I've always been taught that, "skills are transferable." Every career I've had has given me the tools to build my business.
I graduated from The George Washington University in DC with a degree in psychology. I spent the next 10 years in the field of behavior psychology, primarily working with autistic children teaching communication and social skills. I specialized in the creation and maintenance of new behaviors. Every behavior serves a purpose, so analyzing our behaviors and why they exist is one of the keys to changing those behaviors. Motivation is the other key to behavior change (e.g., starting a new habit). What motivates you to start a new diet or workout plan? And why does it feel like that motivation starts out really high and then can slowly (or quickly) dip really low or cease to exist? Because your motivation is constantly changing. Food can be really motivating, unless you're full. Working out can be really motivating, unless you're tired. Going to the gym can be really motivating when you're with a friend, but not at all when you're alone. Are you starting to see how many factors are involved in motivation? Cracking the behavior code is crucial to creating a sustainable, healthy lifestyle change.
I believe everyone has the right to feel safe in this world, and this belief led me into the women's self-defense field. This work was all about empowerment. Learning the tools to protect yourself so you can feel safe in walking around as your authentic self. Learning how to be relaxed and aware at the same time. Learning how to set and maintain boundaries. In order to set out on a journey of heath, you have to have a strong belief in yourself and your purpose in this world. You have to get to know yourself and feel worthy of making changes so you can evolve as a person. Having a strong foundation helps you set and maintain boundaries, which is extremely important as you start to change your behaviors. You may find there are people in your life who completely support you in your new journey and some people who struggle with "the new you." Learning to prioritize yourself and your goals, which comes from your strong belief in yourself, will help you navigate through any challenges you may face.
One of my own personal journeys was in learning to open up to my dream of playing music...in front of other people. I grew up playing piano and singing when no one was around. I spent years hoping that my dream would turn into reality, even though I was doing nothing to work towards it. The more I tried to ignore it, the more it started to make me crazy. A good friend shared this quote with me, "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is in you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." Sounds dramatic, but I believe it 100%. I started taking baby steps towards my musical dreams and bit by bit I began getting opportunities to play music in front of people and with other people. It's been a magical experience and it has taught me that the key to getting over your fears is really just to walk with them. I get nervous every time I step on stage to share music with people. I hope this is always the case because it motivates me to work hard and stay present. I take my fears with me on stage and let them guide me.
I've been experimenting with my own health and weight since my mom's breast cancer diagnosis in 2005 (she's been cancer free for over 10 years now). I decided to get serious about my passion for health in 2013 and enrolled in the world's largest nutrition school, The Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) where I got my Health Coach Certification. I launched my business in April of 2014.