This is one of my favorite quotes. When I first heard it, it tugged at my heart, it made me think, it became my mantra. I realized then it was time to look at my life, to contemplate where I was headed if things remained the same, and to wonder what exactly life would look like if I made some changes. It was then that I began taking the steps toward the life of my dreams.
Now, with that said, it was not an easy trek to get from where I was to where I am, nor was it as simple as making a decision to change, but that’s where it begins. There were many steps and missteps along the way. I headed down one path and then switched to another. There was a lot of fun and serious hard work. I found love and there was love lost. In hindsight, all of this was necessary and an integral part of my journey.
Have I arrived yet at the “truest life”? Well, I don’t believe it is an actual destination as much as a state of mind and a foundation for transformation. So, I would say I have adopted this mindset and with everything I do, I do it from the space of living the life of my dreams.
I am inspired to live life to the fullest, to doing what feels right, to living a life that lifts my spirit, feeds my soul, and empowers my being! I strive to live life authentically, to be healthy, to be content, to be excited, to have fun, and to be the truest version of myself…my “True You”.
I know from my own experience and the advice I’ve taken along the way, that truly living means being soulfully you and treating yourself with the utmost respect, grace, and kindness in each area of your life – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that reaching optimal health and happiness comes freely when we let go of the old beliefs that are holding us back, when we embrace being uncomfortable and realize that we have the power to take control of our lives through our thoughts, feelings and actions.
After a particularly difficult personal experience that I’ll explain shortly, I realized I needed to look inward and to make some significant changes.
I had been through one of the most difficult periods of my life. It was one of those things that happened to other people and yet, here I was, experiencing the death of my husband who had taken his own life. Needless to say, this was the pivotal moment that turned my world upside down and eventually right side up. I was in heart-wrenching emotional and physical turmoil for a long time, but these things have a curious way of offering an illuminating quality as well.
I began to see that I could change my life, make adjustments, create something new, move out of what seemed to be stagnation and misery, and live the life of my dreams. I decided I wanted to give life a go in a different way and to branch out of my comfort zone. I received a journal from a dear friend with the words of Neale Donald Walsh on it, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” This inspired a wealth of life-changing, and yes, often uncomfortable, experiences in many areas of my life.
I went to therapy and life coaching, I looked for spiritual inspiration, I joined an extreme sporting event (Tough Mudder), and I went on a soul searching trip to Sedona, AZ. The next course of action entailed the difficult decision to leave my successful career. I took a leap of faith and ventured out on my own, not knowing where it would lead, but trusting that my heart was taking me down a new, exciting, and rewarding path.
From there I enrolled in a yoga teacher training program. I spent quality time with my friends and family. I traveled to Bali on a spiritual retreat. I participated in a 30-Day Healthy Living Program that changed what I believed about my body and my health, and has become my model for eating most of the time because I feel better than ever when I do. That led to becoming a certified Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and from there to becoming a certified Life Coach & Weight Coach with The Life Coach School.
This was my time to figure out who I was, what I wanted out of life, what I believed in and what I wanted to learn. I was and continue to be on a life-changing, health inspired, mindful adventure.
This adventure, including the support of my loving family and my dear friends, gave me a renewed sense of self, a drive to create a new business with a mission of health and well-being, and a desire to open my heart again to love.
During this period I wanted to take what I had learned from all of my experiences and apply them to something new, so I created True You. I was so excited when the name came to me and knew that it was exactly right. It said it all.
I had been seeking my own truth, looking for my “True You”, and I was finding it through nutrition, exercise, mindset health, yoga, and spirituality. I wanted to help others find the same in their own unique, personally rewarding, and physically and mentally healthy way. I was ready to bring my idea to fruition.
And so, I did.
I could not be more excited and blessed to have this opportunity to work with people to become the truest version of themselves and to live their healthiest lives inside and out.