Is A Health And Wellness Coach Right For You? [Interview]
This post is sponsored by Whole Life Wellness. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are mine alone.
In the past few years, living a healthy lifestyle has become a part of who I am. I workout. I eat right. I persevere in my faith. I use products that promote my health. All of these are a part of my journey to health and wellness, bu it’s not easy. It wasn’t easy to start, and it’s not easy to continue. Thankfully, there is help available! A health and wellness coach is someone that can help give you a jump start on your journey to wellness. Today, we’re talking to Emily, a health and wellness coach and founder of Whole Life Wellness. Keep reading to find out if a health and wellness coach is right for you.
Emily is the founder of Whole Life Wellness in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to having Whole Life Wellness as a business, she is married to Bryan, who is a pastor, and they have a 6.5 year old son, Kenneth. Although she loves being immersed in her vocation, in her spare time she likes to read, teach a few piano and voice lessons, watch superhero movies, get outside with her family, and go running. Now let’s talk to Emily more about her background, the heart behind her business, and how she can help you improve your health and wellness!
- What caused you to become interested in becoming a health and wellness coach?
I’ve always had an interested in health and fitness and exercise and good food, and as I moved through my adult professional life, I found that the common thread of the different vocations I have had is that I was always working to equip or train or direct people to be their best in whatever position they were in. So, after I had my son in 2011, I began to think about how I would like to truly impact the world with my gifts and talents and experience. I spent a year or so really digging into what I might want to do, and found that helping people focus in on their overall wellness, and find what works best for THEM, enables them to do what it is they are called and gifted to do so much more effectively and with greater impact. I find great joy and fulfillment in being able to use all the ‘tools’ and gifts I’ve been given to help others craft a well-rounded and holistic plan–through fitness, food and nutrition (I’m also a former personal chef!), stress and time management, personal growth, spirituality, and positive relationships.
- When did you start Whole Life Wellness?
I began my journey with my business just over three years ago, and have been blessed to be able to expand and enrich my services for my clients in a much deeper way in the last 18 months.
- Where is your business located?
I live in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area of MN. I have local clients here, but I really got my start in connecting with people online and through social media. Technology makes it so much easier to reach out and help people, no matter where they are in the country and in the world!
- Why were you motivated to start you own health and wellness coaching business?
I wanted to be able to help people see that unless we take care of and steward what we’ve been given in our physical, emotional, and vocational health, we’re not able to truly thrive in who we are and what we’re called to do in this world.
- The phrase “whole life wellness” implies more than just diet or exercise. What all does it involve?
Yes! That’s so true. All of our overall wellness is very interrelated, or integrative. Think of a cloth or a blanket with a loose thread; if you pull on that thread, chances are the rest of the blanket will start to come unraveled as well. It’s challenging to address just ONE area of your wellness without it affecting another, and sometimes there are areas of our life and wellness that we don’t think impact other areas, when in fact they do. When I start working with a client, one of the exercises I have them do is called the Circle of Life–it has 12 areas of your overall wellness, including health and physical activity, but also joy, stress, finances, career, and relationships/social life. Each time they do this activity throughout our time together, it’s a ‘snapshot’ of where they are feeling that things are going well and what areas need the most attention. I use that as a beginning step to creating a sustainable plan to be able to move ahead and grow in their wellness and goals. The keys to success in our coaching relationship are 1. that the plan is specifically for EACH PERSON, because everyone is a bio-individual. What works for someone that you know may not work well for you; and 2. that the plan and process is SUSTAINABLE. Each of my clients is still a parent, still has a job, still needs to live their life at the same time as working intentionally on becoming their best self.
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- What type of services do you offer? Can you give us a brief summary of each one?
Sure! First, I do one-on-one coaching–together, a new client and I work together for 6 months (at least) to create a plan for their health and wellness and vitality. We start with a complete health and wellness profile, as well as the Circle of Life activity, and then choose a few areas in which to begin the journey. We have bi-weekly sessions, and I provide all the material and resources and regular support and accountability and coaching as they move through sustainable, positive change. Then, I also do 2 kinds of group coaching–the first is a 60 day online course called “FUEL: 60 Days to Simple, Sustainable, and Effective Health and Wellness”. This a great place to start for people who are ready to begin a more intentional journey in their health and would appreciate a group coaching model. My second group coaching model is a combination of a business mastermind and group coaching; through my training with the John Maxwell Team and my wellness experience, I lead an intensive 12-week group, centered on both your personal growth and wellness AND improving your business leadership skills and vision. I have both a local course and an online course version of this leadership experience, called “Good to Grow”.
- Who is best suited for your coaching?
My heart and calling is primarily to overwhelmed business people and entrepreneurs looking to make effective, sustainable, and positive change and impact in their overall life and wellness; because of this, I actually refer to myself as a ‘wellness, growth, and impact coach’. My one-on-one coaching and the “Good to Grow” group coaching is ideal for these people. Most of my clients that are in this group are actually quite successful at what they do, but are unable to make the next ‘step’ in their goals or life, whether that is professionally or personally. So through intentional work together and working on their individual plan for wellness, they are able to push past some of their road blocks and truly gain a new perspective and way of life.
However, my 60 day FUEL course is open to most anyone who is willing and able and desiring to simplify and focus in on their health and wellness in order to be their best selves. Many folks who have taken this course had tried SO many other things, and finally were able to gain energy, lose some weight, and truly understand their own selves better, so that they can have the freedom to live their lives fully.
- What are the most common struggle that you help people overcome?
Although each client is a bio-individual, there ARE some common themes. Often, my clients are dealing with overwhelm of information in the health and wellness arena, so simplifying things and keeping consistent with their specific plan is key. Many people deal with low energy and general fatigue, so we look, again, at the whole of what their life is like, and start to make small, effective changes in their nutrition, sleep, and schedule. I have a number of clients who have needed to deal with time and stress management–so we develop strategies that will work best with their personalities and lifestyle in order to get the ball rolling in the right direction. And finally, I’ve had significant experience with clients who come dealing with nutrition questions and concerns, whether they are food sensitivities or needing to optimize their way of eating for energy or because of doctor recommendations. We begin this by being sure they are adding the ‘good stuff’ in before making a plan for eliminating the challenging foods and behaviors.
I had a baby almost 11 weeks ago. I still somewhat avoid thinking about labor and delivery, because let’s just say that it went nothing like we hoped for. I know that us moms like to say that it was all worth it to have a healthy baby, but can we be honest? It’s traumatic, and it messes with you in more ways than you think it will. It took me a couple of weeks to get back into the Word after Selah was born, and even then, it was only at my husband’s suggestion. I wasn’t upset with God, but it hadn’t even crossed my mind to have a quiet time. Birth shook me up spiritually. I cried every day for the first 3 weeks. I didn’t have postpartum depression or anxiety, but postpartum hormones are a real and crazy thing. Sometimes I would look at Selah and cry. Why? Because I just loved her so much. Birth messed me up emotionally. Today, almost 11 weeks later, I worked out for the first time. I once was a half marathoner, and today I did what sounded like the wimpiest workout ever. And you know what? I almost died. Birth wrecked me physically. But little by little, step by step, naptime by naptime 😉, I’m coming back. I’ve gotten back into the Word and prayer and worship. I’ve regained control over my emotions (well, as much as I ever had). I’ll continue to work on getting back into shape. My journey back to health and wellness starts now, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. (#sponsored) The journey to health and wellness is not an easy one, and sometimes we need help. If you’re looking to begin your journey, get a jump start by contacting Emily at wholelifewellness.co. You can receive a free 30 minute phone to help you start you wellness journey! And believe me, every one of those minutes is worth it! 😊
- How do you involve ministry within your coaching?
That’s such a great question! I am a Christian, so I function out of that set of beliefs as I work with my clients. Addressing spirituality is part of the overall health journey with my clients, and it can also be a sensitive place. I go there with compassion and grace, as we talk about where they are at in their spiritual walk. In addition, I do have a Masters in Youth and Family Ministry, and am certified in Prepare/Enrich, and when necessary, I use those tools and background with clients. My husband is a pastor, so the ‘faith lens’ is very much a part of how we interact with others. Also, at the beginning of 2018, my husband and I will be launching The Health Pastor, an affordable option for an ongoing membership community including fitness, nutrition, spiritual development, live coaching calls, and support for pastors and couples in full-time ministry. We’re super excited about that, and look forward to being able to serve the pastoral community in this way!
- If someone walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip concerning health and wellness, what would it be?
That’s such a tough question, because as I shared before, each person is a bio-individual. I would first ask them a little about what their current concerns or goals are regarding their health, and then I would craft a careful answer in response. However, some of the best things to do are simple, but even then sometimes challenging: do your best to get quality sleep, focus on foods that you can recognize as ACTUAL food (not ingredients you can’t pronounce), and work on making water your primary beverage.
- How can our readers get in contact with you to learn more about your coaching?
My website is Whole Life Wellness, and there, you can sign up to get a FREE 30 minute consult call with me. Also, if you’d like to find me on Facebook, my business page is Whole Life Wellness. Finally, I welcome actual email too 🙂 at firstname.lastname@example.org, or a phone call at (612) 638-6816.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
I am also on my own ongoing wellness journey, too, so I can fully appreciate and relate to my clients. I am certified in Integrative Nutrition, through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; am a (almost certified! 7-31-17) personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine; have my Adult Running Coach Certification through the Road Runners of America; am a member and coach/speaker/trainer with the John Maxwell Team; and have my M.A. In Youth and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.
Thank you to Emily for sharing all of this wonderful information with us! As the mom of a little one, I know first-hand that this journey to health and wellness is so difficult. We don’t have the time, we read too much “good” information, and we just don’t know where to start! If you’re feeling overwhelmed and want to get healthy in every area of your life, get in touch with Emily via email, Facebook, or her website. Remember, you can even sign up for a FREE 30 minute consult call, and I guarantee you won’t regret it! 🙂
Now it’s your turn. Have you ever used a health and wellness coach? Do you think a health and wellness coach is right for you?