I started my health coaching business in April of 2015, just after being “let go” from a tech startup in Dallas, TX. I had known for months that the job wasn’t me, as it was in sales. I’ve never been one to pressure another into something I didn’t truly believe in, and needless to say, I didn’t really believe in what I was selling. I was looking for something that genuinely helped others in the way that I had personally helped myself a decade prior.
I used to be twice my size. I remember after a horrible freshman year of college, where I experienced everything from the loss of a parent to my first dabble into drugs and alcohol, ripping my jeans at the sides and crafting them with ribbons so they would fit me (I was completely broke and couldn’t afford a new pair). I was so lost and so unhappy. The only comfort I found was in food, but not real food– total and complete junk. My bank account was negative five hundred dollars at one point and I felt like a failure at pretty much everything except being the life of the party.
When the party was over, when the lights came on, I had no job, money, and I was squeezing into a size 16. I didn’t look into mirrors. I instead decided to throw away the junk, booze, and people who weren’t really in my life for any good reason. I started working in retail because I didn’t have to have a college degree and the hours were flexible. I think subconsciously I also wanted images of women that I aspired to look like. I became dependable again, responsible even, making new girlfriends at work and maintaining a bank account. The only problem? I stopped eating. I lived on Slimfast and one salad a day with no dressing. I drank jugs of water and was literally starving ALL the time. While the weight fell off of me, I was fueling an eating disorder. I didn’t know any better at the time, so I decided to do some research after too many comments by those who had known me before my weight loss plunge.
The first book I read was “Skinny Bitch.” It opened my eyes to eating real, unprocessed foods and the dangers of all the chemicals and toxins in most of our food supply. I decided I would become a vegetarian and swore off red meat for the rest of my life (still haven’t ate it since) and start living a life of compassion. As the years went by, I made great strides in healing my body and life. I discovered my love of running and became a long distance runner. I went back to college and fell in love with my now husband. I started working in the banking industry to provide for myself throughout school. I continued to learn and maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. I became the person people messaged when they had a weight loss or healthy eating question, and I absolutely loved it! More importantly, I learned to love myself again and start living a fulfilling life that didn’t include a horrible headache the next day.
After I finished grad school and started working in marketing, I discovered that I didn’t feel as fulfilled as I had imagined. I researched other things and discovered health coaching through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. A year later, I was a licensed health coach and had five glorious clients that I enjoyed working with. As I watched them achieve their goals, I felt incredibly lucky to be the person they chose to work with, as I’m definitely one of thousands of health coaches out there. We celebrated several milestones as I coached them along. Then when the program ended, we kept in touch.
This is where I might differ from others; I don’t pressure you to continue buying from me. My goal is to give you the tools you need and set you on your own journey. We must all go through this process individually and it’s extremely personal. During one program with me, my goal is to give the resources and information necessary for my clients to begin a foundation of healthy living that doesn’t require my help afterwards. Because of this, I took a second job that I am equally in love with: flight attending. I get to travel the world and meet new people from everywhere on a weekly basis.
Now that I have reached the point in my flight attending career that I can schedule new clients around, I am reopening my Lighted Wellness program to new clients. I’m only taking on five clients at a time, however, so that I can be accessible and available to each and every one throughout their program. My programs are monthly and include bi-weekly calls from me generally around one hour in length. I send resources, books, and anything else I think you might enjoy to help you along the way. We create a new plan for your life and I guide you along, celebrating your success as we go!
If you are interested in signing up, you can message me on any of my social media accounts or my personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy November ❤