I need to write this letter to tell you how much I appreciate your help this last 16 months. I was hell bent on gracefully navigating this transition from an abusive marriage I was afraid to leave to a joyful, calm and gracious single life. You taught—or reminded me how capable I am. Because of you and almost without too many melt downs I am in love (add the explicative of choice here) with my life.
I would highly recommend you to anyone who needs to be reminded how life can be if you remember, “Something inside me knows how to do this.”—Paul Williams. This has been my mantra since I heard him speak these words. You showed me that it is possible and probable to achieve.
You may share my words with anyone who needs your presence in their life. You are a gift.
Maggy Brown, March 2016
I love the portrait above of my client and dear friend Maggy. It represents to me a woman who has fallen back in love with her life so completely and joyously! I so appreciate her generosity in letting me share it and her wonderful thoughts about our work together with you. To me they represent what is completely possible when someone decides that their life is totally worth the soul work that it takes to begin transforming themselves into something entirely unrecognizable and amazing.
She completely embodies her awesome tagline: Writer, illustrator, blogger and accidental mentor. Click on her portrait above to see what she's up to!
The seeds of this program, Stirring the Senses were planted when one day I woke up and looked in the mirror. I was no longer that 19, 20 or even 40 something. My clothes weren’t doing what I wanted them too and a full night’s sleep was scarcer than hen’s teeth. My sex drive (normally the one thing that I could depend upon!) simply disappeared. I was sprouting stray hairs and pimples. The weight around my middle simply would not budge. I didn’t care at all about how I looked, even putting on lipstick was too much work. I definitely looked frumpy, but more relevant to this conversation, I felt frumpy and I really didn’t want to. I was nasty all of the time and found myself apologizing daily before I'd get upset about something, simply so my husband knew that I knew how difficult I was becoming.
It wasn’t about Jim. I’m blessed to love a man who loves me exactly as I am. It was all about me and how I wanted to look, feel and who I wanted to be moving into the next part of my life. It was all about my fear and my inertia. It was all about dealing with the why's of choosing to stay with my head in the sand instead of learning to take the risk to become happy.
It was a difficult period of time. I closed a family business that had been a lifelong dream of mine. Soon after that I was faced with the death of both of my parents and helping my son grow up and successfully leave the nest. Those challenges left me exhausted, drained and confused about who I was. I wasn't loving my life at all and I knew that something needed to change. Choosing happiness is harder work sometimes than it seems. Manifesting the best possible outcome for your life takes courage and I wasn't sure that I had anymore of it to spare.
That was when I decided to become an Institute for Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach. I'd been a "sort of - kind of" LifeCoach for many years but it was time to take it up a notch. I think that tends to happen when you wake up and you find yourself over half a century old! I threw myself into the program with everything I had.
Then the unthinkable happened......
Suddenly, Jim decided to become an IIN coach too. Oh boy. You can dance around bad habits like sugar, alcohol and fat as much as you want until you've got the man you love suddenly occupying your kitchen and buying juicers and superfood powders.
That was just the beginning.
Together we made the choice to turn men/andropause into one of the sexiest and most satisfying times of our lives and you can too! We look and feel better in our fifties than we ever did in our 20's! I'm not saying that it was always easy because it required some hard work and more than a little courage on our part, but it was worth it!
Just ask my husband who was really patient and loving through the whole process of my menopause - once he understood what was really going on with me! The best part? He's been right there the whole time, making us fresh fruit smoothies and vegetable juices. He was the one who was smart enough to figure out how we could become the snowbirds we are now, living all fall and winter long in sunny San Diego so that we didn't have to rely on medication for the seasonal affective disorder that just wreaked havoc on our hormones from Autumn until Spring. He pushed me to discover how I could create a career that I loved using all of the tools that I'd learned along the way.
Another result of my personal journey on the hormonal roller coaster, was that I was led to Dr. Sara Gottfried's book "The Hormone Cure" After loving what I read and practicing her protocols on myself, I chose to become trained to coach her methodologies so that I could add these brilliant techniques to what I already knew about creating optimal hormone balance through primary food and wellness management. I opened up emotionally about what was happening to me and began to talk about what I really wanted out of my life. I began to examine everything and put it all on the table; even my marriage. I became absolutely determined to have the life that I’d always wanted, every delicious bit of it. I'd been blogging for years about all of the things that I loved, but it was time to get on the court and really play with them full out.
During that time I wrote my first book Stirring the Senses, which was a lifelong dream fulfilled. Even more thrilling was that I got to present it to the world on the Lincoln Center Stage in New York City at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition Fall Conference in 2014. OMG!
So, if you're looking to create a life for yourself that's bigger than you've ever known and filled with the tools to unlock any dream that you've ever had, Stirring the Senses is the tool that will inspire you to cultivate that state of mind!
So tell me!
Are you Ready to fall Madly in Love with your life?
Love your body and feed and clothe it beautifully in just the manner YOU choose?
Enjoy a juicy, passionate and sensuously rich lifestyle that leaves you completely alive and ready for anything!
Provide sustenance for your body, nurturing for your soul and a wonderful connection with your family and friends!
Give yourself the blessing to taste, use, experience and enjoy whatever you'd like, indulge yourself and love the results while denying yourself nothing. Stirring the Senses will give you access to the power of choice, and you'll finally get the results that you truly desire in the realm of passion, creativity, health, joy and beauty!
As a result of doing this program you will:
- Set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and exciting
- Create a vision board for your life and health
- Work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight if that is your desire
- Understand and reduce your cravings
- Increase your energy levels & feel great no matter your age
- Feel Great Naked!
- Learn about new foods and how you can easily incorporate them into your lifestyle
- Learn to grow some of your own foods if you've got the desire to do so
- Improve your personal and emotional relationship with food
- Create an overall image for yourself and your home that you absolutely love through color, style, art, music, makeup, fragrance and fashion
- Create work that you love
- Discover the confidence to create the life that you truly want
For information about my full coaching program (3 to 6 months) or to schedule an introductory Gift Session, please go to Read More about Our Approach