Tag Archive | health coach

Empowered

As most of you know, between my surgery early last year and the pandemic, I haven’t really had the opportunity to do much (any) health coaching or any other workshops related to plant-based nutrition. I’m still so passionate about the benefits of a plant-based diet, and I have missed coaching. I figured I would wait out the pandemic and see what new opportunities might be available after that.

In the meantime, however, I was contacted by my friend, Jean, about taking over leading the Empowered Eating Group at The Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. Plant-based friends Kathy and Jean have established and led this group for several years, until the pandemic impacted that program also.

The mission of the Greenhouse Project is to educate children and adults on the relationship between the foods we eat and our personal and public health. This includes promoting activities that lead to healthier people and a healthier world. Their programs benefit education, nutrition, and local hunger projects.

The Empowered Eating Group was established to educate the community on the benefits of a plant-based diet, and to provide support to those who are trying to eat healthier, regardless of where they are on their health journey. I love that it is a no-judgement zone; the goal is to meet people where they are and educate and support however possible.

I started working with The Greenhouse Project in March and have my first events planned for April. We will be resuming the monthly educational series on various plant-based topics. For now, those events will be virtual, with the hope that we can do some outdoor activities over the summer and maybe do in-person activities as our country starts to achieve herd immunity.

I will be starting a quarterly plant-based book club in April also. Our first book will be Kris Carr’s “Crazy Sexy Diet”, one of my favorites! We will also be establishing a plant-based library so that educational materials are accessible by anyone. I will also be trying to expand our presence in social media.

If you are so inclined, I invite you to follow our Empowered Eating Group on Facebook (Instagram soon to follow!). https://www.facebook.com/EmpoweredEatingPlantBasedWholeFoods This would be a great way to stay informed on upcoming events, as well as other educational materials, recipes, and (someday) cooking demos. (I just need to get past my video-phobia!)

I’m really excited about this opportunity, working with a well-established and well-respected non-profit organization and building on the success that Kathy and Jean had with the program. Wish me luck!

IMDb: Empowered (2018)

Network

As an introvert, I have had to really work on building my networking skills over the past few decades! (Yes, decades.) I knew it was a skill that I needed to focus on to advance my career as part of Corporate America, who tends to favor extroverts. I’ll be honest that I had mixed results in this realm simply because I was working with so many different personalities, and some were easier than others to connect with. But, right up there with public speaking, I knew I had to keep at it and it was usually on my annual development plan.

Fast forward to present day and trying to establish my own business: Networking is even more important than ever. While not really a “sales-y” person, I am aware how important it is for me to talk about my new business, share my business card, and talk up my services. It’s critical to my success.

Networking recently paid off in a big way…

Back in October, I had a follow up appointment with my radiological oncologist. We have a great relationship and he is always interested in what I am reading, what I am eating, and what additional lifestyle changes I am making to improve my health. He’s very supportive of me being plant-based and is very encouraging. I shared with him my latest journey to be a health coach. He was very excited about this news and recommended that I speak with Abby (a fabulous human being, well connected in the wellness community, who consults with his practice)…   Out of my comfort zone, I contacted this complete stranger and had a lovely meeting with Abby. She was very enthusiastic about what I was working on and she promised to be an advocate for my work.

A few weeks after I met with Abby, she sent me a message that she had connected with a chiropractor in the area who was looking to expand her service offering, and that I would be a perfect fit. So I reached out to Dr. Denise Karpowicz… another leap out of my comfort zone! We met, connected immediately, and now things are moving really quickly for my business!

I am happy to announce that I will have office space in the Karpowicz Chiropractic Center in Clarks Summit, PA! I have been working on painting and furnishing my office, and Dr. Karpowicz is already referring clients to me.  It’s a fabulous opportunity that would NOT have happened without the power of networking!

So who’s in your network? Who’s your advocate and looking out for your interests?

Who do you need to connect with? And what are you doing about it? 🙂

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IMDb: Network (1976)