Intentional Living is Located at 300 West Main Street Suite C1, in the back of the Fox Meadow plaza. Services designed to help you restore your health and well being.
Tell us about your background and how Intentional Living came to be?
Thirty years ago I was working in corporate America as vice president of operations for executive suites in Dallas. As a single mom, I found myself exhausted and fairly miserable from working 50-60 hours a week, with seemingly no time to take care of myself, or my family. I had always been drawn to holistic health and a healthy lifestyle, but found it hard to fit into my crazy schedule. One day I had an “Aha!” moment, and realized that my health and well-being were important to not only myself, but also to my children and loved ones. In searching for a way to create a healthy lifestyle for myself and my family, I discovered my passion!
I saw that the Health and Wellness movement was an up and coming industry, and I was ready for a career change, so I jumped on board! It is an incredibly fulfilling and fun career, that has allowed me to work around my family’s schedule.
I grew up with grandparents who had farms, chickens, gardens, and a root cellar! We knew where our food came from, (sometimes we knew it’s name!), and we played outside, climbed trees and played a lot of “let’s pretend…”
The culture we live in today is so different than even 50 years ago. Those changes have brought a slew of new health problems. I heard once that 85% of the leading causes of death in our country are diet and lifestyle related , and it left me speechless! We can change that! By learning how to incorporate healthy choices into our everyday lives we make an incredible impact on our health and vitality. And that is what I help people do, and I absolutely love doing it!
I have studied at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Holistic MBA, and the Transformational Coaching Method. I also studied and have maintained a private practice in Jin Shin Jyutsu, (a powerful, yet gentle Japanese healing art) since 1989. I am certified as a Neuro-Developmentalist, working with children and adults with learning issues, such as ADD/ADHD. I have always been driven to get to the root cause of a problem, rather than treating the symptoms, and I believe this helps me to be a good coach and practitioner.
With the fast pace stresses of today’s world, being intentional about creating a balance that fosters health and well-being is more important than ever. There is more information available online than ever before, but information alone does not create change. Having someone work with you to ask the right kinds of questions and offer the right kind of accountability, encouragement and systems, can make all the difference in living your life to the fullest. Honestly, who wants to just survive when you can thrive with just a little bit of help?!
What inspires you?
Courage and bravery. I have jumped out of an airplane, flown an airplane and other extreme sports, but most of that did not really take courage from me, because I enjoy that kind of stuff. (ok, the jump out of the airplane did require either courage or checking my brain at the door…) When I see someone take a leap of faith and make changes or do something for their own good that scares them, when they push thru the fear and do it anyway, that inspires me. When I see someone stand up for what they believe in, even when it isn’t popular, that inspires me, even if I don’t agree with them. Courage and bravery often seem to require pushing thru personal fears, and that inspires me.
I love that it is mine, that I get to do what I love, and set it up how I believe it needs to be. I love the freedom that comes with it, although owning your own business demands attention and a lot of work. I love the sense of creating something that is of benefit to others.
Why did you choose Northboro for your business location?
I love Northboro! We have so many local owned businesses, and it is so convenient. I find it a great town, very friendly and hospitable. You can find just about anything here!
Even though I work with clients all over the country, by phone or internet, I find my office in Northboro very convenient for local clients. I often encourage them to eat local at any of our fabulous local restaurants!
Why do you feel that supporting local businesses is important?
It supports the community in a way that big chains and big business can’t, and don’t do. There is a place for big stores, but when you go into a local business you are supporting your neighbors, and those people will take good care of you, because they are your neighbors! Also, for me, I love finding unique, one of a kind items and hand crafted items. You won’t find those in chain stores.
From an economic standpoint every dollar we spend on local business supports local families and that is important to all of us.
Being local and small, tell us what you feel is the most important element to customer service?
Knowing your client, valuing your client, and serving your client. After working in the holistic health field for more than 28 years, I consider it a privilege to work with my clients. Coaching is a personal relationship, and I never take that relationship lightly. I truly love people, and love being able to work with them to effect changes in their lives, which in turn creates a ripple effect in their family, friends, and work place relationships. The coaching models I use cover not only the food we eat, which I call Secondary food, but also address what I refer to as Primary food, the food that feeds your soul, which is relationships, activity, life calling and a spiritual walk, however that manifests itself for you. Only by working with the whole person can you help them to make lifelong changes. And that is worth the work!
Do you have a favorite customer story you want to share?
Recently I was working with a woman, who was doing a program I offer for weight loss. She was losing weight, had lots more energy and lost her sugar addiction. Then, one day I received an email from her saying, “OMG! my husband has lost 25 pounds while I have been working with you!” He wasn’t even doing my program! That is an example of a ripple effect that I love to hear about! She made positive, healthy changes that trickled throughout her family. Gotta love that ripple effect!
- My first job was: Dairy Queen!
- My favorite movie is: An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Ernest, Second Hand Lions, I tend to enjoy movies that are uplifting and that make me laugh, preferably out loud!
- I cannot live without: Laughter, Jasmine Green tea in the mornings, my children and grand-children, (not necessarily in that order!)
- Beach or mountains: Definitely a beach at the bottom of the mountains.
- The best advice I ever received is: When there is a decision to make, ask yourself “what will I wish I had done in five years, ten years or thirty years?” Think long term.
- A cause I care deeply about is: Helping women heal from trauma
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