How would you describe your journey to becoming the health leader you are today?
I’ve always had a gift of transmitting calmness and being a good listener. After working for a holistic doctor for a few years, treating my husband after a heart attack, I learned from him about how our bodies can heal themselves if we feed and treat them right. I became more aware of integrative and holistic dietary and lifestyle choices and decided to get my certification as an integrative nutrition health coach to be able to help and coach others.
Describe a moment you felt like giving up. Why didn’t you?
There aren’t very many as I’m a very strong-willed person, but, I, too, am vulnerable to certain weaknesses – one of them is my self-image/body type. When I look in the mirror and sometimes don’t see what I expect, I get a sense of “why bother.” But I do bother. God created me 5 feet, 1 inch, and curvy, and I’ve come a long way. I’m a 58-year-old woman who is healthy (no meds, not one), active and full of life. I have a wonderful husband of 35 years and three beautiful and healthy grown children, and then there’s me, and I’m worthy of life.
Describe the person and provider you are striving to be.
I want to be a health coach who reaches people’s inner souls. I want to help them achieve their needs and goals by giving them the tools, support and coaching to make choices for a healthier and happier self.
What advice do you wish you could give to your younger self?
Listen less to what others say if it doesn’t mesh with your inner self, do your own homework, do what feels best for you and not others and don’t forget to be true to yourself and love yourself as much as you love others.