this can save your life or the life of a loved one.

As a Health Coach, I can help you make simple, effective, lasting diet and lifestyle changes. You will learn how to eat foods that nourish and satisfy you – not ones that leave you feeling sluggish, sick, and bloated. I will also teach you how to manage your stress, find an activity you love, get better sleep, seek a form of spirituality that fulfills you, and much more. In addition to working with me, you can also join your YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. I am facilitating the Diabetes Prevention Program at the Culver-Palms Family YMCA in Culver City. We started our first class for our September 2014 session on Tuesday night! This is a great way to learn more about healthy eating and living, so I encourage you to work with a Health Coach, talk to your doctor, or join your local YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

You are in charge of your health. The decisions you make on a daily basis determine how healthy you are – your health is in your hands. Make good choices. I can help.

Meditate with Oprah and Deepak Chopra!

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Oprah and Deepak Chopra are offering another FREE 21-day meditation! I have absolutely loved all of their 21-day meditations so far, and I am so excited that I can participate in another one. The theme for this meditation is, “Finding Your Flow.” We are on day 4, and so far, the meditation topics have been:

Day 1: Finding Security

Day 2: Finding Happiness

Day 3: Finding Power

Day 4: Finding Love

Oprah starts each meditation with some words of wisdom, and then Deepak Chopra leads us into the meditation. I wish I could meditate with these two amazing people every day! I cannot emphasize enough how much this experience is truly healing. Whether you want to calm your mind, learn how to meditate, unwind, relax, restore your faith in yourself, the world, your body’s natural healing process, this is the way to do it.

Join me on this incredible journey and share your experience with me in the comments below.

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I met Deepak Chopra at Lyfe Kitchen in Culver City and can’t wait to share that experience with you all soon. Xo

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The gorgeous lily pictured above is from the Motor Avenue Farmers’ Market that I go to on Sundays. I have a table there that is packed with helpful handouts, recipes, and special offers for my Health Coaching services. I picked up the lilies on Sunday and they are so beautiful! Stop by and talk to me, get some flowers, enjoy a relaxing, healthy, peaceful Sunday, and share your meditation stories with me!

Start Exercising Now!

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When we’re stressed out, anxious, or depressed, I know it’s tempting to curl up into a ball, watch movies, and stay in bed. While these actions may seem like a good idea, the answer to feeling better is actually to get up and move. Exercise plays an important role in our health. When we exercise, we release endorphins, which are the chemicals that create a positive feeling in our bodies. We all have an exercise routine we love, whether it’s running, hiking, biking, walking, swimming, doing housework, practicing yoga, dancing, doing pilates, or something else, we have to stay active. By doing so, we will not only be physically fit, but we will also increase the “feel good” hormones in our body, which can assist in dealing with depression, reducing stress, alleviating anxiety, increasing self-esteem, and more.

What I love about exercise is that it really has so many positive benefits for us. In addition to making us feel happier and more relaxed, exercise is also important for keeping our hearts healthy and strong; staying active also strengthens our muscles and bones, lowers blood pressure, and exercises such as yoga help keep us flexible.

I know that the weather is colder, the days are shorter, and it probably seems like a good idea to just stay put, but trust me, you’ll feel so much better if you dedicate part of your day to getting up and moving. Even if you only have 10 minutes to go for a walk or a quick run, do it! Promise yourself that you will create a plan to stay active. If you’re exercising in the morning, it’s important to warm up first; don’t overexert yourself, especially not first thing in the morning, as this can be a shock to your system. Instead, wake up, have some water, tea, breakfast, and after you digest you can stretch and go for a walk – how great does that sound? Add your exercise routine to your calendar. Join a group exercise program and make new friends who support your healthy lifestyle and encourage you to do great things for yourself. Share your new workout plan with others so that at least one person will hold you accountable. See if you have a friend or family member who will work out with you. Whatever your next plan of action will be, I want you to not only look great, but to feel amazing as well. If you have a medical condition or an injury and cannot exercise at this moment, please try other stress reduction methods such as meditation, massage therapy, and/or hypnotherapy. If you can exercise, then get up and move! If you’re not sure whether or not you can exercise, or what the best exercise is for you, make sure you see a physician who can help you make a safe, healthy decision.

A Health Coach is a great resource to have when you’re starting a new exercise plan, want to heal yourself, and need someone who will listen to you and support you consistently. Join me for a free one hour consultation where we’ll create a health program that is perfect for you. Explore my programs and get a sense of which one of these you’d like to try first. Here’s to your health!

Be Grateful!

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I’ve noticed that too many times in our lives, we miss all the good things that we have. Sometimes we get so caught up in wanting more for ourselves that we forget to appreciate what we do have. I know that we all have goals, plans, dreams, desires, etc., but we also have to live in the present moment. And the present is a special gift to be cherished. I want us to shift our patterns of operating from a place of lack and fear to acting from a place of love and abundance. We are always giving off energy. How amazing would it be to give off an energy of love? Of gratitude? Of warmth? Of constant thanksgiving? Of complete abundance? Think of the people you are attracted to; for me, I am drawn to people who smile; laugh; appreciate the good in their lives; help others; are genuinely kind; trust in God/a higher power/the universe. I like to surround myself with people who lift me up and love me just as I am. I want to be that person for everyone I know.

Wherever you are, if you are alive and breathing, if you are loved by at least one person, then you have much to be thankful for. I want you to take a break from worrying. Write your worries on a piece of paper. Look at them for one minute. And then rip them up. You are done worrying for the day. Now, make a gratitude list. Write, “I am thankful for…” and fill that list with whatever you are truly grateful for – friends, family, health, a warm bed, a roof over your head, comfortable clothing, a hot cup of soup, etc. Then say this affirmation: “We make magic constantly. Pause. Breathe. Notice. Praise. Repeat. You’ve come so, so, so far. Pour a cup of tea and brag to yourself. Truly, you’re a miracle creating the miraculous” – Kris Carr.

As Deepak Chopra and Oprah remind us in their amazing meditations, “I am my deepest desire”  – say this, daily. You are blessed, abundant, radiant, and gorgeous. Go be grateful. Greet strangers with a smile. Hug your loved ones. Dance. Laugh. Sing out loud. Wear red lipstick. Let your hair down. Let the wind touch your face. Be present. You are alive and you have so much to be grateful for. Namaste.

Brides to Be: Lose Weight Before Your Big Day!

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No one knows how much time and effort planning a wedding can be, unless they’ve done it themselves. With so many details to tend to, it’s easy to be stressed out, break out, and feel like you’ll never lose those last few pounds and fit perfectly into your gorgeous dress. As you’re prepping for your wedding, you want to make sure that you look and feel your best, which is why I came up with a program exclusively for brides to be! Whether your wedding is six months away or next month (yay!), there is still time to lose that extra weight. Even if you’re in a rush, you can still lose up to 8 pounds with my 30-day Rush to Weight Loss Program. My goal is to help brides to be shed those last few pounds before their wedding day without dieting, starving, sucking it in, or stressing out. I want to help take a load off your shoulder and be your partner as you lose weight, feel great, and prep for your big day.

In this special program, you will work with me to finally get to your ideal weight. As a bonus of living a healthy lifestyle, you will also get:

  • Clear, radiant, glowing skin
  • Beautiful, shiny hair
  • Better sleep so you can get more rest
  • Tips and training on how to breathe and be stress-free
  • As much support and guidance as you need from me

You will have access to delicious recipes, food samples, tons of helpful handouts, and more. I will share with you my top tips for shedding weight without dieting or starving. You will be happy, full, and still lose weight!

Choose from one of these programs:

30-day Rush to Weight Loss:

This program is ideal if you have less than 10 pounds to lose. Remember that you can only lose 1-2 pounds of fat per week, and while I want you to lose weight, I will ensure that you are doing so in a way that is safe and healthy.

You will receive:

  • Two one-hour sessions over the course of 1 month
  • Recipes, handouts, exercise tips, and more
  • E-mail support in-between sessions

90-day Intensive:

This is perfect for you because you will have enough time to lose weight and learn how to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.

You will receive:

  • Six one-hour one-on-one sessions over three months
  • Unlimited email support for same day question and answer response
  • Handouts, recipes, books, and more
  • Food samples and other materials

6-Month Platinum Program for Brides to Be

This is the ultimate program for brides to be. You will make gradual, lasting changes and will have my constant support and guidance for 6 whole months! I *highly* recommend this program if your wedding is at least 6 months away – get excited!

You will receive:

  • Twelve one-hour one-on-one sessions over six months
  • Unlimited email support for same day question and answer response
  • Handouts, recipes, books, and more
  • Foods samples and other materials
  • Discounts on my special cleanses and detoxes

I know that while this is a special, exciting time in your life, it can also be stressful. There are lots of details that you’re probably thinking about constantly, but stressing out about your weight does not have to be one of those things. I will help you look and feel your best on your big day, because you deserve it. You are beautiful no matter how much you weigh – there’s no question there, but I certainly want you to feel amazing in your own skin. You can finally reach your ideal weight, get clear skin, shiny hair, and more. You are gorgeous and you will be glowing on your wedding day! Contact me so we can get you started on your exclusive bride-to-be wellness package.

Discover Your Deepest Desire

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I recently signed up for Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21 day meditation challenge. I did a 21 day meditation challenge with them not too long ago, so when I saw that they were offering a new one so soon, I was really excited. As you know, I have been meditating more lately and it has worked wonders for me. Wherever you are in your life, even if you are already calm, peaceful, and happy, I encourage you to meditate. I feel that I have discovered more about myself and that I now have a tool that grounds me and quiets the chatter in my mind. I am confident you will uncover amazing things that meditation can do for you, too.

Here is a great quote from day 1 that I wanted to share with you all: “Our deepest, most heartfelt desires are like stars in a constellation…brilliant, twinkling lights that show us the way and create pathways to our true destinies. It is our soul’s mission to connect with, cherish, and realize our desires in order to live our lives to the fullest and make our greatest contributions to the world. In fulfilling our heart-held dreams we flourish, serving ourselves and others from a place of bliss, generosity, and love. Our journey starts at the beginning, in the center, as we go within to listen to our deepest truth.”

Each day, there is a new centering thought for our meditation. Our centering thought for day 1 is: “I am my deepest desire.” We meditated on this thought and you can, too. Find a quiet place where you can be alone and try meditating for 10 minutes today. Share your experience with me and others on this blog and I hope that you will achieve your deepest desire. Namaste.

*Update: Oprah and Deepak Chopra are having another free 21-day meditation challenge! This challenge will start on 4/14/2014. Sign up now – you’ll love it!*

Can Creativity Make You Healthier?

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Expressing your creativity may just be the health answer you’ve been looking for. Whether you are a dancer, singer, painter, poet, writer, drummer, guitar player, or pianist, taking time to be creative can make you healthier. Since there are plenty of ways to be creative, including blogging, gardening, making collages, acting, etc. find something you love that allows you to relax and be creative and do it! You will be amazed at how your mind and body will start to heal.

I often feel best when I write. For me, there are so many benefits to writing: I express how I truly feel, I tap into that part of me that makes me feel so happy, and I feel like I am telling my story. When I don’t write, the opposite happens. I become stressed, unhappy, and even anxious. If there’s one thing I can tell you with all sincerity is that you have to let that creative part of you shine so you can nurture yourself: mind, body, and spirit. There are no wrong answers with being creative – just do what you love!

I have been reading Dr. Lissa Rankin’s Mind Over Medicine where she lists several benefits to expressing yourself creativily. On page 114, she writes, “Health benefits of creative expression include improved sleep, better overall health, fewer doctor visits, less use of medication, and fewer vision problems. Creativity decreases symptoms of distress and improves quality of life for women with cancer; it strengthens positive feelings, alleviates distress, and helps clarify existential and spiritual issues; it lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, reduces anxiety, and improves mood, social functioning, and self-esteem.” She confirms what I have been feeling all along, which is that we must value our creativity and take time to nourish that part of ourselves. With so much credit being given to doctors, lawyers, and engineers, we often forget how important it is for us to tap into our inner artist, writer, musician, etc. and let that part of us out so we can heal and be happy. (By the way, I think artists, musicians, and writers are an invaluable part of our society! I owe so much to the brilliant authors and actors who make me laugh and to the singers who move me with their incredible voices. To all the amazing creative minds who encourage me to tune everything out and just write, I’ll always be grateful.)

I like to give my clients a journal. They can use this to write gratitude lists, keep track of how certain foods make them feel, and write about anything they want. I give them journals because I feel that my clients are on a journey and this is a great time for them to write about how they feel: their hopes, dreams, desires – I want them to know that they can all come true and that they should be proud of themselves for working with a Health Coach who believes in them. I always remind them that they can and should also do what they love and tap into that creative part of themselves. In this way, I watch them heal, relax, and release some of the stress that they carry around. You would be amazed how much of a weight is lifted when we sing, knit, dance, paint, write, etc. – the world suddenly becomes a better place and that stress, anxiety, and depression we may have been feeling finally melts away.

Dr. Lissa Rankin goes on to write, “The health benefits of creativity are incredible – that’s just how creative expression affects the individual! Creativity also affects your work life, your relationships, your sexuality, your spirituality, and your mental health […] Even seemingly unrelated benefits may arise as the result of expressing yourself creativity, such as improved fertility” (p. 115-116). I always feel that we all have a story to tell; a book inside of us or maybe even a short story that needs to be written and shared. Whatever is burning inside of you, let it out. The cost of keeping it inside could be your health. The benefit? Your mental, emotional, spiritual, and even physical freedom – the start of finally being healthy and happy. Unlock your creativity. Pick up a pen, paint brush, or instrument and sing the song of your heart.

Is it time for you to work with a Health Coach? Prioritize your health and happiness and work with me! Schedule your free initial consultation and start living the life of your dreams. You will have my undivided attention as well as a unique, personal program that is customized for your needs. You’d be surprised how fun and freeing it can be to finally let yourself heal. Read more about my approach to wellness and health coaching here. Whatever you do, nourish yourself. Namaste.