“Everybody and every body is different, so I do not apply a one-size-fits-all solution to my clients. Rather I invite my clients to adopt an integrative view of wellness based on their personal values, addressing any variety of areas necessary to create their own version of a well balanced life.”
I was in my mid-teens when I experienced the first signs of an illness that would take nearly 15 years to diagnose. Fatigue, pain, and myriad complex symptoms sent me chasing specialists, only to walk away with nothing but bills to show for it. When treatments were available, some briefly masked symptoms while others did nothing; most came with side effects too horrible and numerous to mention. Along with these ineffective medications came the disheartening advice of "diet, exercise, and reduce stress," which was a lot to ask when I didn't even have the energy to brush my hair.
There was an added complication in that I didn't look sick. So alongside dealing with my "invisible illness" came the need to convince those in my support system that it even existed. In most areas of my life, I was simply covering for my illness so that people couldn't see the effects it had on me. The constant stress of hiding my illness lead to anxiety and more fatigue that eventually took its toll on my psyche and nearly broke my spirit.
I found hope through a life-altering flare that challenged me to take stock of my life and develop a plan for a better future. I examined the changes I needed to make in my habits, relationships, and career. Rebuilding it one small change at a time, I soon created a life that worked for me and supported me through my illness.
Each day presented new challenges, and I learned to approach these changes with curiosity and joy. I rekindled my creativity while I refined my eating habits by discovering new recipes and cooking tricks to make nourishing my body easy and satisfying. I cultivated joy and peace while I reduced stress and moved my body by dancing carefreely in my living room. I found freedom and purpose in building a business that supports my personal needs as I provide meaningful coaching to my clients. Instead of siphoning energy away, my new way of living allows me to focus my energy on the things that matter most.
One of the things that matters most to me is supporting others with chronic illness, pain, and stress. My experience helps me relate, while fully understanding that each person's experience and struggles are unique. Everybody and every body is different, so I do not apply a one-size-fits-all solution to my clients. Rather I invite my clients to adopt an integrative view of wellness based on their personal values, addressing any variety of areas necessary to create their own version of a well balanced life.
I found my FLARE OF HOPE; discover yours with integrative health coaching.
Degrees and certifications
Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) training from Academy of Creative Coaching
Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentials from the International Coaching Federation (Pending)
Bachelor of arts in Psychology from the University of Kansas
Master of arts in General Management from American Public University