The Transformation Within: How I Found My Calling as a Holistic Life Coach

The Transformation Within: How I Found My Calling as a Holistic Life Coach
I’ve been revamping my website and while doing so, started thinking about my journey and how it has brought me to where I am today. How it brought me to becoming a Holistic Life Coach. So I figured, if I’m revamping my site, might as well also bring my blog back to life. And what better way to start than to share my journey. So, here we go! (And it’s going to be a long one, y’all. So bear with me.)

I suppose you could say it began when I decided to go into psychology, although I had no idea this is the road it would eventually lead me down.I’ve always had a heart for helping others. (I blame my parents and upbringing for that.) Learning how the mind works and why we do the things, and ways to help work through those things seemed the logical way to go. It took me several years, as a working single mom, to complete my degree. But I did it! Now what?

I started out in an Intervention Behavior Program at a middle school, working in an Autism specific classroom. Then moved onto working with a counseling service based at a small town school where I helped kiddos dealing with neglect, abuse, and mental health. Next up was a mental health hospital where I worked with people of all ages, young kids all the way to adults. My home unit, and happy place, was the adolescent unit. I know, I’m crazy. I’ve spent over 15 years, now, in the mental and behavioral health field. Through these jobs, I’ve learned to truly see a person for who they were. It’s been my job to offer a safe place, to truly listen to another’s needs and pay attention to their thinking process. It’s been my job to teach coping and life skills to help when they went back out into the real world. It’s been my job to look at the why and help guide them to a better, happier story. Talk about pressure! But I’ve truly loved it.

My journey continued to slowly move me in a holistic direction through my own personal life. My dad passed away in 2015. He was sick for years. I mean years. I think we tracked it back about 20 years before he passed. He gradually, oh so gradually, went downhill. I don’t really remember how it started. Maybe with his fibromyalgia diagnosis? I honestly don’t remember. I just know my very active (high school star athlete active) dad eventually became sedentary and unable to even walk by the time he passed. We never got any real diagnosis but I’m willing to bet that all the medications (I’m talking pages of medications my mom had to keep to keep up with it all) and lack of a healthy diet played a very large role. He did what he knew to do, there were just so many unanswered questions and we were all learning as we went. He wanted us to somehow use his experience to help others avoid the same path. (My dad was seriously amazing, y’all. And thinking of others up to his very last breath.) We all took that to heart. And this is when I purposely set out on a journey, even though I still didn't quite realize where it was leading me.

Onto even more personal life happenings. The first half of my adult life found me in a string of toxic, abusive relationships. It wasn’t until 2016 I started to really hear what a family friend and counselor had said to me a few years prior. “You have to figure out why you’re drawn to these abusive men.” Me? Abusive men? Why I would never! Until I realize I had, yet again. (I’ll address all of this further in another blog. Or maybe a book. Because I could seriously write one.) I took these words to heart. Finally. And I started working on me. I’d sit with myself for long periods of time, self-reflecting. I dug into personal development, started eating right, and working out. I learned to love me again. It truly saved my life. And I can say, toxicity of any kind is no longer allowed in my life.

Then came my health problems. I have lived with fibromyalgia myself since I was 19. I learned early on to listen to my body and always did well managing without meds. Then in 2018 I took a fall while playing volleyball. I landed, but my feet didn’t. Still not sure what happened there. But to this day I still struggle with hip issues because of it. I have also recently been diagnosed with long haulers and mold illness. I am choosing to treat everything holistically and working with a functional medicine dr/herbalist to do that.

And now here we are! All of this has led me to a love and passion I didn’t know existed. It’s led me to pursuing certifications as a yoga instructor, personal trainer, and nutrition coach. I’ve got multiple certifications in holistic health and wellness. I’ve got a library’s worth of books on nutrition, yoga, mindset, and spiritual healing. I truly believe God gave us what we need to truly live a healthy, happy life. We just have to choose to tap into it.

I'd love to help you on your own journey! Shoot me a message and let me know how I can help.

xoxo Angela

5 Tips for a Healthier Vacation

5 Tips for a Healthier Vacation
It’s been a minute since my last blog post. Summer kind of took over and ran away with my life for a bit. But I’m back and ready to begin again after a short, but much needed, vacation. 

And speaking of vacation, why not let that inspire my next blog? Read on for some trips or staying healthy while traveling and on vacation!

I will be the first to admit that staying on track while traveling and on vacation is far from the first thing on my mind. I don’t want to have to think when I’m taking a break from reality. And I love easy and simple! But I also love feeling my best and want to be able to fully enjoy my time away. So I try to choose healthy as often as possible. Here are a few ways I do that: 

  1. Take snacks with you. Some that I find easy to grab and go, even if I’m flying, are trail mix, rice cakes, Lara bars (or another healthy fruit or granola bar), and fresh or dehydrated fruit and veggies. 
  2. Stay in a place with a kitchen. Even if you don’t plan on cooking the whole time, you’ll want a kitchen. Trust me. You get a bigger area to store all the yummy goodness that’s going to fuel you while on vacation. And you might just find inspiration to cook a time or two.Or at the very least, have salad ingredients on hand for a healthy, throw together meal. Other healthy options to stock your kitchen with might include smoothie ingredients and oatmeal.
  3. Scope out healthy eats before you arrive. You can find healthy choices when eating out. You just may have to look a little harder to find them.
  4. Get active! Go for a hike, find other outdoor activities, take your yoga mat and find your zin, head to a gym (some places will have one included in the price!). Whatever you do, make sure you move your body. Don’t just sit and let your vacation pass you by.
  5. That being said, also be sure to get some much needed R&R. Grab a book, find a hammock, and just enjoy being.

I know this is far from a complete guide to healthy travel. But it’s a start. I promise just the little things above will have you feeling your best on your time away.

 
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