The Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him most, he said "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. Then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die & then dies having never really lived."
Like many, in my late teens & early 20's I had a skewed vision of what 'wellness' was. I thought dieting worked, my fears held me back & I judged the hell out of myself. I was constantly stressed, tired & living life at the surface level. I knew there had to be more.
Design school took me to NYC where I started to discover my true self. After buying the book 'Healing with Whole Foods, I experimented with different ways of eating & gained understanding of how the foods I put in my body affected my mood, energy & productivity. Work in the surf industry took me to California where I became more in tune with my body & the environment. In 2010, family brought me back to Detroit where I was certified to teach yoga & SUP Yoga (see my class schedule HERE) and started my vegan catering company, Detroit Gypsy Kitchen. Events & pop-ups were gratifying, but I knew I could make a bigger impact so I took the plunge and dove back into school.
In 2013 I was certified as a Holistic Health Coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Then in Plant-Based Nutrition through The T. Colin Campbell Foundation via Cornell. In 2016, I created The Empowered Life Planner, which is in its 8th year!!! In 2019 I led my first solo retreat in the Dominican Republic & started teaching online courses. In June of 2021 I was certified as an Intuitive Practitioner and have added services such as energy clearing & healing to my practice. I also have experience as a recovery coach for those in outpatient addiction recovery. In March of 2023 I was certified as an end of life doula through INELDA & have begun to offer these services. I am always curious about further ways to educate myself and have recently trained as a Precision Nutrition Health Coach and a Gym Launch Health Coach.
Whatever season you're in, I can't wait to support you in living the most vibrant life possible.