Friday is always a good day- the end of the work week and two slower paced days ahead with no need for an alarm clock. Around our house, it means a movie night and then pancakes for breakfast just one sleep away- it’s a feel good kind of day. Last Friday was a particularly good day as I found out, after 8 LONG weeks of waiting, that I passed the National Board Exam for Health and Wellness Coaching. I’ve been certified to coach since I finished the program at Emory last December, and while passing the board exam is not required to be a health coach, it sets a standard for knowledge, tasks, and skills essential to the practice of health and wellness coaching. I was beyond excited (and truth be told, emotional!) to get the official results. I realized that this was about so much more than the exam.
When I left the classroom to continue developing Growing Grounded, the health and wellness practice I began in 2016, I wasn’t exactly sure in what direction I was going. Wellness has become a way of life, I am passionate about a healthy mind and body, and I love sharing this with others, but I wasn’t exactly sure what that would look like.
I completed the health coaching program at Emory in the fall, completed a 200 hour yoga training in the Spring, and took the health coaching board exam in June. When last Friday rolled around and I got my test results, an entire year of professional development had come full circle, and I was able to find space to be in the moment and enjoy it ALL.
Many people ask me what it looks like within the practice so here is some information about what I like to call, “ways to grow.”
I work with kids and teens, as young as five all the way up to high school, on Mindfulness based coaching. Based on client needs, this may include techniques for coping with stress and anxiety, emotional regulation, breathing techniques, and guided visualizations. This is done in a one on one setting in a series of sessions, and leaves clients with tools they can use to best navigate their day to day experiences with confidence, compassion, and awareness.
I also teach yoga classes and workshops for this age group. Depending upon the age of the groups, this may include Yoga, mindfulness and meditation, games, art projects, and journaling.
For adults, I offer health coaching for individuals and families. This is mindfulness based coaching with a deeper look at healthy and holistic practices related to diet and nutrition, physical activity, and emotional well being. I tell clients that the coaching process is the bridge between you and your best self. In addition, I teach adult yoga classes and offer private instruction.
I also offer Group Wellness initiatives- tailored programs designed for companies to integrate wellness into the personal and professional lives of their employees.
Some days it seems like a diverse menu of offerings, not many people work with a Kindergartener and a CEO all in the same day! But regardless of age, it all comes back to empowering clients with tools and strategies to manage themselves the best they can, and develop a strong foundation for personal growth.
Please visit my website (www.growinggrounded.org) for more information and to see specific offerings, and feel free to reach out with any questions. I’d love to hear how you grow!